Master Chef! - A new ARSHI Story

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May 23

Chapter 6 – NK to the rescue! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 109 times)

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Chapter 6 – NK to the rescue!

“Nannav, my brother” Arnav was hugged from behind by someone and he was totally annoyed because he exactly knew who it was… NK was there the very next day as if her Dei Mayya heard her prayers and sent her an angel…

“NK, what brings you here?” Arnav asked rudely…

“Nannav, my bro… You are so mean… Can’t I come to my own house…? I had some work in India and so I am here” NK took a seat and grabbed a glass of water…

He was exhausted with a long flight and instead of offering him a seat and water, his cousin asks him why is he here… Just great, he thought…

“NK, first have breakfast with us” Nani hugged him and gave her blessings…

“Yes Nani, I am so hungry… I had freshen up at the airport…”NK looked at Nani and looked around to find Khushi…

Yes, Nani had made the second call to NK to come to India… Nani knew NK is very extrovert, charismatic and friendly with all… He would be great company for depressed Khushi and help bring smile back on her face… Plus jealousy always worked with Arnav. So she was willing to try everything to make her thickheaded grandson to realize worth of Khushi in his life and called her other grandson NK as a desperate measure…

Yes, Nani had called NK after calling interior designer and Aman to arrange necessities for Khushi… NK was aware of the situation and exactly knew what he needed to do…

Just then Khushi came out from the kitchen… Nani had already sent Khushi’s pictures to NK and he knew her well…

“Oh my goodness, Khushi Bhabhi… You look much more beautiful in real than those pictures Nani had sent me… So glad to meet you…” NK side hugged her…

Khushi was little confused as she had no idea who he was… Arnav was amazed with the ease NK started conversing with Khushi…

“Ok my bro will never do the right thing so let me introduce myself… I am NK, Arnav’s cousin… And you are Khushi Bhabhi right?” NK forwarded his hand to greet her…

“Hello NKji, nice to meet you…” Khushi shook hand with him…

“NKji? Who is ji here? Call me NK” NK corrected Khushi…

“Then call me Khushi please… Bhabhi sounds too old fashioned…” She also corrected him… Arnav raised his eyebrow looking at the duo…

Arnav was surprised even Khushi was at ease with NK and comfortable talking to him… She served Arnav and NK breakfast.

“Wow, did you make all this? The food is delicious” NK asked unable to believe it…

“Yes, I did my graduation in food technology. I love cooking plus my Babuji has a sweet shop, so it’s like   cooking is in my DNA…” Khushi replied excited.

“Wow, amazing… And let me guess this coffee, it is that new blend of Ethiopian freshly brewed coffee with French Vanilla tinch…” He smelled coffee again and again…

“You bet…” Khushi replied happily. Arnav could not help but try the coffee and indeed he too loved the coffee… He could not decide the last week’s Kenyan coffee was better or this one… Now he really needed to know more about all the coffee flavors out there, since his wife made the best coffee…

“Khushi, wait a minute… It is ritual to gift the bride if she serves first time… Since you served me delicious breakfast this morning, I want to gift you something… You will love it…” NK told her and started opening his bags…

“No NK, it’s really ok… You can open your bags later…” Khushi felt embarrassed.

“Here you go… Anyway I have purchased gifts for you and what can be a better occasion than this?” NK handed Khushi a Gucci Bamboo perfume and a Gucci hang bag… He side hugged her and joked about feeding him her yummy delicacies daily…

“Oh, Gucci Bamboo the limited edition, I have heard it’s a great perfume…” She replied excited, opened the bottle and immediately tried a little on the back of her left hand and rubbed it with right…

“Thank you so much NK… I love it… The handbag is trendy too, I will use some other time” Khushi accepted both the gifts whole heartedly.

“Nani was right… She does have a habit of reciprocating instantly… So she indeed rejected my gift the other day. And she does know about brands and all that…” Arnav was angry and rushed out the door.

