Thursday, 16 January 2014

Whispers of Spring.....Chapter 18

Chapter 18

Naina froze at the deathly sound of the voice from the past. But why was she surprised? Wasn’t she expecting this? Deep down she knew this moment would arrive. For a moment she forgot to breathe, as she stared toward the pillar in the far end of the half-lit living room. A sense of dark déjà vu engulfed her slowly, as she felt Adi move closer, slip his hand through hers, and squeeze. Her clammy hand barely registered her son’s silent communication. Each cell of her body numbed to immobility as her body tensed. And then a tall shadow moved from behind the pillar and into the light, as the handsome, drop-dead attractive countenance of Manmeet Dhariwal came into view. Time stood still as she faced her so-called husband cum nemesis for the first time in years. The man whom she had once married with hopes for a better future. The man who turned her young-girl dreams into nightmares….He and his father. The Devil and his spawn.

“Hello Nayantara! Or should I say Sunaina Bhatia? Fancy meeting you here…alive and well.”
His voice cut to her bones, and she shivered. Then he smiled…the sick, evil, unpleasant smile that morphed him into the monster that he was…the smile that was ingrained in her psyche. And just like that, Naina was transported back to the dingy room from her past. Back to the dark, revolting nights when his chilly laughter would break through her miasma as he closed the door on her and…! Back to the stark, icy reality from which she was running for years. For a brief second, all she heard was the loud thudding of her heart. It seemed to echo inside her very being…as all emotions and all sensations ceased.

She was shaken out of her dead stupor as someone rang the bells from the small temple across the road. The labored sound of her lungs as she drew in a jerky breath caused Adi to tug at her hand. She looked at the man who epitomized hell for her and knew that this time there was no escape. But before he reached her, she had to get Adi out of here. She will be damned if she let him witness what was to surely follow. She knew that Manmeet had come for only one purpose…to seek revenge. She had seen the all-familiar maniacal rage lurking in his eyes. He had come to punish her for escaping him and for causing his father’s death. But before that she had to ensure Adi’s safety.

Naina reached inside herself and pulled out all the strength she had to keep herself together and not lose it for Adi’s sake. She needed to be in control for him…always for him. Taking a deep breath, she turned to him and smiled, “Adi, listen to mumma. Go up to your room, lock it up, turn on the TV loud, and stay inside. I’ll be along soon.”
“Who is he mumma?”
“But mumma....”
As Adi hesitated, the man shouted, startling him, “Didn’t you hear her? Leave.”
“Please Adi. Now. Whatever happens, stay inside. Promise?” Something in her eyes and her posture communicated to him, and he nodded. She kissed him once on his forehead, steeling herself to be strong, capturing his beautiful face in her eyes. Her hands on his shoulders, she steered him toward the stairs. His hand slipped away from hers as he stepped back and then away, but not before turning and giving the man a dirty look for scaring his mother. Adi stumbled up the stairs, making a decision of his own as to what he had to do as soon as he was in his room.

Naina refused to look at the man before she heard the welcome slam of the doors upstairs and heard music drift out. She squared her shoulders and slowly turned to face him. He was staring at her with a frenzied watchfulness. Her insides revolted as his mouth turned up in an ugly sneer.

Manmeet’s eyes oozed disgust and anger. He flicked his thumb toward the stairs, “Didn’t you bother to discipline the little rascal? He lacks obedience. But then what else could I expect from a worthless woman like you? Once I am done with you, I shall have all the time to deal with him and turn him into the man he should be.”
“Leave him alone Manmeet. He has nothing to do with you all.” Naina clinched her fists by her sides.
“No? You have the gall to stand there and lie to me? I must say you have developed some guts over the years.”

Naina’s eyes blazed, “Didn’t you hear what I said? Leave Adi out of this. He is not your son.”
Smack…Naina fell down near the center table as he slapped her hard, drawing blood from her lips. She closed her eyes in pain as he fisted her hair and pulled her head back. Her eyes snapped open as he breathed down at her, “You think you are smart? Did you think you could fool me with all that stupid cover up about the boy’s identity?”

