Tangles & Ties: Chapter 82: What About You?

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As decided, Manik dropped Nandini to her hospital and went to his office, after which he sent the car back for his family.

Latika, Manoj, Gaurvi, and Trisha finished their breakfast and got ready to roam around the city and indulge in some shopping. Manik had instructed his driver to take the family through some places of tourist interest like the Bangalore Palace. Latika also wanted to visit the Panchmukhi Ganesh temple. So, they went there too. The family loved the outing.

They had lunch on the way and visited nearby places. By late afternoon, Manik called his mother.

“Mom, I have two meetings lined up, back to back. So, I won’t be free before 6 pm. I’ve asked the driver to take you to Brigade road and then to Metropolitan mall.”

“Mmm…okay!” Latika didn’t say much. Her few words said that she was not really pleased. She twisted her lips for a small moment. Manik tapped his pen on the file before, exactly picturing his mom in this scenario. He didn’t say anything too. No major, detailed clarifications. About the meetings. About the importance. Nothing. No pacifications to make her feel better or how he was going to make up for that. Nothing, again. More than everything else – No apologies. At all!

Latika waited and then she threw a deep breath, before she said, “Okay, meet us when you are free.”

“Yep. I’ll try to finish off things as soon as possible. If you need anything, tell the driver. He will arrange.”

“Alright!” Latika smiled and disconnected the call to inform the rest of them, “Manik is not coming for now. He has meetings.”

Manoj shrugged casually and started walking, “That’s no big deal. I was about to say in the morning itself that he shouldn’t disturb his schedules for us. What will he do in the shopping, except tagging along? It’s better this way – that he is at the office and we are free to lurk around the markets.”

Trisha too nodded and giggled as she said, “Yep, that’s cool. Bhai never had the patience for shopping, anyway. In fact, if I was in his place, I would have arranged some fake meetings and excused myself from the torture.”

Latika smiled, and followed them, “Do you really think, I don’t know him? It’s not like I wanted him to be here for shopping with me. But I am in the same city so I want to spend as much time as I can with him but he just keeps running away, God knows why!”

Gaurvi made a face, and complained in a low voice, “Please don’t make fun of him, all of you. Bhai is definitely not making excuses. He must be busy, I’m one hundred percent sure.”

The rest of them laughed loudly and teased her that she was always Manik’s best advocate.

Nandini couldn’t come too. No one called or bothered her. Instead, they were busy shopping and roaming around the markets. By the evening, she almost rushed to be with the family. On her way towards the Brigade Road, she asked the driver where the family was and the driver directed her to a designer gold jewellery store located at one of the turns from the Brigade Road.

Nandini got dropped by the cab at the location sent by the driver and made a quick dash through the turn to be inside the jewellery store where Manik’s family was shopping. Trisha was trying bracelets out of several patterns spread on a velvet tray before her. Gaurvi was choosing a gold necklace set that her parents were going to present her for the baby shower ceremony. Manoj was waiting on one of the cushioned chairs while Latika was beside him, talking to the store manager about latest designs, price of gold etc. Manik was standing far off, leaning on one of the counters, busy scrolling over his phone, least interested in the gold shopping. He was clearly standing there just for the benefit of being there for his family. Nandini didn’t know that he had come only 10 minutes before her.

As soon as Nandini pushed through the glass door of the store and entered, all eyes were on her for a moment. She was intimidated for a moment and scanned their looks for quickly, before she walked towards Latika and apologised profusely, “I’m sorry, ma, I’m late. Actually, I had emergency surgery…”

Latika politely cut her and in a poised way, she said, “But you could have called… no…?!”

All colours drained off Nandini’s face and she pressed her lips, “I was about to leave the hospital but the other doctor was not well, so she took a day off and left early… the HOD said that I could leave by 4…but then an emergency came with some complication and then she wanted me to be there… my phone was in my handbag and after I was scrubbed, I couldn’t call… it was already late so I finished the work and asked the HOD if I could go. Finally, by 6, I could leave the hospital…I’m so …so sorry!”