Arnav as usual left for office but his mind was somehow still at home… He couldn’t believe how instantly NK and Khushi clicked… They became friends in like 2 minutes, ok maybe in like 5 minutes… Happily chatting, sharing each other’s background and likes… They were on first name basis, NK and Khushi for each other in like 5 minutes… NK praising her for her cooking skills and her happy face!

Why can’t he do all that? He just wondered… And he like a fool suggested Khushi to call him ASR when she started with Arnav… He was always so busy with work that it never occurred to him he could spend some time with family member or especially Khushi now that he was married to her…

He went home a bit early at 8 pm since it was a lazy day at work! He could hear loud laughs from his own room…

“Wow Nannav, great timing… we just finished arranging Khushi’s stuff in her new closet, new vanity and shoes in shoe rack… I will see you both at dinner. Bye Khushi… Thank god you are no longer living out of suitcases and you have your own space now… By the way you did choose great furniture that blends in well with existing room colors and decor…” And NK stepped out of their room…

“Nannav my bro, how can you be so thick headed allowing your wife to stay like that in your room? You are one idiot… hero at work, zero in real life…” NK mocked him with his whisper and walked out the door… Arnav was shocked at direct nasty comment by NK but he deserved it for not letting Khushi have basic amenities…

“Hi, you came early today. NK helped me arrange all my accessories, shoes and books… I was thinking I would need whole week but we finished it in just one day…”Khushi informed him.

Arnav had nothing to say so he just nodded…

“Freshen up and come down. Let’s eat dinner together with Naniji. I will heat up the food and serve” Khushi walked downstairs…

NK helped her arrange her stuff! Wow in one day he became her friend to help her out arranging her stuff… Wow!

Arnav came down to see NK helping Khushi and getting dishes from the kitchen… They made couple of rounds and everything was set on the table…

“Nannav, do you have any idea how great a cook Khushi is? She knows each and every spice and when to use it…” NK was telling about his fun experiences cooking with Khushi…

“Sorry Khushi to force you to make my favorite food… It’s been a long time since I ate aloo puri and mango sweet pickle with vegetable pulao” NK served himself…

Arnav felt, again he had nothing to say… He just sat there not sure to serve himself or wait for Khushi to serve like she usually does.

But then he decided to help himself.

“Wait a minute Arnavji” She stopped him when he was taking puris.

“Arnavji, Naniji told me you like spinach puri so I made those for you… Just give me one minute…” She got hot puris from kitchen and served Arnav. She served him quinoa salad too.

After years, Arnav was eating the best spinach puris. Usually his mother made those for him… He couldn’t help but appreciate in his mind that his mother indeed was the best cook and she would have loved Khushi for sure for her culinary skills…

Oh wait, where did that come from? He was confused but continued eating… As usual, he did not give any feedback to Khushi for serving him what he loves… Just continued eating…

“Khushi, I must say you are the best cook in the world… What do you say Nani and Nannav?” NK asked digging into the dessert bowl…

“Yeah, she really cooks well, variety of delicious dishes and makes great coffee” Khushi could not believe her ears… At last it was pleasure to hear something from her husband…

“I can see that… You both ate double than your usual…” Nani smiled.

“Arnavji, don’t eat that. I have sugar free fruit custard for you…” She served him separate.

Arnav knew she cared for his health. Every time she made sweets or desserts, she made sure to make sugar free for him… How did I not observe this before, Arnav admired her caring nature…

Every day he would come home to a loud noises and laughs… Nani, NK and Khushi would be up to something… Either cooking some new dish in the kitchen, playing board games or going shopping… He couldn’t believe his Nani was also behaving so young and would go out with those two…

He felt missed out and was jealous…

He realized he missed Khushi’s waiting eyes for him every night! He missed her waiting for him to have dinner with him… These days Naniji and NK have started forcing her to eat on time…

Maybe I should come home early and why make her wait hungry until 11 at night, his heart chided…



May 25

Chapter 7 – Khushi makes few friends! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 116 times)

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Chapter 7 – Khushi makes few friends!

