Tangles & Ties: Chapter 84: Changing Moods

Manik woke up early the next day. The fact that he was alone, all night, on the couch in the living room didn’t let him sleep all night.

It wasn’t like he was waiting for Nandini. He would have slept if he was alone in the house. They had decided this long back that they won’t wait for each other for dinner or before sleeping. But this night was different. Nandini was in the hospital doing her duty and Manik wondered how she would manage after coming back home. He had no idea how they were going to deal with their distant relatives the next day.

He had seen a huge swarm of relatives during his wedding 4 months back. This was after a long time and only for a short duration. And that was it!
It had been those 3-4 days in years. Otherwise, since he was 17, he had been living alone… away from family…far from relatives…

He called himself anti-social for his inability to deal with relatives. He had never played host to any relatives in his Bangalore home. Now, he didn’t know what to do. Mom said that she would manage and in normal circumstances, he would have left it all for his mom and dad to deal with and would have disappeared citing work at the office.

But since Nandini had volunteered to help his mom, he was worried. He just hoped that Nandini knew what to do since she was brought up in a joint family.

He woke up early after a disturbed sleep and got ready for a long jog to clear his mind. It was still very early…around 5:00 am. When he wore his shoes, Dobby scurried around him, wagging his tail. Manik chuckled. Just within a few months, this pup had grown so much. He was a bigger dog now. To say that Manik had got used to Dobby was an understatement. He actually loved this dog. He was family to them, now.

It was weird that Nandini had not only sneaked inside his cold heart but ensured that it was thawed enough to allow Dobby too. Manik smiled to himself, thinking of Nandini and missing her. He asked Dobby, “Do you want to come too?”

Dobby was excited. He wagged his tail happily and jumped around Manik. Manik stood up and took the keys to go out when he found Nandini slowly coming inside, opening the main door carefully so as not to wake others. The smile on Manik’s lips widened. Nandini was surprised too, to see him awake. With raised brows and hands spread across sideways in surprise, she approached him for a warm hug, “Isn’t it too early? Why are you up?”

Manik curled his arms around her affectionately and said, “I couldn’t sleep well. Now, I’m going for a jog.”

“Lucky you! I keep planning it.”

He chuckled, “You jog at your work, all the time!”

She giggled, “Yup! Wards, OT, OPD…back to back are so tiring…Even the thought of exercise tires me these days!”

He laughed and stepped back to pick up a water bottle from the dining table. Giving it to her, he consoled her, “I hope, it’s a temporary phase.”

She kept her bag on the dining table and sighed, “It has to be! Just that one thought keeps me going! Once I become a Consultant, I will decide my own working hours.”

Her eyes were slightly droopy and hair loosely tied in a bun. She leaned by the table to get some support. Impulsively, he reached her face to touch her and softly caressed her cheek using the back of his first three fingers, “You look tired.”

“I AM tired!” She loved his concern and attention. In an attempt to relieve him, she said, “I will sleep now. You go for the jog.”

Manik didn’t want to go out anymore. He loved to be with her. She was back after a long tiring night duty and he wished to be with her – to squeeze her in his arms… to make her feel relaxed… to lie down beside her watching her sleep… to draw circles with the tip of his finger over her jawline and neck until she yawned and snuggled tucked to him, closing her eyes and slipping into deep sleep.

Nandini found him observing her and smiled knowingly. She folded her arms at her front and shrugged without another word. Manik realised that he had been daydreaming and smiled. He shrugged too, quite carelessly, though. With a sheepish awkward grin on his lips, and with eyes so vocal about his feelings that they conveyed each of his thoughts to her, he twisted his lips but didn’t speak anything.

She blushed and softly moved her hand to show him the direction towards the main door so that she could close it behind him, change and lie down for some time. With that, she whispered, “Go!”

Once again, he wondered if he could just scrap the entire plan of jogging but on second thoughts, both him and Dobby would disturb her if they stayed for more. Right now, he simply wanted her to have the time and space for herself to unwind and sleep.

He rolled his eyes, changed the direction of his thoughts and gave her a loving side-hug before he moved out of the house, taking Dobby with him.

…………………

After a long rejuvenating run, Manik was back to his apartment, hoping to find Nandu in a deep sleep. Only to meet the utter horror of watching her cutting vegetables in the kitchen with Latika mixing the dough.

Manoj was watching morning news segments on the TV in the living room. When Manik walked in and sat beside him, he started discussing news and stock prices with him.

Nandini’s attention was distracted towards the living room and she turned to look at Manik, who was looking at her all this while, nodding and agreeing with his father at the same time. The sight made Nandini softly chuckle. Irked, Manik shrugged.

Nandini knew that he was angry but she had no say in the turn of events. She made a desperate cute pout and turned her eyes towards Latika. Manik didn’t need to know that. He stood up from the sofa and went to the kitchen to get lemon water for him.

