Master Chef! - A new ARSHI Story

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Apr 24

Master Chef! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 31 times)

Another ARSHI FF with Completely new concept and nothing to do with original ARSHI but the characters pretty much same... 


ASR is the top business tycoon and owner of AR Designs - Young, Handsome and arrogant... 


Khushi beautiful, young and vivacious 20 years old...


There is Naniji, NK and Di, bare minimum characters to support the story...


So hang in there and buckle for another ARSHI ride... 


As usual, I promise regular and quick updates to keep you glued... Note this is going to be a short story...


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Apr 24

Chapter 1 (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 83 times)

Chapter 1

"Who the hell allowed you to go to some cheap cookery show? And that too you wanted to cook on a national television and for what?" Arnav screamed like crazy as soon as he came home and saw Khushi... The whole Raizada Mansion was shaking...

"And how do you manage to go everywhere using those horrible autos or city bus when we have car with driver at the door waiting for you? Do you really love to get crushed in public transport? Or you just do it purposely to put me to shame?" Arnav was ranting angrily...

"How do manage to eat street side food all the time and not go to high end restaurants out there? Do you even realize you live in Raizada Mansion? You are a billionaire's wife? Or you want to continue your middle class habits whole life? Your clothes, eating habits and everything screams bloody middle class, so down market... You wear nothing branded when your husband is supposedly ruling the Fashion World? What do you want to prove by not using facilities in this house?" Arnav had already lost it and he had no control over what he was saying...

"But... I thought" Khushi was shivering by now. She was new to all this screaming and his anger... Still she tried to say something to defend herself but is immediately cut off by her husband...

"You thought from your pea sized brain? That's the biggest problem... And why the hell did you talk about me?" Arnav was mocking her now.

"They asked me if I was married and asked me my husband's name!!" She was almost ready to cry...

"And you decided to tell the whole world, I am your husband and made fun of yourself and me? Why didn't you ask me whether you can participate in the show? For your god's sake, you are so called wife of a billionaire and what did you do? Participate and try some cooking on a national television? Then tell whole world you are my wife and humiliate me?" Arnav could not just stop...

"Arnav, I was the one..." Nani tried to intervene...

"Nani, not today... I would not tolerate anyone involving between us today. It was all your fault that you forcefully married me with this girl. She is a childish teen ager, just out fresh from college who has no idea of my work and rapport in fashion world or lifestyle... And I have no idea from which angle you thought she suits me or fits into my life style? I am still figuring things out for us but I am not sure anymore... On top it, she goes and spoils my image on the national television... I just hate it from the bottom of my heart..." He blamed Nani as well along with Khushi and walked away to his bedroom stomping his feet in anger!

He was exhausted answering the phone calls from the press and media after Khushi made the blunder of taking his name...

He really loved his Nani and cared for her health and her survival so deeply to go ahead and get married with Khushi reluctantly but today he was not sure about his decision... Somehow he was not ready to announce his relation and marriage to the whole world yet! Somewhere he was still in denial and had not accepted Khushi as his wife yet!

He was no longer sure what was happening around him! His life was a mess after the forced marriage and with Khushi's presence in his life!

"We are not done yet, Khushi... You better watch out what you are doing? Make sure your behaviors does not bring any shame to Raizada name and my name..." He warned in ASR tone with no nonsense attitude...

Once Arnav left towards his room upstairs angrily, Khushi could not control herself and ran to nani and hugged her tight... She started crying like a small child... She was beyond control and took nani some time to even make her sit down, force her drink some water brought by HP and then lie down in nani's lap...

By then NK also came running home since he had seen the news already on TV and now nani called him to come home as soon as possible...

"Khushi, look at me... Why are you crying? What happened? Did Nannav say something to you...? Even if did, he might have said it in anger... So don't worry and don't take it to heart. He can never think straight when he is angry! He always regrets it later..." NK was trying his best to console Khushi...

"Khushi, in fact you should be happy... You beat so many Chefs to qualify for final few rounds now... In another month, you will be competing against few top Chefs to have your chance to compete against Master Chef Mrs. Sarala Dalal... You are so close to it Khushi! And it's just three days in a row and you will be done with... Didn't they tell they will record next rounds in just three days in a row and it will be live! Imagine so much fun and your dream is so close... Don't cry Khushi, we will Talk to Nannav" NK went on to convince Khushi...

"Khushi trust me, you are so ready to become Master Chef, and I will talk to Nannav and get his permission for sure..." NK consoled her...

"Khushi, I gave you permission before to participate and I am with you always so don't worry. And don't worry about his anger, I will make sure Arnav treats you well in future..." Nani also tried to console heartbroken Khushi...

Khushi could not control herself and ended up hugging NK, her new best friend in RM always by her side while she is trying to adjust herself in her new house, new family and new life style...

"Oh ****, there she goes... And why everyone is giving her attention?" Arnav was about come down to get a cup of coffee from HP but decided to skip it to avoid further drama and uncalled for face off with NK and Nani who will obviously take her side...

He somehow did not like Khushi in NK's arms, though that was first time she hugged NK and was crying continuously... But he still hated seeing her in NK's arms but could not ponder over it much...

Nani and NK were always around Khushi supporting her and today wouldn't be any different... And why not? They trio always rocked the house with their fun activities... In fact Khushi took care of them so well, nani would be lost without Khushi around her and NK would dance to her tunes...

The hell, what am I even thinking? So what if Khushi is taking care of his Nani so well and Nani's health has improved tremendously in few months because of her?

He went back to his room and sat on the recliner defeated putting his head down in his own hands... Today her behavior made him be mad at her for the first time...



Apr 26

Chapter 2 (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 70 times)

Chapter 2 –

Flashback…

Khushi was only eighteen years old when Naniji first saw her in the temple two years ago… Actually Naniji was bit tired than usual that day, almost fainted and was falling while trying to sit on a bench outside the temple when Khushi came running, held her and helped her sit down. She immediately got some water and made her drink…

After calming down, Naniji looked at the beautiful girl standing next to her and asking her how she was feeling now.

Naniji looked at her from top to bottom, a beautiful girl around 5.6” height, slim, fair with long hair, beautiful face with the most attractive hazel eyes and a million dollar smile… No makeup and still looked beautiful and fresh… She instantly like this girl…

“I am feeling much better now. What is your name?” Naniji asked her.

“Khushi, Khushi Kumari Gupta. I come to this temple frequently with my mom and I have seen you before. Can I call you Naniji? Khushi asked politely introducing herself…

“Of course beta… Can you please do me one more favor? Can you please call my grandson from my phone and ask him to pick me up from the temple?” Naniji handed Khushi her cell phone and requested Khushi to call.

“Hello Nani” Arnav asked politely. He wasn’t expecting her call at this time since she knew he was supposed to be super busy today.

“Hello, are you Arnav?” Khushi asked politely. Khushi did not know what age was this so called grandson and just knew his name.

“Yes ASR speaking who’s this? And why are you calling from my Nani’s phone?” Suddenly Khushi found his voice very serious or rather rude…

“Hello, I am Khushi speaking. Your grandmother fainted here at the temple and is feeling weak. But she is OK right now. She is requesting you to come and pick her from the temple” With that Khushi handed over the phone to Naniji.

