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Friday, November 9, 2012

Chapter 12 - Home for the Holidays

She got out of the car and stretched her body. He smiled when he caught sight of her flat tummy peeking from her sweater. She was a beautiful woman and now, she was with her folks. She turned to him and frowned at his curious expression.

“Ugh! I will get the bags” he opened the trunk.
“Don’t worry about the bags, You have to meet mom and dad first.” She grabbed his wrists and dragged him to the large double leafed front door.
He suddenly felt like a schoolboy summoned to the principal’s office. But her excitement was contagious and he couldn’t wait to meet Dr. Gupta and find more about the Sabres.

She rang the front door bell. A loud church bell chimed inside, followed by a flurry of footsteps. The door flung open and Garima rushed out.

“Khushi!” the stately elderly woman pulled her daughter into a hug. A German shepherd woofed in the background, and bounded to the front door, locating his master. The dog got on its hind legs and placed his front paws on Khushi’s shoulders. And then it showered her with licks.

“Awww, oh!” Khushi laughed, as she got on her knees and massaged its ears and coat and crooned, “I miisshed you too, Chameli, I missshhhhed you.” She ruffled its head and hugged the dog. Satisfied at the warm greeting, the dog got down and circled her in glee, wagging its bushy black brown tails. ASR stood there grinning like an idiot.

The dog noted him and sniffed his boots. He got on his knees and petted it.

“She’s a beauty!” He watched Khushi play with her and grinned. Chameli? Really!

 “Yes, Chameli, why not!” she laughed almost reading his thoughts. “And she is usually a riot with strangers but I guess she likes you.” She added as she entered the grand lobby of the house. Garima welcomed ASR and requested Khushi show him to his guest room on the third floor of the mansion.

ASR could not believe the massiveness of the house. His small mid-western home he shared with his sister and family growing up was a very humble affair compared to this. He soaked in the wealth oozing from every fixture, balustrade, plush carpets, detailed crown molding, chandelier and wall décor. The house was decorated for a combination of Diwali and Christmas, and a litany of Holiday songs in the smooth voices of Dean Martin and Sinatra permeated the air from the ambient speakers. A tall decked Christmas tree overshadowed the huge foyer, while a small enclave held a decked stand of Earthen Diyas. He realized the dual cultures of their existence in the US, although, he was raised an atheist. He chuckled at how out of place he felt.

Khushi dragged him further into the house, “Come on, lets meet dad and then I will show you your room.”
The mention of Dr. Gupta reminded ASR of the grim task ahead of him.

“Listen, I am very tired. Could you may be show me my room and I can change before I meet your dad?” He wanted to stall his meeting with Dr. Gupta. He knew the whatever the old man had to share, things would never be the same between him and khushi after the truth was revealed. It was a premonition.  

 “Ok, Let me show you to your room.” He followed her to the third floor of the house. The guest room was well equipped with its small kitchenette, a small dining area, luxurious bedroom and a large bathroom. He was impressed with the arrangements. He could set a makeshift office right here in the room.

“So?” Khushi turned to face him as the housekeeper set ASR’s luggage in the luggage closet.
He shrugged and looked puzzled, “So?” His mind was doing numbers on him. Could he kiss her again and make it right? She seemed to have thawed a lot and he could really use her strawberry gloss on his senses about now. 

He took a step closer to her.

“So, do you like the room?” she asked smiling and raising her shapely eyebrows in question. 

Fuck, I want her! 

“Ah! Yes, yes, very nice.” He felt stupid at overworking his brain and awkward that he was commenting on the décor of a room. It didn’t get much weirder than that for a man who could care less about amenities.

“Alright, rest up and come down for lunch in an hour. You can meet Dad then. And make sure to call us on the intercom if you need anything. The numbers to kitchen and my room are on the small note pad by the phone. Mom makes a killer tea, she can have it sent up to your room.”

“This is elaborate.”
“What is elaborate?”

It became obvious to him that she had no clue what he was talking about. She probably only knew this lifestyle and his discomfort with housekeepers or richness would never make sense to her. Yet, she had never let on that she came from this kind of money. She pecked him on his cheek and left the room.
And why does it matter? Focus, focus, ASR!