“Hey mom, it’s just 6:30.”

Latika was a little upset. She replied, “Yeah, I know. I woke up early today. We have guests over lunch, na… so we need to prepare before time.”

“Hmm…” Manik didn’t speak much after that. He picked up a glass to add lemon and said, “I can help, if you want!”

Latika grumbled under her breath, in a peculiarly rude tone, “Manik, if you really want to help me, please stay out of this. You can only spoil an event if you decide to help with it.”

Manik rolled his eyes and continued to squeeze the lemon in his water but Nandini found her smile fading away. It was so unfair to Manik. Latika’s tone was downright derogatory and uncalled for. Manik had just asked if he could help but how easily his mom had insulted him, telling him that he was good for nothing. That too before his wife.

He might have been used to this trash attitude by his mom but for Nandini, it was the first time that she was seeing someone putting down Manik so mercilessly. No wonder he stayed away from his family because of his mom and had become so closed that he never let anyone else come close to him, as well.

Nandini stopped cutting the vegetables and took a deep breath to calm herself. Latika had her back towards Nandini but Manik could see her clearly. He observed her and tapped his finger over his glass, nervous about her next move.

He knew it very well that Nandini was transparent like water. She loved people with all her heart, went out of the way for people she cared for, even if it meant being submissive for a while or trying to understand people from their point of view. At the same time, she was someone who would never keep things in her heart. She was open and direct and she spoke what she felt and what she believed in. She was blatantly vocal, unlike him.

He had always loved this trait of hers but today the same trait made him nervous. Nandini was about to defend Manik and opened her mouth, “Ma…”

Immediately, Manik straightened and went near Nandini, saying, “Okay, I should get ready. Nandu, can you please come? I need your help!”

Nandini knew why he was doing it. He wanted to avoid any altercation between Latika and her and didn’t know how to do that. She was slightly upset and wanted to tell Latika that Manik was a good cook and a good organizer of things. What made his mom think that he could only spoil things, was beyond her comprehension.

Manik held her elbow and nearly dragged her out when she shrugged and nodded, refusing to go with him.

Latika didn’t turn back as her hands were immersed in the dough. She just spoke in a stern tone, “You are not a kid, Manik. Why do you need her for basic things? Nandini… come sooner!”

Manoj looked at them as they left the kitchen. Nandini was embarrassed as Manik was holding her elbow. Manik smiled awkwardly before his father but didn’t leave Nandini. They left the living room and entered their bedroom, which Manik closed and latched from inside.

Nandini retrieved her arm back to her, “Leave me, Manik. This is so embarrassing!”

“Embarrassing it would have become if you had completed your sentence there!” He tried to reason it out with her.

“What was I saying? Do you think I would have misbehaved? I was just trying to tell your mom that she…”

“That she was misunderstanding me? That she shouldn’t talk to me like that? That she doesn’t know me well?” He completed it for her, and stressed on every word, “Nandu, she is my mother!! Don’t you think she knows me well??”

Nandini was speechless. She stopped and thought about it for a moment. With a prominent frown on her face, puckering her brows, she asked, “Then? Why was she behaving like that?”

“Because she is in a bad mood! Didn’t you see it? She was irked about something and she was letting out her irritation on me!”

Nandini was upset more by this statement. With a bitter smile, she asked, “And you took it so easily? Just because, she is in a bad mood, she is not allowed to put others down!”

He sighed and opened the cupboard to take out his towel, “She IS like that. She has always been. Everyone knows when mom is in a bad mood and then we stay away from her.”

She leaned by the closed door of the cupboard, facing him, “And how do you know about her bad mood? By these outbursts?”

“Hmm! Yeah!” He closed the other door too and leaned on his side, facing her.

“And what spoils her mood to this extent?”

“No one knows!” He nodded, in concern.

“I hope it’s not me!” She murmured.

Manik chuckled softly, “You know what… with every such episode, I wonder the same – ‘I hope it is not because of me’…”

“I guess, everyone feels that way!”

“Except Gaurvi! She always had the ability to go past mom’s bad moods and calm her down. Mom loves her a lot.”

Nandini touched his arm softly and said, “She loves you too. But I didn’t like the way she behaved with you!”

With a sheepish grin, he said, “Forget it! At least now, you know…why I was always trying to keep you away from her. Her mood swings are unpredictable. And when that happens, she doesn’t know what she is talking about. She becomes rude and mean and extremely harsh…sometimes, on her better mood moments, she will shower all her love on you, be nice and caring with you, buy you designer watches, like she did for you, along with me… and bought diamond ring for you… she is an angel when she is good…but when she is bad, she turns into a … forget it…” He ended it with a wink.

Nandini took the last step between them and rested her hands on his torso as she said, “I’m so sorry. I tried to judge you and misunderstood you. Who knows her better than you? Since yesterday, I’m observing her, trying to understand her… and I realised that you were right…always right…”

“No worries. I’m glad you understand. By the way, ‘you’ tell me… why are you here? You were about to sleep, nah?”