“Nani, just be there. I will be there in 10 minutes… Don’t try to even move, I will come as soon as possible” By then Arnav was in panic and almost ran towards the door…

“Aman, handle the rest of the day. Nani fainted at the temple and I am rushing there. Will be gone for the rest of the day… Take care of things here…” With that Arnav ran towards parking lot…

Khushi got Naniji coconut water and forced her to drink and Naniji felt much better. By then Khushi’s mom also joined her with some sweets and fed Naniji…

“Nani, how are you now?” Arnav almost pushed Khushi to sit next to his Nani and held her hand…

“I am fine Arnav. Khushi was sent by Devi Mayya as my angel today. She saved me from falling, she and her mom took care of me while I was waiting for you… They did not leave me alone even for a minute” Naniji explained. Arnav felt much better when he heard his Nani speaking normal plus she was not hurt…

That’s when he stood up and looked around to notice two women standing next to them… One of them was a beautiful young girl… Just like his nani, he ended up scanning the young girl from top to bottom and his expert eyes could not help but appreciate the beauty standing in front of him! Unlike all his models, this one was natural beauty with no makeup on!

Nani was observing Arnav’s reaction closely and she could see even her grandson was mesmerized by Khushi instantly just like her!

“Thank you” He said coldly and gave Nani hand to get up…

“No problem, we just happened to be here to help out and happy that Naniji is not hurt. She will be fine beta…” Garima, Khushi’s mom smiled politely and started walking with Khushi…

Khushi smiled and waved good bye to Nani and left…

“Yeah Dr. We have started from the temple and will reach home in 10 minutes. So reach within 10 minutes and please check Nani as soon as possible” Arnav already called their family doctor to visit RM and check Nani.

“Nani, how many times I have told you not to go alone anywhere?” Arnav was really agitated. After accidental death of his parents and marriage of his elder sister to a businessman in London, Nani was his only family. He hated to see his Nani in pain or even in simple trouble…

“Then get married Arnav so I will get some company at home and to go around” Spat came a reply from his Nani.

“Nani come on, I am just 24 years old. Who gets married so young these days? I have an empire to run and I am too busy. Moreover I do not believe in love or marriages…” Arnav argued.

“Oh really? Then why you tend to have so many girlfriends?” Almost every day you are on Page 3 Arnav” Nani was fed up of his negative publicity and his bad image surrounding girls and she no longer knew what to believe…

“Nani, do you really believe those stories from Page 3? Come on, give me a break… Most of those girls simply try to hang out with me or try to link their name with me to get up the ladder in modeling and Fashion world! None of it is true… By that standard, I would be the biggest Casanova in the world but the truth is I am not… I just cannot go and clear every gossip about me, I have better things to do in life!” Arnav never cared what media has to write about him…

He knew he was famous because he was super rich, one of the rare young achievers and self-made man! So all the news were the side effect of being youngest business tycoon of Asia, so handsome and girl’s magnet… Slowly he was learning to live with these facts that he will always be in the lime light and surrounded by positive or negative publicity…

Initially it bothered him but later he just started ignoring and let media write whatever they want… To some extent, it created a negative image for all the girls in his mind… He knew all the girls liked him for his money, his status, his looks and the luxury comes with being associated with him! None of the girls ever cared to know who he really was as an individual…

He was ASR to them… The ASR who can open horizon of opportunities for them, make them international models.

He was one of the best looking guy in town, better than the male models with such a persona and confidence that made him stand out…

Initially he tried to date few girls but he was super passionate about his work and never had enough time to do justice to these relationships… So he slowly focused more and more on his work and less towards his personal life!

He loved his Di and Nani and they were his world!

His Di got married to love of her life Sham a year ago and moved to London. Though she called both Nani and him twice daily, it was not the same… And she would try to visit once a year… They missed her like crazy… Arnav would see her whenever he is in Europe for business… But while Arnav was always busy at his AR Fashion House, Naniji felt lonely at home and needed some company…

Yet Arnav was also right! He was just 24 and wanted to achieve so much in his business! How can she force him to marry at 24?

 

Apr 28

Chapter 2 - Continued (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 75 times)

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Chapter 2 - Continued

Since the day one after meeting Khushi, Naniji took instant liking in her and kept bumping into the daughter, mother duo often at temple… Naniji started making sure to visit temple every Tuesday and Thursday just to meet up with Khushi! She found Khushi such a refreshing, bubbly personality yet brutaly honest and innocent girl! After Anjali and Arnav, she had really found Khushi as another reason for her happiness.

“Garima, how old is Khushi?” Naniji asked casually.

“She is 18” Garima answered.

“I must say Garima your daughter is beautiful inside out and innocent at heart. I must say you are lucky” Naniji praised Khushi.

“I am sure very lucky. She is actually daughter of my younger sister. My sister and her husband died in a road accident when Khushi was just 6 years old. We never had our own kid so we adopted her and since then she is with us…” Garima informed Naniji.

“Oh, but you did wonderful job in bringing up Khushi just like her own mother” Naniji could see how Khushi doted on Garima always running behind her… She could see a strong bonding between the two women, more like friends…

“I agree. She is my own” Garima replied proudly.

Two years passed by and Khushi kept meeting Naniji in temple. Naniji kept track of Khushi’s life as well…. Every day Khushi looked more beautiful…

About three months ago Naniji felt restless and uneasy whole day and Dr. was called at home. The Raizada family Dr. Rustogi checked her and immediately suggested Arnav to admit her in the hospital right away and get the ECG done.

Dr. Rustogi was right in his diagnosis. It turned out to be a mild heart attack but Naniji was out of danger… She needed lot of rest, healthy and cheerful atmosphere with restricted diet… Still Arnav was really upset… He went inside ICU and Naniji smiled looking at his face…

“Arnav, I am ok. Don’t worry too much…” Nani tried to console him…

“Nani, no more going out alone anywhere. How many times I have to tell you? What if anything happens to you when I am not around? At home, at least HP and OP are there…” Arnav was still upset thinking she exhausts herself by going to temple and other get together alone ignoring her own health…

“And how many times I have to tell you to get married? I don’t like the quietness whole day, makes me feel bored and old… And now you are 26 and how long you are just going to work like crazy and for what? You are already a billionaire…” Nani complained…

“Nani, not again” Arnav sighed…

“Arnav, sometimes I feel I might die without seeing your kids, my own great grandkids… See this heart attack is a sign by Devi Mayya” Nani decided to play her trump card, her own health to ask him to marry as soon as possible.

“Nani, I hate when you talk like this… Please stop it…” Arnav almost roared…

“Then get married Arnav. I am ok with any girl you choose if you already like someone. I will be more than happy if you are already in love with someone… I will give you one month to introduce your girl to me else I will choose a girl for you” Nani put her condition.

Arnav did not want to argue with her when she is still in ICU and recovering from a heart attack… He simply nodded his head…

“We will see, you need to recover fully first… Your health the utmost priority… We can talk about marriage after that” Arnav replied to stop the discussion…

He did not even remember one month notice period set by Nani… Nani also did not bother to provide him reminders… Knowing her grandson, she just wanted to talk to him on the 30th day…

“Arnav, get your girlfriend to meet me today. I will be waiting for you both at dinner” Nani informed Arnav at the breakfast table.

“What?” He almost choked.

“Remember I had given you one month to bring your girlfriend to meet me, today is the last day. If you do not show up with your girlfriend today, I have a girl in my mind. I will invite the girl’s family tomorrow to meet you” Nani ordered him straight with nonsense attitude.

“What the?” All he could mutter was his famous dialogue….

“Where was he going to get a girlfriend in one day? Not a day but few hours…” Aman’s life was at stake… Nani has played her cards really well…

“ASR, you can ask any model or may be Lavanya to pretend as your girlfriend in front of Naniji…” Aman threw in a quick suggestion…

“Are you kidding me? Nani will force me to marry her then what will I do?” Arnav almost screamed…

“Then meet with the girl Naniji has selected for you and somehow convince her not to marry you” Aman suggested.

