Thursday, August 30, 2012

Dewdrops-Chapter 19



Arnav left the hospital after 2 hours. This was the first time in his life he was not talking business to a business magnet like him. Instead he listened; he listened to the old man’s real life story.  He hadn’t asked to know nor he was curious about the great GK. But Mr. Nair had let him Arnav in to his personal life. Arnav was sure he would never be able to voice out about his life Mr. Nair did. However, while leaving he promised GK that he will be back to visit him again and the old man just smiled at him warmly. Arnav was deep in thought while exiting the hospital, his mobile beeped alerting a message. It was from Lavanaya asking him whether he was free, she need to talk to him, personally!


Meanwhile at Raizada Palace, Pavan stood at the big doorway enjoying the scene unfolding in front of him. His Dadi and mami were competing each other to see who is best in dancing while his mischievous darling sister was egging them into competing and bringing out the best from the competitors. While Jeeju, Mama and Akash was laughing out seeing Mami’s desperation to win over her Saas. And his Di and the mischief master brother was siting and enjoying the scene as he was. Pavan’s eyes flitted over NK’s injuries; his heart gave a squeeze of pain. When Arnav had informed him about the accident, he got worried. Even though Arnav had assured him everything was fine, it didn't stop his worrying. He couldn't stay back; he took the next flight as soon as he could.



Akash was twirling Khushi when she noted a figure at the door smiling at everyone inside. First she thought her eyes were playing tricks but the image remained there and she screamed out loudly in happiness “Bhaiya!” and ran to him. Pavan saw Khushi running into him like typhoon coming. He waited for her to crash into his arms. He had missed his baby.


 All were surprised to see Pavan and the greetings started. Pavan took his Dadi’s, Mama’s and Mami’s blessings first then went to NK, he hugged him closely, smiling and said “You look better than I expected”. Nk replied “Yes Bhai, I am feeling better, I told you there was no need to be worried, but since you came, I can claim that …” NK looked at Khushi and continued in a teasing manner “that my Bhai loves me more”. Khushi was about to retort for it when Pavan pleaded to his siblings “oh! Now you two don't start! I just landed only, give me some time to relax, then I will start to hear your tantrums” while others laughed.

Arnav and Lavanaya had a long discussion about their future and after their talk both agreed to put their fake engagement on hold. Arnav understood her reasoning and in between the talk she had questioned him “ASR, is it only for Di’s happiness you are getting engaged or is there any thing else”. 

He hadn’t answered her since he too needed some time to gather his thoughts. After talking to GK, he was confused. Arnav had been confident before that he could manage his feelings but recently his treacherous heart seems to giving away his resolve. He cant let go of her but then will he be able to keep her happy? 



Author's Note: Hey dears, it's a short update. When I saw your comments and requests, eagerly waiting for updates, I couldn't help it. I know I haven’t done justice here by keeping so many conversations incomplete. Those conversations will be updated in upcoming chapters as flashbacks. This chapter is dedicated to Bhakti and Jasmine Shabir whose sweet requests made me write this update in spite of my busy schedule. And specially to Daljeet for reasons you know!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Dewdrops-Chapter 18


Author's Note: I am happy to know there are many dedicated readers for this story! I am grateful to you all. Thanks! 


Mr. Nair had just finished his breakfast when he saw Khushi coming in. 

“Hey! Who is this? I thought you forgot this old man”, he said with a wide smile. 

He had missed her, she had told him about going for a wedding in South India but still he had felt a void when he didn't see her. It seems like he had got used to see her everyday morning. 

“Yes, yes, I did forget you! When there were so many handsome young faces dancing around me, I got lost in them and I forgot my old boyfriend. Forgive me please! She blinked her eyelashes rapidly in a dramatic way and Nair gave a hearty laugh. 

“I see, well I am disappointed and bit jealous then!” he played along with her drama. 

She laughed and came near him and hugged him “I missed you old man! In fact you had been there in my mind . Honestly! Whenever I saw something impressing during my trip, I got reminded of your words. South India is incredible as you predicted. I fell in love with the place and I had a memorable time of my life there” Khushi said. 

“Well, I am glad that you had a good time and very glad that it was with the place you fell in love and not a person!” he teased her. She gave him a friendly angry smirk. “Where is the brother of yours? He got stuck there with some brahmin girl or he haven’t come to meet me? He had promised me something” Nair enquired about NK. 

“What?” Khushi raised her eyebrows. “That's between us, girls are not allowed”. Mr. Nair said. 

“Accha! So I am out and he is in” Khushi gave a dramatic sigh and turned around in mock anger. 