“Your mom woke up by the time I changed. She didn’t give me time to explain that I had just returned and yeah, she was in a bad mood because she didn’t talk much and ordered me to make tea and then start preparing for the lunch.”

He sighed, feeling bad for her, “I don’t know how to make you feel better!”

She blushed, raising her chin to look at him, and whispered, “I think, you do!”

He chuckled, for he loved the naughty version of this girl who was a counterpart to him in every way. Grinning like crazy, he opened his mouth and claimed her lips in a kiss, so tender and so overwhelming that she could feel her goosebumps. She closed her eyes and kissed him back.

…………………………….

“Why didn’t you go to the office?” Latika asked in a rough tone when she came in the living room and found Manik dressed in a polo-neck tee in grey and beige shorts, sitting with his laptop open in his lap, discussing politics with his father seated near him.

“Mom, you only accuse me of not having time for you. Today, I thought that I’ll spend time with you all!”

Nandini walked behind Latika, knowing very well that Manik didn’t go to the office because he wanted to be there for her, now that his mother was in one of her worst moods. She knew that otherwise, he avoided his family and this was such an adorable gesture that she couldn’t stop grinning. Nandini had taken an off too to help Latika and while Latika did all the cooking and arranging the lunch, Nandini worked like an efficient helper and kept doing the secondary work without speaking much. Manik had told her that Latika didn’t like questioning when she had decided on something. She preferred to get things done according to her decisions. Nandini followed the instructions and kept to herself.

Trisha was surfing channels on the TV while Gaurvi was flipping through a parenting magazine. Dobby and Ishani played around on the floor. Nandini served coffee to everyone and went to serve it to her father-in-law, just before Manik. Manik took the coffee and signaled her to sit. She sat down on a chair before Manik, pretending to be interested in the TV show that Trisha had stopped on.

Manoj asked Latika, “Is everything done?”

Latika said, “Yes. I have prepared lunch and the snacks and ordered for sweets. Now, I am just wondering what to gift them along with 5 kg of sweets that I have ordered. They are from Gauravi’s in-laws’ side. Should we give them some cash or gold or maybe something else…”

Nandini had never thought much before speaking. She was always a chatterbox and someone who never shied away from sharing her opinion. She started speaking, “Ma… I think…”

Right after two words, Latika stopped her in a slow but debasing tone, with a wide smile, “I didn’t ask you… You are not a Punjabi. And moreover, I want to gift something exceptional that shows our Malhotra class…not like the middle-class gifts your parents packed with you…”

Nandini was left stunned and blank, almost on the verge of tears. Everyone else was zapped and speechless too. Manik took one moment to absorb it, unable to believe that his mom had turned as bitter towards Nandini as she was to him. He immediately replied to her, “Mom, why are you talking like that? She was only trying to help!”

Latika shrugged, “What did I do? She should know that she should speak only when talked to. I was just expressing my concern about gifts. I didn’t ask her. Anyway, what does she know about our family to suggest gifts for guests?”

“Enough, mom!” Manik tried his best to stay polite but it was hard to curb the growing anger inside him and it kept spilling out. He had somehow known that his mom will create a situation like that and he had tried to avoid it too but he had no idea that it would turn like this. Nandini was nowhere at fault and had done all that he had said but still, she was at the receiving end. He felt let down by his mother and embarrassed before Nandini. There was no way he was going to let it flare. He stood up and declared in a patient voice, “She took leave for you and has been helping you since morning. She hasn’t slept the entire night and came back just before you woke up. If you can’t appreciate someone’s efforts to build a relationship, please don’t demean her.”

Latika felt insulted and very hurt. Softly, she grumbled, “You were never mine, Manik. You were always close to Meera and not me. And now, it’s your wife who dictates terms to you. In hardly 4 months…Great!”

He could have replied to her but he knew that it would be bitter and harsh. So Manik spread his hands in the air and said, “I can’t change the way you think, mom! So, believe what you want to believe.”

He left the living room and went inside. Everyone else was still stunned. Looking at both of them with a shocked look on their faces. Nandini was deeply embarrassed. Somewhere, she felt that it was because of her.

She stood up too and quietly left the living room.

Inside the bedroom, she found Manik pacing around the room like a caged lion. He crossed the room from one end to the other, with the toughest irked look on his face. Helpless and angry. Latika had not only insulted her but shot a sly remark on Manik for being more loyal towards Meera maasi and now, with Nandini. Only Nandini knew how much he loved his mom but was always trash treated by her.

When she entered the room, Manik threw a glance over her and turned away. He didn’t know what to say to her. She had been bearing the brunt of his mom’s anger for no fault of hers.

