Tangles & Ties: Chapter 81:

Apologies for making you wait. I have soooooo many things to say to you but I don’t want to spoil the update for you. So, I will write a separate personal post for that. 

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Lots of love to all of you. Stay blessed. 


~ I have uploaded all previous chapters once again. You can click on the book ‘Tangles & Ties’ on front page of this blog. All links are posted there.

~ Story so far –

Manik’s family is visiting MaNan home and Nandini is unable to understand why Manik wants her to maintain a distance from them. Being a clear-hearted, open personality with a transparent look towards life, she is baffled when even Latika, Manik’s mom, tries to pollute her mind against Manik. Eventually, Nandini decides to trust Manik.


Read further –

Early in the morning, Manik felt a movement within his arms. It was soft, as if a bird had fluttered its wings. But he could feel it. Already, he had a disturbed sleep all night as they were on the floor of the living room. They had given the room to his parents and guest room to his sisters. Nandini had taken the floor so Manik too, refused to sleep on the couch and joined her on the floor.

Nandini tried to be as discreet as possible but when she slipped out of his arms, it disturbed his sleep and he opened his eyes, almost with a yawn, “Where are you going?”

“Sorry, I woke you up.”

He whined, clearly unhappy on losing the peaceful sleep, “But, what makes you get up even?”

“Ssshhhh!!!” She placed her index finger on his lips, and whispered, “Speak low. Someone will overhear us!”

He raised his brows, questioning her, waiting for her reply. She had switched on the beautiful lamp near the couch. Her skin glowed in the yellow light from the lamp. Her smile and the blush added to the exoticness of the moment, when he drew her closer to him, wrapping his hands all around her, “Go back to sleep, Nandu.”

She rested her head on his chest and said, “I need to get up and get ready.”

“But it is 5:30 am. What? Is it an emergency at the hospital? Some early duty?”

“No. Your mom told me last night that she and your dad get up at 6:00 every morning and he takes tea before leaving for a walk.”

“Yeah, that’s true. Did she ask you to get up too?”

“Of course not! I just thought that I should do it!”

“Hmm!!” He sighed and nodded, “Okay!”

She got up and sat down, “Don’t make a big deal out of it. Everyone does that. And 5:30 is no early. I felt like it’s my duty to get up before them and make things easy for them as they are new to this home!”

He spread his hands in air with an evident shrug, “I didn’t say anything. Come on, I just wanted to know, if she asked you to do so!”

“No, she didn’t!” Nandini smiled and leaned towards him adoringly to plant a soft kiss over his cheek,  “You go to sleep.”

“Nah!,” He got up too and folded the bedding on the floor, “I’ll go for a jog. I’ve missed it for few days and now, I’m missing it!”

“And I’ll set everything and get ready for the hospital. I forgot that there is a seminar coming up next week and the HOD has asked me to prepare a presentation.” She started moving towards the spare washroom, across the corridor from the living room, when he held her arm and stopped her. She was startled, “What happened?”

He held her other arm too and said, “I just wanted to say how special you made it for me. I don’t believe in celebrating birthdays but you ensured that I begin to look forward to it every year, from now!”

She grinned, “No… ‘you’ made it so special. Almost for ten days we were not even talking properly. Both of us were so busy, in last few days. Yesterday was such a beautiful break from the hectic routine. I loved being with you and meeting your family.”

His smile faded slowly at that. He moved his hands down her arms and enclosed her small, delicate hands in his palms. Bending towards her, he whispered in her ear, “Don’t get me wrong. I won’t stop you from doing all that you consider as your duty as a daughter-in-law…but… I repeat… keep a distance. My mom is crazy!”

That she was reminded of what Latika had told her. That Manik had promised them that he will keep his wife and family away from them. Did that mean that Latika was right? Did that also mean that Manik had deep feelings for those girls in his life and he was so hurt that he swore to keep his family away from his personal life?  It wasn’t a good feeling but there was no point asking Manik. He didn’t believe in giving explanations. But then, it wasn’t in her to keep things in her heart and let problems grow. She knew that she had to talk to him about it. She decided to talk to him sometime later, as this was not the right time. At best, he would get annoyed and she didn’t want to spoil his mood early in the morning.


Manik went for a jog. Nandini freshened up and prepared the kitchen, cleaned it and arranged things before Latika woke up and entered the kitchen.

“Good morning, ma..” Nandini greeted her with a warm smile, clearly elated to have Manik’s family in their home. Staying alone for so many days and missing her family had left her craving for the bond that came from family, a bond that was so pure and selfless that one didn’t need to think twice about their intentions, a bond that stays above everything else, no matter how many friends and well wishers you have. She had friends in the hospital. They had Manik’s friends in the building, living around them, but at the end of the day, the need of having someone beside you, you could trust without thinking twice, made her feel empty. More so, because she had lived a protected life in a joint family. Manik never felt that pang for family because he had practically lived alone ever since he left his home at the age of 17.

Latika smiled lovingly, kissed her forehead and hugged her momentarily, “Good morning, beta!”