“Nannav, are you going to Singhania’s party tonight? Is that why you are early?” NK asked Arnav. Whole world knew about Singhania’s 25th marriage anniversary event and obviously Arnav would be invited too being Singhania’s close business partner...

“Yeah, I will” Arnav confirmed. He had thought for a change to take Khushi with him but did not know how to approach her…

“See Khushi, I told you… So now Arnav is busy and not home for dinner right? So let’s go for a movie and catch up with my friends… Now you cannot say no. Plus we can go to your favorite Star Wars series movie… I already promised Ria, Samarth and Nisha” NK didn’t allow Khushi to sit anymore and sent her to get ready… Already he was on phone talking to his friends asking them to book the movie tickets…

“Can I go to the movie Arnavji?” Khushi still asked Arnav as soon as he reached the bedroom…

“Ok” That’s all he said. He could not ask her for the party after NK announced his plans to take her for a movie with his friends… Arnav knew all the friends anyways but he was surprised Khushi’s liking for English movies as well…

“I would have liked to go with you to the anniversary party only if you will ever ask me out!” Khushi sighed. She knew, he clearly said he will go and not they will go… That meant he wasn’t even considering taking her with him…

“Should I request me to take with him? But what is he says no? What if he says something more or gets angry? Leave it, don’t try your luck” her heart warned her…

“Is he going out there with Lavanya?” Immediately thought came in Khushi’s mind and her mood was already spoilt…

“Maybe tomorrow’s Page 3 will tell me what will happen in the part! That’s my only way to know” So at least going with friends is better than being alone and sulking alone in a corner, Khushi went into the bathroom to get ready…

Khushi came out wearing a long, flare dark blue jeans skirt and sleeveless red embroidery top… Minimal makeup, high heels and a matching handbag and she was ready… Arnav couldn’t help but mesmerize how gorgeous she looked without any efforts… She took like 5 minutes to get ready managed to look her best… Should he just tell her how beautiful she looks…? He kept thinking but did not say anything…

“Wow Khushi, you look so chic and hot…” NK as usual never failed to compliment her… She looked at Arnav and was blushing…

Arnav finished his call from his room… Was really tired and exhausted to go to the party but his attendance was important.

He got ready and went to the party… His mind was still on Khushi and how gorgeous she looked… He attended party just for couple of hours, got bored with meeting the usual people and rushed back home early… He couldn’t enjoy the party and felt uneasy at the thought of Khushi enjoying with friends when they could have been together at the party… He did not know why he felt that way…

“Arnav, you are back so early. I thought you won’t come back before 3 or 4 am early morning, your usual time… Is everything ok?” Nani asked curiously. Nani could see his changed behavior towards Khushi and he did not like Khushi going for a movie…

“Yeah Nani, I guess I was just a little tired” Arnav honestly mentioned.

“If you work like machine, you are bound to be tired. I suggest you mingle with NK, Khushi and me… We do so many fun things. She makes me feel so young… Soon I will be acting teen ager” Nani laughed…

Indeed he saw his Nani really fresh and active… Khushi’s Yoga lessons, garden walks and proper food were doing wonders to Nani’s health…

“Yeah I guess” Arnav first time approved of Nani’s idea and wanted to join the trio in fun…

Just then NK and Khushi walked in with their remaining gang…

“So good to see you ASR” Ria and Nisha ran towards Arnav and hugged him… Needless to say they both had a big crush on Arnav just like all other girls out there. They were both still standing very close to Arnav and talking to him...