“Will any girl reject knowing she is going to marry me, The Arnav Singh Riazada? You must be joking Aman” Arnav said confidently… Aman was also aware how many and how much girls were crazy after his boss…

“Come up with some story about your affairs and all that in front of the girl. That looks to be your only choice…” Aman concluded.

As Nani had already guessed, Arnav came home alone and Nani smiled in triumph…

“So be at home tomorrow at 6 pm. Khushi and her family are going to come here tomorrow” Naniji informed him smiling.

“Who is this Khushi now?” Arnav asked her lost.

“Remember you met this girl two years ago when she saved me in the temple” Naniji tried to help him recall Khushi.

“Really, so just because she saved you once, you want me to marry her? What is wrong with you, Nani?” Arnav was beyond shock…

“Not really. I met her almost weekly in temple. She has turned into a smart, beautiful girl” Nani was watching Arnav’s face so keenly.

“But she looked like a teen ager, how can you even think of marrying me with a teenager?” Arnav asked instantly.

“No, she is no longer a teenager. She just completed her graduation. So you do agree she is beautiful girl!” Nani asked him.

“I never said that. I don’t even remember her…” Arnav didn’t know how to escape his Naniji’s aggressive steps for his marriage…

“Meet her tomorrow and you will never forget her! Now good night and come back tomorrow on time” Nani walked toward her room.

Arnav did not how to convince his Nani… Maybe talking to Khushi herself was his last hope…

 

May 3

Chapter 3 – Arnav and Khushi Meet Again! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 77 times)

I was really disappointed with the response...  But I do have another chapter written so might as well post... 


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Chapter 3 – Arnav and Khushi Meet Again!

Arnav could not take his eyes off her! Khushi walked in with her parents wearing a red sari… Her long hair were let open and almost no makeup on her face, yet she looked gorgeous…

He had seen so many models, best dressed women around him all the time at work… After all he ruled the Fashion world. But still something was unique about Khushi, she was refreshing, simple yet naturally beautiful glow on her face, beautiful big hazel eye and million dollar smile always adorned her face… She had kind of innocence on her face that made her stand out… Arnav had to give brownie points to Nani’s choice… Indeed she was enchantress!

Nani could see Arnav drooling over Khushi and smiled to herself… Nani knew his favorite color was red and had asked Garima to make Khushi wear something red… Half the battle was already over Nani thought with Arnav totally mesmerized by Khushi!

Arnav could immediately see that she was not at all comfortable in sari and was looking at her mom with a complaining face… Garima had forced her to wear the red sari…

First they were amazed to enter the spectacular home called Raizada Mansion. They had heard about Raizada Mansion but never thought they will be standing inside one day with a marriage proposal at hand! He had seen Arnav’s photos in newspaper so many times…

While Shashi, Garima and Khushi sink in the fact that they are standing in one of the best Mansion in India, they were equally shocked to see Arnav there. Khushi’s parents were aware of the Asia’s youngest business tycoon and how talented Arnav was… Yet they had also read the stories on Page 3 too often to ignore it... So they were really not sure if Naniji was proposing Khushi’s hand for Arnav…

They felt really uncomfortable and out of place immediately… Getting marriage proposal from such a big family is not a joke! For god sake, Raizadas were billionaires and Shashi was just a simple sweets shop holder… He was earning well for himself and family, but obviously never expected to get such a proposal for Khushi…

He decided to wait and confirm if the proposal was indeed for Arnav and Khushi…

“Shashiji and Garima, this is my grandson Arnav Singh Raizada. You must have heard about him and his Fashion Company AR Designs. He has huge business developed from scratch and he is doing extremely well here and internationally. He is one of the most eligible bachelor in India today. We are a very small family with me, Arnav and his elder sister Anjali who is married and settled happily in London. She will come once the marriage is fixed” Nani was so proud of her grandson and it reflected in her voice…

“Arnav, meet Khushi and her parents. Khushi recently finished her bachelor’s degree in Food Technology. Shashi and Garima are also from Lucknow just like us and have a sweet shop that caters the best Lucknow sweets in Delhi!” Naniji introduced Khushi and family with equal excitement.

Khushi’s parents’ doubts were cleared. There was no third person joining Raizadas for talks… And slowly the realization dawned upon them that indeed Naniji was asking Khushi’s hand for Arnav, the Asia’s biggest business tycoon… They could never in their dream think about such a marriage proposal for their daughter… There was an awkward silence still in the air…

Nani asked Arnav to show Khushi around the house while she could talk to Khushi’s parents…

“Naniji, we have read and heard so much about your grandson. We really appreciate his talent and achievements at such a young age… There is no denying he is one of the highest achiever, richest young man with unique business sense and has carved his name in Fashion world with his hard work!” Shashi first acknowledged Arnav as a great young talent…

“But after being surrounded by so many beautiful models and women, does he really want to go for arrange marriage and marry a young girl like Khushi chosen by you? Khushi has no exposure to his world nor does she understands it… She is a very simple middle class girl…” Khushi’s babuji could not hide his curiosity and anxiety.

“And we were not expecting Asia’s biggest tycoon’s proposal for our daughter as well… And we are surprised Arnav Singh Raizada even agreed to meet us and Khushi…” Garima added sheepishly.

After all they were girl’s parents and would enquire about the groom thoroughly…

“I understand your concern Shashiji. And I also agree, Arnav has not that great image with women… But I do not blame him alone just because he is my grandson… I have seen girls throw themselves at him and use his name to get their chance in Fashion World… I know him well, how much he loves me and his sister Anjali… But I would definitely give you time to think about this proposal because I really love your daughter Khushi… She is wonderful girl with traditional upbringing. And don’t worry, this marriage will not happen without both of them agreeing to it!” Naniji tried to calm them down.

Arnav quickly showed Khushi couple of rooms before taking her to pool side… He needed to talk to her ASAP…

“So Khushi, I don’t know what you are thinking but I don’t want to marry you so go ahead say no to this marriage” He was so rude and literally bossy… He talked straight to the point…

“No way, why are you forcing me to say no?” She hated his tone while talking.

“So you want to marry me? Obviously who doesn’t want to marry me, the great Arnav Singh Raizada?” He smirked.

“Oh hello, come out of your dream world and get over it… I don’t want to marry you either. I really do not marry at all for at least next two years or may be more” She bluntly rejected the idea of marriage when she is just 20… Moreover she was shocked by his snobbish behavior… Who would really want to marry him, she thought…

Ouch, somewhere he was hurt and shocked. Girls are dying for his one look and this middle class girl has guts to reject him on his face… Just wow… Arnav could not digest it…

“Then go ahead and say NO to this marriage” Arnav demanded…

“Are you crazy? I just cannot. I would not have been here if I could say no… I was orphan at the age of 6 when my parents died in an accident and then Amma, Babuji adopted me. They gave me everything in life, house, family, love, education and everything possible for them… They brought me up like their little princess and they are truly the best parents I can have. And first time they expected something from me and I cannot say no and back off. Plus your Naniji has been so nice and loving towards us since we met her two years ago… Now that she is a heart patient, I cannot go and say no to her either… It’s easy for you to say no to one person that is to your Naniji. And I will handle my parents. So it is easy if you reject me. It helps me as well. I don’t need to do anything and we go our ways…” Khushi explained him well and she was right…

Arnav was surprised by her answer. She was absolutely blunt, direct and spoke her mind…

She was not lured by his huge mansion house, his name and status or his looks either… First time his ego was hurt with the blunt rejection…

And moreover he knew he cannot say NO to his Nani anymore… Khushi was right! Now she was a heart patient and any mental stress would make her sick…

They both went down quietly…

“Shashiji and Garima, I am sorry for not informing you in advance that I was asking Khushi’s hand for Arnav, the Arnav Singh Raizada. But I would request you to keep that one fact aside and think about this proposal. I am sure Arnav will keep Khushi very happy. And I will be always here for Khushi too” Nani bid good bye to Khushi and family.