Gaurvi waved with her hand and said, “It’s okay, bhabhi! Don’t apologise.”

Manoj got up from his seat and said, “You sit beta. You are out of your breath. It looks like you came running. And don’t worry, we didn’t need you to be here.”

Latika smiled too and spoke with a dragged sigh, “Yeahhh!! In fact, you could have continued with your work. We were doing just as fine!”

Her voice was warm and tone loving but her words were hurtful. Nandini felt as if she had done a huge mistake and she should be feeling extremely sorry for it. She left a small breath and was almost on a verge of crying.

She turned to look at Manik who was looking at her with an unreadable look on his straight face. He was leaning with his rear on the display counter at the end of the store.He folded his hands across his chest and slightly tilted his neck, but didn’t speak anything. Nandini slightly moved her chin and squinted her eyes to ask for his help, expecting him to speak for her. But he opened his folded hands, searched for his phone in his blazer, made a lopsided twist of his lips and rotated his phone between his fingers.

Nandini heaved a deep sigh and said, “I’m so so so sorry, Ma! Next time onwards, I’ll take care!”

Then she asked Manoj to sit but he didn’t. They were already done with the shopping bit, and now they were sorting out the final selected pieces and getting them weighed to get the final prices. Latika and Manoj helped Gaurvi and Trisha in the final selection. So, Nandini slowly walked backwards to go near Manik and stood facing him, with her back to the family.

He softly, slightly smirked, just for her. She lifted her chin and gave him an evident frown, with a whisper, “Seems like you are really enjoying?”
He murmured back, in a sly tease, “Why not? Since you always love taking and giving soooo manyyyy explanations… and… apolgising for doing your work…”

She made a huge pout and left a deep breath of air, in relief, as if all her energy was drained. He nodded as if talking to a small baby and said, “Now you understand, why I always avoid this scene?? …Yeahhhh???

She made a desperate face and whispered, “You can say that because you were here. I couldn’t make it, so I had to…”

“Hey…hey… wait! I came only 10 minutes ago!”

“What?!!” She was astonished, looking at him with eyes widened. “And what did you say?”

He shrugged casually, “Nothing!”

“Nothing???… you mean, nothing?! Really?”

He shrugged again, twisting his lips. She sighed and leaned beside him, “Ufff!!! You were so right, mannnn!! I am an idiot.” With that she moved her neck, stretching backwards and sideways, as she was too tired.

She looked so adorably cute that he had to turn his eyes away, or else he would have taken her in his arms, there and then. Obviously, it was just a thought. But to resist that temptation was huge. He said, “Trust me. I know, mom!”

“Hmm… You have said that before…But you could have helped me, nah??!!” She complained.

“Listen!” He turned to face her almost in a pose to scold her, but then he mellowed down when he looked at her tired, tiny form. Softly, he said, slightly leaning towards her, “I’ve already helped you enough by warning you, okay! On my part, I have devised a stable balance to deal with my family. I can’t disturb that or get into useless matters to hurt them. It’s your fight. It’s up to you now – you want to give explanations, or apologise, or excuse yourself, or deal with them, or want to be perfect for them, or fight with them…it’s your outlook. I won’t get into that… do as you want… but don’t drag me in it… I’ve been kind to warn you before…no one does…”

She frowned, flaring her nares & spoke in a frustrated tone, “Manik, how mean of you?!!”

Latika spoke to them, “Both of you, what is so important that you can’t wait to get back home to discuss?”

They smiled sheepishly and nodded to dismiss the entire scene, hoping that they were not overheard. It didn’t look like so, as everyone else was smiling too. Latika called her, “Nandini, can you please come here? I want you to help me choose a few items.”

“Sure!” Nandini was alerted like a robot on command, as she quickly rushed towards Latika.