Khushi somehow did not like it even a bit but she did not know why? She decided to make coffee for everyone and walked towards the kitchen…

“So how is your new girlfriend Lavanya? Beauty with brains right?” Ria asked wanting to get inside scoop. Khushi heard it when she was about to enter the kitchen…

“Seriously Ria? Do you even want to discuss those Page 3 rumors, gossip and waste my time?” Arnav was embarrassed by such a personal question on his life and just hoped Khushi did not hear it…

“Not really, that’s why I asked… I needed to know if I still have a chance or not?” She joked and laughed out loud…

“Shut up Ria and stop flirting all the time… It doesn’t work, not at least with me…” Arnav warned her in a serious tone…

Yeah, you guessed it right… Friends still do not know Khushi is his wife… Khushi did not find it important to declare herself Arnav’s wife and grab all the attention when he does not even acknowledge her in his life properly yet… NK also did not want to go against Khushi’s wishes and talk about her personal life… Arnav has still not accepted reality of life for whatever reasons… And their marriage has happened only with family and close friends!

By then Khushi came back with coffee for everyone.

“Khushi, you make the best coffee” Sam complimented her.

“I know” She politely acknowledged.

Nani looked at Khushi’s upset face and could guess she was developing headache and she knew the reason for it as well.

“Khushi, are you tired?” Nani asked kind of indirectly hinting others to wrap up… Last thing she would want is upset Khushi with Ria and Nisha’s talks about Lavanya…

“Yeah Nani, tired and getting headache!” Khushi just murmured.

“Guess what Khushi? I just have the right thing for your headache… I will give you the Tiger balm I picked up at UK airport while coming here. It always helps… Come I will give it to you…” NK started walking with Khushi after waving goodbye to friends…

“They look so adorable together… NK is always so caring towards Khushi. They are the best buddies…” Nisha commented and it was time for Arnav to get headache… Nani smiled looking at Arnav’s frowned face, Arnav deserved it for not talking or acknowledging his and Khushi’s relationship…

Arnav went back to their room… He saw Khushi applying the balm before sleeping…

“Are you ok?” Khushi was shocked to hear him… First time ever Arnav initiated some communication with her and in fact asked her how she was feeling…

“Yeah a mild headache… Hopefully will get better after a good night sleep” Khushi replied…

He saw her lying down on the sofa and adjusting her neck and back again and again… That’s when first time he realized she may not be so comfortable on that sofa and he had never offered her to sleep on the bed… How can she sleep on sofa like that always? She could sleep on her side of the bed. What’s the big deal?

“Here you go. Tylenol will help too” He handed her Tylenol and glass of water.

“You should sleep on your side of the bed. Sofa can be really uncomfortable…” He suggested. Was she sleeping on the sofa all these days? How uncomfortable it must have been, why can’s she complain or talk to me? Why can’t I be more careful with her instead of expecting her to complain?  He decided to be more alert toward her needs…

“Are you sure?” She asked him unable to believe this day would ever come…

“Yes” That’s all he said and she took her side on the bed and slept off…

 

May 26

Chapter 8 – Khushi falls Sick! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 114 times)

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Thank you for your lovely comments... But I am not going to give any hints... This story also is slowly taking up and soon Arnav and KHushi will have the face off... 


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Chapter 8 Khushi falls Sick!

Day by day he could see how strong friendship NK and Khushi have built up... Arnav was in fact worried and jealous! Whatever few girlfriends he had, they always cheated on him because he never had any time for them. They considered him unromantic, arrogant and cheated on him behind his back...

None of the girls ever understood his passion to work hard and become what he is today The Asia's number one business tycoon... Yet they all wanted to tag along because few of them loves the gifts he gets even if it's a first date... Some loved the luxury rides in his vehicle, attention media gives and how it boosts their career automatically in Fashion world by just one date...

So Arnav could not go beyond few casual dates and they never went beyond any basic understanding... Either media attention, too much expectations even before the relation starts, girls trying to always have another agenda on their mind did not really help get his dating life any better... And he eventually gave dating long time ago...

That was one of the reasons he did not hold high opinion about women and avoided them all the time. First they used him and then they cheated on him... He never found anything interesting in them to ignore his work and invest himself in them...

But Khushi was different, she was his wife... He has been mesmerized the day he saw her! His prejudice about women and ego did not really help and with NK on board, he has no scope to involve in her life... What if she also starts liking NK and cheats on him like those other girls? Though he had seen her as a girl with lots of principals, he did not know her enough to trust her completely...

