Tangles & Ties: Chapter 60: Incurable

It was quite dark into the night. There was no sight of human habitation at a long distance. Tall trees lined the narrow deserted road till as far as eyes could see. The branches and leaves swaying due to the cool breeze made a swishing sound, chilling her blood till her bones. Other than these sounds, there were only night calls of nocturnal animals breaking the silence inside the deep, dark jungle.

Nandini could feel her heart beat rising, breathing becoming irregular, feet jammed on the freshly cemented road, throat choked and tongue glued to the palate. She wanted to move, but couldn’t. Wanted to turn around but couldnt. Wanted to speak but couldn’t. She could feel footsteps around her and she was terrified. This was the time to either run or else she was going to die. She just knew it… She knew that she she was all alone. There was no one around her… no one who could be there with her…. No one to help her… hold her…

Her body trembled, frown deepened and she struggled hard to free her tongue from her palate and mouth and whispered with great difficulty, “Manik!!!!!!”

Immediately, she opened her eyes and woke up. Next, she noticed that she was sitting on the bed, breathing hard and drenched in her sweat, trying to make sense of what she had just felt. Her heart rammed against her chest with a loud thumping sound. She wiped her face to get rid of the sweat.

‘What a terrible nightmare!’

Nandini turned around. The room was immersed in dark and it was dark all around the cottage too. Manik was not on bed with her. She searched for the bedside lamp and switched it on, only to find it not obeying her.

‘Must be some sort of power cut off!’

Scared and dismayed, she searched for her phone on the bed and switched on the torch. The cottage was drowning in darkness and silence. Just like the scary dream she had been in.

“Manik…” She got down from the bed and called Manik, hoping for him to be nearby but he didn’t respond. It seems he was not in the cottage.

Nandini clearly remembered that she had fallen asleep on the couch while reading her book and then Manik had not only carried her inside but cuddled with her and chatted for some time, missing the game he loved, telling her that he was addicted to her. It had been a mushy feeling at that time. She had fallen asleep again after some time.

Right now, her phone read 9:00 pm. It was quite late as per Netherlands’ standards where people called it a day as early as 6:00 pm.

Nandini called him two to three times and when she realised that he was not inside the cottage, she was terribly irked. She wrapped her woollen shawl around her short grey top and beige trousers, wore the woollen cap and bolted the cottage to go outside to search for him.

It was dark outside. And it was very cold. The reflection of the cottages in the water of the canal gave an eerie look to the village beautiful during the day. Only few street lamps were on, otherwise the village seemed to bathe in darkness all over.



For a moment, Nandini was scared. It felt as if she was reliving the scary nightmare in reality. But sitting and waiting for Manik was not something she was planning to do. She wanted to find him.

Why he was not in the cottage?

Where did he go in this small village, leaving her alone?

Was he fine?? God forbid!! What was she going to do in this small place, in a remote location, if he disappeared? If something happened to him??

No ….no….no… no… Be positive, Nandu!!! He must be fine…

He must have gone for a walk… he didn’t exercise or jog today… given that he is so addicted to activity, he must be on a night walk…

But why did he leave me alone in the cottage??

He doesn’t care… he does…. no,  he doesn’t…. ufff…  

She just came across one or two men walking along the canal… rest of the village appeared to have gone to sleep. It was silent. It was scary. It was eerie…

She was not someone with a daring heart. She was a loser when she was alone. Her dream reverberated in her mind again and again and she was living that torture all over again.

She was irked and super angry by the time, she had taken two turns away from the cottage.

What if I lose my way?? What if I never find the cottage back, in this dark? What will I do all night?

Where will I go??

Where are you Manik??

“Manik Malhotra, just meet me once now! You have no idea what I am going to do with you!” She clenched her jaw in irritation mixed with anger mixed with worry for him mixed with fear of the night growing darker and colder.

After walking for around 10 minutes, she saw a well-lit cottage off the canal, beyond a bridge. The place appeared lively and happening. Looked like a pub-cum-cafe. There were light music sound coming till far along with sounds of laughter and cheer.