“Ha ha! Do you know in my mother tongue Malayalam Acha means Dad, felt good to hear that from you”. 

Khushi smiled “I see, that's new to me! Well I will call you Acha then, what say?” she asked with a twinkle in her eyes. “I am very grateful” Nair said with emotion in his voice. They both smiled kindly at each other.



 It was then NK entered in wheelchair with a nurse.  

Nair was surprised “Where did you go and bang your head? Or did she do it?” Nair asked pointing to Khushi with a smile while Khushi’s mouth went a big “O”. 

“Oh! Don't ask me uncle, well this time it wasn't her, I just feel into manhole while admiring a beautiful girl, but now this royal treatment feels good” NK answered with his usual NK smile. 



“Why you need wheelchair? Your leg was fine this morning” Khushi asked him. 

“Well, meri pyaari behana, the thing is..” he looked towards the nurse and smiled “thank you Monali, I think my sister will help me from now”. Nurse left, Nair gave a silent chuckle easily understanding NK. “Khushi, you don't have any brains, Naanav is right, you have no brains when it comes to important matters. Don't you have the common sense?” he looked towards the way the nurse exited and said with a sigh “cant you see why I needed a wheelchair? How can I let go of a chance to help Monali do her duty?”. NK said this and looked at Khushi, he could see she was getting angry. 



 “What did Naanav say?” she asked him. NK smiled inwardly and thought “so from all what he said she caught that line, well interesting”.  

Before NK could reply Nair said to Khushi “Don't tell me you fought with your cousin again”.  

“Ha ha! Exactly Nair uncle, she cant resist having a fight with my poor Naanav, you know, she actually threw a cake at him but unfortunately it hit our other cousin Akash, remember the one who is going to be engaged coming Sunday. Anyways it was fun, you should have been there, and you would have died of laughing”. 

Khushi folded her and turned away from him. Nair pulled her to his side and said “This time what is the problem?”. 

Khushi kept quiet while NK narrated the Coimbatore incidents and following happenings. All the time Nair was looking at Khushi and he smiled hearing the story.

 Finally he asked “Can I meet this cousin of yours?”.

 Khushi looked at him surprised while NK asked “You want to meet Arnav Singh Raizada?.

 Nair raised his eyebrows and repeated the name thoughtfully “Arnav Singh Raizada, Yes” he answered after few moments.

 “Oh sure, why not? You want to meet him now?” NK asked Nair. 

Khushi stared at NK as if he had grown two heads. Nair was still looking at Khushi and he said “Yes, Now”. 

“Ok fine” NK told and took his mobile and called Arnav while khushi looked on “Naanav mere bhai! Ek emergency hai, can you please come to hospital Now, its Khushi! He said in a rush and cut the call. He could see arnav calling back but he didn't pick up. He winked at Nair while Khushi stood with her jaw dropped.

 “Close your mouth Khushi, I am not going to throw peanuts to your mouth now”, Nk told Khushi and turned to Nair “he will come now, Viren Jeeju is in operation theatre, hence he wont pick up the phone, within..” NK checked his watch “yes within 10 minutes he will be before you, your highness” NK gave Nair a dramatic bow while still sitting in his wheel chair.

 Khushi was mad at NK “Yes, he will be here within 10 minutes and when he finds out that you were fooling him, he will blast you!” she said that and folded her hands in front of her. 

“Letz see!” Nair said.

 “Anyways I am not going to stay around and get the scolding, I am leaving” Khushi said. 

“Ha ha, you are scared of him” NK laughed at her.

 “I am not scared of him, you get that” Khushi gritted out while pointing her finger at NK.

 “Now, easy easy!” Nair interfered in between them. “I know you are not scared of him, then why you want to run away?” he asked Khushi. 

“I am not running away, I came to see you and to have his head checked. I saw you and in his case (pointing to NK) now I see it more damaged than ever” she said indignantly.

 NK laughed and typed something in his mobile while Nair made her sit near “Its ok. Be cool, how come you didn't get me any gift today? You usually bring fruits or books or something for me. Today I see nothing”. Nair tried to divert Khushi’s attention. 

Khushi slapped her head “Oops! I forgot, she checked her bag and bought out a small, beautiful Ganapathy idol. “This is for you!. Wherever I went in Coimbatore city, I used to see Ganapathy idols in small temples, hence I bought this for you. Dadi had told me that ganapathy is worshiped before any new ventures since he is the god who moves obstacles from one’s paths and leads to success, hence I am sure he will protect you and remove the blocks in your heart easily” she finished with a smile.