Latika showed her few pieces of jewellery that Gaurvi and Trisha had chosen, a beautiful gold bracelet for Trisha, a necklace and ear-rings set for Gaurvi, gold anklets for Latika. Nandini sifted through the delicate pieces as Latika spoke, “Bangalore and Chennai are places where I usually shop for gold jewellery. The designs, the quality, the variety is unmatched. Nowhere in the country, you get such stuff.”

“Yeah!” Nandini nodded, “They are so pretty!”

“Okay, look at these diamond rings…” She asked the manager to give the tray of 4 heavy gold rings with diamonds studded in them, “Which one is the prettiest?”

The shiny sparkle in the diamonds was so exquisite, it looked that they were freshly cut and studded in the rings. All the rings have different beautiful patterns. Nandini couldn’t decide on one, “All are so beautiful!”

“But you can wear only one na…” Latika said lovingly.

Manoj added his joke, “Or say, for now, we can afford only one!” And laughed at his own joke, joined by Gaurvi and Trisha.

“Meeeee!!” Nandini was left speechless. And stunned.

“Of course!” Latika picked up two rings, “Did you think, we will buy jewellery for our daughters and forget you!”

Immediately, she felt guilty and ashamed, “No… ma… I mean… I didn’t mean that… I … I mean, I don’t need any jewellery! I have so much jewellery that was made at our marriage.. it’s only 4 months…”

“Yeah, I know, but I remember that you don’t have an engagement ring. As you were married directly, without the engagement. So, you need to have a diamond ring, that everyone in our family has…”

“But I really don’t wear jewellery…” Nandini tried to excuse herself. She was finding it awkward, especially after bitching with Manik about how monstrous his mom was, and then she accepted honestly, “And I am kinda careless too… I keep taking off my rings and watch before surgery and during household work and keep them, here and there… I don’t want to take responsibility for such a precious, expensive piece…”

Latika smirked, and spoke in a know-it-all tone, “You can get rid of responsibilities, just by saying that you don’t want them. This is not how it is done. You are married now, will have kids tomorrow, will be at my place someday… you ‘have’ to ‘learn’ to take responsibilities…”

Nandini didn’t know whether she should be feeling overwhelmed at Latika’s gesture of buying her a ring or be intimidated at her attempt to dominate every scene. She didn’t mind being dominated too. Living with relatives had taught her to be submissive and understanding at times like these. But she didn’t like how Latika tried to prove that Nandini knew nothing, was worth nothing and needed to learn a lot in life. She pressed her lips as she didn’t want to answer back.

This time, Manik stepped forwards, casually picked one ring and spoke like a naughty kid, “I like this one! End of discussion?”

“Why don’t you let her choose?” Latika insisted.

“Because she will keep refusing and you will keep giving some gyan or the other…” He laughed casually, “I’m so hungry ma… let’s go and eat something… Come, I’ll show you all an amazing South Indian Cafe, that specialises in 140 types of dosas.”

Latika gave up, nodding sweetly and took the ring from Manik, “As you say! Okay, Nandini, give me your hand. Let’s check if it fits.”

Without a second thought, Nandini stretched her hand towards Latika, who was taken aback at the tattoo on her finger – beautifully inscribed in black permanent ink – Manik!

It was then, Manik and Nandini both realised the presence of the tattoo and the memories attached to it. Latika gave her a knowing smile and said, “Interesting!”

Gaurvi teased her, “Now, I see… why were you refusing the ring…”

The girls giggled and everyone joined, leaving Nandini embarrassed and Manik walking away, out of the store, with an exaggerated – ‘whatever!!’

Latika hugged Nandini and said, “Manik is so lucky to have you. I’m so glad I chose you for him.”

Nandini could actually feel her tongue being tied to her palate and unable to move through her mouth to say something, while the entire passage from her mouth to her throat dried.

They paid the bill and went to the nearby cafe that Manik had suggested. Everyone took a seat, while Nandini walked slowly, in the end, still reeling under the shock of Latika’s hug and warm words of appreciation.