Lunch was another elaborate affair. The Guptas had made enough food to feed the FBI agents stationed outside. Whether the agents would eat the spicy food remained to be seen. Dr Gupta was a gentle, sagely and down to earth person, whom ASR immediately took a liking to. Sasi welcomed ASR and the two struck a comfortable bond.

Khushi was dressed in a simple pink salwar. He had never seen her in Indian clothes and he loved the look on her. It also made his drumming, screaming desire for her worse. Every minute away from her was a herculean task for him yet he had to keep up pretenses until he got the truth from Sasi. The room became a pressure cooker as soon as Payal entered.

ASR had seen his share of beautiful girls, but this was beyond words. Payal was extremely beautiful, with good genes from both her parents, well endowed, curvaceous body and a dress so skimpy it would distract the entire battalion of FBI agents stationed outside. ASR cleared his throat and got up to introduce himself. Payal smiled seductively and shot her hand to him, lingering a moment longer than needed.

“I’ve heard about you. Are you here to protect us?” her coquettish manner and obvious come-hither was not missed by Khushi. She cringed inside but she knew, this was how Payal was. Every boyfriend Khushi had was lured away by Payal. And if it made Payal happy, Khushi was ready to make that sacrifice. It also hurt her that Payal completely ignored her in the room.

ASR watched the animosity in Payal’s eyes as she chose to sit on the chair furthest from Khushi. He shifted his eyes between the sisters. Then it struck him.

Payal was beautiful but in a cold clinical sort of way. Khushi was beautiful, earthy, all heart and soul. He could tell the sibling rivalry must have been quiet harsh during high school years. There was innocence and disarming way about khushi that Payal would probably never understand. It took him a few more minutes to put his finger on it – Payal was a fake. She was hiding behind a mask, one he doubted anyone in this family had peeked behind. She had a carefully constructed façade that hid dark secrets. She did not interest him.

Molly was a bright kid, a sport fanatic at that. She had her school spirit wear on and came in chomping on a piece of gum. ASR immediately knew he would bond well with the tomboyish kid. God knew, he could use some sports talk in the house, for he had missed most of the football season.

Garima walked in with excitement as the family settled around the lunch table.
“Shyam just called. I invited him to join us for Christmas Eve.”
Bad Idea. ASR grimaced. Bad, in every fucking way.
“Uh, Mrs. Gupta”
“Call me aunty.” Garima smiled.
“Ah, yes, Aunty. It’s probably not a good idea to tell anyone about Khushi being here. We don’t want to risk anything.”
“Oh!” she looked confused and shot Sasi a glance.
“He is practically family. You have nothing to fear in Shyam.” Payal coyly chimed.

And I don’t need your expert advice to do my job, ASR griped in his head, his dislike for the nymph growing by the second.

ASR noticed Sasi and Garima’s discomfort . “Who else knows?”

“I am sorry, Arnav. But Khushi’s best friend Gitu had called this morning, and I, ummm, told her.”



Home for the Holidays, flashed the text message. Noam was relieved. At least the constant search and vigilance could take a break for the holidays. He was tired and he needed a break.
He began packing his bags. David walked in and looked around the hotel room.
“Are we leaving?”
“Well, it seems our bird might be home for Christmas. I can use a break for a few days.” He zipped his bag and began shoe horning his shoe.
“Boss approved?”
“Boss does not need to know when I pee and shit, ok. Snitch will tell us where the girl is headed, we just have to be patient.” He stood up and peered down David from his incredible height.
“Besides the dead fish I sent the snitch seems to have worked. We are getting good information. And the security detail at our bird’s house makes it impossible for us. Its best  we keep a watch from a distance and wait for the bird to fly back to her nest, the safe house.”
“You are spending Christmas with Mariam?” David asked, looking forlorn as he had no family in the US. His was left behind in Russia.
“You can join us.” Noam offered casually.
“I can, thanks Noam, thanks so much.”
“Make sure you bring a good bottle of rum, food is free.”
Suddenly, David reached forward and hugged Noam.
“Get the fuck off me man, what are you doing?” he pushed David aside and picked his bag, leaving the man alone and confused in the room.