A sixth sense told her to check for him there. She crossed the foot overbridge and reached the pub, only to find Manik standing near the billing counter, holding a bunch of beautiful white gerberas in one hand and a brown paper bag in another. He was talking to an old man and appeared engrossed in the conversation.


She stood still at the door of the pub when she found him there, overwhelmed with a mix of emotions rushing all over her. When he flashed his one thousand-watt smile and laughed candidly at what the old man spoke to him, she knew that all other emotions could take rest for a while… anger dissipated, irritation subsided, worry quietened… and relief took over. She sighed and took a deep breath.

So… He was there!!!

He was fine, talking to someone with great interest, laughing and smiling like a kid. Relief washed over her. To see him standing tall, holding the flowers she loved… she had told him just last night that she loved white gerberas… grinning like the world could be lit with this smile…

It felt as if a squishy warmth had cushioned her from the harsh, cold, dark world around her. She didn’t need anything else in life. Her sunshine was right there, oblivious to her presence.

No… it wasn’t just relief! She was sure. It was something deeper. Something special. Something that she had felt only for him…

It was love!!!

She was insanely in love with him and while she had known this for a long time now but today, a few minutes without him shook her. She was not prepared for this sunken feeling without him. She didn’t know that in such less time, she would begin depending on him for her smiles…  for her happiness…

Today, her heart screamed loud and clear to her that she couldn’t imagine a life without him. They were meant to be together… Forever!!!

She marched across the hall of the small pub and reached near him. He was quite surprised to see her there. Under her shawl wrapped around the lower half of her face, her face was white due to cold and shock. Her look was blank, her eyes stoned.

Winter portrait of young beautiful woman covering face with wool

He was speechless.

With first three fingers of his right hand, he touched the edge of her shawl and slid it down her face. Her soft, fine fingers slid along with the shawl, grazing through her cheek. Her lips trembled, not due to the cold, but due to the warm touch. Her eyes had thousands of complaints. But she didn’t have to spell them in words. A certain someone could read her eyes.

He whispered, “Nandini!!”

She didn’t speak even a word. Just stepped ahead and threw her hands around him to give him a tight hug, holding him so strongly that he was surprised again. She rested her forehead against his chest and breathed deep. Her eyes were closed and she almost quivered. Her fingers curled and grasped his jacket at his back, making him feel the urgency of this hug.

She had never hugged him in this way – as if a prized possession was being snatched away from her… as if she was losing a part of her and holding onto him for life was the only way to stay alive…

In fact, no one had ever hugged him like that before…
He was helpless at the way this girl broke every barrier to enter the spaces, he had always kept guarded for the fear of getting hurt. He didn’t even realise when he allowed her in every crease of his ruffled life.

He had believed that he was emotionally unavailable as that tag suited him. It was good for him. This way, he was not expected to respond, react, do things for someone and be liable or answerable just because he had accepted that tag – emotionally and otherwise ‘unavailable’… that’s it !!!!

But this beautiful girl whose heart defined her beauty refused to believe or accept that tag for him. She made sure that he made himself ‘available’… for her!!

For all means and purposes! For she never settled for less… She didn’t deserve less…

She made sure that his heart registered those tiny feelings which he had once buried deep inside him,   believing that he was heartless… she made sure that she kept aside all ego when she dealt with him… she made sure that she made him feel special and the center of her universe. It was such an empowering feeling… so different from all the accusations, blaming and guilt trips he had been before.

Was he doing enough for her?? He was not sure!

But he was sure that whatever he did for her, he did it with all his heart. He was not forced to do magnanimous things for her for she was happy the way he was. He couldn’t fake his feelings. And Nandini never expected any fake exaggerations.

And so, he wanted to do more each day, just because she didn’t expect much. That is why when he came out to buy a drink for him, he stopped to buy her favourite flowers, about which she told him last night. He had never done that before. For no one.

With flowers in one hand and brown paper in another, he curled his hands around her and took a deep blissful breath, resting his chin on the top of her head.

Something weird was happening. Something was changing in him. For good. The selfish workaholic was beginning to live life according to someone’s whims and fancies. One who didn’t want to give a damn about a stranger, now wanted her to stay happy. One smile on her face would make his day. One frown on her face would make him restless. Immediately, he wanted to make things right for her. His life was beginning to revolve around her and he wasn’t even complaining…

He was loving it!!