Nandini came closer and touched his shoulder from behind, “Manik…”

He turned around and rested his hands on his waist, “Listen, I’m sorry…I’m really sorry… for what mom…”

“No Manik…please don’t say so,” Nandini interrupted him, “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have spoken.”

“No…no…no… You didn’t say anything wrong. You are a part of the family…she can’t say that you shouldn’t speak in family matters… Ours is an arranged marriage, right? They knew everything beforehand and THEY decided on our marriage! If she was so bothered about Malhotra and Murthy difference … and about high-class and middle-class shit … why did she select you?? Why did she get us married? And when everything is going fine… now, how can she talk like that?”

In a patient voice, Nandini tried to explain to him, “Because she doesn’t know what she is talking about under the stress of her overwhelming moods. She doesn’t know what she wants at a particular moment. She has a psychiatric issue, Manik. “

“What??!!!!” He was taken aback, his mouth and eyes opened wide at what Nandini was saying.

“Yes. Your mom needs treatment!”

……………………………

{Apologies for keeping you waiting. Thank you for all the love. I have no words to tell you what this blog and my people mean to me. Stay happy. Stay blessed.}

115 Comments Add yours

  1. Pritam says:

    Beautiful updat

  2. tomboy140675 says:

    At times like this, when words just slip out of our mouth without restraints, they have the power to even move great mountains or dig never to fill up gaps. They prove sometimes words are more powerful than swords

  3. Prabha Returi says:

    I too feel that Latika has some insecurities owing to which she acts in such a confusing manner. I hope Nandini can help her .and I am sure Manik will support Nandini in addressing Latika’s issues.

  4. stelitoes11 says:

    Loved it amazing

  5. Anonymous says:

    Di update?

    1. Manita V says:

      Hey, I was out with a close friend who is here from the US and we were meeting after an year. So, I became late…
      I will post in an hour 🙂

  6. Anonymous says:

    When will you update di

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hi di, just read the chapter in 10 mins and I can still feel my heart escalating.
    All this while I felt myself in their living room..
    Everythime that there was a conversation between the saas-bahu, I prepared myself for the action.
    I loved it entirely and feel great about Manik being so supportive. The last line literally took my breath away.
    Eagerly waiting for the next Dhamaka.

  8. Anonymous says:

    when is d next update dear?🙃

  9. Anonymous says:

    Mam are you going to update today?

    1. Manita V says:

      I haven’t finished writing and it will take time…
      I’ll post it early tomorrow…

  10. di i dont know is it with my account here but updates are not shown in index. still it shows 83 chapters. plz check is it with me or all if possible

    1. Manita V says:

      I will check… thanks for informing 🙂

      1. Megha Thakkar says:

        Same problem with me di … but just 10 min pehle hi dikha mujr 84th update.

  11. when will be the next update

    1. Manita V says:

      I will update tomorrow

    2. we are waiting then

  12. Anonymous says:

    can’t control my laughter after that psych line.
    as always the stress reliever
    ahmmmmmaaaaazing

  13. Deepa says:

    Fabulous Manan ek dusre ko bahot achchhe se samajte hai I really like manik concern about nandini aur nandini bhi manik ko bahot achchhe se samajti hai. Latika ko problem Kya hai

    1. Manita V says:

      MaNan understand each other well and that’s their major connection in this relationship.

  14. lovepeehu says:

    Thank you Dii for taking out your time and writing. I read all chapters after so long. Missed MaNan so much. Thank you for keeping MaNan alive through your writings. love you.

    1. Manita V says:

      I should thank you for reading them… a story is worth nothing without readers and I always say that 🙂

  15. lovepeehu says:

    Oh no Manik mother has psychiatry problem. I can see lots of problems coming on Nandini’s way in future because of this issue. As Manik will ask her mom to go and consult with a psychiatric and she as always will take it wrong. Uff, if this all will happen with me in real ….I won’t be able to handle at all. How do married girls handle all this yaar? It’s really very difficult. I hope Manik and Nandini will tackle this situation with maturity and won’t let their relationship affected. I feel bad for his mom too. Parents shouldn’t misunderstand their Children ever. Parents are only people who are selflessly devoted to their kids and understand them specially Mother.

    1. Manita V says:

      You are right Peehu,
      Sometimes the complicated relationships between parents and kids lead to unresolved differences. Communication is the key, I guess.

  16. Anonymous says:

    My love nd appreciation increases a bit everytime I read this book of urs… Had already read it numerable times nd now reading the whole book again… Everytime I found something new to adore nd appreciate.. In short I just love this.. ❤❤Thank u for writing such a beautiful story in such beautiful words…

    1. Manita V says:

      that’s so sweet of you… thank you dear 🙂

  17. Unnati Limbachiya says:

    So beautiful it’s really twisting now the question is how can they convince her mom for treatment

    1. Manita V says:

      The twists just started 🙂

  18. Chendubundu says:

    😭😭😭 lost all what I have typed!!! will try to remember what I did earlier

    Wow! that’s a great twist at the end! What would have lead for Nandu to think about that? Would be a vey interesting to read that! But the important question here now is, who would put it out in the open? Lots of drama ahead!😂😂

    Loved Manik today! His concern for Nandu was everywhere, from his incomplete sleep to the grin he had when he bumped into her at the door, to getting angry at her for working in the kitchen, to pulling her into the bedroom, to standing up for her in front of his mom for demeaning Nandini, to him saying sorry to her! He gets a star today⭐️. He has been a perfect partner that everyone dreams of!