Her aura was so endearing and assuring that Nandini immediately felt comfortable. It always happened when she was with Latika. Latika was a lioness of her clan – fiercely independent, loving, caring, protecting and more than everything, she was perfect, at everything! Even at this age, she was swift and sharp about everything around her. She knew how to love and care for her kids. She loved her three kids to the core. It was so overwhelming that unknowingly Nandini felt a desperate need to be included in her loved ones. She wished to have Latika love her too and consider her as a daughter. And she was ready to do anything for that.

‘Manik is crazy, not his mom!’ She wondered, inwardly, ‘He misunderstands her so much. Probably because he has always stayed away from home. He loves her but needs to know her more.’

Latika owned the kitchen, once she was inside. She prepared the tea for her husband. And then she returned to make breakfast once Manik’s dad went for a walk. She cut vegetables along with the poha that she was preparing.

“Vegetables?” Nandini raised her brows.

“These are for lunch.”

“Oh!” Nandini let a soft sight.

Latika smiled, “You need to plan well ahead of time, if you want to prepare food for everyone on time. You don’t do that?”

Nandini nodded and honestly answered, “No! Manik and I are not home for lunch.”

“Okay, Manik is home. He has gone inside your room to get ready. See if he needs anything!”

“Yeah!” Nandini nodded and went to their room, only to find Manik take out his towel and going to the washroom. She quickly said, “Manik, call me if you need anything. I’m in the kitchen with ma.”

He gave her a tired look and nodded, “Well… all the best… then!”

She huffed, “Don’t be a jerk! She is so sweet!”

“Aww…really?” He was not amused.

“Of course! She sent me to look for you and ask you if you need anything. She is so warm. Just like my ma… just like a ma should be… but you know, kids these days – they don’t care about their parents who care so much about them!”

He smiled and walked back towards her. With a naughty, teasing look on her lips, he bent low to reach her height and looking into her eyes, he said, “The problem here is, wifey… that you are too sweet for everyone. You just trust everyone so much – You talk to strangers like they are your friends. You care about animals, random people, your patients, every tom, dick, and harry… so much… that okay, I understand that you have to go overboard when you meet my mom.”

She giggled softly, “Am I going overboard? Nooooo… I’m normal, that unfortunately, you are not!”

He sniggered, “So, you think I am not normal?”

“Unnecessarily bearing negative notions about your family and then spreading the poison too, is called ‘not normal’…”

He moved away with a lopsided sly smile on his face, “I think I should sit you down for a long talk to clear the fog from your brain.”

“I’d love to…anytime! I’ll be able to how you don’t know your mom…”

He had reached by the washroom door. He turned around and laughed, “And you do??? Yeah right!!”

She nodded as if it was such a waste talking to a hopeless creature, “No point arguing with you!”

“Good! Don’t even try that! By the way – last warning – don’t come to me crying!”

“Never!! In fact, I will clear this fog from ‘your’ brain!”

“All the best!” He shrugged and went inside. She nodded and went back to the kitchen wondering how to make him see how his mom was the umbrella who had given shade to all of them for her entire life and let them flourish and prosper while taking all the hard work and problems on herself.

She returned to the kitchen to help Latika who was now making mango shake for Gaurvi, cold coffee for Trisha and making arrangements for the second tea for Manoj when he returned back. She smiled when Nandini returned, “Everyone has a different choice. I try to finish the work before they reach the dining table for breakfast. Do you have bread?”

Nandini opened the bread box and gave it to Latika, with a confused look on her face. Latika explained, “I’m making sandwiches for breakfast.”

“But ma, you already prepared poha for breakfast?!”

“That is for Manik’s father, Gaurvi and me. But Trisha doesn’t eat poha. So, I’ll make sandwiches for her and few extra, if someone wants to have them.”

Nandini nodded. Latika asked her to boil potatoes for the sandwiches. Then she asked her to take out milk and set it on boil. Then she added cornflakes to a bowl and asked Nandini to put them on the dining table. Latika asked her, “Why don’t you prepare breakfast for Manik in the mean time?”

“Yeah!” Nandini nodded and took out eggs from the refrigerator. A little, tiny pang hit her that in all this, Latika didn’t ask her what she would have for breakfast and did she prefer something. But then, she quickly dismissed this thought. It was their home after all. They were free to do what they wanted, eat what they liked. It shouldn’t formal.

She beat the eggs for an omelette and took out almond muesli in a bowl when Latika stopped her, in a shrill, upset voice, “What are you doing? What is this?”

Nandini squirmed, “Err, Manik’s breakfast!”

“Is this what you ‘give’ Manik for breakfast?” Latika was clearly not happy.

The ‘give’ word was demeaning but Nandini didn’t react sharply. She answered patiently, “Ma, this is what Manik eats in the morning. This is what he likes…because he likes healt….”

She was telling Latika that Manik appreciated health food. But Latika wasn’t even listening to her. She explained to her as if talking to a small kid, “Listen Nandini, Manik ate all this because he was alone. He chose the easiest options. But you should understand that you are his wife now. You should take care of his food and his nutrition. He works so hard. All day. What energy do eggs and muesli give? Wait, I’ll make aloo parantha for him.”

She moved Nandini away and started rolling balls to make parantha. Nandini couldn’t stop this time, “But ma… eggs and muesli with milk are the healthiest options for breakfast.”