For he was in love…

Incurably…  Irresistibly…  Irrevocably…in love!!! With no remedy!!!


Tangles & Ties: Chapter 61: More Than You Will Know

121 thoughts on “Tangles & Ties: Chapter 60: Incurable

  1. Hai….. I don’t know why but i was unable to read chapter56 you have no idea….can u help me… Main characters are always different adorable in their own ways….i really missed u in wattpad..thank god i got u here…..

    1. You are right.
      Apologies for inconvenience
      It was a technical glitch… I am out of home right now… I will fix it tonight and inform you

  2. Love it Love it Love it!!! Loved it to the core!!’ So beautiful 😍 both realised the feelings for the other. That too , in a very naturally .. darn, how is she going to move to Chennai and how is going to let her …

  3. Part 60 –  The start was little worrisome. But end was so beautiful. She was scared of losing herself in the darkness and not finding manik near her after her scary nightmare. I was just thinking how this chapter will go ahead. But the process of their thinking proved that you can turn and twist anything into beautiful. Finally they both accepted their feelings for each other. nandini was already sure that she fell in love with him. But coming from manik was surprise. He always said that he can never express his feelings and I am glad that he didn’t deny his feelings. Want to see how he expresses his feelings to her verbally, which is a tough task for him.
    Wattpad ID – Madhuri53

  4. I too am incurably, irresistibly, irrevocably in love with your stories, I am glad I didn’t put off my efforts to reach you after I read Trespro on IF and don’t regret the time spent to nag you for invites to your stories!😍Now, here I am , blessed to be able to read all of your works. Love you!

  5. Who would have think that this Nandini who wanted to travel world alone and wanted to pursue her carrier on her terms no matter what comes in her way, this Nandini now can’t even smile without Manik. She doesn’t even want to be away form Manik in her dreams also. And the Manik Malhotra who thinks he is emotionally unavailable for anyone he is thinking about his nandu first before anything else. Truly said life is unpredictable and true love is the heavenly feeling which makes you live for your loved ones not for yourself anymore. I love Manik and Nandini so much and I love their love for each other so much ❤️
    Dr. your pictures of cottage are making me so tempting to go to this place once. Pictures are really so beautiful and serene very beautiful place for anyone’s honeymoon 🙈😍😂

  6. Hi Manita. Totally love the way you write. But I have n issue as I’m unable to red few chapters. Kindly help. Thank you. 🙂

  7. Nightmare was so scary😥 yet it shows how much she is scare to loose him 😘…the best part was she was so scared yet she walked out in night to find him she was scared to loose him..i like the way she realised her love for him and both realise now ther hav fallen in love yet they have not confessed to each ❤️the way u write it feels like i was so close to them and every feeling was real for a sec i forgot i was readind story …..u r a great writer dear👍…always be happy and smiling😊 …waiting for new feelings u will describe in your next part😘

  8. Her nightmare was so scary even i got scared once🙈😂when she saw him all well that relief was so overwhelming for her❤️her anger,her worry vanished just by seeing him all well❤️nd that feeling when she saw him holding her favourite flowers like she just told him last night nd here he bought it for her🤩then she realised she is veryyy much special for him nd she just can’t live without him like she can’t even imagine her life without him now😍 she realised her love for him in that moment only😍😍😭😭For Manik he was always an emotionally unavailable person for the world but for her he wants to be available at every aspect be it emotionally,be it physically,be it mentally he just wants to be with her❤️
    Nd the way he is doing those small small things for her just to make her smile which he has never done before is too cute😍😍like she told him yesterday her favourite flower nd now he bought it for her so that she can get happy❤️her smile means world to him now😁😁he also realised his deeppppp love for her😍😍😍😍yeyyy!!!both of them has realised their love for each other at the same time nd situation🤩💃🏻now i wanna see how they will confess it to each other🙈🙈waiting for that moment😍😍

  9. I literally felt like this all just happened in front of my eyes!! u r such an awesome writer Dii!
    Damnn can someone just make a show or a webseries on Tangles and Ties with Parth n Niti

  10. Finally back after a quick trip and I must say Manita, I’m incurably, irrevocably in love with your stories. They transport me to a world where each emotion of the characters reach out in their own special way making me feel alive.