    Nandu! what can I say for her…she is just adorable and love! She will fight with anyone/everyone if it comes to standing up for the people she loves even if it is the same person, we have seen her do this with Manik, fighting with him for him😄😄. And its Manik! I was as tensed as Manik for her reaction when Latika said those words! She was all cool since morning even though she was dead tired. But one word against Manik has her all riled up. Fierce cat she is!

    Cant wait for what’s next to come! Bring on more drama!!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Oh I forgot to mention – People need to standup for the right, even if it means to talk against your parents or spouse…letting them know that they are wrong DOESNT mean that they are siding with the other party….This happens only when the parties are MIL and DIL and the middle person is the Son. I don’t understand why MILs get so insecure when a DIL gets into the picture. They were once DILs too! its the same cycle! Its almost equal to sin, if a DIL says she knows the son better or if the son speaks against the mom, even when she is wrong. Its the ego that comes in the middle that won’t let them accept that the son has changed due to lot of other factors and not just new DIL or that they are wrong! Again there are tons of stories where the son sides mom even though she is wrong. that would be long discussion that I don’t want to delve into.

      1. Manita V says:

        True. It is s long discussion and hardly sons stand up against their moms even when they are wrong… but I believe that you should always stand up for what is right… if you don’t stand up for yourself, no one else will…

    2. Manita V says:

      Thanks for giving Manik the star … he IS a star, indeed.
      I loved the way you have analysed the characters and wrote about them… they are both thinking about each other and they can take an insult or a bad word for themselves but not for each other…

  19. Priyanka says:

    Omg never knew this that manik’s mother will say like that That too for Nandu feeling bad for Nandu and proud of Manik that he stand for his wife and as always wonderful update dear loved it 😍😍😍😍😍😘😘😘😘😘😘😘🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you so much!
      Glad you liked it 🙂

  20. Himabindu says:

    Awesome update. .. Loved it..

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you 🙂

  21. pixiepari says:

    ectlyyy this my be the reson why she is so …..goddd plese give her reuired tretment

    1. Manita V says:

      She needs to get a reality check…

  22. Part 84 – So this is what manik was dreaded off, being accused of no reason and demean everyone without caring. Nandini understood what he was telling, how it will be affected to a person. But what shocked me that the intensity of that accusation and humiliation was so horrible. Nandini experienced that twice a day; once for manik and once for herself.
    This is what he always warned her but it was nandini who tried to manage things between her and his mom. And he saved the first time that was going to happen when she humiliated manik in kitchen. She was about to defend him but he saved the repercussions of that rebuke.
    But seriously what latika said to nandini in front of all was not at all accepted. She has no personal enmity with her and disliked her. She was the one who selected nandini for manik. Glad to see that manik defended nandini in front of all. He too was shocked to what extent his mother gone with allegation and then another one on manik.
    But latika’s outburst was the after effects of the tension she was undergoing, a type of hyper-tension. She found an easy target in nandini. Her other family member almost know not to interfere bet her talks and they all have kept quite or waited for her other hints.
    Actually after thinking sometime, I feel nandini was right. It was her psychological stress and somewhat her insecurities that lead her to say such things and hurt other person without thinking about their sentiments. She hated that manik gives more importance to her sister than her and same is happening now as she already seen how much manik was caring & loving towards nandini.
    Hope manik will think about what nandini said and act accordingly. He needs handle situation very carefully and made latika understand lovingly what she was doing, how she was hurting other people.

    Madhuri53

    1. Manik Malhotra is goals and I have no qualms in accepting that. Yes he cares for Nandini like he has for no one else but at the same time he also loves his family and that includes his mom. He has grown non confrontational and has started living in his own shell to protect himself from being hurt but even that shows how concerned he is for his mom, he doesn’t want to hurt her but Latika being his mother has failed to understand her son. Since childhood Manik was affected about she has always sided more with Gaurvi and when he attempted to find that warmth in meera, latika got insecure. Maybe she is not well and her personality has shaped in such a way but her family members especially Manoj should at least try to make her understand. If such behaviour is appreciated then it can be really harmful. About Nandini, I know she can go to any extent to make the ones she feels are her own comfortable but the way she is always there for Manik and made him her priority over his family is love cuz knowing Nandini she would have gotten stuck between family and her husband but she was wise enough to know who deserves her love and care