He knew she cared for him and in fact put in much more efforts in their relationship compared to him... Yet he did not know how to approach her! This is the only department he is weak at... Love and relationships... Rest all he could handle with panache!

Bloody hell! NK knew a million time more about his wife than him! She has gone out so many times with NK even though always Nani or his friends joined them! And he has not taken her out even once... They were married now for almost two months but were not even on first name basis... He hated the reality and cursed his fate! He has no one else to blame but himself!

NK would easily mingle and do simple things like helping Khushi in the kitchen or helping her pick a dress or compliment her for delicious food or how she is looking? Why can't I do it too? How difficult it can be? After all Khushi is my wife, when did I build all these barriers between us? His heart chided him...

"Call me ASR or forcing her to call him Arnavji when she called him by his first name, NK is right I am one big idiot pushing her away like that" His heart ached...

Another thing bothered him was her way simple life style... She would never use luxuries around her or demand anything... Just always happy with whatever she has!

It was ok for her to go anywhere or eat anywhere before! But now she is his wife, the great Arnav Singh Raizada's wife! Why can't she simply go to Five Star hotels, high end restaurants and wear his collection...? In fact she never asked him for a dress for her designed by him! It was surprising knowing he the best designer and it also bothered him a lot...

He decided maybe slowly he has to try and work things out between them! So at least they won't be awkward and strangers with each other!

He suddenly realized he is the middle of the meeting with a client sitting in front of him and can't help but think about Khushi all the time! Luckily meeting was over with his team especially Aman taking over and addressing question and answer session...

"Nannav, I need rest of the day off today. I need to go home..." NK asked Arnav as soon as he came out of conference room...

"Is everything ok? Is Nani ok?" Arnav asked NK back... What could be so urgent? He thought when he saw NK sitting in his room so restless...

"Yesterday was cold outside when we went out for the movie and Khushi was wearing a lite cardigan... She has developed cold and fever... So Nani called me. I feel so guilty for not forcing her to wear my jacket..." NK explained.

"For god sake, she is my wife... Why would Nani call you?" Arnav was first time angry... How dare Nani not call him and call NK if Khushi is sick? And why would Khushi wear NK's jacket...? Good that she denied, Arnav felt possessive...

"Nannav, check your cell before you complain... She called you many times... You might have switched it off because of the meeting... In any case, let me go home and check on Khushi... Dr. is also reaching..." NK insisted...

Arnav realized he had switched off the phone and he turned it off to see 4 missed calls from Nani...

"NK, you know what? You can stay back and work. I will go home and check on Khushi..." Arnav first time picked up the car keys and left his cabin before NK argues or joins him to go home...

NK smiled and got back to work...

"Nani, what happened to Khushi?" Arnav asked concerned as soon as he stepped inside the house.

"Wait Chote, Dr. is checking her" Nani gestured him...

"Nothing to worry... Looks like a viral fever hence high fever... It will stay for 3 to 4 days... Give her lot of liquids and lite meals with these tablets every 6 hours... She will recover just fine..." Dr. gave Arnav the prescription.

"HP, get these tablets and syrup immediately. Make her lite khichadi as well" Arnav ordered HP and Nani was shocked...

"What? Ma always used to give me khichadi when I fell sick... Isn't it?" He asked Nani looking at her shocked face...

"Yeah" She said nothing further and walked out of their room...

"I hate Khichadi..." Khushi complained as soon as she saw the bowl.

"Khushi, this is different style... Lots of veggies and made with lentils and cracked wheat instead of rice... It's my mother's recipe... HP made it under guidance of Nani... Try it, I am sure you will like it..." Arnav forced her to eat a bite...

"Wow, it's actually nice... It has peanuts and roasted papadum sprinkled making it even more crunchy and delicious..." She forwarded her hand but Arnav declined...