“Nani, why you did not inform them about my proposal earlier?” Arnav was curious.

“Then Shashi and Garima would not have come here. They are well earning middle class but obviously were not expecting a billionaire for their daughter… Having famous personality has its pros and cons… They know both sides that is your sky rocketing achievements as a young business tycoon as well as being surrounded by beautiful women, so any father would be worried for his daughter… I wanted them to at least come and meet us…” Nani was shrewd and exactly knew how to handle people and their emotions…

“But Khushi herself is gorgeous!” Arnav couldn’t help but say it out loud… Nani could see Arnav smitten by Khushi… Half the battle was already won…

“So you do like her, I assume?” Nani asked him smiling.

“Nani, come on I just talked about her looks but I am not sure about this marriage and all” Arnav was not sure how to convince Nani… 


May 5

Chapter 3 Continued – (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 61 times)

Special thanks to Londoner, Sandy, Arshisarunmoon, Lily30, Megha, Sasi, Nikz, Savithaparvathi, Sarada and Yasma for encouraging me to continue the story... 

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Chapter 3 Continued –

“Arnav, your only choice is talk to Khushi one more time…. Meet her somewhere outside…” Aman suggested knowing his friend’s restlessness.

“But I still don’t see what the problem with you is? You have never really liked any other girl before nor do you have a girlfriend. You hardly had few relations and all were fake with those girls being after your money or go up in the Fashion world! But it is different with Khushi… You yourself clearly said Khushi is gorgeous, honest, blunt person who does not seem to be after your money… So what’s the harm in marrying her?” Aman asked ASR curiously…

“Shut up Aman, I just met her once… Yes, her looks I agree, she is very pretty but not like I can marry her on that basis… Oh god, why Nani has to be so adamant about my marriage and she even managed to convince her parents… And what’s wrong with you, you haven’t even seen Khushi and suggesting me to marry her?” ASR’s anger was raising…

“I am sure the girl who can refuse ASR on his face has to be unique… She might just turn out to be perfect partner for you if you convince her to marry you… Poor ASR… Who knows, she might still reject you… Ha ha...” Aman teased ASR not missing out on his rare opportunity and ran out of the cabin before Arnav could throw something or get angrier than he already was…

“Why this Khushi has to be so adamant too? She has guts to say NO to ASR but cannot say NO to her parents and Nani and save my day?” Arnav was so mad at Khushi…

“Nani, can you please give me Khushi’s cell number?” Arnav asked Nani hesitantly…

“What’s the hurry to meet her Arnav? You are getting married to her in few weeks… Then… Oh let me guess, you want to meet her, take her on a date and get to know her… Nice going Arnav…” Nani teased him and he was starting to get annoyed… At last he got Khushi’s cell number and called her…

“Hello is it Khushi? This is ASR…” Arnav said hello in a serious tone…

“Who is ASR, do I know you? And how do you know me?” Khushi asked curiously not knowing who could be on the line…

“Very funny, this is Arnav Singh Raizada. Your would be husband to be precise…” Arnav informed her in sarcastic tone. Now she does not want to recognize me, for some reason it annoyed him like crazy… Whole world knows me as ASR and this girl has to act so naïve…

“Oh hi…” Khushi was apologetic… How I would know he is ASR… He has such a beautiful name, Arnav then why ASR, she thought…

“Hello Khushi, can you meet for a coffee today?” Arnav asked trying to be polite…

“Sorry, I don’t drink coffee in the evening…” Khushi replied instantly…

“What the? Then you can drink tea or don’t drink anything… I need to talk to you urgently” Arnav could not hide his irritation. Now she refuses to have a coffee with him…

“I will have to ask my parents… Can you hold on?” With that she ran to kitchen to talk to her Amma.

“Amma said I can go with you. But you will have to pick me up and drop off.” Khushi came back after long 15 minutes and tested his patience thoroughly…

“Did your Amma asked me to pick you up and drop off?” He was surprised. Not that he has ill manners but was curious.

“Not really. I added that… Amma gets worried if I am out or coming late in the evening…”She giggled as if she was caught.

“What the? Anyways see you at 6 pm. I will pick you and drop off” Arnav was taken aback with her blunt behavior.

Khushi was not sure whether it was a date or not. He did not mention it or say anything about date but just coffee…

Anyways knowing they both were not interested in marriage, she decided to keep her expectations low and not to overdress…

Arnav arrived dot 6 pm and was pleasantly surprised to see Khushi in jeans and a white sleeveless top and looked as usual gorgeous… He was trying to guess the color of her eyes, are they hazel or caramel shade… Beautiful eyes she has got, his heart noted…

Her parents looked happy to send her out with him… He took her to his favorite place, Taj Café. Soon the tea and coffee was served.

“How much they charge for hot water and a tea bag and then I have to make the tea myself… I am sure they don’t know how to make coffee at all” Khushi murmured but Arnav heard it.

“If your important talks about tea and coffee are done, can we talk?” His tone was rude and Khushi suddenly felt uncomfortable and sat straight.

“Think about it Khushi again. Please go and tell your parents that you don’t want this marriage…” Arnav told her firmly…

She was shocked… He is still stuck and not marrying to her… But does not want to convey to his Nani?

“Look who is forcing and pressurizing others? Why can’t you just do it yourself? In fact it would be help me too. You are high class and marriage breaking might be normal thing in your society… But not for us where we live in middle class society. We value marriage and its vows greatly and families are looked upon as a bad family if a marriage breaks. Not that I would care but I definitely care about my parents to not them go through such torture…” Khushi was equally firm.

“How does anyone else or the society matter when we both don’t want to get married?” Arnav was angry.

“We both don’t want to get married but we did not convey it to our family and in fact said yes. Do you realize the invitation cards have already reached relatives and friends? So it would matter big time to my parents. And if it does not matter, why don’t you go and talk to Nani?” Khushi countered.

“You know I can’t” Arnav felt defeated.

“Why not?” Khushi asked curiously… She felt like asking him why so adamant he was not marrying her but she kept quiet…

“What do you mean? Unfortunately I had given her word that I will marry the girl she chooses when she was sick and in hospital…” Arnav replied.

“Should we go and talk to them together? I mean you Nani and my parents?” She offered him…

“No, it’s ok…” Arnav whispered…

Khushi was confused what was really on his mind… Doe she love someone else that he is so strongly refusing to marry her…

“Arnav, please let me know what you decide… Again I will handle my parents if you decide not to marry, I can assure you that… And all I can promise you is if we get married, I will fulfil my promises towards the marriage. Given a chance, I really would have waited for couple of years for marriage because I wanted to work for a little while after marriage and get some exposure to the world! But if my parents wants me to marry, I am ok with it too. I am doing this for them and to keep them happy. I will live up to their expectations” Khushi replied honestly.

Arnav knew if he was marrying her for Nani, so was she for her parents. They both did not have any easy escape. Then marriage it is!