  23. Anonymous says:

    In love with their bond. They know each other really well. OMG What’s gonna happen next😳😳

  24. Lopamudra Swain says:

    Seriously thinking what to say. The way things are going out of control for manik as well as nandini its kind of disturbing. Not like it won’t happen in near future but why so soon. She has never stayed with all of them before this is the first time they came that to without informing. This two are sleeping in floor… Still working like logs she ignored. Did she have any idea what problems we working persons face daily. I wish I could tell her about our situation in office. But she didn’t ask her when did she come, ordered her work and after that the comment even I did not expect. Shock would be an understatement for me. But I know why she said it intentionally because she’s jealous of nandini as manik cares for her from her last comment I got that but she should come out of her personal zone to see how much her son love her.

    And Manoj needs to say his wife when he is wrong and why the hell the daughter are queen in the house and nandini need to help her with everything like assistant or maid. She failed to teach her girls. I would have questioned her if I would have been in their place. No need to comment on family. End of discussion.

    Thanks for the update.

  25. hinuthakkar11 says:

    And i also noticed one thing her daughters were not helping her at all🙄chalo we can understand gauravi is pregnant so that’s fine but what about trisha?? She could’ve also help them na..and she knew very well her bhabhi was working all the night..
    Why always people expect only the daughter in law to help or to work? Why not the daughter also?
    not for once latika asked her to rest or to sit bas she ordered her to work even though she knew Nandu worked all the night!!
    in my house if i say when we are expecting guests, even if any of my cousin bhabhis or chachis are there i would help them anyhow..our kitchen is small to fit many people so I don’t go everytime otherwise even though there are people to help i would for once go and ask or my mom ask my help on her own…bcz as a daughter i know i should be helping my mom when guests are coming and i m sure even after my real bhabhi will come to my house after her marriage my mom atleast won’t do this like she and bhabhi will work and I’ll be chilling…
    I know people are different and have different mentality for these things but it irks me alot😤 the things people do to girls just bcz either they are someone’s daughter in law or they are girl..but most of people have this mentality what to do🤦🏻‍♀️

    1. dharmisolanki says:

      Correct point. Why only dil is supposed to help ?

    2. Anonymous says:

      Agree with you totally…she only orders nandini but not to trisha and also manoj never says anything to his wife that why she is taunting nandini every now and then

      1. Manita V says:

        There is a lot more to that… keep reading ahead 🙂

  26. hinuthakkar11 says:

    I didn’t expect Latika to taunt her on her family’s status!!😒obviously she knew her family status when the rishta was happening🙄
    But glad to see Manik taking side of Nandu❤️And i m sure Latika has became very insecure and angry bcz of his behaviour towards Nandu as he always supports her no matter what..and now her behaviour proved to be psychic i remember she deliberately did that when she talked with her on his bday for his ex gf but she couldn’t be successful so i feel she did that deliberately..
    But now i am eager to see his reaction on his mother’s situation which Nandu proved..bcz no matter what he loves his mother like anything even if he hates her behaviour..and in our country it’s a taboo to discuss or to go to psychiatrist🙄 so almost 90% people react to this matter wrongly…let’s see what their relationship takes turn with this thing…

  27. Shygal9 says:

    Why didn’t Manik’s father or his sisters say anything to Latika.. They should make her understand that what she is saying is wrong.. She shouldn’t behave like this. .So insensitive she is.. . My mom also has this issue when she’s in a bad mood she won’t spare anybody who says anything to her.. But she diabetes that is why she has become like this.. IDK Why am sharing this with you

  28. kalpana devi says:

    Awesome update. I just liked the way manik supported nandhini.

    1. Manita V says:

      It’s just that he couldn’t stop himself. Otherwise, he doesn’t explain even when someone is accusing him.

  29. Anonymous says:

    People should not take others for granted. Atleast after hearing Nandu is working entire night, Pathika being a mother should understand her and let her rest. Very good explanation from Manik is clearly explained Manita ji.

    1. Manita V says:

      Not everyone is that considerate. Some people can’t think of anything beyond themselves. And such people do exist.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Maybe you are going to show that latika have some psychiatric problems but i feel she is perfectly fine and she doesn’t needs treatment. People like her do exist and they are perfectly fine and doesn’t need any treatment. The main problem with such people is they have a big fat ego and they want to be centre of attraction all the time and also i think no one in manik’s family opposed latika ever or pointed out that she is wrong and thats why now she have the thinking that she is always right and perfect in every manner. Also i think latika understood that why manik came in kitchen and offered to help and why he took the holiday. Nandu is such a pure soul to think like that even after getting insulted from her. I really loved the way manik took stand for her that too against his mother which is a really big thing otherwise no indian husband takes stand for his wife but i really hope he doesn’t gets offended by nandu’s last line 😂.