Manik made everybody comfortable and asked them to order their favourite type of dosa. Then, when he looked at Nandini, she was right at the entrance, fiddling with her shoe strap. He excused himself and went back to bring her, “What happened?”

She raised her beautiful eyes to let them meet his eyes, held his hand to stand straight… and nodded, with a soft whisper, “I give up! I lack the capacity to understand your mom. She is so confusing.”

He laughed aloud, “Come inside. What will you have? You must be hungry!”

“Seriously, Manik. You find this funny?”

“It IS funny. What did you think? It was going to be easy??”

“No… but I’m losing my mind now. I haven’t met a person like her… I need to take one side. I don’t know whether to love her or hate her? To go all out and trust her or be wary and scared of her??… I’m getting restless…”

He sighed. “Don’t think so much. Go by your instincts, like I do!”

“You love her… right?” She asked with an adoring sigh, feeling bad for him. To live with someone and then to love her too, who only knew how to spin things around her must have been traumatizing.

He lowered his face to avoid letting her see the expressions on his face and nodded, “Who doesn’t love their mother?”

“But she is so weird?!”

“She is complicated… Nandu! That is what I was trying to tell you and I’m glad that you could see it yourself. She is not bad. She is not evil. But she is VERY VERY difficult. You need to please her to be in her good books. You need to appease her likings and wants. You need to explain each and everything why you did something and why you didn’t… or else she will make you feel as if you are good for nothing. In short, the world revolves around her.”

“How does your dad manage?”

He kept quiet and chewed his lower lip. Then, in a serious tone, he said, “We’ll talk about it on some other day. Let’s go inside, they will wonder what keeps us for long… all the time! I don’t want my mom to start feeling threatened…”

“Hmm!” She nodded. “Just one thing…?”

“What?”

“Is it so difficult to live by her rules? I mean, if we love her and we want her to feel happy, what is the problem in making her feel special?”

Immediately, he frowned, and snapped in a sharp angry tone, “Do not even try that!! Okay? That’s the worst trait you have…You go all out to make people feel special… you try to be perfect at everything you do… that is why I ask you to not attempt anything here…Unless you want to be crushed and trampled under her feet. So, I repeat, don’t do that…”

“Uhhh…” She frowned visible, unable to understand what made him so angry.

He added, in a softer, caring tone, “Every effort of yours will go unrecognised and leave you hurt… All that you do, will never be enough…”

His worry and concern for her were adorable. He lost his temper quite often but when he did it for her, she felt proud of being with him. She didn’t need to worry or care about her well-being. She had someone doing that for her. Like she did for him! No feeling on the planet was more assuring and more wholesome than this.

She smiled gloriously and held his hand, taking a step closer, “Manik, I love it when you are protecting me!”

“Shut up!” He smiled slightly, almost awkward at this sudden display of love. The next moment, he turned to go inside. “Let’s go. Or else, they will come outside.”

She followed him, with a soft whisper trailing behind him, “Don’t you think, you should tell her what you think about her overbearing ways?!”

“Are you crazy?” He frowned and was worried again. “Don’t you dare do that… ever!!”

Cutely, softly, she asked, walking towards the corner seating space, “But why?”

“For obvious reasons – She will never accept it and she will be hurt!”

Nandini stopped walking and held his elbow to stop him too. He shrugged to ask her what happened to her. In a low, deep, poignant voice, she asked, “You say that you have devised a stable balance with your family… what kind of balance? To take all the hurt on yourself? You worry that I shouldn’t get hurt. You also worry that your mom shouldn’t get hurt…”

He didn’t want to hear more. He turned away, as she sighed – “What about you, Manik?”

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91 Comments Add yours

  1. Prabha Returi says:

    OMG! I missed so many updates. I realised it just today.
    Coming to the update, it was amazing as always. I like how you make us feel that we belong to the story I mean I can so relate to it about how Manik feels about his mom, Moms or MILs can never be evil but can be so overbearing, it sometimes gets suffocating. I sympathize with Manan on this. You penned it so beautifully Manita! Take a bow!