“Khushi, I just do not want you to regret it later…” Arnav warned her after being left with no choice.

“No one has seen tomorrow. Let me hope for the best and prepare for the worst…” Khushi told herself in her mind… Already she was losing hopes and she wished he just behaves well with her…

When they walked out of the restaurant, a big group of young boys was walking in… Couple of them looked at Khushi and talked to each other! It looked as if they were watching her and she felt uncomfortable…

Suddenly out of nowhere Arnav held her hand, pulled her closer to him and walked out of the restaurant…

They both could feel each other’s heartbeats raising haywire with such a close proximity… Arnav himself could not understand why he felt so protective and concerned for her when he really did not care… Khushi was also baffled with his behavior!



May 10

Chapter 4 – And they get married! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 63 times)

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Chapter 4 – And they get married!

“Prito, can you please come over to my house like right now?” Khushi almost begged her best friend…

“What happened Khushi? Are you ok? Oh, let me guess you want to share how romantic was your first date with ASR, isn’t it?” Prito teased Khushi as usual…

“Nothing like that, please come to my house for sleep over… I will talk to auntie, no excuses please…” Khushi urged again…

“Ok, I am coming now” And Prito came over within 5 minutes…

“So how was your first date with the Arnav Singh Raizada, the ASR…? Wow, date with a billionaire, the most handsome man on this planet…” Khushi looked at her in awe. She never knew even her bestie was such a big fan of him…

“Wow, how do you know he is being called ASR?” Khushi asked her surprisingly.

“What is not to know? He is always in the news about business or Page 3! The whole world calls him ASR…” Oops Prito mentioned about Page 3 and then stopped…

“Never mind, tell me where did you guys go for the date? What did you want to talk to me about?” Prito asked mischievously with smirk on her face…

“We went to Taj for a coffee… But I don’t know, this all marriage thingy is getting onto my nerves… The proposal came so sudden, I am not sure I am ready for it and he also is not into this marriage at all.  So not sure where this all is headed to? I am too scared Prito…” Khushi genuinely expressed her concerns without exposing they both do not want the marriage for their own reasons…

“Why do you feel so, Khushi? Just because you thought you wanted couple of years for yourself, are you reluctant for the marriage even now…? But think about it… I am also your age and getting married soon. In our society, most of the girls get married similar age. Plus Arnav Singh Raizada seems to be a very modern man so he will never stop your aspirations… In fact he might just guide you the best…” Prito encouraged Khushi the best she could…

“Do you really think so? I didn’t see any commitments from his side… And he behaves so uptight and serious all the time, it’s so hard… I can’t help but keep quiet… Not sure if he even laughs ever?” Khushi thought about how she promised on her commitments towards the marriage but he never committed anything back or acknowledged her ambitions.

“Chill Khushi, give him a chance…. Did you already talk to him about Master Chef or you wanting to become a Chef? He must be surprised to know about your cooking skills” Prito asked her curiously…

“I never got a chance to mention it…” Khushi wanted to tell him but she was nervous. First of all, she was not sure if it was a date and it turned out it wasn’t… He just was there to talk her out of this marriage and he was not interested in her personal life at all… She could not share this secret with anyone not even her bestie… What if Prito goes and tells her parents?

“Khushi, you are stressed for no reason… You both will be fine… Trust me and plus Naniji is there who loves you so much…” Prito reassured her…

“That is so true… I love Naniji so much…” Khushi’s face elated first time since evening…

And exactly within a month Arnav and Khushi were married in a simple ceremony at RM… Only close knit family members from both sides, his Di and jijaji attended the marriage…

So now Arnav and Khushi both are married to each for almost two months…

It was harsh reality for Arnav to find himself married and that too stuck in an arranged marriage… It was not that he hated Khushi but they were absolutely unknown to each other…

He took the bed and she took the single sofa in his bedroom where she fits perfectly…

Khushi was traditional at heart… Irrespective of whether they liked or not, they were married now. She was being bombarded by Garima with million advices about marriage, do’s and don’ts list and she was willing to work towards the marriage…

But Arnav was different story all together… He made himself busier at work and completely ignored the new changes in his life…

“Arnav today Khushi has cooked for the first time… Wait and try the kheer…” Nani literally ordered Arnav when he was at the door…

He hated to come back but he could not disappoint his nani and stress her out…

“How can I eat Kheer nani, it is sweet” Arnav reminded her.

“I made it with sugar free. Naniji told me you are diabetic…” Khushi quickly told him.

Arnav tried the Kheer while Nani was watching him… The kheer was delicious… And the Indian breakfast was awesome too even though he was forced to eat instead of his dry toasts. He was surprised she could really cook well at such young age… May be it was in the family, he knew her father had sweets shop… He did not say anything and ate quietly…

“Arnav where are you going? You need to gift Khushi something…” Nani stared angrily at him…

“Sorry Nani, I will get something for her today evening. I forgot about this ritual” He was apologetic towards Nani. More than Khushi, he just wanted Nani to be relaxed and happy…

“Khushi will go to her parent’s house today and you need to pick her while coming back home. It’s another ritual” Nani informed him…

“Ok, but I need to leave right now” And he rushed out the door before Nani could ask him to wait to meet her parents or drop Khushi at her place…

He ordered Aman to get a diamond set for Khushi… Aman got him the catalogue and Arnav selected a set that included a necklace, ear rings and bangles.

It was almost 11 pm in the night… Khushi slept off waiting for Arnav while her parents were worried. They knew he was a very busy man and were very understanding but still felt he would have tried to come early one day… After all, they were married just 24 hours ago…

“Sorry uncle and auntie, I was busy at work. Where is Khushi?” He just wanted to pick her and go home. In reality, he had completely forgotten about her and it was Nani who reminded him and was mad at him. So he had no choice but to come here…

“Come inside. I will wake her up and bring her down” Garima was embarrassed that Khushi slept off. She tried to wake up Khushi but she was sound asleep and would not wake up…

Arnav was exhausted at work and not wanting to wait, he simply went into her room, carried her and made her sit in the car… Khushi’s parents were shocked by his behavior but smiled and let them go… Again at home Arnav picked her up, walked inside while Nani watching him keenly and put her on bed to sleep.

Nani smiled and did not comment. Arnav found her adorable like a child while sleeping and he himself slept off on the sofa…

Khushi got ready in the morning and was doing yoga with Naniji, their new routine before breakfast these days… When Arnav woke up, he heard noises from down stairs…

“Naniji, this will keep you fit and fine. Try a little more and I will help” Khushi was encouraging Nani to do little exercise with her help and walks in the garden… She ordered HP to get the honey-lemon water for both of them…

Arnav was surprised to see how easily Khushi bosses Nani and makes her do things! At least he was happy to see her taking care of Nani and being her support and company…

Arnav could see his clothes, watch and wallet already arranged on the bed for him to get ready… He was not used to wearing clothes being chosen by someone else after his Di got married. But looking at the suit, shirt and tie she chose, he instantly liked her taste and mix n match combination she chose for him! Smart choice, but then should he wear what she chose for him… He was confused but he did it anyways!

Khushi helped HP with breakfast and came to her room for a quick shower! As soon as she came out ready, she saw a gift box on her bed. She ignored it and started drying her hair…

Arnav noticed Khushi seeing the box but she did not get excited nor she tried to open it… When Khushi went again to the bathroom to hang the towel, Arnav quickly put the box in the middle of the bed to make it more visible… Khushi noticed box being moved by Arnav and she was wondering what is going on in his mind…

She started putting her bangles in front of mirror and get ready! Arnav was angry by now…

“Khushi, do you see the gift box on the bed… It is gift for you for yesterday’s Kheer” Arnav informed her.