"Just sit relaxed and eat..." He fed her the whole bowl... Then gave her water and medicines...

She was still weak with high fever and soon dozed off... Later he worked from home...

"Maybe I never realized she was always sleeping on sofa with that thin blanket and she never complained... It's my fault, I love high AC whole night but I was cozily sleeping on the bed with thick blanket, never even thought she could be suffering in the cold" He felt guilty about his ignorant behavior...

"It's high time I also look things around me and not just work..." Arnav thought and smiling hearing a small snore from Khushi... She slept like a baby clutching to the blanket...

"Khushi, I got 3 Salman Khan Movies so you don't get bored while you are sick and recover fast..." NK announced as soon as he walked in from work...

"So sweet of you NK. Thank you so much... Please tell me you got MPK, it's my all-time favorite" Khushi asked NK excitedly...

"What is MPK now?" Arnav asked angrily...

"You don't know MPK? Maine Pyaar Kiya... It's Salman Khan's first movie and a block buster..." Khushi replied still devastated and feeling sorry from Arnav...

"Oh" Arnav was still angry...

"Did you get any Bond movies or MI series as well?" Khushi asked NK...

"Khushi, I should have those movies in my collection... We can watch it tomorrow night. Today take some more rest" Arnav warned her to sleep when he saw NK nodding no about English movies... He wanted to jump in at the opportunity before NK clings to her all the time...

"Khushi, stop it now... Who the hell cries so much while watching a movie? Don't you know it's all fake? And you watched this movie many times before right? Unbelievable! I will switch off the TV if you don't stop crying..." Arnav warned her seriously... It was hard for him to see her cry like that...

"Laad Governor! Huh... Ok, I won't cry but don't switch off the TV, I want to finish the movie..." She was exhausted and slowly leaned on his shoulder and slept off...

Arnav loved her involvement in movies otherwise and her antics with every shot... She is more entertainment than the movie itself, he smiled and put her on the bed and covered her properly...

"Can someone be so innocent?" It was another revelation for him about his wife...



May 30

Chapter 9 Khushi wants permission from Arnav! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 91 times)

Hi All, 

Had a wonderful quick vacation during the long weekend... Hence the delay... 

I will try and update both the stories by today and tomorrow... 

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Chapter 9 Khushi wants permission from Arnav!

"Khushi, Arnav has been so nice to you since you fell sick... Maybe it's good time for you to talk to him about your participation in the TV show... NK encouraged Khushi...

"Nani, I am scared of his mood swings. Why don't you tell him and then I will also talk with you and NK? Please I may not be able to pull off alone... Khushi requested Nani...

"Khushi, you have my permissions to do whatever you want and live your dreams... I would say it's time for you to talk your husband alone and ask him or rather inform him... I don't think it should be a problem... But I think you should talk to him alone... Nani insisted.

It was high time they acted as a couple and shared each other's views and likings directly without a mediator, Nani thought...

Khushi looked at NK with lots of hope... It was difficult for NK to say no and break her heart but it is needed...

"Khushi, Nani is right... You both need to be behaving like a normal couple with each other by now, isn't it? See you both were so comfortable with each other when you got sick... He even watched movies with you and you both managed to chat like friends during those days so how hard can it be? Trust me, talk to him directly NK also pushed her...

"I guess so... Let me try... Khushi smiled halfheartedly...

"Arnavji, I wanted to ask you something... Khushi decided to talk him after dinner...

"How was the Lucknow veg dum biryani I made today? Did you like it? Khushi did not want to directly ask him about Master Chef yet...

"It was fantastic Khushi. What is there to ask? You really cook well and these days you present the dishes pretty well as well. I can see you are absolutely into cooking Arnav replied still looking into his file...

"Yeah, Cooking is my passion. That's why I took food technology as my major and you know I was topper in my college Khushi told him excitedly...

"Yeah, great job... Arnav looked at her for few seconds when he realized she was so excited talking about her educational background...

"Arnavji, I wanted to ask you something Khushi said again this time planning to ask him about the show...