  11. That was just……I am outta words. It was just soooo beautiful. Insanely beautiful, full of emotions. U know sometimes u read Something, a love story so beautiful that it just warms your heart, this was just that ….Loved it ❤❤

  12. Woww.. can’t wait to read further when Nandini will move to Chennai..how will they manage.. them missing each other.. can’t wait for that track already 😍

  13. Wow Wow Wow!! The update was surreal, so beautifully written!♥️♥️
    Di, Thank you so much for giving us Tangles & Ties😇😘

  14. Kya batau bahot sare emotions aa rahe hai ye part read Kar ke. Nandini ko aise sweating karte Dekh ke aisa laga Jaise sach me kuchh bura hua Uske sath aur Jaise wo manik ko dhundh rahi thi to lag Raha tha wo manik ke liye kitna restless feel Kar rahi hai but ye obvious hai jab aap koi bad dreams Dekh ke suddenly Jag Jate hai to aapko ek assure Chahiye hota hai ki aap safe hai aur someone special Aapke sath hai. Manik ko Dekh ke use Jo feel hua ki wo manik se bahot pyar Karti hai aur Uske Siva uski life ab incomplete hai it’s a fabulous feelings aur Jaise Nandini ko Dekh ke manik ne feel Kiya use bhi pata chal Gaya ki Nandini hi ab uski life hai they r made for each other amazing and out standing part it is

  15. After falling in love with AUGUSTUS WATERS in just 176 pages … I’ve started falling in love for this MANIK MALHOTRA in just sixty chapters of your hard work … ❤️❤️❤️

  16. Wow.. wow… Wow.. what else can I say about this update.. So beautifully pened down feelings that a arrange married couple would experience while falling in love with their parents.. Loved every line.. every emotion of this chapter..

  17. Loved it, loved it, loved it.
    The helplessness, desperation, frustration and a result anger Nandini felt within herself is so unbearable even to us as readers.
    Though the first half of the chapter was scary and it saddened me for Nandini but later on their acceptance of love like finally, just warms my heart.
    This is by far one of the best chapters, it had very less dialogues but still the emotions were so strong, powerful that the entire conceptualization deserves an applause, for I feel it’s not easy to put it that way without much of dialogues.
    What amazes me more is the way you have described and showed manik’s growth. The way Manik comes out of his comfort zone and goes against all odds shows how much she means to him. Love does that you.♥️
    Can’t wait to read the further updates. Now that they both love each other makes me wonder how will they stay apart?
    But then I feel everyone can love in a favourable situation but when love sustains amidst negativity and adversity, then it sets example and does wonder.
    Di, the way you haven’t rushed MaNan’s relationship and have shown it blooming wonderfully captured the whole essence perfectly.
    Endless thankyouuuusss, with Manan even we are growing too and becoming wiser.😃💕

  18. Im incurably…. irresistibly…. irrevocably…in love wit d FF….wit d characters….wit d writer 😍😍😍😍😍

  19. A smally yet cute update 😊. At first I felt like I am reading some horror story like how the main protagonist sees a dream and when she wakes up she relives that dream. Wow both are incurably madly in love with each other but are not confessing it. Please update next part soon.

  20. Reading the update again and wanna say thank you to you..
    I used to think like confession is soo important in every relationship but now I got to know… Words are only the way to put our feelings in front of others.. It’s feelings which we have to realise and then no words requires.. Loved loved the update.. Nandini the way her every fair, worry anger, complains wash out after seeing him once.. And then Manik.. He knows he is changing, changing for good.. And the best part is he thought that he will never do things like this for anyone but then here he knowingly or unknowingly doing every little thing which makes her happy… They both are love..
    I hope they will find out any mid way and stay with each other and now by realsing this they know that they can’t stay away from each other for mere minutes too.. So staying away for months will be impossible..
    This is the best update.. And I will keep reading it again and again.. ❤

    1. And i am incurably in love with this story….so beautifully described their emotions….their realization of love…love love loved it
      Thank you for this amazing story….pics are awesome