Zurich Switzerland

Herzog walked up the cobbled stone street. His third floor apartment was located in a handsome district of Zurich, where mostly single men and yuppie crowds resided. The evening chill was harsher than usual but Herzog was shaking with excitement. The security DVDs were delivered to him this morning and he had them in his briefcase. He could not watch them in the bank because the bank monitored the computer systems. He wanted to watch them alone in his apartment and decide whether to investigate any further.
Herzog sped up the flight of stairs. He fished out his keys and inserted it into the keyhole. He noticed the apartment door was unlocked. He pushed the door open gingerly.

“Hello, anyone in here?”

Before he could turn and flee, a black towering figure stabbed him straight to the heart. Herzog dropped his briefcase and fell to the ground clutching his chest. The black figure picked the briefcase and zoomed out of the apartment. Herzog tried to pull the intruder by the leg but the man was too strong for him. The black figure kicked Herzog’s face, leaving him unconscious. The figure rushed out of the apartment with the briefcase.

Herzog was in excruciating pain as blood gushed out of his sides. He dragged himself to the phone and dialed the emergency number. He then called his secretary and left instructions with her in case something happened to him. A few minutes later the quiet neighborhood was filled with roaring ambulance and police sirens. Herzog died on his way to the hospital. The security DVDs were broken and damaged and left in a dumpster in a filthy neighborhood far from Herzog.

Herzog’s secretary heard the bad news the next day. She took the day off and left for her parent’s house. As she drove through Swiss country side, she called the number Herzog had left with her.
“Hello, Interpol, Lyons France office” spoke a voice in lilting French.

“Yes, I am calling to report a fraud.”


Shyam arrived in his ridiculously vain Ferrari. 

The man and the car were not exactly a match made in heaven. He parked the car and honked twice letting the gupta’s and the FBI agents know he had arrived. He took off his Rayban glasses and walked with an added swagger as he entered the large entrance of the Gupta’s. His preppy polo and khakhis with corduroy blazers spoke of wealth and position but his face was arrogance personified. Payal screamed his name in glee and rushed across the hallway, pushing aside Garima and ASR to greet him. ASR noted the small non-verbal exchange between the two and suddenly felt the need to hold Khushi’s hands.

Payal jumped on Shyam’s back and he carried her in a piggy back ride to the cavernous family room. Khushi looked at ASR and almost snorted her laughter when she saw the look of disgust on his face.
“Story of my life.” She leaned and whispered while a plastering a smile on her face.  
“Hey, Khushi! I missed you. Get off my back, Payal, let me claim my fiancé before she runs away again.” Payal fisted him on his back and reluctantly got down. Her disgust was evident as Shyam made a big show of grabbing Khushi by her waist and planting a juicy kiss on her lips.

“Son of a bitch!” ASR muttered under his breath and looked away. Shyam’s attention was completely on ASR as he kissed Khushi, who was stiff as a rod in his arms. Shyam appeared satisfied when he noticed that he had succeeded in riling up ASR. He released Khushi, who immediately wiped her lips and looked at ASR apologetically.

“How have you been my love?” he asked, with a flicker of genuine emotion that disappeared as soon as it formed when he saw Sasi.
“Dr. Gupta, how are you? Are they keeping you busy at that hospital of yours?” Sasi winced at the question. While he was fond of his future son-in-law, the latter never lost an opportunity to rub salt into his wounds.
“Yes, yes, Shyam. So good to see you.” The two men shared a perfunctory hug.  

The rest of the afternoon took a nosedive turning as rotten as it could ever get for ASR. If it were possible, his total hatred for Shyam grew by the minute as the man did not waste any opportunity to rub in his wealth and stature as the leading doctor of Northwestern’s ER unit to everybody’s face. His obvious flirtation with Payal was another thorn on ASR’s side. His heart went out for Khushi who mostly sat in the midst of the gathering, very quiet and quite lonely. She appeared apologetic at having dragged him into the living mess among her family. She had wanted ASR to meet her parents, get to know her and have a quiet holiday. Instead Shyam walked in and ruined it for everyone. She wanted to simply disappear into thin air.