Naina gripped the edge of the table and shot back, “I adopted Adi. He is 8 years old. You can check the Asha Deep orphanage in….”
“I don’t have to check anything. Have you ever looked at my photographs at that age? That boy is a carbon copy of how I looked as a boy. He is a Dhariwal alright.”
“NO! You are wrong” Naina tried to reach for her phone, but he was too fast. He grabbed it and threw it against the wall, smashing it.
“Don’t you even think about it? Did you think I would leave open any probability for you to contact your boyfriend, you characterless w**re? The land phone is also dead, and the guard incapacitated. The other guard is my man who has my getaway transport ready outside at this very moment. By the time that bastard colonel douses his stable fire, I will be gone with my son. After punishing you, that is…for killing my father, running away, stealing my son….the list of your offenses is endless.”

Naina got up and stared at him fearlessly, contempt lacing her words, “Adi is not your son. He is not going anywhere. He is only mine. As for your father, he died the death he deserved.”
He punched her. She staggered on her feet but stood her ground before taking a few steps backward to the front door.

He grabbed her roughly by her chin, “You bloody b***h! You never learn. I would have given you an easier death if you had just given my son. But now, I am going to first cut this tongue and then kill you slowly.”

At that moment Naina knew that howsoever she protested Manmeet will not leave without Adi. In that instant, all fog lifted and something inside her went deadly calm. The fear and panic disappeared, leaving behind a sharp focus and clear intent. She couldn’t care what happened to her, but she had her son to protect. She would kill if she had to but she will not let this man near her son. She pushed herself up as understanding donned, “Your threats don’t scare me, Manmeet. Now I understand. You are the one who set the stables on fire, so that Raj would be called away.”
“That cripple is a fool. He and his amateurish security measures…bah!!. He thought he could keep me away from the boy. I am much better than him. You were always very slow, Nayantara. Your complacency led you down earlier also.”

Naina wiped the blood from her lips, ignoring the pain in her jaws and temple, and smirked, “Really? It sure was not complacency that made me escape your prison. What was that you had said after the first time I tried to escape? Oh yes! ‘Nayantara, my house is an impregnable fort. No one gets in and no one goes out without my permission.’ Ha! Some Fort! I escaped, didn’t I?”

Manmeet growled menacingly and stepped toward her. But Naina continued, all the time backing away to the door, “Words. Ha! Mere words. You were always full of empty words, Manmeet. You had to….after all you are not good for anything else. You are nothing compared to Raj. He is a man to be idolized and admired and respected…and loved. I love him for the man he is. And you? Well! You are not much of a man, are you?”

Throwing the insulting words at him, Naina ran out of the front door, intending to lure Manmeet away from the house, away from Adi, and gain some time. Don’t give up…the voice inside her screamed. A few minutes required…that’s all. She had to incite him and delay him, and pray like hell that Adi had called Raj in his mobile. If she could get to the garden shed in the back lawn, she could get hold of some tool to use as a weapon.

She heard Manmeet curse and follow her as she ran with all she had. Unfortunately, she tripped on her saree, just a foot away from the shed, and fell down. In no time Manmeet was all over her; he was a man possessed….kicking her, pulling her up, and throwing her down again with slaps, punches, and more kicks. Naina kept on saying the one word that goaded him more and more…“IMPOTENT. That’s what you are Manmeet….Impotent. Adi is mine…all mine. You cannot sire a child to save yourself. You are pathetic…and you know that.” The blows continued, and then suddenly they stopped. Through a red haze Naina saw Manmeet turn toward a shovel leaning against the shed door.

At the same time, she heard her name being shouted in a voice that cut through the darkness and reached her, and it was the most beautiful voice in the world. He was here. Her Raj was here. She tried to shout for him…to call out his name one last time, but couldn’t. Yet, she was happy. She had succeeded. She was able to protect her son. She smiled as she saw Manmeet pick up a shovel and stand over her for the fatal strike. It didn’t matter anymore. Nothing mattered. Adi was safe.