    1. Manita V says:

      I totally agree that such people exist. Also, there are many people who suffer from mental disorders and no one realises that as we tend to normalise trash behaviour thinking – She IS like that only!

  31. Tanvie Sharma 🎈 says:

    She

  32. Tanvie Sharma 🎈 says:

    Ahhhh….that was really harsh. How can someone talk like this to anyone? This is really absurd to talk about class when in families. I wonder how manik’s family being so modern and educated didn’t support nandani and stop latika from insulting her.
    🌼 It was really happy to see manik supporting his wife so much while he didn’t do it for himself. Of course he is Manik!!!! Hahahah….

    🌼
    I didn’t know about this mental problem before otherwise i got really angry when latika spoke to nandani like that. Personally if I was at her place. I would have detested that woman all my life.😂😂
    🌼
    I also wonder what if manik had not been there, how nandani would have reacted to that?
    I mean the woman actually insulted her family there. How is one supposed to take that?

    Thank you for the update Di!!!❤
    Stay blessed 😊

    1. Manita V says:

      If Manik wasn’t there, even then Nandini won’t have retaliated for the first time. She tries to give time to people and to herself before reacting. But if Latika continued, Nandini would have definitely asked her not to drag her family and parents in any discussion. Even though in polite words, but she would have spoken.
      That;s what a girl should do or else there is no end to such taunts.

      1. Anonymous says:

        absolutely, no girl should tolerate such taunts

  33. lovelyrashu says:

    Amazing update and this is what I hate about arrange marriage despite of nandini being her choice it didn’t took her a minute to insult her about being middle class but here plus point is manik supporting nandini which lacks in most of arrange marriages. Sorry to say but last line cracked me up don’t know why. And now if they will say this treatment thing to her or family they will make a hill out of it. Hope they go away soon I know its very immature of me but I can’t help it hats off to nandini and every other girl who bears such treatment without a word.

    1. Manita V says:

      I don’t advocate bearing such treatment without any word. It is regressive at best and very demeaning to an independent woman.
      Yes, you are right. It was her choice that she selected a middle-class, South Indian bahu living in Mumbai, for her son. She should at least respect her. And most men do not speak against their family.

      It’s a weird situation where you need to draw a line where you will stop taking the trash treatment.

      1. lovelyrashu says:

        And I do hope that nandini draw such line if required in future 😊

  34. di nice update.
    I again felt like this the life of all woman. working like a machine and getting no credits. even though i am unmarried but this all is so suffocating and scary.Not everyone have manik. nice chapter di

    1. Manita V says:

      You are right. Not everyone has Manik. But we don’t need to wait for Manik,
      We can stand up for ourselves and let others know what is not okay!

      1. Anonymous says:

        yes, yes, yes — it is definitely not okay. But love that Manik stood up for her. Wishing more Indian men had a spine like this. Also,
        I really hope it not a mental disorder for Latika — it seems like it would be a cop out for her behavior. There are definitely such egotistical MIL’s out there and they know exactly what they are doing. Hope you show how manik and nandini deal with her together as a couple and come out stronger, always standing up for each other.

        1. Manita V says:

          You are right… there are egoistic MILs like her but she hardly knows Nandu…her behaviour is unjustified…

  35. Ruchi says:

    Very nice update… I didn’t know their situation will escalate so much..from indirect taunts to direct insult.. personally I feel Manik will not take what Nandini said in a wrong way…let’s see 😀

    1. Manita V says:

      Circumstances are always bigger than people and their beliefs. Sometimes, we do what we would have never done.
      Let’s see 🙂

  36. Anonymous says:

    Love the update so much 😍♥️

  37. PriyankaM11 says:

    Thank you Di for the update.. Your stories are those precious things for me bcoz of which I remain sane..
    Loved the update soo much..the way Manik took Nandini’s side I literally had happy tears.. How much transformation they both had with each other in a good way. No doubt they are my ideal couple. 💜
    I was little bit shocked when Nandu was going to correct Latika in the kitchen. I loved that part means they even can change their rolls easily..
    And I think Manik will understand about Latika’s mental state. I want him to understand that it’s not such a bad thing. And it can be cured with care and love.
    Eagerly waiting for the next update. 🙂

    1. Manita V says:

      True. It’s a transformation for them as Manik and Nandini have found a protective shield in each other 🙂

  38. Sudha Tammana says:

    Absolutely his mom’s behaviour is exactly actually lesser than my mom and yes she is under treatment

    1. Manita V says:

      Best wishes and prayers for you and your mom Sudha. Take care.

  39. Kt says:

    I was actually wondering about his mom’s thrashing and bipolar behaviour… But now i hope that nandini’s conclusion on this doesn’t hurt manik!
    Also there was a beautiful description of both manan’s emotions 🙂
    All in all this was an applaude worthy chapter! You srsly write magically!!
    Can’t wait for the story to unfold further!