ASR watched her from a distance, observing her nuances and delicate movements. He was beginning to fall for her. Her grace was evident and her compassion was clear to him. She cared for her family and no matter how uncomfortable she felt about Shyam, she did not shed her classy behavior. He wanted to whisk her away to his room and make mad as hell love to her. He wanted just wanted all of her.

Wait till you get what you want from the old man.

Sasi excused himself to the study after dinner. Shyam was working on his laptop resting a possessive leg on Khushi’s lap. She wanted to flee from the scene and finally made up an excuse to leave the room. Payal lost no opportunity to occupy the seat vacated by Khushi and began massaging Shyam’s foot.

“Ohhh, that feels good.” He welcomed it, setting aside his laptop and closed his eyes to enjoy the impromptu foot message.
“Match made in hell.” ASR wanted to strangle both of them. Instead, he decided to find Sasi and ask about the Sabres. He found him reading a book in his study. ASR knocked on the study door.
“Come, come in, ASR. I was just about to call you. Have a seat.” Sasi set aside his book and looked nervous.
“Dr Gupta, can we talk about the Sabres?”
Sasi rubbed the bridge of his nose and answered grimly, “Yes” He got up and shut the study door. He leaned on the large mahagony study desk and faced ASR, contemplating how much to share.
“Dr. Gupta, I would urge you to tell me everything you know about the Sabres. It could save Khushi’s life. You do have some appreciation for the danger she faces.” ASR tried to convince the old man, in case he needed it.
“Yes, yes, I do realize that. I…I am hesitating because once I speak the truth, it will change my family forever.”
“Your secret is safe with me.”
“I don’t doubt that. But at some point, Khushi will have to know and” he lowered his head. “How I wish I never had to do this.”
ASR sat silently. The old man was struggling with his dilemma and needed a few moments to come to terms with what he was about to do. He took a deep breath and began.
“The Sabre belongs to the royal family of Gwalior. Maharaja Ratan Singh Chauhan was the first owner and it had since been passed to the first born of every generation.”
“So you got it from your parents?” ASR asked
“No. Khushi inherited it after the death of her parents.”

ASR felt loud bells ringing in his ears. “Khushi’s parents?”

“Yes, she is not our natural born child. We adopted her.” Sasi choked as stating the reality in words sucked the energy out of him.

 “Then, who are her real parents?” 


  1. lovely update... shyam and payal are as irritating as ever... at least arnav has learnt the truth behind the family dynamics, leading him to sympathise with khushi... they have much more in common than he realises... poor fellow, now on realising that khushi belongs to a royal family, he might feel more than ever that he can't have khushi... can't wait for further revelations!

  2. i feel like strangling payal and shyam too. they're disgusting. poor khushi.. how does she still manage to be so caring abt them. my heart goes to her already.

  3. What an update!!!! invoked a myriad of emotions...
    ASR being bowled over by the opulence ( am sure it is all because of Khushi's royal blood) and at the same time, falling more in love with Khushi for her humility...

    Payal-Shyam...I mirror ASR's thoughts...what a pair!!!am appalled and can only display repugnance at their PDA and arrogance..

    Sad end of Herzog..just gives an insight about how ruthless they are..

    Am impatient to know whether Khushi biological parents are around....



  4. Wow arnav is really perceptive. Thank god for that. But then he is not an agent for nothing.
    But he seems to be quite single minded when it comes t khushi. He he he he :-))
    And can I say I did feel khushi was adopted. :-D
    Thanks a ton for the update.
    I love the way you take the story, like climbing steps, one a a time.


  5. Payal and Shyam - Match made in heaven. ASR's truely shatir dimag working here!
    SHyam and Payal here actually disgust me!
    I am actually pissed off with Guptas. I know this is just a story. But how could they compromise Khushi's safety by telling Shyam and gitu?
    No doubt Payal would have informed Shyam anyway!
    As usual waiting for next chapter.