“Is this for me?” She asked turning back facing him…

“Yes” Arnav replied in his usual ASR arrogant tone.

“From you?” She asked again.

“Yes, is there a rocket science to understand it?” He asked her back…

“Is this how you give gift to someone?” She was surprised by his arrogance…

“Yes, that’s how I am… And now take it and check…” He demanded and she right away hated his snobbish behavior…

Khushi opened the box and could see exquisite diamond and ruby set. No doubt, she immediately loved the set and bangles… What not to love when it’s exquisite jewelry studded with flawless diamonds and ruby… But she hated the way he gave her the gift… Can’t he simply give the box in her hand? Wow, so much attitude that he cannot even hand her a gift personally? Khushi suddenly felt insulted and disrespectful!

“It’s nice, thanks Arnav…” That’s all she could say and put the box down on the bed and moved back to what she was doing that is getting ready.

Arnav did not know whether she liked it or not. But he could guess that she gave him a cold reaction and did not know what went wrong…

He was very sure the jewelry set was exclusive piece and no way would anyone not like it… It was unique handpicked exquisite diamonds and rubies… Then why did she not even try it and show any excitement? He was surprised…



May 12

Chapter 4 Continued - (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 56 times)

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Chapter  4 Continued -

He hardly had couple of girlfriends few years ago and they would simply jump if they see any gift box around him. They would simply jump seeing the gift box, assume it’s for them and run to grab expensive gifts from him knowing it would be something branded and expensive piece and try out immediately… So not like how Khushi reacted… So he did not know what to do next…

Suddenly he realized she called him Arnav… Only Di and Nani can call me that being my family… Why is she calling me Arnav?

“Call me ASR” He suggested her out of nowhere…

“ASR?” Khushi got confused.

“Yes, everyone at work and outside calls me ASR” Arnav explained in a serious tone.

“Oh, but this is home. Does family member also call you ASR?” She did not understand whether he was trying to create distance between them by asking her to call ASR like outsiders or even family called him ASR…

“No, Nani and Di call me Chote or Arnav” He replied.

“Oh, no problem. Is it ok if I call you Arnavji?” She still asked politely remembering how her Amma wanted her to make efforts in the marriage from her side… She did not like his idea of calling ASR like outsiders… She hated his arrogance asking to call him ASR and would rather not initiate whatever little talk they were doing but then she always remembered her parents and her promise about this marriage…

“Ok” He did not want to argue further and went down for breakfast… Khushi also came down behind him with the box in her hand…

HP had already placed most of the dishes on the dining table… Khushi had made lavish breakfast before getting ready…

Arnav could see variety of sandwiches - grilled vegetable sandwiches, avocado cucumber sandwiches and club sandwiches along with fresh fruits, juice and his coffee… For nani there was her favorite upama and ginger tea.

“HP, what did you do to my coffee?” Arnav asked HP seriously.

“What happened Chote? Is something wrong?” Nani was worried about his anger in the morning…

“Not really, the best coffee ever made by HP… There is something new spice or something added to the coffee or did you change the coffee brand itself?” Arnav asked curiously…

“But Bhaiya, I did not make it… Bhabhi made the coffee today… Ask her, please don’t be mad at me” HP was already so worked up that Arnav will scream at him and blabbered that Khushi made the coffee and not him…

“Its Kenyan coffee beans freshly brewed with notes of citrus…” Khushi smiled.

Arnav did not say anything further… He tried sandwiches and Nani could observe he ate double than his usual portion… Without realizing he tried all types of sandwiches and relished on them…

Khushi and Nani also finished their breakfast together with Arnav…

“Naniji, Arnavji gave me this set as a gift for the yesterday’s first cooking ritual…” She showed the diamond set to Naniji.

“It’s so beautiful but not as beautiful as you are. Yet my Chote’s choice is always extra ordinary. After all, he rules Fashion industry and knows what is latest and greatest… I am sure this will go on saris as well as western dresses and you will look gorgeous when you adorn this set…” Nani was proud of her grandson.

“Excellent gift Chote! I am so proud of you…” Nani appreciated for a change Arnav used his brains and got Khushi gift without being reminded again and again. That too something expensive and memorable for life!

“Yeah, but Naniji I would like you to keep it safe with you. The jewelry looks expensive and I never kept anything expensive in my custody. It’s not my habit to keep things with me because I might lose it… It was always Amma who handled jewelry and expensive stuff. So I would request you to handle it please? I will ask you for them when I want to wear them…” With that Khushi handed over the box to Naniji without much expression.

Naniji immediately knew something was off… Khushi politely returned the gift without even wearing it. And looking at her expression, Naniji knew something Arnav must have said or did…

“Ok” She did not want to ask anything to Arnav in front of Khushi. She took the box and requested Arnav to keep it in locker…

“Arnav what did Khushi say when you gifted her this set?” Nani asked Arnav inside the room while Khushi was helping HP clear the dining table.

“Oh, I had just kept it on the bed and asked her to check. She liked it. She said it is nice…” Nani right away knew why Khushi did not take his gift…

“Arnav, who gives gifts like that? Can’t you simply give the set in her hand and show her or ask her to open? Who keeps gift on the bed and orders their spouse to open it… No wonder she rejected it but politely” Nani was shocked…

“Rejected?” Arnav suddenly felt angry yet surprised that this girl simply did not glance second time on a diamond set worth 20 lakhs…

“Then what do you think she did? She immediately tried the gold bangles I gave her, was flaunting it the whole day happily and was so excited to wear them. Even now she is wearing those… Even she tried the shawl given by HP immediately. But she did not even try the set gifted by you… It’s so obvious, isn’t it?” Nani asked sarcastically…

“HP gave her gift and she tried it on?” Arnav was clueless.

“Yeah, she forced HP to have breakfast after us and served him kheer calling him a family member. HP felt really overwhelmed, quickly went to his room and gave her a new shawl. She wore it and you should have seen HP’s face! He had tears in his eyes with the respect he has been bestowed upon…” Nani provided the details with pride…

“I don’t care Nani, I am getting late for office…” With that Arnav barged outside the room rapidly with an angry glance at Khushi… Though Khushi was busy cleaning up and did not see his reaction…

Nani sighed… Arnav has long way to go but she at least pointed out his mistake and hoped he learns from it…

Whole day Aman had to bear the brunt of Arnav’s anger the most… Others avoided interacting with Arnav as much as they can including Lavanya but Aman had no choice…

Arnav thought about the whole incident and few of her behavior traits from their past encounters… First time when she was in his house, she said she did not want to marry him either because she wanted to wait for couple more years… Even the big house, neither his status nor money or looks bothered her… Any other girl would have changed her mind just after stepping into RM but Khushi was different… Even today she rejected such an expensive gift! He was confused as to what mattered her more…

Maybe any day feelings of her loved ones matter to her more than money!

He realized she was very different and rather unique compared to most of the girls he has encountered with at work… She valued simple things more importantly people around her.

But his ASR ego was not happy at all! How dare she reject my gift? Can anyone really resists that too a diamond set from ASR? Like really? He was still sulking over it the whole day!