"Not now Khushi, I have a meeting in like 2 minutes with a foreign delegate and it will last long... Maybe tomorrow morning would be better... Just Arnav's phone rang. Aman has initiated the call and then conferenced Arnav too...

Khushi tried to stay awake but eventually fell asleep waiting for him...

"Arnavji, Remember I wanted to talk to you... Khushi tried to talk him at the breakfast table...

"Khushi oh my god, the noodles are so delicious and so is the sweet sheera (Indian sweet)... Oh Khushi, you are the best... NK was literally licking his fingers...

"Thanks NK, I really am glad that you loved it... I will try and make often now... Khushi replied casually.

Arnav was so hopping mad looking to see how Khushi and NK have built a mutual admiration society...

"Nani, I need to go to office... I am late... And before she could say anything he left...

"Oh god, what happened to Laad Governor? I need to be on the show in two days and I am yet to get the permission... This is not working... Maybe today evening for sure... Khushi promised herself.

"Arnavji, keep your bag... I want you to try something... Go freshen up first Khushi almost ordered him and took his laptop bag from his hands...

Arnav looked at her raising his eye brow but didn't say anything... He came back and saw her coming in with tray...

"Arnavji today I tried two new dishes... Broccoli crunch pops and Italian Potato Boat She made him sit.

"Khushi, what's so special? Both the dishes looks amazing and especially the presentation is extra ordinary... He complimented her openly.

"Then try it and tell me how it taste? Khushi was excited by his comments...

"Really delicious... Love the broccoli crunch more because I am healthy food fan but the spicy potatoes are equally yummy... He thoroughly enjoyed her cooking...

"I am glad you liked it Khushi gave him his coffee mug...

"Khushi still had no guts to directly ask him... Oh Devi Mayya, what if he gets angry? What if he says no? She kept debating herself in her mind...

"Khushi what is it? Arnav pulled her towards him holding her hand when she was about to leave the room...

"I mean what is on your mind? What do you want to ask me? Come on, tell me He insisted her to open up and speak freely.

"Who Arnavji... Arnavji actually She was fumbling badly...

"Khushi whatever it is, I am ok with it... But I have one condition... Arnav smirked at her...

"What condition? I don't get it... Khushi was even more confused... Does he know I am participating in Master Chef? Did her hear me talking and planning with NK and Nani? She has too many question in her mind...

"Don't even ask me what you want... I am ok with it if you start calling me Arnav from now on... No more Arnavji. It's a deal Arnav smirked at her...

"Are you sure? I mean Arnavji first at least listen to me... Khushi insisted...

"I can't hear Khushi... What did you call me? Arnav asked her smirking at her...

"I mean are you sure I can, can you hear me out first please... She tried bring his attention back to what she wanted to convey...

"Khushi, call me Arnav first and then I will talk to you... Arnav was stubborn too...

Oh my god this is getting way harder than I thought... What can I do now? She was still thinking and was blushing too...

"Khushi, I am waiting... He stared at her...

"Arnav, are you sure...? Khushi at last called him Arnav again... She blushed so hard.

"That's like my good girl... Now go ahead with what you wanted to do... You have my permission Arnav promised her pulling her little more towards him. She looked so gorgeous when she is shy and blushed like that, he was slowly losing his control...

"Arnav, thank you so much... She just turned around and ran out of the room...

"Why my heart always beats like crazy when he comes closer... Phew, he did give me permission. Let me inform Nani and NK... Khushi took a deep breath outside their room and ran again.

"Pagal but cute... Arnav smiled and working on his file...

"Looks like somebody got the permission to go on the TV show? NK could see her face was glowing...

"Yes, he said go ahead... He was busy so he could not hear the details but he said he is ok with whatever it is... I am so happy Khushi told them...

"We told you... I am happy that you informed him directly. He is your husband Khushi and see you can converse with him without worrying too much... Nani pulled her and they did a group hug...