  6. What.. im more than 12 hours late ..dint see the update ..i did not get the pm on gmail ;-(..well stalking definitely i m off to read the update ..:-P..

  7. Match made in hell really! Shyam and Payal are so disgusting!

    And I knew it!! She is not his child!!

    Too exhausted to say more.

    But I have to say that you once again brought out every emotion in me that the characters are feeling.

    Thank you!
    Sachi / JerryTheMouse

  8. Oh jeez!!! I want to strangle Payal and Shyam as much as Arnav wants to. They are just so freaking annoying. Payal is a bitch ughhhhhhh.

    I love this ASR, he is so protective and possessive for Khushi hehe. I was actually feeling Khushi is not Sasi's real daughter and Sabre must be related with her. So my guess was right hehe :)

    Nice update , can't wait to

  9. Okay this is getting interesting had a doubt that khushi is not their own child and its clear in this update.shyam is flirting with payal infront of his fiance and payal whats this not cool.thanks twitter lord agar ap na hote then i will read this update much later.and arnie falling for her but gitu lets see whats is in stock for us.shinaa from if

  10. Omg shyam's sick!!!:@
    Khushi's adopted :0
    Great update!:D

  11. shyam and payal.... ewwwwww.... seriously match made in hell!!!! they deserve each other.....

    I was right she is not their child!!! yayyy....
    its getting more intense by evry update.... and on the other hand whole ASR-Khusi-Shyam and now this Payal is getting more fun.....
    He wants her.... so so bad!!! :))))

    I m loving it!!

    great update..
    continue soon...

  12. Waiting to learn of what is really up between Khushi and Shyam and also Shyam and Khushi.
    Her being royalty should change a few things around here.

    1. typo - the second was "Shyam and Payal"

  13. Truly match made in hell. And let's keep 'em that way.
    Despite the fete, the sabres, and Khushi's truth is like a silent, invisible disturbance tha clouds ASR and Gupta's house so thickly.
    And so she is adopted,

    “Yes, I am calling to report a fraud.”

    Curiosity increased!

  14. Loved the update..

  15. Another fantastic update.. keeps you on your toes and dying for more. ASR and Kushi..what a pair.. its only a matter of time he gets what he wants.. Hes being patient for now..
    I had a feeling kushi was adopted.

    can't wait to read your next update.. hopefully with some ASR/Kushi action.. ;-)

  16. finally an update was stalking


  17. Hi SJ....
    Brilliant update, Payal and Shyam are truly a match made in HELL lol....ASR is falling in LOWE ;) awwww, i want them to kill Psyal and Shyam first and then go on a honeymoon, ahhhh, u you see i'm putting forward one of and my endless wishes (which never got fulfilled through IPK) -.-
    I knew it, Khushi's adopted :P She's a Rajkumari :) Wow, a tale of a Handsome cop and a Beautiful Princess *daydreams*
    Shashi plz dont leave any loop holes, i don't want Khushi to get in trouble :/ why do i have this feeling that Payal is one of Noam's informers -__-
    Anyways awesome update, plz continue soonsihhhhh
    can't wait to read the next chapter :)
    tc, love
    JIA (Pinkss)

  18. Eww!!! Payal and Shyam! A match made in hell indeed. And that's exactly where I want to send them too.
    She's adopted! I knew it.
    Now for the rest of the story - curiosity piqued!!!
    Can't wait to know more !!

  19. She's adopted I was so sure. Payal n Shyam made for each other both disgusting n fake.
    Chameil too cute, the sweetest member in the house hold.
    Thanks for the update, can't wait to read Sasi's story

  20. wow what n update.......millions of emotions flying left right n cetre throughout the update.

    Feel like strangling shtam n payal....n thry r indeed match made in hell.

    so btwn shyam oayal n gitu....who is the real snitch??? this is really getting interesting by the update..

    As the story develips the plot thickens n now khushi is the adopted daughter....whose parents may have their own share of enemies.