“Give me the butter and take out curd to make raita.” Latika wsa clearly not interested in Nandini’s gyan about breakfast. She had decided that aloo parantha was what was going to be served to Manik.

Nandini followed the orders without any further questions.


The dining table was laid for breakfast for everyone. The entire table was full and most of the preparation and hard work appeared needless to Nandini but she didn’t argue. Manik was ready and when he reached the dining table, he sensed the torture that was to follow. So he raised his hands in the air and said, “I’m not hungry!”

Before any of his sisters or father could coax him, he said, “I’m getting late for office. I have a meeting today, early morning. I’ll have breakfast at office.”

“But Manik, eat something and go.” Latika insisted, “I’ve made aloo parantha for you. You love them.”

He rolled his eyes and laughed, joking adding, “Mom, I ‘loved’ them… as in, that’s a past tense. Anyway, I’m leaving. Nandini, should I drop you to the hospital?”

“Yeah, I’ll just grab my bag!” Nandini went inside to get her bag.

Manik spoke to his family, “I’ll send the car after I reach office. The driver will take you to the market and bring you by lunch to the office. I’ll take the day off after lunch and take you around. I hope it’s fine!”

“Perfect!” Trisha beamed with excitement.

Latika nodded and said, “Okay. I hope you are free by lunch. Anyway, we will take another 2 hours to be ready.”

By the time, Nandini came out and said, “I’ll join you too, by the afternoon. I’ll ask another doctor to take care of my work.”

Latika wasn’t really happy. She said, softly and coaxingly, “But beta…I expected you to take an off today?!”

“Err…” Nandini was speechless and stunned, “Yeah… I mean.. I would have… but I didn’t know that all of you are coming or else I would have applied for leave and asked someone to take charge. We doctors, can’t take sudden leaves. There must be patients waiting…”

Latika smiled, “No problem. We will manage.”

She had said that they will manage. But it was added with such a laboured smile that Nandini almost felt guilty. She hated to go to work when they had family visiting them.

Saddened at that, she walked silently towards the car and even inside the car. Then she turned to Manik, “I should have taken a leave…na!”

Manik smiled knowingly, adjusted the seat belt, and started driving, “Did you know that they were visiting us?”

“No, but it is okay. Families can sometimes surprise kids…”

“Yes! I agree. But when you give surprise visits, you should give time to kids to adjust their routines. We can’t suddenly take leaves and take them around.”

“But… they are not wrong to expect that…”

“You are wrong to expect anything if you don’t know about someone’s job, routine, likes, dislikes…”

Nandini took a deep breath and reclined by the backrest, before she asked in a soft voice, “Is that why you didn’t eat breakfast?”

“You know, that I can’t eat aloo parantha in the morning… so heavy, fried in ghee, butter-laden… I don’t want to feel bloated…”

“But your mom made it with so much love!”

He corrected her, “Yeah, that’s the best part – She made them despite knowing that I don’t like them. That’s her problem, she judges everyone as per her fancies and decides what is best for you just as ‘she’ thinks. It has nothing to do with you and your likes, or wishes! And Nandu, you know what is ‘your’ problem? You care about everyone so much… I’m sure you would have eaten that parantha, just so that my mom doesn’t feel bad.”

“Of course! I would have had it even if I didn’t like it!”

“THAT IS exactly why I get worried for you. I wouldn’t have warned you again and again if you were someone like me. I can handle everyone and anyone. But you are too docile. Too good!! You will allow people to take undue advantage just because you don’t want to hurt them.”

She defended herself, “Huhh! I’m not naive. Not even a baby. But I do take care that I don’t hurt people. You could have told your mom that you don’t like the parantha…”

“One – she already knows it. And I would have had it for her, but it wouldn’t have stopped at one … she would have forced more…”

“But Manik…”

“Nandini… do you notice what we are discussing early in the morning while going to work? Food? Have we ever discussed food before? Is aloo parantha that big an issue that we give it so much time and energy. That’s what happens when mom is around. She gives needless importance to rubbish. She will prepare hundreds of things for everyone and then tell you how she works hard.”

Nandini nodded, “She is not wrong, Manik!”

“She is uselessly wasting her life in nonsense and she wants you to do the same. That is why I am not able to explain in words why I ask you to stay at a distance. She will force her wishes on you and make you feel guilty that you are not upto-the-mark!” He spoke in a bitter tone.

Nandini observed his disturbed face for long, placed her palm on his shoulder as he drove. Then she calmly asked, “Is that why you don’t like to constantly explain every move of yours?!!”

“I can’t explain each and every word that I say, why I took every breath that I took and why I do certain things. My mom is that strict school teacher who wants to know why you laughed during the class!”

“Hmm!” She nodded, trying to understand.

“Exactly what my ex used to do. Time spent with her was pure torture. Whatever I did was less… it was not enough… I was made to feel incapable… and I had to explain why I was working in the office till late, why I had to attend a meeting… why I went to the office on Sunday… I mean…it was all too much…”

Nandini didn’t tell him that his mom had told her that Manik was unhappy about having to let go of his ex-… while Manik had always told her that he didn’t care when she left.