Raj saw the fire from a distance as he neared the mahal, all the time talking to first nanisa and then to Altaf chacha on phone. He switched off the phone just as the car entered the palace gates. Something was not right…his instincts screamed foul. But what? He parked the car when the phone rang again.
“Uncle! Oh, uncle! I have been trying to call you.”
“Adi! What is it? Calm down, son. Stop crying. Tell me.”
“There is a man in the house. He scared mumma. He shouted at me also. Please come back, uncle…please.”

Raj’s blood ran cold. Manmeet was inside the house. It couldn’t be anyone else. Suddenly, he knew…the fire was a distraction, to lure him away….and he fell for it. Dear God, if anything happened to Naina and Adi. He would never forgive himself.
“Adi, where are you? What is the noise?”
“In my room. Mumma sent me up and told me to switch on the TV loud.”
“Right. Stay there Adi. Don’t open the door till you hear my voice. OK? Mumma will be fine. I promise.”

Raj stepped on the accelerator and tried calling Bahadur, the guard. No response. He knew it was a futile attempt. If Manmeet was inside, then it could only mean one thing: the guards were taken care of. He opened the dashboard and took out his revolver. There was one more call to make, the police….and hope like anything there was a patrol van nearby.

He screeched to a halt in front of the gate and saw a loaded truck parked opposite. He had just reached the gate when a shot buzzed past him. He ducked behind the car and saw a man jump from the truck and run toward the tree near the fencing of the house. Raj aimed. He had only one shot before the man left the cover of the tree and jump the fence. He shot him before the man could reach the fence. He had rightly guessed who he was before he registered the guard’s uniform…the accomplice.

Raj ran inside the house and stopped short, as he saw the signs of struggle. His guts tightened when he saw the broken phone, the scattered jewelry, and drops of blood. He heard a noise that came from the backyard. Without pausing to think, he ran toward the kitchen and through the backdoor to the lawn behind. He shot Manmeet on the run as he was about to bring down a shovel on a prostrate Naina. The  shot went through Manmeet's  wrists, causing the shovel to fly away from his hands. He yelped holding his bleeding wrists and turned around. Raj punched him away from Naina. Manmeet fell to the ground before struggling to get up.

Raj knelt beside Naina and touched her face, whispering, “Naina, I am so sorry love.” She smiled and that smile gutted him. He turned toward Manmeet who was getting up. Rage consumed Raj. All he wanted was to rip the son of b***ch from limb to limb and kill him.

He held the lowlife by the scruff of the neck and threw him against the stone bench behind him, before pummeling him right, left, and center with rock solid punches….his fists flying without any mercy. His wrists bleeding, Manmeet couldn’t defend himself. In one last burst of strength, he kicked at Raj’s prosthetic and made a run for it. As Raj stumbled, he heard a shot and jerked back to see Manmeet falling down. The bullet had pierced his temple.

Raj rushed to Naina, and gently took the gun from her, pulling her head onto his lap.

She looked up at him, speaking painfully “I had to do it Raj. He would never have left pursuing Adi.”

“Shushh! I know Naina. It’s OK. You did good. It’s all over. My brave Naina. I love you so much.” 
She wanted to smile at him one last time...speak with him one last time….clutch onto him one last time…one last time before he came to know everything and leave her. She wanted her mind to be conscious for a moment more, bask in this moment of love without the dark shadow of the past hovering over, because this moment may not be hers tomorrow. He may no longer be hers once he knew all. Her entire body ached and felt heavy like lead, yet she tried to smile but could not. She heard him talk but could not fathom his words, as her eyelids grew heavy and closed. He knew she was past hearing as finally, mercifully she lost consciousness, yet he kept on talking, till he heard police jeep and ambulance sirens.

Naina’s eyes sprang open. She turned her head slowly and found herself in a room with white walls, with a glass wall at one end, over which green curtains were drawn, because of which she could not see outside. She was in a hospital. She guessed it was daytime, judging by the light in the room. She could see a row of monitors on the other side of the bed. She saw IV taped to her hand. She tried moving her hands and feet, and sighed with relief when they cooperated. How long was she out? Where was everybody? Adi? Raj? As memories trickled back, Naina gasped and attempted to sit up.