  21. So finally the most awaited confrontation is up next i guess…One of the best chapter till date…The intensity of their emotions well explained and received by us too..Now that they have realised their love for each other…I don’t want nandini to leave manik even for a short while…I mean their chennai thing should not happen…This is how real couple would be fight love chatter n makeup….Now this is what we can relate here…The thing is like we don’t tell to our partners that “i love you” everytime but we feel it and it will be understood like how manik n nandini realised their love for each other…Beautiful going….I want this to be everlasting for eternity and never end…The story…We love you for this bliss di…Can’t thank you enough and please try getting this to publish asap…Love you loads…

  22. Beautiful…. The acceptance of feelings and emotions depiction…. To be frank it’s really amazing how you use words.!!

  23. Beautiful…. The acceptance of feelings and emotions depiction…. To be frank it’s really amazing how you use words.!!

  24. Blissfull is the word. God can’t be more happy about the fact that they finally accepted their feelings ❤

  25. Finally acceptance of this feeling that they are in love.. no more doubts no more hesitations no more denial of their feelings for the other.. such a beautiful chapter.. cant wait for confession.. and to c who is going to confess first. Thanq for d update

  26. This stry is truely bliss, i jst imagine all the things whatever u write, its all flashes im my mind, im loving it, loveing it more nd more day by day.. this is a stry i want to read all my life 4 sure… nd they are love manan are love, 4m stranger to husband wife, 4m making rules to breaking them.. i jst love them, nd its really grt that they know that the feeling is love, really want to read nxt update as soon as possible..

  27. It’s like I can feel how she was feeling from the moment she woke up until the she hugged him.. Living it… Loving it.. Once again Lovely chapter. Thanks

  28. Superb update…i littry felt Wot was gng thrgh nandini’s mind wen she tght she lost him..u hv written so well abt tht feeling of losing sm1♥

  29. you literally took my breath away with that nightmare. the relief that washed over her when she saw him. the hug! i’m kinda curious to know how they’re gonna survive without each other, her shifting to chennai, idk but s

    1. ~ i’ve gut feeling that they’re not gonna stay apart even for a few months.
      ps: my phone’s acting up so ignore the comment which doesn’t make any sense

  30. That nightmare…..you had me in the first half, not gonna lie!! But damn, this is such a sweet chapter!❤️

  31. I don’t know why I am feeling all mushy mushy right now!!! Both are in love 😭😭😭😭!!! And both have realised it!!!! Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! This feeling!!!! My heart got warm with each and every part of their realisation!!!! I literally felt the pulses beating!!! And I can’t even imagine what she must have felt on not finding him for so long!!!! So many thoughts must have gone through her mind!!!! I am damn sure she is going to definitely through a huge tantrum cum complaint and she definitely should!!! And he has to listen to her patiently!!! Now I just hope that they confess on this trip probably a day or two from now!!!! I want them to confess before the trip ends !!!!! It would be so magical!!! But off course I am sure whatever you have in mind will definitely be beautiful and magical!!!

  32. Amazing update soon please eagerly waiting for the next part 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍💕

  33. This message is for all those who write and read comments.
    I forgot to mention this with the update.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your comments and feedback on last chapter 59. I read each one of them but couldn’t reply as it was a busy day today. Moreover, I don’t know what to write with each comment … so writing to all of you —
    “I’m blessed to have each one of you and there is only gratitude in my heart. Along with best wishes and lots of love for you. Stay blessed and Keep smiling. I wish I could do something for you some day… You know that I am just a message away.
    You have no idea, what your love means to me.
    Words fall short when I begin to thank my readers, my friends, my extended family…
    love you all…. soooooo much!!!!”