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you so much. I’m so glad that people are still reading it despite my crazy updating schedules 🙂

      1. Kt says:

        V understand di!
        It is tough for a person to single handedly do work, take care of a family, handle sns and then write this beautifully!
        Though u are doing an incredible job 🙂

        1. Manita V says:

          Thank you dear… lots of love 🙂

    2. Aashna says:

      it feels so good to see manik standing up for Nandini in front of her mother and acknowledging Nandini’s efforts in becoming a part of his family
      This doesn’t happen a lot in most families…

      1. Manita V says:

        Actually it never happens. Not in most of the families, I know.
        Here, Manik knows his mom, he had warned Nandu before and has been seeing how hard she is trying to build a relationship with his mom, so he couldn’t stop himself.

        1. Aashna says:

          ya…u r right ❤❤💕💕💕

  40. Sahithi Reddy says:

    loving this story moreeeeeeeee

    1. Manita V says:

      Loving all of you more…. every dayyy!!!

  41. Sanjukta Chatterjee says:

    Hope Manik doesn’t take Nandini’s advice wrongly. Even I felt Latika has issues, her mood swings are extreme and sudden. She definitely needs help.

    1. Manita V says:

      Yes, the issue is complicated

  42. Pooja says:

    One thing that I absolutely love abt this book is MaNan’s understanding and their faith in each other.. they neither need words to express their feelings nor the words to justify each other..

    With Latina’s bipolar behaviour even I am waiting to know the exact reason behind it.. is it some sought of insecurity or fear that has made her like this or something else .. 🤔

    All in all a chapter with dose of everything 😉

    1. Manita V says:

      Even the strongest relationships shake, Pooja, if you challenge their beliefs.
      Let’s see what future holds for them.

      1. Pooja says:

        Yes I have definitely seen this in real.. I have seen few relationships that crumbled ☹️ annnndddd your second statement scares me 😟

  43. chandrasan says:

    End wala how will manik react!! Though he is angry and upset over his mom but I think he will get offended. Let’s see

    1. Manita V says:

      yep…let’see 🙂

  44. chandrasan says:

    Manik stating the facts and truth. It was arrange mrg and they selected nandu, didn’t latika knows abt her status!! Latika is insecure after seeing manik and his efforts to stay home only to help nandini.

    1. Manita V says:

      A lot of things complicate simple issues, I guess.

  45. chandrasan says:

    U know what I can feel every emotions while reading, u penned it so beautifully di ❤❤ really loved this update 💖💖💖

    1. Manita V says:

      So sweet of you Chandra. It’s a huge compliment 🙂

  46. chandrasan says:

    Latika and her moods 😡😡 and y the hell she is showing her anger to nandini and manik. From morn she is hurting our manan without any reason 😭😡😡

    1. Manita V says:

      Yes, she is unreasonable in a bad mood!

  47. Juii says:

    Amazing update…
    I just hope this last statement made by Nandini doesn’t affects MaNan’s relation….
    Coz Manik loves his mom too….
    N in India going to psychiatrist is like…..you are doing something bad…
    So just hope this phase passes soon without causing any disturbance in anyone’sife…

    1. Manita V says:

      Yes, you are absolutely right. Discussing mental health is a taboo even in 2019

  48. chandrasan says:

    I was expecting nandu’s outburst but it’s manik or should I say it’s manita di expect the unexpected turns hahhaha. Manik taking stand for nandini when needed deserves 👏👏

    1. Manita V says:

      I believe you should take a stand when you need to. It doesn’t mean you should misbehave. You can simply tell politely that someone is going wrong.

  49. chandrasan says:

    Paisa vasool update 👏👌😍😍 from showing dobby and manik bond to his towards nandu once he saw her coming home. From kissing nandu to talking on behalf of her ❤ complete package 😍💖💖

    1. chandrasan says:

      His care *

    2. Manita V says:

      Haha…glad you found it paisa vasoo!!!

      Sending you the paytm number 😀 😀

      1. chandrasan says:

        Hahahha 😂😂

  50. krinal310 says:

    I loved it….manik took nandini’s side ..in many families, hisband would not say anything in this type of situation and i think that’s wrong and coz of that i really loved this update..he took right one’s side and showed mirror to his mother

    1. Manita V says:

      Yes, usually men don’t speak for their wives. But sometimes, it is necessary, at least in a polite tone.

  51. Diksha Naik says:

    This is some class!! A masterpiece!

    1. Manita V says:

      So sweet of you dear! Thank you.

  52. Mspagal says:

    This is superb and it’s awesome

    1. Manita V says:

      Thank you dear!

  53. Aasma says:

    Heyyyyy mani,
    Amazing update as usual, wooow Maniks mum can be so mean someone times, I don’t really know if she needs a psych help, she needs some telling off defo looooooool

    Mwahhhhhh
    Aasma.
    X

    1. Manita V says:

      Hahaha! Yeah, but who will bell the cat? That’s the question!

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