“No Naina. Don’t.” She saw Raj stride in from the open door, even as a nurse turned right back muttering “I’ll get the doctor.”

He came and sat beside her, leaning forward to kiss her on the forehead and then holding her free hand, “Hey beautiful! How are you feeling?”
She nodded and averted her face.
“Naina! Look at me sweetheart.”
She shook her head once and asked in a raspy voice, “Adi?”
“He is fine, Naina. Worried for you, but very proud of his mumma. He and beeji along with nanisa and Tanu were here till awhile back. They will again come in the evening.”
She sniffed and asked again, still looking away, “What time is it?”
“It’s three in the afternoon.”
She nodded again and tried to pull away her hand.

Raj held onto it and arose. Very gently he cupped her face, “Why won’t you look at me Naina?”
Silent tears cascaded down her cheeks as she whispered, “I am sorry Raj. Please leave. And don’t come back.”

Raj stood stunned. For a moment there was absolute stillness…and then he bent and softly pressed his forehead against hers, his thumb wiping her tears gently. His lips moved as he whispered, “Naina, I don’t know what is happening inside you, but I am not going anywhere. Please don’t push me away. Time for running is over. You are free.”

She closed her eyes and shook her head, “I don’t deserve you Raj. Why don’t you get it? Why would you want a damaged person like me?”

Raj lifted his head and kissed her forehead, “Because I love you. Because you are the air I need to breathe. Because you exist, and so I exist. I love you for who you are. I love you with all the past monsters, the ugliness, the darkness. And the beautiful, caring, warm, cheerful, loving, and honest person that you are. All of you Naina…all of you.”
“You won’t when you know all.”
“Try me.”
She opened her eyes and smiled sadly, “Stay away from me Raj. It’s what is best for you. Manmeet’s coming here was a wake-up call for me as well as a reminder that I never deserved you. I was never good enough. Just go and live your life.”
“Without you? Never.”
Raj stood up as the doctor entered.

To be continued…………….


  1. I am first. Yes yes yes yes yes'!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ok settling down. Damn the guy is back. I was scared for Adi and Naina. Though knew in the corner of my mind that raj will be there, couldn't help it. Smart boy, Adi. There are still some dark truth which Raj needs to know, but that will never change Raj's love for Naina. Because raj was not in love with a perfect girl, but one who was lovely with all her imperfections.

    1. Bharathi, your opening words made me grin. You are a sweetheart.

      Thanks pal. That guy was a sociopath. His psyche worked within an extremely narrow channel of beliefs. It was unfortunate that Naina had to face him again, bit then she did get some closure out of the whole sordid drama.

  2. Indu I was waiting for this update.
    This was superb.
    You have written the fear of Naina so nicely that I could feel it.
    Fear,panic and the fear Manmeet would take Adi what to say Indu? I felt everything.
    I too was afraid to see what will happen.
    Glad all that is over but I think there's a story of Naina we don't know yet.Is it?
    I think there is something that taking her away from Raj and his love.
    she feels that she is not suitable coz about something in the past.

    Manmeet is a creep, That rascal planned everything to get Adi andhurt Naina. Who does he think he is to punish Naina like that.
    Hate him to the core.

    OH so glad Raj came on time thanks to Adi. Adi is really intelligent. Isn't he? Smart boy.

    Overall this a superb update Indu and thanks for updating this dear. Hugs to you for that.

    1. Indu sorry This ismy Comment and I'm Kate.
      In a hurry I forgot to write my name.

    2. Hey Kate....I did guess the comment was yours. I have been interacting with you all for so long now that I am very familiar with everyone's way of writing. :)

      Thanks for the lovely comments.

      Writing this chapter gave me heebie-jeebies in the beginning. I didn't know how the violence would be taken. I tried to tone it down, especially considering I knew the worst part of the story is still to be revealed. Yet, I wanted the contrast to come through clearly as to how Naina managed to turn her life after going through all that.