  2. Unnati Limbachiya says:

    Superb outstanding what thoughtful writing

  3. Priyanka says:

    Amazing finally Nandu ko Manik ki bat smjh me aahi gai glad she understand Manik wonderful update dear loved it 😍😍😍😍😘😘😘😘

  4. Deepa says:

    Fabulous akhir nandini ko manik ki bat samaj aa hi gai I love this couple yaar

  5. Anonymous says:

    Please please update di 🙂

    1. Manita V says:

      will take time as I am unable to complete

  6. Angeleverr says:

    Di are you gonna update today or not?
    So that we should wait or not..

    1. Manita V says:

      What I am writing is not complete… so it will take some time… I will update in few hours… you can read it tomorrow morning… sorry for keeping you waiting

  7. Anonymous says:

    When can we expect an update

    1. Manita V says:

      taking some time… read it in the morning

  8. Kt says:

    Plz update!
    Waiting eagerly for it!

  9. Tanvi Jain says:

    Please update soon …waiting for it !!

  10. Priyadarshini Singh says:

    There are auto corrections in my comment spoiling it.😂

  11. Priyadarshini Singh says:

    Back to back exams and certain problems back at home had me cut off from every social sites. I am sorry I cut off the connection I had. And was not there to support you in your lows and appreciate you in your highs.
    But now I can. It always amazes me that you write so simply yet beautifully. Your writing is one of its own simple yet elegant. I am so glad to be able to get back and continue readding. I m an addict to stories. I can keep reading and reading and won’t stop for the world. A trait my family never approves of. Being a science student was never my choice. It was a fear of being underestimated in the society. Now I have an opportunity to takexplore literature but to do that I must qualify an exam I m preparingredients for since 2 years. Its basically a condition from my father.
    Any way many such things had me distracted and disturbed leading me to stop being an active reader. Habits don’t lose and addictions don’t stop. So I am back.
    Tangles and Ties is so much of a beauty. Its really appreciationworthy. Your work has always attracted me. Someday I hope to be ablessed to write the way you do.

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you for remembering me and coming back after exams. You are most welcome 🤗🤗
      And loved your comment. Thank you 💖💖

  12. piya66 says:

    Di please update

    1. Manita V says:

      Tomorrow 🙂

  13. Anonymous says:

    Didi when we get next updates…
    Not pressurising you…
    But just wanted to know…
    Very eager to read next parts ❤️
    Or what about “Ice & Fire”
    Nd yessss always praying for you 💕😘😍💕

    1. Manita V says:

      I will update tomorrow 🙂

  14. Anonymous says:

    Manita di on which days we can expect updates ??? The wait is killing us so that we know on this we will have an update

    1. Manita V says:

      I’m so sorry… I actually assumed that people don’t have much time to read these days or maybe they have distanced from the stories.
      So, I was taking it slow.
      I will update faster if a few of you are waiting for updates 🙂
      Sorry again.

      1. gursheen says:

        Di, of course we are. In fact I have been checking WordPress from Sunday to see if there is an update or not. It’s just that I didn’t want to disturb you. But please update if you can. Can’t wait 😍

        1. Manita V says:

          okay… I will… possibly tonight

        2. Manita V says:

          I will update tomorrow 🙂

      2. Isha says:

        Not a few,all of us are waiting..

        1. Manita V says:

          Thank you 🙂
          I will update tomorrow..

  15. Anonymous says:

    Wow superb update wawao speechless

  16. Bidisha Mohanty says:

    Wow wow wow you always,always manage to bowl me over .

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you dear

  17. Kt says:

    It is really a beautiful chapter‼️
    I feel overwhelmed seeing the care both manan have towards each other and also am quite dubious about his mom’s behaviour
    But lets wait and see what happens further…

    1. Manita V says:

      Yepp… let’s see how the future unfolds for them.
      Thanks.