    Poor thing???? how many ppl is ASR going to save her from??? we already have dave n naom n 3 in n around the house itself....n then there is royal family enemies....

    oh the guy with dark clothes who killed the bank person....n the onky person who now knows about it is secretary....

    dear god....sorry i n recapibg but yhats justfor me to remibd myself. As much as its complicated......i love every bit of it.

    the mystery behind this stiry in quite intruiging.

    u truly know how to weave nagic with ur words b unique story telling style.

    thnq for updating.

    avni highonshows if

  21. this just keeps getting juicier :)

  22. wow!..
    Banged with awesome update..
    The update was most of Arnav POV...
    Happy to know he is falling for her, Payal how disgusting...
    Made me laugh how Arnav thought Payal-Shyam relationship made in heaven...
    Poor Khushi.....

    Khushi is from royal family...
    waiting for more....

  23. Brilliant chapter...
    Payal and Shyam truly a match made in hell....Does payal know that Khushi is adopted??the way she behaves..seriously she is disgusting..
    Had an idea that Khushi was adopted ....waiting for more secrets to be revealed..

  24. Great update..

    ASR is a stupid officer..he should have wanted the guptas about not revealing khushi s, presence to anyone... Finally the truth is out regarding her paternity, but what do the sabres have to do in all this..shyam is so ewwww, just like payal...


  25. Payal and shyam disgust me..waiting for shashi to disclose more...hope shyam doesnt eavesdrop..

  26. Payal and Shyam.. ughh. What's the deal between Khushi and S? And Khushi is a royal.. It's nice that ASR is falling for her.. but will her being royalty make him reluctant? I mean he was already awkward that she is rich. As always, eager to read further :)

  27. you updated :)) i'm so happy!!
    khushi's a princess, i knew she was adopted!!

    payal and shyam should get together and make way for arnav and khushi, why is khushi still with shyam, what's the big secret behind their relationship??

    amazing story!!

  28. Home for holidays, things are picking up.
    What the hell is that equation with Payal and Shyaam, it's eerie.
    Payal seems to be Ms.Character Dheela! :O

    I love Khushi so much and that woman is a princess for real?
    This just keeps getting better.
    Next chapter promise me some hot stuff.
    ASR <3 Khushi

    Will Gitu be coming to see Khushi?
    Will NK come along?
    Will they make out? hahaha


  29. May I simply say, I am so eager to know the next part already, I keep refreshing the page. Questions are pointless as you will unfold the story slowly and love the pace.

    Khushi pick ASR, he is any day better than Shyam, you know it.

    - Kalyaani (IF)

  30. Nice update...I had a feeling that Khushi was adopted..I think maybe Payal know this and hence her resentment of her. The presence of Shyam adds a nice tension to the atmosphere, loved it.

    What is the deal between Shyam & Payal, is something going on between them.

    Khushi was ready to sleep with ASR (I am not against the idea), but she is cheating on her engagement, real or otherwise, why doesn't she just break up with Shyam, maybe during this she might...

    Loved the writing..can't wait for the next.

  31. Shyam and Payal disgusting. loved the update.


  32. Fuckin Shyam n Payal ...absolutely ruining the holiday spirit ..

    Princess Khushi .. i take it

  33. Fuckin Shyam n Payal .. absolutely ruining the holiday spirit ..

    A big bow to Khushi for her classiness ..

    poor ASR ..fallim for her completely

  34. Haha! Finally we get an update - made us wait too long SJ! Notttt fair. Chapter 13 would be soon though?
    Anyways cominh to this update -This is SO effing intriguing!
    Each chapter brings in its own share of surprises. So herzog died, shyam and payal cant keep away from PDA ( I seriously wanted to strangle them!), and Arnav's desire for Khushi is increasing.
    And Khushi's adopted! Is that the secret of those grey green eyes?
    Why doesnt she leave Shyam btw? The son of a b*tch that he is.
    Secrets are coming out slowly and oh boy, am I hooked!!
    Want to read more about A-K's progression into their relatoinship (always tops my list lol) , ASR's reaction to Khushi being royal, the time they spend at the Guptas, Payal's new plan .. And what Gitu is up to. I have a strong feeling she is the snitch.
    Anyway, waitingggg for the next like always :)

  35. briliiant update... and you leave us hanging :P loved it

  36. brilliant update and you leave us hanging :)

  37. She's royalty!!! Yaaaay! Stick that where the sun don't shine Payal!! So glad Arnav saw through Payal, though how could it be anyone other than Khushi in any case :-) Loved the chapter.