      Adi is how a well-brought-up child of a single parent generally turn out to be....sensitive, protective, and alert.

  3. OMG! It was him. The rascal Manmeet! Thank God Adi was sent to his room that way he won't witness it all and would call up Raj. Manmeet is such a b*stard. Beating up a woman like that without any mercy. Glad Raj was there there at the right time to save them from the monster

    Hmm think we still don't know some part of the story which is the reason why Naina is pushing Raj away. Waiting for the next part eagerly.

    Indu, hats off for writing this chapter so brilliantly. Hugs to you. :)

    1. Thanks Abie. Glad you accepted the chapter in spite of the violence. It was time we knew what Naina actually put up with in that marriage.

      You are right...We still have a very crucial aspect to know about Naina, because of which she still sees herself unworthy of Raj.

      Thanks for the Hugs...many more back to you. :)

  4. Indu that was a fantastic update. Manmeet is so ruthless and evil that I could only imagine what Naina had to go through while living with him. I absolutely loved how Adi was able to read his mother's stance and contact Raj as soon as he got up to his room and was really glad when Raj made it in the nick of time so that he got a glimpse of what she used to bear. The hospital scene was so beautifully written with Naina wanting Raj to leave as she feels that she does not deserve him while he gives her all the reasons why he can't leave her. You outdid yourself with this update and can't wait to see what is in store next.

    1. Thanks for the appreciation my sweet Saf. I was pretty nervous about this one. Though I have come across and interacted with many victims of violence, personally I have never even been slapped ever...not even as a child. As a mother I never lifted hands on my kids. (In any case, my daughter always put me in my place when she was younger, whenever I so much as raised my voice. She would say with a frown, "Why are you shouting mumma? I will listen to you if you speak normally." )

      It took me awhile to put the whole Naina-Manmeet-Raj interaction within a right frame.

  5. Wow that was one high voltage heart racing, adrenaline rushing, beautiful update, Pal :-):-):-)

    I just loved the way Naina made sure that Adi was safe and away from that monster even if it meant that she had to suffer she would rather die than to let him get to her son and prayed that her little one would called her beloved <3

    Speaking of her beloved Raj, well now this is a man who I would have loved to meet ;-);-) He knew that it was a distraction and the moment he got confirmation wid Adi's phone call all he wanted to do was kill that monster that harmed his loved ones....I loved the confrontation between the two men and as always the best man won :D

    Naina still doesn't think that she is good enough for Raj just because of her past which wasn't her fault so now she is trying to push the man she loves and who loves her more than his own life away but what she doesn't realize is that Raj isn't going anyway and that she needs him now more than ever.

    Fantastic job Indu darling....Keep it up *muuaahhhhh*

    1. What will I do without you? *Sigh* You and Saf have commented every single time I have penned anything...whether in DC or the stories. If I compiled all your comments somewhere, I would title it: "Their Support, My Strength." :)

      Naina has always put Adi above everything. So it was not surprising that she thought about him first when she saw Manmeet. She didn't want her child to witness anything that could mar his senses.

      It's time Raj tries to know why exactly is Naina holding back. He knows she loves him, but is stopping herself from doing so. Let's see how he comes to know the real reason.

  6. OMGG!!! what a roller coaster update.. was scared, on the edge of my seat .. but then relaxed, happy at the outcome.. just amazingly written.. manmeet is a sick b***ard... I cant believe how he treats her and how he beats her talks to her.. can't imagine what she went thru in her marriage to him.. love how she protected ADI.. and successfully so.. and he did what he knows best.. love and protect his mom.. by reaching out to their guardian angel.. RAJ!! OH RAJ!!! loved his anger.. and how he beats that man to pulp..
    I also liked that naina was the one to pull the trigger.. she took it in her own hands to finish that matter that has caused unimaginable pain and horror in her life..

    I am so curious as to why she keeps pushing him away.. so curious to see what that is all about.. I do love how raj is persistent and will not give up on her..

    I am eagerly waiting for your next update!! take care..