“What happened? Did you fight with your wife of 2 days Arnav?” Aman asked him by the end of the day not able to cope with his mood swings…

“Shut up Aman” Arnav barked back…

“So it is her… I knew it… Oh my god, so Khushi Bhabhi has capacity to bring storm in ASR’s life… I must meet her again as soon as possible… I told you, she is your best match…” Aman was on a roll…

Yes, Aman was part of only few people that attended their marriage…

“Why would you want to meet her?” Arnav asked him irritated even more…

“Then I can get heads up about your mood swings… Also she might have some remedies to swing you back to normal mood… Now go home and fix whatever it is with her… Else we will be tortured by ASR tomorrow as well…” Aman ran out the door…

“What the? Was I so obvious…? Hell, what am I even thinking?” Arnav banged and closed his laptop and headed home!



May 13

Chapter 5 - Miles Apart! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 74 times)

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Chapter 5 - Miles Apart!

Khushi's parents felt bad that twice Arnav came over to their house but did not even drink water! A super busy man, but still they wanted to respect and welcome their son-in-law in their house.

During Pag There ritual also Arnav came to pick Khushi late at 11.00 pm, they waited for him to join them for dinner and Nani ended up covering up for Arnav...

So Khushi's parents invited Naniji and Arnav for dinner at their house and Naniji could not disappoint her parents again...

"Garima and Shashi, we will definitely come... Don't worry, we love homemade food. If Khushi being your daughter cooks so well, we are looking forward to your delicacies... Just remember Arnav is diabetic so less oily and no sugar..." Nani accepted dinner invitation and handed phone to Khushi...

"Khushi, you also make sure to invite Arnavji again. And behave well with him..." Garima warned Khushi...

"Come on Amma, I always behave well here... I can't help it if he is super Akhadu Laad Governor" Khushi replied back immediately...

"Khushi, stop calling him names... He is such a well-mannered and nice guy" Garima really liked Arnav...

"You know him for couple of months and you know me for years... And yet you are always biased towards him... This is cheating Amma. You don't even know him properly but you are always on his side..." Khushi kept thinking how he manages to impress her parents... Or is it just because he is the son-in-law for her parents?

"Remember, you told me he is always busy. So make sure not to disturb his work doing your silly antics and help him if possible..." Garima suggested her...

"As if that Laad Governor will talk to me and will appreciate my help or anything I do..." Khushi muttered.

"Amma, can you keep my recipe books and notes in a bag... I would need them here to study and prepare for the Master Chef. By the way Naniji loves the dishes cooked by me..." Khushi excitedly informed her mom...

"You do cook well Khushi with all your heart... I am sure Arnav also loves your cooking... What does he say?" Garima asked in a teasing tone...

"Nothing, he just eats and runs to his work..." Khushi responded grumpily...

"OK Amma, bye... Let me talk to Arnavji before he goes... Else he will be busy at work and I will not be able to invite him..." Khushi bid good bye...

"Arnavji, Amma and Babuji had called. They invited us for dinner tonight" Khushi informed Arnav...

"Yes Arnav, come home early. By then Khushi and I will be ready" Naniji also confirmed.

"Nani, I don't know. I am too busy these days... Maybe you both go with driver and enjoy" Arnav politely refused the dinner invitation... He was least interested in going to Khushi's house... Khushi's face was crest fallen which did not go unnoticed by Nani but Arnav did not realize it...

"They called you more specifically Arnav, twice you visited them but barely could spend 5 minutes time so I insist..." Nani pushed it knowing Arnav cannot refuse her...

"OK, let me see... But don't wait for me... You carry on and I will come there directly" With that Arnav left for office...

Khushi was super excited... As expected her Amma made variety of dishes, sweet dishes with and without sugar... After all Arnav is visiting her house first time for formal dinner!

"Amma, you made chat also... I love Pani Puri made by you and other chats..." Khushi was jumping like a small kid...

"Stop Khushi, wait for Dammatji to come and we can eat later..." Garima tried to stop Khushi.

"Garima let her eat. Arnav always comes late so he will join directly for dinner..." Naniji allowed Khushi to eat and Khushi gorged on all types of chats happily...

Arnav showed up almost at 10.00 pm. He had called and insisted on them having dinner and not wait for him since he was stuck with work...

"Aunty, I don't mind coffee but I already had my dinner with client..." Arnav informed Garima and Khushi felt bad for her parents...

Arnav took a seat while checking his emails and messages on phone... He looked around and felt very hot so took out his coat and tie...

"Khushi, can you please switch on the A/C?" Arnav requested...

"It's on Arnavji" Khushi felt embarrassed. They had small A/C for the whole house so maybe he did not feel it. His room A/C is very powerful and keeps his room chilled...

"Ah, never mind..." There was an awkward silence in the room...

"How is the work going on Beta?" Shashi hesitantly asked Arnav...

"Busy uncle, it's always busy at AR with some or the other deal..." Arnav replied one liner...

"Uncle, I parked in the front. I hope its safe... There is no parking here so was not sure..." Arnav asked Shashi casually...

There he goes again... Khushi thought Laad Governor did not leave any chance to make her parents feel uncomfortable... Of course, his Mercedes is more important for him than her and her parents, she felt angry... What is there to ask purposely when he can see his car sitting inside her house? Can he ever be a little considerate, her face turned red in anger...

"Let's go..." Nani said looking at Khushi's face... She wished she could put a bucket of cold water to freeze her grandson's business minded and materialistic brain!

"That Laad Governor behaves as if he just landed from London from a luxurious boat! Does he not know how middle class people live or their houses are small with no parking, small A/Cs and basic amenities... What were you thinking marrying me to Laad Governor? All I asked was a nice, loving and caring husband but you gave me this arrogance...?" Khushi complained to her Devi Mayya...

They were back home to his chilled room. But it was too cold for Khushi that too without a proper blanket... And he has guts to complain about her house - amazing, she thought...

"What happened?" He asked her looking her lost...

"Nothing" She pulled her night dress and entered bathroom!

"Are you ok?" Arnav asked again seeing Khushi turning and twisting on sofa and disturbing him...

"Yeah, I am just missing my old friends at my parents' house, care and warmth" Khushi replied sarcastically... Turned around and slept.

"What the?" Arnav asked being clueless as to what she meant... He missed the whole point and didn't care to ask her anything further... He pulled his cozy blanket and slept on his bed...

Khushi was still angry about his ignorance towards reality of their lives and their marriage! She takes everything to heart when it comes to her parents... So she is obviously upset when his behavior that made her parents feel low or uncomfortable... And yet he didn't even realize it or he simply didn't care...

Not that she is always comfortable in his house but she is trying to fit in without complaining... Can he not do the same? And he has to visit her house once a while, can he not be a little nice and considerate? Who cares if he is born with silver spoon?

"Devi Mayya, what were you thinking when you decided to pair me with him...? No more special Prasad for you... I mean it... no more jilebis for you..." Khushi angrily muttered to her Devi Mayya and tried to sleep...


May 19

Chapter 5 – Continued! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 85 times)

Sorry everyone... This story took a back seat when I started updating "A Wake Up Call" regularly... 


But not any more... I have couple of updates coming along well... 


So sit back and enjoy... This one is totally new concept and nothing to do with the show except for character names and similar characterizations... 




Chapter 5 – Continued!