 “Nair Uncle, so I guess you can go home now, you don't need doctors then!” NK commented while Khushi glared at him and Nair laughed.

Arnav nearly barged into the room fearing the worst. But the scene he saw was an old man in bed laughing, while NK sat on a wheel chair, Arnav looked again, why NK needed a wheelchair he wondered and a glaring Khushi, well good the glare was not directed at him but at her twin. He quickly checked her and saw she was unhurt and looked fine except her anger. Then he saw the trio realized his presence in the room and turned to look at him, while he stood there like a fool. 



NK’s call had panicked him. Arnav had seen to that the attackers who were supposed to give him the hit had been behind the bars but NK’s call made him think of worst things. When NK didn't pick up the call, he had tried Viren but didn't get through, he had rushed through the traffic like a mad man and then he got a text from NK saying the room no and here he was.

 He rushed to Khushi’s side and asked with concern filled eyes “you ok?”.



 Khushi didn't look at his eyes nor replied but Nair smiled and replied “She is perfectly fine”. 

Arnav looked at the old man, he had seen him somewhere but couldn't place him. 

“Hello! I am G.K. Nair” Nair extended his hand and Arnav took it, the name rings a bell “G.K  of Lakshmi group?” he asked with a raised eyebrows. 

Nair smiled “You got me!”.  Khushi and NK looked at Nair in surprise.

 “Nice to meet you sir, I am Arnav Singh Raizada”.  Arnav said with a smile, he had heard a lot of this self made man and was impressed with the Lakshmi group. 

“Finally we get to meet, I have heard a lot about you in business circles, and I should say I am impressed with your business tactics, the way you get your deals make heads turns. I hope you know that you are famous for your smart moves. Anyways we have never crossed each other but then when I heard about you from these two, I was very much intrigued to meet you, Please don't mind his prank to get you here, I take the blame, you see a dying man’s wish!” Nair said with a smile and Arnav smiled understandingly but he looked at NK “This time, I will let you go, but next time don't you dare”. 

NK gulped and turned to Nair “why you didn't tell us you are a business man, that too Lakshmi group! Its famous like Hilton, Marriott! And I didn't know that my friend was such a big personality”. 

“You never asked about my job, remember you asked about my love life only” Nair replied with a chuckle and NK smiled. 

Nair turned to Khushi and Arnav “So Arnav, I heard recently you nearly escaped from a cake fiasco” Nair teasingly asked while Khushi rolled her eyes and walked to the door “I am not coming to meet you again!” she said in fake anger. 

“Ha ha! I know! but you cant resist me, See You tomorrow morning” he called out to her and said to NK “you better get going or she will come back with a bat and hit that head of yours”. NK understood Nair wanted to talk to Arnav alone, he started self rolling the wheelchair then stopped for a second, with a goofy smile to Arnav and Nair got up and walked out.

“Arnav, I hope I didn't disturb your business schedules by playing along with the NK’s prank” Nair apologized. 

“No, not at all. It's a pleasure to meet you! I didn't know you were here, I mean I didn't hear any such news in business circles. May be I might have missed out” Arnav replied. 

Nair smiled and replied “No one knows that I am here except my two personal managers, business will go on, its entrusted on efficient staffs. Well, I didn't call you to talk business, just wanted to meet you. I have heard lot about you in business as I told you earlier but then when I came to know you are the cousin whom Khushi always keep telling me about. I wanted to meet you. She and NK gave me a different picture of the gigantic ASR and I was interested in meeting him and today I saw him”. Nair smiled at Arnav who looked mildly confused but smiled and took a seat near the man and listened.

The engagement was next day and the Raizada Palace was getting ready. The arrangements, decorations were in full swing. It was evening, in the large drawing room there sat NK, Mami, Mamaji, Nani, Di, Akash, Viren. All were discussing and going through the final details about the various engagement details. NK was getting worried about his head gear (his bandage), he was complaining to Akash that it would spoil his stylish get up for tomorrow’s function. That everyone would be looking at him like a clown with a hat and he was asking Viren to allow him to remove it during the function but viren wont agree. It was then Khushi put a full stop to the discussion and asked everyone to relax, she put latest hindi number on the speakers and pulled nani to dance, to chill the mood of everyone. Soon Mami joined the dance with them and all were enjoying and dancing to the song. Even Akash was dancing while NK sat with Di enjoying since he was not allowed to shake his head too much. 



No one had noticed a person standing at the big doorway enjoying the scene going inside.

Who is it? Any guess?


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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Important Note


My dear story lovers!

I am so grateful to you all for supporting my writing and following my story. 