    PS : And please don’t be angry with me, if I haven’t replied to anyone. I don’t ignore people unless they make great efforts to irritate me. Otherwise, I strive to reply to everyone…

    I wish I could talk to all of you and I’m not partial when replying to people 😀

    1. We love u more ❤ we understand ur busy life and this sweet gesture of taking ur time and thanking us is ❤ lots of ❤😘

  34. Thank u so much for this beautiful update ❤ I was just refreshing and checking for notifications for any other old stories but booom it’s T&T notification💃💃💃 love u for this sweet surprise ❤🤓

    1. Today was not an update day but I just felt like writing this part… luckily I got the pictures that I had imagined… so I posted 🙂

  35. It is so fascinating that even without dialogue , a chapter can stole our heart. The only word she said was” manik” and he understood her emotions. This is what amazes me so much in this FF. They know and understand each other so well. So even if they have small fights, we don’t need to worry bcz they know each other a lot.. I am very happy with the way manik’s character had shaped. The hug was out of the world and reminded me about manan’s first hug in kyy.

    1. Thank you.
      Once in a while, I feel like writing updates without dialogues… where only emotions are played out.
      I’m happy that it is liked 🙂

  36. The update was so surreal ❤😍. It gave a certain kind of peace. Realization is done n confession still left. The confession is going to be out of the world I’m damnn sure about it

    1. They have been realizing it since a few days… ever since they got married… but this trip has been like a seal of stamp on those feelings as – Forever & Always!!

  37. Awesome ❤️❤️😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️😘😘😘😘😘👌😘👌👌😘👌👌👌👍👍👍👌👌😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😍😍😍🥰🥰❤️❤️❤️❤️😊❤️🥰😍🥰🥰😍😍

  38. Omgg really you had some magic in your writing doc😭 feel like i am living in fairy tale land🤧😍😍😍 also i am falling love with manan more and more also with u r writting 🤧😍😍😍🤗

  39. Both realized their love towards each other 💃💃💃😍 at the same time that’s like double dhamaka 👌👌😍😭 can’t wait to see these love birds journey from here on!!!! To be Frank I thought manik is going to confess and propose with surprise🙊 koi na we will waittttttt for it coz it’s gonna be spllllll ❤

  40. I sply loved manik’s pov ❤❤ coz “emotionally unavailable manik” Loving to do sweet little things for her!! Buying flower that too her fav flowers is so adorable 😍💓👌👌when u see any of ur loved ones favorites u tend to buy them or it will remind u of that spl person ❤ y u have to be perfect di 😭😭 best ever realization!!!!

    1. Even if you are reminded of someone by their favourite things, I think it is more than enough a proof that you care 🙂
      Remembering her favourite flowers, spotting them and buying them means he is bitten by the love bug 😀

      1. Couldn’t agree more 💯💯 boy is completely smitten by nandu ❤ I appreciate the fact that she never expect any materialistic things from him. For her it’s always spending time with him, talking with him, knowing him in and out and every time she expressed this to him. He knows well that she doesn’t expect any materialistic gifts still he is putting efforts just for her shows his true feelings 💓👏

  41. Wow… It was like biggest surprise for me.. I was just about to close my eyes.. But then my phone buzzed and l saw the notification and guess what i am wide awake now.. 😆
    Just amazing update.. Like everytime you just make me think soo hard Di I mean how can anyone write this soo beautifully.. This update has only two words spoken and then it is the bestest update even. ❤
    The nightmare ,her fair, her finding him, and then that hug.. It was feeling like the all things are playing Infront if my eyes.. I was like able to see it di..
    Soo beautifully written.. Kya bolu Di.. I think jo bhi bola jaye wo Kam hi he.. 💖 Loved loved the update. Thank you for this..
    Good night take care.. 💫

  42. Hiee dii..
    Its been long since we have interacted.. i hope you are doing well…

    PS: I am loving Tangle & Ties.. it has become my sleep routine just like your other stories… i even wait for the Saturday updates of Beyond every Borders…

    Love Love❤❤❤

  43. I can’t imagine how she is going to control her emotions and pain once she moved to chennai!! Somewhere my intuition is telling she is not going anywhere leaving her manik still🤞

  44. Even a mere thought of loosing someone whom u love is horrible and those emotions of nandini when she saw her man is all fine and smiling ❤❤ u penned it so beautifully di 😍😍

  45. What was that “nightmare” Di u scared meeee 🙈🙈 darkness and all, I was like oh god kahi cottage pe bhooth toh nahi!!! 😂😂😂 u are allowed to kill me for this stupid thought 🤣😝

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