Softly, she tried to change the topic, “I just thought that it would have looked nice if I had taken a leave!”

“Is it so easy for you to take a leave?”

“No… but I could have tried…it looks so bad that both of us left…”

“To join them at afternoon. We should get that space to arrange things at our work… And, by the way… do you think that all your effort of taking leaves and being there, with them, will make my mom happy??”

“Yeahhh… I really wanted to make her feel special… and feel happy that she decided to visit us!”

Manik made a pout and threw a huge bout of air out, nodding hopelessly. He was evidently worried. For this was just the beginning. He knew Nandini well. She would go at any length to be perfect at what she did and to make people fee comfortable. And he knew his mom too well. She would make Nandini feel that she was worth nothing.

“Say something!” Nandini murmured in an unsure voice.

“Nandini, always remember one thing – Some people are never happy with what you do. And my mom is one of them!”


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136 Comments Add yours

  1. Unnati Limbachiya says:

    So beautiful really it very complicated who right ND wrong

  2. Priyanka says:

    Lovely superbbbbbbbbb ❤️❤️❤️ hope Nandu will understand Manik and she can see what Manik is trying to tell her but Nandu is also correct in her place hope it’s not going to be any misunderstanding between them fingers crossed 🤞🤞🤞🤞 amazing wonderful update dear loved it 😍😍😍😍😘😘😘😘😘

    1. Manita V says:

      Thanks a lot… for all the comments on all part.. 💖

  3. Deepa says:

    Latika nandini ko nicha dikhane ki koshish kar rahi hai but nandini itni bholi hai ki use kuchh samaj nahi aa Raha hai . manik sab janta hai isliye use warn kar Raha hai par nandini to nandini hai. Latika is atypical sasu wo nahi chahti ki manik aur nandini ke bich sab thhik rahe but nandini ko manik ke bare me Sochna chahiye. Part is good

  4. Pritam says:

    Awesome update

  5. starshadow18 says:

    After so long you are finally back…thank you so much for the update….coming to the update latika is really weird she made breakfast of everyone’s choice but when it came to manik she was forcing him to eat of her choice thats really ridiculous and also she was behaving typical saas types with nandini that means she calls nandini her daughter just for namesake

  6. singhsanskriti27 says:

    Finally you are back!!! Such a relief it is!
    Fantastic update.

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you dear!

  7. dharmisolanki says:

    Thank you for the update. I hope Nandu realize it soon what Manik was trying to warn het about.

    Waiting for next..

    For you are doing good 😃

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you dear…
      Stay blessed 🙂

  8. Anonymous says:

    Just wow…..so apt with our daily life ups and downs….you can relate to….

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you.

  9. Myworld_myrulz says:

    I’m glad that u r back..! Waited alot for ur update.. manik’s mom character is very confusing. Sometimes she acts all lovingly and sometimes like some saas bahu wali saas type.. but I loved how Manik wants to support nandu..! ♥️

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you for waiting for the update. It feels so good to have people by me.
      Yes, Latika is a complicated character. You will slowly understand her.

  10. Shewani susan says:

    Finally…… Sooooooooooooooooooo happy to see you back Di… And about the update, I just hope coz of Lalitha there’s no issues in MaNan’s life.

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you dear. Happy to see you too. I remember almost everyone who has ever interacted with me. And I keep missing them all the time.

  11. ~Shiv~ says:

    So good to see you back Manita.. hope you and your daughters are doing well 😊

    Coming to the update.. I get Manik so much man.. and his fears.. the characteristics Latika have, it’s just not limited to mums, you have such kind of people everywhere.. someone who’s had a personal experience with such kind of nature and behavior, I can truly understand the pain and hurt Manik is trying to protect Nandini from.. and only a person who has experienced it can differentiate it for others coz on face you can never say the other is wrong. Poor Nandu she doesn’t get it yet. Looking forward to how you tackle this for MaNan..

    1. Manita V says:

      Good to see you too.
      Also, I totally agree that Latika’s characteristics are not limited to mums. Such people are called narcissists and for them, the world revolves around them and everyone else is wrong, except them. I’ve been there, seen that and sorry to hear that you have gone through the same experience. Not a good feeling. I must say. In fact, it is the toughest test to self-esteem when someone close to you behaves in that way, questioning and demeaning everything you do.
      Let’s hope it goes well for Manan.

      Thank you.

  12. Samruddhi says:

    Back with bang! What an awesome update!

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you Samruddhi

  13. m910thakkar says:

    Awsm update❣ welcome back di.

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you

  14. ekta Semwal says:

    Manik’s mom is sooooooo confusing.. I am puzzled with her character 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️

    1. Manita V says:

      Not all people will be white or black, in real life. Most will be grey. They are good to you most of the times, leaving you questioning their intentions, their indifference to your needs and their selfishness at times. Latika is that personality who are ‘all-about-them’

  15. Srivatsa Beeravolu says:

    Feels awesome to have you back
    Waiting for the next one desperately after reading such a lovely chapter

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you

  16. pixiepari says:

    Awww i missed yoi diij…i was on cloud nine yesterday when i saw your post but was having a bad signal….
    Now i ma getting why Manik asked nandu to stay away from his mom…goshhh !!! She is so dominating yaar….