    I really feel that Khushi knowing will eventually make her feel better rather than worse...not fitting in, and not knowing why must be so least she'll know the why and then be able to cope with the what next.

  38. Perfect description for the duo ... " Match made in Hell " Shyam and Payal ...

    Love Arnav's one track mind ... " ASR watched her from a distance, observing her nuances and delicate movements. He was beginning to fall for her. Her grace was evident and her compassion was clear to him. She cared for her family and no matter how uncomfortable she felt about Shyam, she did not shed her classy behavior. He wanted to whisk her away to his room and make mad as hell love to her. He wanted just wanted all of her... " hahahaha ...

    So she is nobility ... hmmm and thats how the Sabres come in ...

    Loving the story SJ ... thanks ...

  39. Love the new look of the Blog ...

  40. i am loving Arnav as he hates the same people that i do..shyam and payal disgust me for obvious reasons

    i kind of suspected Khushi not being their daughter...waiting to know about her real parents


  41. Had a feeling about khushi not being shashi daughter. Payal and shyam what pair ha. looking forward for the next chap!

  42. P.S. loved the new Background!! :))
    And Happy Diwali dear..... :))))))

    waiting for next chapter

  43. Omigosh ASR can discuss sports with me. OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG
    And Payal and Shyam need to get a room, make out and leave everyone else in peace. Okay I am overreacting here but they both seem like hawas ke pujaris.
    Anywho, ASR is just absolutely sexy. SEXAYY.
    And I kinda saw that coming.. Khushi being a princess. Idk I had a feeling. Heeheee I give 100% true spoilerz ya?
    This is going really good SJji. Really, really good. I'm loving each and every part. All of it.
    And Christmas time is here! Sing a carol and update soon woman! No longish deserved break for you!


  44. I've just started Finishing reading the FF and wow! A small part of me wishes I'd found it later so that more mysteries had been solved! Gitu is evil- betraying her friend! But I'm glad NK is one step ahead! Shyam is a snake :@ and I dislike Payal immensely .. I'm guessing khushi is royal, and the sabres must mean something for some old brother hood who's hiding secrets. Whats the deal with the bank? And Shyam and khushi's secret? Continue sooooon!! I need to know!

  45. PLUS, ASR! FBI agent! ;) My imagination goes a little crazy whenever I think of him in that avatar, and his obsession for necks :P
    - jay

  46. "Payal was beautiful but in a cold clinical sort of way. Khushi was beautiful, earthy, all heart and soul. He could tell the sibling rivalry must have been quiet harsh during high school years. There was innocence and disarming way about khushi that Payal would probably never understand. It took him a few more minutes to put his finger on it – Payal was a fake. She was hiding behind a mask, one he doubted anyone in this family had peeked behind. She had a carefully constructed façade that hid dark secrets. She did not interest him."

    You gotta love a vixen like Payal. Having absolutely no backbone or story in the reel, its quite refreshing to see a different avatar, despite how ruthless and cold she sounds. She will be a welcome challenge to ASR and definitely a girl for Shyam. Now you have peaked our interest as to how and most importantly, WHY is Khushi stuck with the Pompous Ass!!!

  47. Both Payal & Shyam made me sick!
    Khushi adopted! Mystery deepens!


  48. A match made in help indeed. They both make me want to puke. Payal is so full of herself. Good that arnav knows that her beauty is shallow. So I guessed it right khushi is adopted and the sabres are related to her. Now I am curious to know why is khushi engaged to that snake???? Great update.

  49. Awesome update I feel lik strangling that payal!!! Asr spotted her fakeness at once...l

  50. Match made in hell!! hahaha :D

    Want to know who the snitch is and Shyam's secrets and Khushi's truth

  51. OMG Khushi is a princess or a maharani!!!

    Wow can't wait to read more to learn the twists & turns of this story!!!

    Loving this story, sorry it took me so long to come back to it!!!