  18. Diviya says:

    Wow what an amazing update loving it ♥️

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you dear

  19. Keny says:

    What about you…these words just stole the story..Manan proving absolute couple goals..Love the fact that this story is set up in practical real life scenarios..

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you for liking it.
      I’ve tried to keep it real… glad it came across like that…

  20. Part 82 – She hit the right cord….”what about you”. In keeping happy balance bet the family he was hurting himself, bearing all the pain but never answered back to his mother as she will get hurt. He told her how he is doing this all his life. How to please her, when to and what to explain her, everything. I think nandini too will get adjusted with time. And moreover they will soon leave to go back Lucknow. So I think nandini should not get worried about her image in front of latika.
    She is really really difficult to handle. Nandu got confused to how to behave with her in certain situations. She already gave up in understanding his mom. I like that manik was enjoying her in situations created by his mom, but at the same time he was very protective about her also. Glad that he gave her space so that she herself could experience how weird his mom is.
    Thnx that I got my answer to question that how her husband handled her. nandini asked the same question. But it seemed all were happy and have absolute no problem with her behaviour, may be they all got accustomed to her behaviour.
    But nandini is right in giving a solution to his mom’s behaviour. She should be made aware of her unpleasantly overpowering behaviour. He loves his mom that he out rightly refused that idea. But that should be done in such manner that she will not get hurt and understand others’ too. I think nandini show her this side and her fault too.
    Now what will he answer her..?

    Madhuri53

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you for analysing it in detail, Madhuri. There is a lot more that needs to unfold before Manan truly know each other… they are taking baby steps, disturbed by people around them.
      Manik’s answer is in the next update…

  21. Anonymous says:

    Manik is saying that his mom is not evil but very difficult because she is his mom but in right sense if we see his mom is evil…she was continuously taunting nandini and then otherside showing her love which is totally fake and she is showing that love to balance her evilness so that nandini won’t say anything to her and would be left confused of her behavior and also i found manoj’s behavior confusing when he said “you didn’t need to be here” i hope i am wrong…n now i understood why manik was not so happy on meeting his family his mom literally snatches one person’s peace…but i am loving how manan are worried for each other thats the best part😍

    1. Manita V says:

      Latika is difficult because she actually bought diamond ring for her and brought a watch for her too on Manik;s birthday. She chose Nandini as Manik’s life partner and happy that they are together, so she is not evil at heart…but she has evil traits like narcissism, self inflated ego and the tendency to always dominate people for decisions and actions and the tendency to always be right.
      It’s difficult not to love her because she loves everyone around her, but very difficult to live with her because she suffocates people. She is grey and I have seen A LOT of people like her…

  22. manini20 says:

    This update is full of entertainment…….was missing u nd story…..without spoken a word manik is supporting her….and she knows every inch of manik….loved it

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you for missing me and my story… I missed all of you… a lottttt

  23. Anonymous says:

    Wow….

  24. Angeleverr says:

    Hey di nycc one, i hope you are fine now, whatever about you were feeling low…

    1. Manita V says:

      I’m good. Thank you 🙂

  25. gursheen says:

    Hello di. Welcome back, I hope you are doing fine now. Thank you for such beautiful updates. Sorry I am, was caught with exams. These story is an absolute bliss. How much I missed them, God…
    Lots of love for you di
    Diz I just happened to realise that part 66 is missing. please update that too.
    Thankyouuuu so much

    1. Manita V says:

      Hi Gursheen. Glad to see you too.
      No need to apologise. Exams are important. I hope you did them well 🙂

      Thanks for all the love to this story.
      Reg Ch 66 – I’ll just check and update. Thanks again 🙂

    2. Manita V says:

      Posted Chapter 66 😀
      Thanks 🙂

  26. chandrasan says:

    And like always she understood his unspoken words ❤ she was stuck in this situation but she cared abt him ❣💖 wifey goals period ❤❤

    1. Manita V says:

      They are both goals… for me 🙂

      1. chandrasan says:

        They both are goals it’s the ultimate truth ❤ here am just appreciating her care towards him ❣

        1. Manita V says:

          🙂 🙂

  27. chandrasan says:

    Manik manik manik this guy is love personified ❤❤ he want her to fight back 😎 he knows she is capable of taking stands for herself! She has already done in tha past with him. Now it would be interesting to see how nandu gonna handle this situation in her way!!