    1. Manita V says:

      Missed you too… Glad to see you here…

  17. Ray_Sam says:

    With a brilliant come back di. We really missed your stories.

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you dear. I missed this place and all of you…

  18. Shanayagold says:

    Welcome back diii…..!!!!! Missed u so much. And by the way it was an awesome update…..😍😍😍

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you and lots of love to you 🙂
      Thanks. Glad you liked the update.

  19. pavanirr says:

    Welcome back di. Hope you are going great and loved this update missed you and your stories too much. Will you update BEB too.

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you dear. I’ve missed this blog and all of you.
      I am taking one thing at a time. Don’t want to pile up things and freak out. So I will take up BEB after I finish Tangles & Ties.
      Thanks for being patient

  20. Lavina Dsouza says:

    Missed these updates so much, felt so good reading this one. Hope you are fine and in a much better space now.

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you so much Lavina. I was missing you.

  21. Aruna K says:

    Welcome back dear. I hope now u are free from all your stressful situations. It’s good to read the story again. But my mother in-law is not like latika, she is understanding and very supportive with me. It’s true my friends get jealous with my relationship with my mother in-law. It’s not from 2-3years but from last 14 years.

    1. Manita V says:

      You are a fortunate soul Aruna. Your bond with your MIL is precious. Treasure it always!
      Lots of good wishes for you and your MIL

      1. Aruna K says:

        Thank you dear

  22. Madhuri53 / Madhuri Kulkarni says:

    Part 81 –   First I thought, like nandini, that manik was exaggerating things and unnecessarily warning  against his mom. But now I know the reason behind it. And nandini being sensible and always understands manik his unspoken meaning behind his words, should understand why he always keep warning her about his mother. And now I think nandini should take it seriously as she already experienced herself and got glimpse of her behaviour. And being manik her son he knows better and act accordingly.
    He was right in saying that his mother will definitely make nanidhi of guilty of things which she never intended to do or did.
    But what manik tols about her mother was scary. How others manages her in house? And I think manik’s father would have suffered more. No wonder manik left his house at the age of 17 on pretext of finding job.
    I just wish that in all this nandini should not lose her confidence on herself or trust on manik, though I know that manik will always support her and will back her up all the time.


    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you Madhuri.

      Yeah, you are right. people who live around such narcissists are the worst sufferers. Let’s see what nandini goes through…

  23. Rajni Singh says:

    Hey…m really glad you are back….
    Missed u and ur stories…
    Wishing u good luck…

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you for the wishes Rajni. They mean the world to me !!
      Lots of love and wishes

  24. krinal310 says:

    I loved it , and welcome back 🤗❤️

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you…. and thank you, Krinal 🙂

  25. DBRSR1822 says:

    It feels sooo good to see you back dear…..I honestly missed your updates a lottt…as they were a great relief during the hectic schedules…so here’s wishing you good luck for your future writings ….and always stay the same happy and positive person..Have a good day..!!

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you for all the wishes and love dear. Thanks for the warm welcome.
      I try to be happy and positive but sometimes, the world rocks my peace and leaves me disturbed. Trying to cope up.
      Thanks for being there 🙂

  26. christinaeappen says:

    Welcome back di!!! We missed you sooooooo much!!!! I am so happy tjat you are continuing writing again😍😍😍😍. Thank you di for the update!!!

    1. Manita V says:

      Missed you too sweetheart. Thanks for coming back to me … love you loads!

  27. Anonymous says:

    Wel come back dear nd it’s superb awesome update i am waiting for your update so much thanks for this update

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you 🙂

  28. Pooja says:

    Welcome baccccckkkk… this place and we missed u a lottttttt…. with this one update it seems like one part of our life is getting back to track… we missed u sooooo much.. thanks for the update😘😘

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you Pooja. Glad to see you here. So happy that all of you didn’t give up on the story. I’m so proud to have friends like you.
      Stay blessed and happy!

      1. Pooja says:

        Give up??? That’s not even in my dictionary when it comes to friends like u and ur works ❤️ 😘

  29. Anonymous says:

    I totally agree with Manik here. Nandini is what’s wrong with all us women today — trying to go overboard to please everyone all the time and
    then being taken for granted for doing so. We try to do it all and too often at the expense of our own mental and physical well being. Manik is right, Nandini wasn’t asked to do any of these things, yet she is going out of her way to try to be the “perfect bahu”. Why ?

    1. Manita V says:

      Yes. You are absolutely right about analysing Nandini’s behavour. We have been through that stage and learnt more or less, the same way that whatever you do( or not do), it is not going to make much difference.

  30. Ruchi says:

    Hey Manita, welcome back!! I was so happy to see an email update in my inbox today. 😊 Hope you are doing well and may you always find the strength to fight your battles.

    I just skimmed through the update this morning and fully read it just now. It was awesome!

    I was scared Nandini will be cold with Manik but I hope now she will understand what he is trying to say..at the same time I am concerned about her nice behavior towards everyone..she must have encountered not so nice people during her medical college days and usually that makes a person wary about trusting other people. I am worried for Manik too he is going to become a pendulum now 🤣..if he continues doing things like he did at breakfast his mom is gonna feel more insulted and find new ways to suffocate Nandini..and if he sides with his mom Nandu is gonna feel hurt n confused.