    Ruchi - princess4120

    1. Hey Ruchi....Did I ever say that your "I-wear-my-heart-in-my-sleeve" comments always make me feel good and warm? My bad, if I haven't. I feel as if it's a visual I have made (and not a written script) and that I am sitting and watching it with you. :)

      Thanks pal.

      Naina's entire past should come into open by the next two updates.

  7. Naina you caught me by surprise dear! Never anticipated that you would have us plunging into the hazardous pelagic zone where an utterly terrifying monster, Manmeet, is seen ambushing and stalking his prey Naina, giving her the rapidly and deadly punches almost killing her. My adrenaline went rushing beyond limit, challenging my mind, body and spirit. Fortunately I was able to brace myself and overcome my fears upon witnessing Adi surmount that hurdle. By introducing another predator, Raj he was able to hit the snack jackpot. Manmeet is sent plummeting into perpetual darkness where he belongs. However, with another problem brewing where Naina is acting like a rapidly rotating storm which is characterized by strong winds that are completely sweeping Raj away; I'm cognizant of the fact that I'll have to expect the unexpected. Looking forward to another spellbinding sequel Naina! Excellent!

    1. Hey Surish...Once again I am treated with your literary prowess. Honestly, your words are like the most exquisite garnish embellishing the simple words I pen down. Thank you for making me feel so special.

  8. Very graphic update and so very scary. Felt all the emotions that ran through Naina. Shudder to think how horrific her life would have been subjected to this sort of treatment on a daily basis. Salute to Naina for having the courage to escape n start over. But even now she is not free and I fear how this encounter destroys her so difficulty built confidence

    Great update indu very real n great


    1. Hi Deepti...I feel so good whenever you decide to drop in to let me know your opinion. I regard your views very highly. Thanks for the approval for this chapter. It was just a prelude to what Naina actually went through.

      One of the high points of this story was how on the one hand Tanu's mother was so eager to let go of Tanu to begin a new life. On the other hand, here was Naina who surmounted her bleeding wounds in order to provide a secure and normal life to Adi.

  9. Hi Indu this chapter was so exciting action packed visualized the entire scene my god what a criminal this manmeet was Naina past frightening what she must have suffered at the hands of her husband and former in laws, love the way she protected adi, adi is a smart and brave boy got help for his mom and Raj his heroic actions to protect his love ones. Naina living with her demons of her past I hope she share with Raj and accept his love and presence in her's and adi's life.

    1. Thanks Sharlene. :)

      You are spot on about the protective nature of the three characters here. Naina's primary concern is Adi, and she would go to any length to protect him. Similarly, Adi is instinctively protective of his mother, like any son. As for Raj, in his heart these tow are family now, as such he did what he would have done for Tanu.

  10. Fantatic update indu. Manmeet is really a monster. I felt the pain n fear from which naina was going through,loved the way adi was sent to his room n protected,,,but I m so happy to read ki naina killed that monster n finished him who gave her so pain in her life ,,,still she is thinking she is not good enough for raj .great job dear waiting for the next part,,,,,rachna

    1. Thanks Rachna. Yeah, Manmeet was that and much more. The medieval, closeted, parochial beliefs that he hand his family indulged in made him like that. On top of that he seemed to be extremely prickly about Naina's verbal barbs!!!

  11. am I late? Ouch!

    Oh My Ghosh, what a horrifying update, I even forgot to breathe..
    What the hell is this Manmeet doing with Naina? He's totally a psycho!! He deserves to die!

    I thought Raj will not come on time, but he did!
    Thanks to Adi's smartness..

    Naina will really do her best just to protect her son, over her dead body! Am imagining myself to be like her! Indeed, a very brave woman, my jhansi ki rani!

    Wonder what was the reason of keeping herself away from Raj?
    Is it because of killing Manmeet's father?? Was she raped? Is she sick?? (sorry dear am just curious)
    What was the other side of her, that we haven't know yet???
    Will it escape to detective Raj?
    Hmm, curiosity on it's high level!
    Will wait and see..