    1. Manita V says:

      She will… but it takes time to be able to fight with loved ones…

  28. chandrasan says:

    Latika now I can understand this lady 😡😡 and ufff nanduu gotta explain her every damn thing.. I know she speaks so much but that was not needed at all. Thank god atleast she realised it. The prob abt few ppl is they never listen to others who are experienced in these things. Ex: manik had experience abt latika’s behavior and he warned nandini, as I said ppl never listen to others concern 😂 she ignored him and now after going through the matter all by herself she understood what manik meant!! Actually that’s human nature.

    1. Manita V says:

      Nandu is clear-hearted and takes people as good vs bad … black vs white… so it is easy for her to differentiate between Dhruv and Cabir. But she is unable to understand Latika

      1. chandrasan says:

        U explained it very clearly di ❤ thank u 😘

  29. Ruchi Garg says:

    Loved to read the updates… waiting for the next update is always fruitful. Thank you for it.

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you. The pleasure is mine.

  30. pixiepari says:

    When i first read the title i not even for once thought that it will be related to manik as here nandini is the one who is being targeted..but…as usual you proved me wrong and amazed me as we all never thought how much manik must be hurting to behave so with his own mom

    1. Manita V says:

      Manik has been hurt a lot in the past. So he has learnt to cushion his heart against the pain… that is why he found it difficult to open up to people until Nandu came and rocked his world.

  31. Lopamudra Swain says:

    Today’s update is amazing. The way they were talking is goals and which is only needed. They should keep talking on things to avoid the negative effects

    1. Manita V says:

      I agree Lopa. Communication is the key to all relationships but very few people know that and allow misunderstandings to creep in.

  32. chendubundu says:

    This was such and amazing and pleasant update….I had a smile all thru the chapter…this is so close to what happens during the first few years of the marriage. But I loved how Manik was enjoying it…and absolutely loved how Nandini overthinks everything😂.

    The last line 🥰…cant stop fanning over your last lines!

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you Sowmya. I’m glad you relate to this story at some levels… I love writing these small moments and basic things that make up the major part of life…

  33. Ambika says:

    Amazing update!! You give an insight to each character. It’s a pleasure to read your work.!! Thank you

    1. Manita V says:

      Pleasure is all mine. Thanks for reading 🙂

  34. Simar manu says:

    I am getting where Manik is coming from..Manik is a kind of character who never flaunts his good doings,his inherent goodness,he rather believes in actions…whereas his mom…she always wants to show off her qualities…how responsible she is…how perfect she is…these kind of people behave ok when you do everything according to them….but the moment you try to be your ownself…they just don’t like it.I am loving how the story is moving.
    Excited to know how the story unfolds in coming chapters.
    Love you Di.

    1. Manita V says:

      Love you too Simar.
      You analysed Manik and Latika perfectly. Yes, they are like that. And it is tough when two such people are mother and son. It’s suffocating for Manik and frustrating for Latika when people, especailly Manik, don’t listen to her.

    2. krinal310 says:

      You said it very well! I loved it.

      1. Simar manu says:

        Thank you so much Krinal.

  35. lovelyrashu says:

    Amazing update though just like nandini I don’t understand that lady its looks like she is bipolar or something 😉. Hope she gets her brain back I mean ya all mom’s are partial towards one kid but she is something else and manik’s sister too its like they think of him as a robot who don’t has any emotion and just follow their commands. Hope nandini changes manik perceptive about pleasing his mom.