    Hope they fight this together 😃

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you Ruchi. I missed all of you and this blog so much…

      You are right. Nandini has seen bad people in her college days and even the few boyfriends she has had, including the one that left her the day before marriage… so deep inside, she doesn’t trust people. But that makes her place family above everyone else. She knows the value of family, who stayed with her through thick and thing. At the same time, she craves love. So she is talkative, makes friends easily, and is nice to everyone because there is a deep seated need to fit in. She wants people to like her and love her, but gets hurt when they don’t respond in a way she does. She did see through Latika but the fact that she is Manik’s mom and that Nandini was impressed by her, blinded her judgement.

      1. Ruchi says:

        Yeah makes sense, also I have noticed it is easy for guys to let go of such things but damn difficult for girls to ignore a single sentence of criticism from in-laws especially. I guess somewhere its the effect of stupid saas bahu shows.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Really missed u and ur work…

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you so much 🙂

  32. Anonymous says:

    Trust me when I say this, that I NEEDED something to read to get my mind off and you uploaded (all smiles)

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you dear 🙂

  33. Lopamudra Swain says:

    Seriously I checked four times the blog for update today. It was not showing in the chapters but when I scroll down it is updated already.

    I hope everything is going well for you. Wishing you all the love and happiness.

    Coming to the update… Manik is warning so many times, even nandini is seeing his mother acts… Then why even she is getting so disheartened. Is that so difficult to understand people. I could have figured out than and there where she wantedly made aloo paranthas. Why to make so much breakfasts.. People can have anything.. An apple is also healthy. Why to demean nandini when you yourself asked her to make.

    Why mothers take it competition every times.

    1. Ruchi says:

      I totally agree..I don’t understand how Nandini cannot see it..in such cases having friends who are girls help the most..they understand without judging..I hope Nandini finds someone

    2. Manita V says:

      Thank you Lopa. That’s so sweet of you.

      As far as Nandini goes, she did feel a pang of hurt when Latika didn’t ask her about the breakfast, but she is one of those who want to make people feel at home when they are her guests. She will get her ‘wake up call’ soon.

  34. luv_u_zindagi says:

    Welcome back!!!❤

    This time please listen to ur manik coz he is right nandu

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you dear!

  35. Madhuri Wadhwani says:

    Somebody is back and how!!
    Great to have you back.
    Awesome update as usual.
    This update makes me more inquisitive about human psychology.

    1. Manita V says:

      Great to see you too Madhuri. Human psychology is the most complicated of all, I believe!
      We’ll decode it together 🙂

      1. Simar manu says:

        As far as human psychology is concerned….I think this world is full of people like latika…people who think that they are perfect in everything…and who never count the efforts and love of others towards them.Actually they are very insecure and weak deep down in their heart.Its not that they don’t know what they are doing wrong..People who think they are superior to others…. actually they are scared and insecure from inside.That they keep curving others so that they don’t take their place in relationships or even thing.Of course I can be wrong.Its totally my point of view.
        It would be interesting to know about Manik and his mother in the past.

        1. Manita V says:

          You are absolutely right simar. You have beautifully analysed Latika… also such people cannot think beyond themselves… everyone’s life should revolve around them

  36. Do such guys exist? I think no.
    Those who would say something against their mom and understand their better halfs to such extent.
    Although reading all this makes me feel so good.

    1. Ruchi says:

      My hubby is like this.. 😊 it makes me feel so happy 😃

      1. Manita V says:

        Ruchi, you are a lucky girl… touchwood!

        1. Ruchi says:

          Thank you 🙂

    2. Manita V says:

      All kinds of people exist in the world Prachi. Some men are sensible and rational… they try to balance all sides. Not totally impossible.
      Others get carried away towards whatever their moms tell them…

  37. rmlatha says:

    Welcome back dear

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you Madhavi. I missed you.

  38. sumaia sara says:

    This chapter is so relatable,Latika is not completely typical mother in law but as like other desi mother she is Over concern and want Over perfection in everything,I am so glad that how you keep it so real.
    Nor Latika is wrong nor Manik is but in Between both Nandini is confuse.
    Can’t wait for future updates ❤

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you dear. I’m glad that you could relate to it. Latika is not wrong initially but little traits soon become too much to bear if they go over the top.
      Thanks again.
      Lots of love.

  39. Me Anami says:

    Awesome 👍

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you dear

  40. chandrasan says:

    Despite being stuck with important work and some personal problem, u took time to inform us and update us regarding everything which u are going through. Thats y we love u so much and thank u for coming back to ur second home 😭❤❤ I missed ur writing, missed ur inspirational words, missed ur replies, I missed u, I missed u, I missed u, I missed u, I missed u, I missed u so much!

    1. Manita V says:

      Aww… I am overwhelmed and speechless…

      I missed you too…. a lot… a lot!!