As you all know, now days I update this fan fiction only in this blog and not in any forums, this is due to personal issues. Coming month it's going to be hectic for me. Since I love to organize and plan things earlier I would you love to know whether are you really interested in my story?

If so, I shall update it whenever I get time. Those who wish to follow the story please mail me your email I'd to dreamymaya@yahoo.com. or you can put your mail id as the comment for this post. 
 I will keep the blog open only for those readers who comment and genuinely interested in the story in future. Silent readers, I understand u have trouble taking 2 minutes of your precious time to write comments.its a sad but fine but at least give your reaction to the update whether you loved it or not.

Also I won't be PMing from IF. Nothing against the forum, it's due to lack of time. Hope you understand. But I will mail to your email ID you provide about the updates. it makes things easier since i can make a mailing list to those interested readers who loves to read and respond to my story. It saves time, I hope you agree.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Dewdrops-Chapter 17


Author's note: This update is dedicated to all my story lovers-silent and active and specially dedicated to Sitara, Dhaks, Daljeet, Suraiya, Cresline and Tiara whose comments made me write this update late this night! Its emotional! Warned you!

Khushi was with dadi and Di making the list of things they got to do for the engagement function when an injured NK entered with Arnav and Viren supporting him. Khushi panicked seeing NK like this and rushed towards him with fear. 


She started questioning about what happened and how NK is in a nearly hysteric tone.  Viren and Arnav made NK comfortable on the sofa and turned to the family who were worried seeing NK. But first Viren caught hold of Khushi and made her sit and told her “Khushi, there is nothing to worry, NK is perfectly fine. He had been in an accident but there is nothing to worry, just few scratches, cuts and his left leg got sprained, now calm down, and stop looking at him like he is in ICU”. If there is something that can scare Khushi easily, its accidents, her nightmares of being in the car accident that took her parents life never left her completely. 


NK gave a weak smile and waved her to come closer seeing her eyes full of tears. “Hey! I am fine” he started to say but next second Khushi rushed to his side and took him in a bear hug while tears flowed out, “ Ouch! That does mean you can put all your weight on me! Give me some space to breathe!”. Nk complained in his easy manner to put her at ease! “You scared me you know!” Khushi spoke in soft tone while tears continued their journey down her cheeks. 


“I know!  You need to be scared sometimes you know! Else others will think I am a coward and you are the brave! Because they always get to see me getting scared of you, now its my turn” he smiled at her. She took the sofa pillow and hit him slightly “is this the way to scare?” her temper and sadness and fear got hold of her. She couldn't imagine anything happening to anyone dear to her especially to NK, her bhai and ….Arnav! She looked up and saw him standing next to NK’s sofa and saw blood on his dress. “Are you injured too?” she asked him fearfully getting up and going to him. “No” he said and they looked at each other. He could see how much she was affected by seeing NK, he told he will go and change, he didn't want to scare her more and he needed time to think.

Later, Arnav saw Di, Nani, Khushi making NK drink milk and other nutritious foods. Khushi was threatening NK actually to eat. Akash had called him a few minutes before, telling him necessary actions had been taken against the person and vehicle that had hit NK. 


Actually this accident was meant for him. He knew it, the success of Bangalore show and the deals he picked up there had got him few enemies but how NK had come in between and got the hit which was meant for him he didn't understand. NK had come earlier to his office and he had been with Akash. Evening when they started back home, NK was planning to go with Akash to meet Payal at campus and they had said bye and parted ways but then as he was going to his car he felt someone suddenly push him to a side and as he went rolling to the side he heard tires screeching and someone howling in pain. He turned to see someone in that vehicle had hit NK’s head with an iron rod as the vehicle speed away. He got up and ran to NK, his heart beating wildly. NK’s head’s right side was bathed in blood but he was consciously. “I am fine Naanav, you ok?” Nk had managed to ask. Arnav was tongue-tied. Akash also had rushed to NK, he hadn’t seen NK getting out of his car and diving at Arnav pushing him out of the vehicle’s way but had seen the man attacking NK with the rod on head and he had noted the number of the vehicle and he could identify the man. They had taken NK to Viren first, had seen to the injuries and tests. They had been apprehensive about the reaction at home when all see NK injured. Viren had told them not to mention about the accident at home. NK had the same opinion of Viren and told that he would about falling down in drainage or something. Anyways he had informed Pavan about the whole happening truthfully.