    Great job! Indu dear..
    Thumbs up for this update.. ♥

    1. Hi Barbie....I am the one who has become tardy of late. Life has become extremely busy in the past couple of months.

      Thanks for the lovely reviews. Please stay with me till the end. Need your support...always. :)

  12. Was just holding my breath with all fear and anticipating growing inside me and the sound of temple bell relieved me from tension growing and allowing Naina an indirect signal of thoughful action which she did for Adi's safety and she knew that her intelligent son will do the needful.

    Indu - what a brialliant update and am just waiting for Naina to reveal her imperfect side which she feels is not perfect for Raj. His love for her is too strong to change his mind. Am very sure of a moving update from you.


    1. Thanks Chitra. It's a treat to read your responses.

      My apologies for the late response.

  13. this was just fabulous di.............fell in love with naina again and again she is so brave enough to face the storm alone all alone coz of manmeet but u see when we r meant to be with someone then they will always accompany u in wt ever situation u r and where u r the way raj accompained naina..........
    and di with each update the mystery behind naina was getting more mysterious u see when she asked raj to stay away from her reveals that there is much more behind wt was shown right now....i cant even imagine how much naina had endured in the past and still experiencing that though she is far away from them.........u said true di her heart was etched with all the past wounds hope raj will fianlly and fully hea l her each and every wound and fill her life with only happiness and love........

    and wt to say abt chota pataka adi ........kitna intelligent and brave bacha that........after all he was all naina him :)

    oh my i m not able to find a perfect wprd for that manmeet ...........ahh.....luckily he was killed now otherwise i would have killed him for sure for his behaviour ................but u see di naina used so powerful words for manmmet ...IMPOTENT........then who was adi .....i suspect something else i will wait to see wt i suspect was right or wrong ........

    really di u did a splendid job ...........all claps and hatts off to u ............specially for this update such a bravery update ,............

    really very eagerly waiting for naina to reveal everything ...........


    1. Sigh...Rosey, I do so love to read your animated comments. You are so in sync with my thoughts regarding the story. Thanks pal.

  14. Hey Di!!! *hugs* Happy New Year!!! My sincere apologies!!! I never seem to find the time to reply/comment! :( Just dropping by to say that I read EVERY update without fail and I absolutely LOVE the story!!!

    Take care and keep writing amazing stories!

    Loads of love,

    Vanny/MSN_Vanny/Mohini. --->>>In case you forgot me! Lol!

    1. Hey Mohini...long time. How can I forget you? I am glad you are still in touch with the story. Love you for staying with it. :)

  15. . ch 18
    well i guess i was not able to hold myself reading about manmeet in naina house whiel raj is away
    oh man i guess this is one of the only chapter which i read in 5 min and lost my sense , my heart beating and trust me di i was able to watch complet movie with your words each epression begins from naian shocked and scare going num to adi pressing her hand seeing her mom skin going cold to she is coming to sense and fight for her son as maa durga gave all the strength to adi and ask him to protect himself meanwhile she do all she can for his son
    facing evil handsome manmeet sorry now toh vilan is also six pack hero types right he was a powerful personality cannot imagine a dump person in his place
    coming back to track she confronting him saying all bad which make his white blood boil and till she gets time she is already to face his harsh word, venoms, kicks, punches . his inhumanity juts one for one little soul
    and then hero enters with flashback his follow up on fire to adi call coming as responsible father asking his son to hold himself then protecting his lady love and offocurse his sharp mind able to carved all manmeet plan and at last a mother beats evil to protect his pupil
    A mother. a woman a fighter your Naina is si but equally damaged lover who cnat submit herslf to great man she admired thinking her tarnished with dark shades but now Raj has much more rloe to play who says men cannot have healing touch well i guess its time to change for good
    is it or more to come...beautiful DI i know the above one sounds crazy but that me for you..
    love you.. tc..Riya

  16. Hi Ria...I am just loving revisiting the earlier chapters with you and looking at them through your eyes. Thank you so much.

    You are right. Naina is a fighter, and she fights for the protection of the people she loves the most. But, yes, she is damaged enough to falsely think that she is protecting Raj by keeping him away from her.

    Thanks again for being such a lovable support. God bless you!