      I will write a separate post about everything that happened in past 2 months and how it is going now… thanks for being there. It means the world to me

      1. chandrasan says:

        Can’t wait to read it ❤❤ hoping to read that things are better and settled now from ur side ❣ that’s the happy news am expecting in ur post 😁😁💖

        1. Manita V says:

          Love you loads… will post tomorrow 🙂

  41. Sanjukta Chatterjee says:

    Watch out Nandini! This time believe in Manik without any question. Latika is most manipulative. She twists things and presents them as per her motive. In other words, MIL from Hell! 🙄😬
    Thank you Doc for restarting this amazing story. Hope you are well and happy. 🤗
    Will you complete Tangles & Ties first or will you be posting BEB too? Take care. Stay blessed. ❤️

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you Sanjukta. Every comment leaves me speechless and spellbound. I’m so glad that people remember this story and waited for it. Thank you for joining again.

      I will update and finish Tangles & Ties first and then take up BEB.
      Thanks again 🙂

  42. Anonymous says:

    Welcome Back Manita!!! Such a pleasure to see you back! Its been one heck of a week for me with kids on break and work on full throttle! But I remembered that you would be back today and logged in to see you and your message!

    Your first post after the break is so good! felt like there wasn’t any pause in the story, but again that’s because of your writing.

    Hope you are doing better now and in a happier place!

    Absolutely loved the chapter. I was not the fence about Latika’s behavior in the last chapter…I was still hoping that there was a wedge between Manik and his mom due to his ex, but looks like she really is someone who like her ways and believes that they are the best for everyone. I guess Manik was trying to say the same thing….but poor Nandini, I hope she doesn’t fall too hard before its too late. And as always, would love to see how they come out of it together.

    Ah! the family guilt, emotional blackmailing and what not! and the typical mother-in-law syndrome – I know my son better than you know your husband! Been there, saw that, fell in that trap, learnt it the hard way.

    I had a very similar experience ( the whole breakfast scene in the chapter) – My husband has left his parents when he was around 18 for his higher studies, he hasn’t lived with them in over a decade. He had lived in various countries for his higher studies and job. During all these years, lot of things changed with him, especially his eating habits. My MIL was so pissed that I was making some random oats, omelette, muesli every now and then, with brown rice for lunch and multigrain atta rotis for dinner! 😂😂 This isn’t what a working person should eat…how will he get his strength, all that etc etc stuff, (I too was working then, but who cares what I eat right😂😂😂, its not that I work equally as hard and long as him). We had the exact same conversation – my husband asking me to not take it to heart whatever she says, and I trying to pull all the strings I could to “please” her…and finally learning that whatever I do, I will always fall “short”…so instead, I started ignoring her tid-bits for me to become a better wife and daughter in law…now she doesn’t poke me😂😂😂

    1. Anonymous says:

      username – chendubundu. I am unable to login to WordPress for some reason!

      1. Manita V says:

        You know, I was about to ask your name after I read your comment but your language, the way you wrote the entire thing so openly and the salutations told me that it was written by Sowmya.
        I’m so proud that I could guess it. Thank you for writing about your experience. I’m glad you could relate to what I was trying to say 🙂

        1. chendubundu says:

          Aww! Thank you! I feel so happy that you could guess me!😀

          But I am really really so glad and happy to see you back!

          1. Manita V says:

            Same here Sowmya. It feels home.

    2. Ruchi says:

      I can Soo relate to this..My hubby had also changed his habits since he moved out and now when we go back home my MIL is surprised and angry at the changes 🤣

      I don’t know how Nandu doesn’t know this though..she must have heard about such MILs from her colleagues or someone right..this is sooo common

      1. Manita V says:

        I’m glad you could relate to what I wrote. But there are some people like Nandu who give a benefit of doubt more than what other people deserve… they wake up a little late…

  43. Azania25 says:

    It was a pure bliss to read this story after very long … I am speechless, don’t have words to appreciate your writing skills.. .. it’s beyond beautiful, awesome, amazing and superb..

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you so much. It means so much to me.
      Stay blessed.

  44. Sita Nyati says:

    It’s so great, feels like home❤

    1. Manita V says:

      I can say the same dear. This blog, all of you and this story feels like home to me 🙂

  45. chandrasan says:

    I don’t like when ppl cut and shut others unnecessarily. Latika was doing the same, nandu was trying to say something but that women shutted her 😏😡😡 acting as if she knows everything huhhh

    1. Manita V says:

      A lot of people do that Chandra. They don’t let others speak, coz they think they know everything

  46. kalpana devi says:

    Welcome back ManitaV. I m very much reading the update after a long time. I hope every problem in ur life is cleared now. I had a similar experience with my MIL. Whatever I make or do she is not satisfied with it she shows some or other mistake of what I did. I hope nandhini also see the real face of Latika soon.

    1. Manita V says:

      This is the story of many MILs… they think they know the best but it is okay, if it is upto a limit. Sometimes, they go overboard. That should not be the case.

  47. chandrasan says:

    His warning DON’T COME TO ME CRYING 😒 I just hope nandu to handle this situation in a mature way!