This was the first time Khushi tucking NK into bed, always it had been NK tucking her into bed. NK held her hand as she was leaving and said “I am perfectly ok now khushi, there is no need to worry, I cant see you like this, like a art movie actress, so silent and weeping, it doesn't suit you! You wont get the national award you know!” he said to light up her mood but she hugged him and snuggled into his chest crying “I cant see you hurt! She said in a soft voice. “I know pagali”. 

He smiled and replied “only you can hurt me, no one else can, right?” It's the universal siblings code they follow, they hurt each other, insult each other but if anyone else dared to hurt either of the sibling, then they get to see the worst face of the twins! NK smiled and patted her hair in an affectionate manner and continued, “you know something? Its better that I got hurt, hence you could cry openly and fuss over me, be with me all the time without anyone raising eyebrows, what if it was Naanav?” Khushi got up from his chest and looked at him in surprise while he smiled and continued, “Would you have been able to express your concern openly? Are you ready to accept your feelings for him?”.



Khushi sat in stunned silence; she hadn’t even allowed her own heart to search answers for these questions. But Sunny had got through her and now NK. Was she so transparent? Then why Arnav hadn’t …but he was always strange..had always been strange but that “strange love” had been something which fascinated her. All these when he had stayed away from her, his memories had never been diminished in her mind. It was crazy, they were kids then, now they are adults and he is on his way to get committed. Her feelings for him were her own and does he feel the same for her? He had been good to her, they had renewed their old friendship, enjoyed each others company but then last week at Coimbatore he had suddenly started avoiding her again. If it was as Sunny reasoned, then he too had some special feelings for her but can that be true?. Sunny doesn't know Arnav’s strange nature, he could have misunderstood Naanav. But was Sunny’s judgment wrong? She cant say a clear No there because there had been some strange moments like the incident at bridge, like Arnav’s anger when she danced with Sunny, like that kiss after the cake fiasco. But that could easily pass as friendly gestures too in this modern world. Arnav had been educated abroad like she, kissing someone on cheek doesn't need to taken in account as something romantic love, it could be seen as a close friendship too. She was an expert love guru like NK and Sunny at their college but how is it that one realizes their own love? What are the signals or indications to confirm its love itself not infatuation or crush?  But then, even if she admits that she is in love, what good would it do? Arnav should also feel same and does he feel so? She looked at NK with her confused eyes, which was brimming with tears. He smiled kindly at her and told “Its ok. When its time you will get the answers to all your questions. Trust me! Now, why don't you sleep with me here today, so that I can disturb you at night to take care of me, I needed to be treated like a king today” he pouted and Khushi smiled for his sake.


Even though NK had felt someone was playing drums inside his head, he didn't show it, instead he had made Khushi put her favorite movie, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai nad they both watched it. He couldn't sleep, the painkiller weren’t working, his mind was thinking of the day’s event. 


He was hoping to meet Payal’s friend Anu but since he hadn’t seen her with Payal the other day when Payal came to visited them, he decided he go and meet. With that intention he had gone to the office to meet Akash since he knew Akash was going to meet Payal in the evening at her campus. But then things took a U turn, he don't know what made him to turn around as he was going to climb into Akash’s car. Since he did that, he was able to push Arnav out of danger else he didn't dare think. He turned to look at Khushi who was asleep aside him, she was a cute sight. He knew her mind was in turmoil and he wished to speak Arnav about it. Only he could provide answers but how to approach Arnav without getting blasted. NK closed his eyes and leaned back on the headrest of the bed. Someone touched his shoulder and he opened his eyes to see Arnav. “Think of the devil and here he is” NK thought with a smile. “Hi Naanav” he said in a whisper not wanting to disturb Khushi, she slept after lot of tossing and turning. Arnav sat beside him after looking at Khushi. NK noticed a small smile at Arnav’s face while he looked at Khushi. “How do you feel now?” Arnav asked him. “I wish to say I feel great but to be honest I feel terrible, whoever hit me, didn't have any kindness. Was this meant for you?” NK asked him. “I guess so” Arnav replied. “Business is getting rough? Or is it because they specifically love your temper and dealings hence they decided to gift you like this?” NK asked and Arnav smiled. “How is she taking it?” he asked NK. NK looked at his sister and back at Arnav “You know her, she got scared; her nightmares still trouble her at times when something like this happens”. NK took a long breath and took the risk “Its good that it was me today and not you” NK looked straight into Arnav’s eyes and continued, “she would have taken it very badly then, she loves you a lot! I guess you know that already”. Arnav gave a tight smile and told “try to catch some sleep, you got to go to hospital tomorrow”. He got up and before leaving the door, he turned “Thanks NK!” Arnav said with a grateful smile to which NK smiled.



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