    1. Manita V says:

      No, Manik doesn’t believe in pleasing his mom. He has been there, done that. So he stays away from her.

  36. Ruchi says:

    Amazing update! I love the understanding Manan have, it melts my heart <3 🙂

    Finally Nandu got a little idea of Latika's mind works. Overall she is a nice person, but she is of the type "Bahu is like my daughter but not exactly my daughter" and a bit sexist in a way where she expects Nandu to cook breakfast for her husband, take responsibilties and stuff. I feel Manik would have been the same if he had not moved out and learnt to survive by himself. Manik was a bit right here of letting Nandu fight for herself, but I am sure he will step in if something major happens. Nandu is right as well, its not fair to Manik to bear his mom's behavior since childhood, no wonder he likes staying away from family and didn't want a relationship or get married.

    1. Manita V says:

      On top of that, Manik’s ex-girlfriend was like her mom – attention-seeker/ cribbing for something or the other/ constantly complaining/ amd making you feel unaccomplished/ like you are not doing enough for them.

      So, he didn’t get attached to her and easily let her go. He stays away from his mom for the same reason. Not only from Nandini, she expects everyone to do what she wishes.

      1. Ruchi says:

        Should stay away from such people, they make you feel so inadequate and you feel claustrophobic. Is there a deeper story behind what Latika told Nandu about Manik’s ex girlfriend? Or is that not a concern anymore?

        1. Manita V says:

          No, there is nothing more to that girl, except what Manik has already told Nandu. He was never attached to that girl as she was just like his mom.
          But Latika is playing with Nandu to see if she can sway her against Manik or not.

  37. hinuthakkar11 says:

    Damnn his mom🙄🙄i so hate her now for behaving like this to Nandini! And i saw none care about her whereabouts and when she came latika literally made her feel guilty about that emergency i mean come on doesn’t she understand that she is a Gynec doctor😒also like she is so mahan and knows everything but Nandini doesn’t🤷🏻‍♀️
    and I didn’t like that Manik didn’t talk on behalf of her..though he is right that she should fight for herself so that she can learn otherwise his mom will do it again and again and he will as always defend her but she won’t be able to learn to fight..
    But latika’s behaviour is really weird i mean i feel she must be having bipolar disorder😂😂ek taraf she taunted her for so many things😒dusri taraf she bought her a diamond ring wow!!😂
    And Nandini is right man what about Manik’s feelings? He also gets hurt so many times by his mom’s behaviour but he never says that to anyone instead ignores her behaviour…in a way this is really wrong for him..i m sure now Nandini will do something about this thing..

    1. Manita V says:

      I have seen people like her. Both men and women. You actually need years to decode whether they are black, white or grey… whether they love you or hate you… or what they exactly want from you…

      In short, they are good in general, as long as you keep pleasing them and keep them happy. Your wishes and happiness matters, but only according to their fancies…

      Difficult people!

      1. hinuthakkar11 says:

        Yes dii i have also heard about these type of people.. sometimes it can be soo confusing about how to analyse their behaviour…if you do not behave accordingly their wish or something they will definitely make u feel guilty for anything and everything..
        But life is not about pleasing those people just bcz they are close to us or something!! It’s our life so it should be us deciding everything not them!

        1. Manita V says:

          Yes. Exactly! You can’t destroy your identity to please others, who won’t take a minute to put you down.

  38. Puspita Das says:

    So cute…loving.. endearing update..

  39. Dhara patel says:

    Lovely..

  40. kalpana devi says:

    Awesome update

  41. Tanvie Sharma says:

    Thank you for the update Manita di. 🎈
    Good night❤
    Stay blessed!

    1. Manita V says:

      Good night dear! The pleasure is all mine 🙂

  42. Samruddhi says:

    Beautiful update!

  43. Mspagal says:

    Hmm superb one

  44. susiisami says:

    Oh…. Both care so much for each other

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