  48. chandrasan says:

    Coming back to the update, I already hate latika 😡😂 manan conversation is best ❤❤ they are poles apart still expressing everything honestly and being themselves around each other is love ❤ that’s where T&T wins every time 👏👏

  49. susiisami says:

    Welcome back sis and thanks for the new chapter.. Missed this couple so much.. Hope all are well with you.

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you so much for not giving up on the story. Thanks for everything

  50. chandrasan says:

    Finally after ages 😭😭 we missed ur writing so much like soooo much!!

  51. Diviya says:

    Loved how manan talk about everything openly and wish upcoming days nanduu talk about that ex matters too but loving it

  52. Aasma says:

    The story sounds really good, I’m gonna go back and read all the chapters and then start commenting

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you for joining Aasma. I would suggest you to start reading from the beginning.

  53. lovelyrashu says:

    Welcome back di, so happy to have you back 😊. Amazing update but I really felt that nandini is going over the board about accepting Latika’s every demand its her own home and she can do whatever the heck she wants. I really don’t understand such mothers who on one hand gets desperate for their son’s wedding and then treat the girl like some outsider. I really do hope that nandini gets to know her real face soon so that she doesn’t affect manan’s blooming relationship. And ya nandini should really communicate about Latika behavior and talks with manik.

    1. Manita V says:

      Nandini is like that only. She is good even to strangers and now happy to have Manik’s family with them. She feels it’s her duty to make people feel good.
      Glad you are here. Loved reading your comment.
      Thank you 🙂

  54. Diviya says:

    Amazing update again and after reading it only realised how much more I missed u and ur manan and loving to see how manan going handle this situation and overcome it

    1. Manita V says:

      I missed you too Diviya. .. This is one place where I am the happiest.
      Thank you for being there… at all times… always!!

  55. Diviya says:

    Really amazing update doc and really missed your writing so muchhhhh lots of love

  56. Diviya says:

    Welcome back

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you, It feels so good to be here 😀

  57. Diviya says:

    Finally favourite story is back and such amazing update. Loving too see manan. And about manik mother I also feel same manik feel there something really wrong also about nanduu also same and she will definitely understand it soon as in her pov she isn’t also wrong and so excited for next update

  58. Darshini says:

    Manik s rit .bt his pov abt his mother s lil harsh.i mean parents do evrythn fr our good i knew sometyms they do things dat irritate us .The sad thing s wen grow our distances nd equation wid our parents also grow with our age.mayb manik s rit bt he s nt right fully .mayb if he would hav been a lil less practical nd lil more emotional.food r anythn they alwaus wants us to hav evrythn unlimited so dat v wl b happy sometyms bt manik s right too they wont think abt our happiness unintentionally nd intentionally.dats where our equations changes wid our parents.after reading dis chapter i like too say more bt i dont want give competition to manita😂🤣by writing an essay .girl ur so intelligent.keep it up fr weaving ur story with reality👏🏻😊

    1. Manita V says:

      You are right at many places. But again, what parents and well wishers sometimes do is acceptable to a certain level. If they go overboard, it becomes suffocating.
      Manik’s mother is interfering too much and Manik knows that well.

      Thank you for writing here. You can write as much as you feel like.Long comments are a treat for the writer 😀

      1. Darshini says:

        Aww thank u writerji .i thought u wont reply fr my comment .so sweet of u.nd ya nw u hav given authority to write essay🤣next tym i wl write watevr i feel without any hesitation

        1. Manita V says:

          Sure. Please do 🙂

  59. Diviya says:

    Wohooooo finallyyyyyyy

  60. hinuthakkar11 says:

    Finallyyyy my fav story is backk🤩🤧❤️
    About the update i feel Manik is totally right about his mom..I observed her doings and felt she just wanted to make Nandini feel guilty about anything and everything she does just bcz latika is perfect in her own mind🙄and i m so sure she is trying her best to do it more and that’s why she said all those things to confuse Nandini! But why fikar when Manik is here:) and i hope she discuss those things with him soon so that she can understand what his mother is upto bcz even though he tried to show her the reality but still she will do the things which he fears..and also he needs to be very clear about why he wants Nandini to keep distance from his mother…
    And i observed that she didn’t ask or expect Manik to take the leave from his office but she definitely expected her daughter in law to take a leave just bcz they were here that too all of a sudden without informing them..indirectly she stated the difference between daughter and daughter in law! Idk when this difference will go from here!! I know nowadays soo many people in real treats their son’s wife as their own daughter only but the number is still less..

    1. Manita V says:

      Your observations about small things I wrote about Latika are bang on. That is how she is. Thanks for being here Hinu. You have always been there, in all good and bad times and I appreciate it a lot.
      Thanks again. Stay blessed 🙂

      1. hinuthakkar11 says:

        Thank you dii:)
        And will always be there for you❤️

        1. Manita V says:

          love you 🙂

          1. hinuthakkar11 says:

            Love u too dii lotss❤️

  61. Anonymous says:

    Welcome back didu❤❤❤❤ much more love to u😘😘, it feel really grt to read this one after a lng time❤❤

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you dear! Feels good to be back to my extended family. lots of love

  62. Mspagal says:

    Hmm interesting one and welcome back

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you 🙂

  63. stelitoes11 says:

    Beautiful update loved it

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you dear 🙂


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