Day by day Arnav could see Nani always happily smiling and cheerful with Khushi fluttering around her all the time! It was pleasant to return to RM that has this new chirpiness named Khushi! Yet Nani could see no progress between Arnav and Khushi and they still acted awkward like strangers around each other…

Khushi tried going to Arnav’s office once after Nani insisted… She packed his favorite lunch for him, Italian pasta with marinara sauce, minestrone soup and fresh salad…

“Khushi, this is office and I am always busy with work!” That was his first reaction after seeing her in his office…

“I am sorry Arnavji, Naniji insisted that I should bring your lunch… But I will keep it in mind in future…” She promised. There goes Naniji’s wish in drain to have her enjoy lunch date with her husband, Khushi thought…

Yes, she carried lunch for two…

“ASR, can we go over this file during lunch…?” Lavanya barged in busy with an important project…

“Yes Lavanya, we have meeting at 4 pm. So let’s get started” Arnav offered her a plate…

Khushi could see how ultra-modern, confident and ****y Lavanya looked with formal dress and she felt out of place there… She quickly hid her disappointment and walked out of his office…

Arnav realized Khushi has made all his favorite dishes and nailed them! He wanted to compliment her but then realized she is gone… He got busy with work as usual and forgot to call her… After that Khushi never went to his office. Even if Naniji pushes her, she comes up with excuses.

Arnav continued going to office early and came home late as usual… Khushi continued to busy herself in house c****s, cooking which was her favorite hobby and reading or talking to Nani… Sometime she went to her parents’ house and came back by evening…

It was almost a month to their marriage and Nani was feeling healthy as a horse and decided to climb stairs and go to their room! Nani happened to go to Arnav’s room to wake up Khushi from her nap after yummy lunch she made… Khushi dozed off in the afternoon while reading a book…

Nani was about to wake up Khushi but she was startled looking around their room… Khushi’s clothes were still in a suitcase lying on the floor. She was sleeping on the sofa. Nani looked at the bed and saw bed **** on Arnav’s side has creases where as other side was as good as new… Her old eyes did not miss what it meant…

She almost felt guilty for Khushi! It’s her grandson who needed to stop being such a fool, adapt changes in his life and accept his beautiful wife whole heartedly! But only if her thick headed grandson could understand and act normal, she sighed…

Nani then remembered couple of times there were major business events and parties and Arnav smartly avoided to take Khushi there…

His excuse for the first party was he was late and ended up going directly from work! He could have always informed Khushi and she could have joined him directly but he did not do that… Second time his excuse was that he really did not want to attend the party at all but was forced to go last minute due to some foreign delegates meeting him in that party…

Nani had warned him clearly that she does not want to see him again on Page 3 ever… But guess what the very next day he was on Page 3 with drunk Lavanya hovering all over him and media trying to guess if Lavanya is his latest girlfriend! Nani had seen Khushi’s crest fallen face in the morning when she saw the newspaper and page 3 but she did not react or ask any questions to Arnav and went to kitchen avoiding to listen to grandson and Nani’s argument…

“Would you care to explain Chote?” Nani asked him in a harsh and angry tone…

“Nothing much to tell you Nani… Lavanya and I were at client site discussing a project and ended up going to party together and then she got drunk… I just happen to support her from falling and then dropped her home… There is nothing beyond it…” Arnav was frustrated he has to explain himself like that in front of his own Nani…

Not that he really cared to explain his wife about his Page 3 Adventures, yet he looked towards the kitchen to see if Khushi heard him…

“Chote this is my last warning to you. I will not tolerate any injustice towards Khushi” Nani walked away to her room angrily…

Nani decided it was high time Arnav improves on his habits. Though Khushi never showed, Nani knew any newly married girl will have expectations from her husband…

And she had no idea about why Arnav was so reluctant… He himself had said Khushi looked gorgeous, she had seen every single day how much he loves her cooking and also wears whatever she chooses for him… Then why not make a little more effort from his side to make their relation work…

Nani came back from her memory zone when Khushi moved on the sofa and it made noise… Nani thought about somethings, made plans and immediately made couple of phone calls before waking up Khushi…

Same evening the interior designer came to help Khushi custom design a big double closet. Nani forced Khushi to choose but Khushi was worried about Arnav’s reaction… She did not feel comfortable but ordered the huge double closet that she liked which also matched room’s current decor… Arnav’s bedroom was biggest room in RM so space was no issue.

She forced her to choose beautiful vanity set with full size mirror to keep her accessories and makeup kit… Come on, every girl needs it Khushi, Nani argued and Khushi agreed.

She also ordered Khushi a small computer desk and a laptop… Nani knew Khushi was still doing some courses and laptop would be handy for her online assignments…

Once things were chosen, she ordered Aman to follow up and get the job done within 2 days…

“What the?” was Arnav’s reaction when he came late that night and saw how his room is changed to accommodate Khushi’s things…

“Actually Naniji came to our room the other day and forced me to order all this to keep my clothes and things. Hope you are ok with it…” Khushi muttered worrying about his reaction…

“Never mind… Now that things are done already, do I have any say in it? Anyways I don’t care…” He usually never liked changes in his room and that too liking changes made by someone else without his permission was out of questions for him…

“Sorry, I didn’t mean to do any of this. If you want I will have it moved to guest room with help of HPji tomorrow” Khushi politely said…

“It’s ok Khushi, leave it. I do not want to stress Nani over trivial things…” He controlled his anger and rushed inside bathroom…

She knew he cared about his Nani but she suddenly realized, indeed he didn’t care about her as he just now said it openly… It had never occurred to him that all these days she was living out of her suitcase in his room, she had no full size mirror to check her hair or dress nor any space to keep her stuff… She was still sleeping on the sofa with a thin bedsheet to pull over… Just yesterday Nani got her a regular size pillow with thick and soft plush blanket from the guest room…

They barely talked to each other or spent time together… She at least tried a little by trying to know his likes and dislikes with food, helping with keeping his clothes and accessories ready in the morning and waited for him for dinner…

But he had made no efforts what so ever… He would rush out the door after breakfast, hardly say good morning after she wished him and come home by almost 11 pm daily… They would just eat and he would start working again for another hour and she would simply sleep…

Couple of times she tried asking how was his day but he responded with one word “hectic, crazy or ok” and the conversation died its instant death…

They were married for a month now… She realized she was totally unwanted in his life and he denied she existed at all in his life… Had Nani not been here, she might have been sent back packing to her house long ago, she feared in her mind…

Though he did not show his famous anger on her yet, she saw his efforts keeping her at bay… He couldn’t even give her first gift in her hands, never appreciated her cooking skills or she taking care of his nani and her improved health… She asked her to call him ASR like his office workers…

Too many hints, he had dropped openly… So he doesn’t like me or this marriage or both… Suddenly she felt like throwing up… She felt she couldn’t breathe and would die suffocated… It was a very harsh reality of her life…

All these years she was doted on so much, being only child and now Nani also loved her so much… So what went wrong with him? She knew he did not want to marry but she neither…

Was he denying marriage because he likes or loves someone else? Or he just did not want to marry just like her… Knowing Nani, she would have easily accepted if he liked someone else… And now that they were already married, why can’t he make a little effort? She was clueless and took the sofa to sleep thinking about her life…

“Is he in love with that Lavanya as media suspects? I have seen him in news attending parties and events but he never bothered to take me with him… Hell, he never even informs me where he is going or asks me if I want to join… Then all those pics with her, is he is relationship with her? Is that why he was so reluctant for the marriage?” Khushi suddenly felt very insecure.

“What would it mean for their marriage or rather her marriage? How will her parents take it if he decides o divorce her and move on with Lavanya?” Khushi couldn’t help but feel depressed and upset…

“Devi Mayya, please do something… How will I know what this Laad Governor wants? Will my life go on like this forever?” She was worried…

“Did you just forget to write my husband’s love for me? Please do something Devi Mayya and give me some direction if this marriage is meant for me, please…” She prayed feeling afraid that he may never love her ever or accept her…



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