"Now start you preparations. You have another round in two days. That too with Chef Rakesh. I heard he is too good... NK warned her to practice her dishes.

"And I am always available to eat whatever you cook! Khushi nodded smiling and walked towards the kitchen.



May 31

Chapter 10 - Khushi @ Master Chef Show! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 101 times)

Hi All,  


I am still working on "A Wake up Call" next chapter so decided to update this one again... 

Here comes the chapter explaning what happened on the TV show and why Arnav got angry at Khushi? 

So the flash back ends with this chapter and story will be current from next chapter... 

Hope you all are in sync... Enjoy 



 


Chapter 10 - Khushi @ Master Chef Show!

Arnav worked couple of days from home and ultimately went to office today...

"In all, it is so much fun to be with Khushi! She is a unique piece in herself with ultra-lively and bubbly personality. Again I am thinking about her, it seems I can never stop thinking about her? Three days and I have loads of work He warned himself...

After a week even Khushi is completely fine and started her routine...

"As Aman says, there is no doubt I like her from the first time I saw her and love the fact that home is more lively and fresh with her... May be no harm trying in this marriage leaving my prejudice behind after all Arnav thought to himself...

"Aman, get me Malhotra project file Arnav ordered Aman over the phone...

"ASR, here is Malhotra file... But I have something to show you on TV... Don't be mad at Khushi, she seems to be the victim here... And then suddenly out of nowhere Aman comes running to his office today talking about Khushi's TV appearance and what happened at the show... Khushi innocently became a prey of TV host asking her questions and a fool she made out of herself...

"ASR, don't blame her... Khushi looks to be innocent here... Aman tried to take side...

"But why I have not been informed about at home? How come no one ever told me about her participating in some TV show? Arnav's anger was already at peak... He was sure Nani and NK might be knowing everything, while he has been kept in dark...

Arnav immediately goes to his pent house in the AR office top floor... Switches on the TV and he knows that's the only sensational news going on and is repeatedly being telecasted mocking Khushi...

He switches on the TV to watch the entire episode to understand what exactly happened? It was a live show that was telecasted about 30 minutes ago and news spreading like a wild fire...

"Welcome to the Master Chef, as you all know every week a new contestant challenges some of our chefs and if they win against them gradually they move on to next round to fight with senior chefs and so on. Finally they would demonstrate their cooking skills against India's top Master Chef Mrs. Sarala Dalal The host announced.

"Today's challenger is Miss Khushi against our well known Chef Rakesh The host announced.

The show was going on...

"So Khushi, what inspired you to choose cooking as a profession? The host asked Khushi while she was busy making the appetizer...

"My father has a sweets shop and I always helped him in his shop plus observed him since childhood making so many varieties of authentic Indian sweets as well as pastries and cakes. We have famous sweets shop in Delhi called - The Authentic Lucknowi... Khushi replied excitedly.

"Then my mother is a great cook too. So I am always surrounded by great food. And the aroma and flavors always attracted me to the food Khushi accepted honestly...

During the last round of dessert, when Khushi was making coffee cake with fruit layer...

"So do you like coffee flavor? What's the motivation behind coffee cake? The host asked...

"No, I am myself not much of a coffee person but I do make great coffee and I know many flavors of coffee and use them well to compliment the dishes I serve... First my parents loved the coffee I made and now my friends and new family loves it too Khushi happily shared insights while serving the cake... She was so focused on her cake and presentation that she completely forgot she was revealing and talking about her personal life...

"Oh so you are married Khushi? You look so young like a teenager... You don't look like a married woman... Host was surprised with her revelation...

"No I am not a teenager. I am 20 years old Khushi replied honestly.

"So your husband must be loving your cooking... Was he surprised to see you cook so well at such a young age? The host asked. Anyone would ask looking at Khushi culinary skills. She received loads of compliments in first two rounds of appetizer and main course... Host also tasted the food she made and was amazed by her talent... She is indeed a great cook...

"I guess so... Khushi was lost thinking how Arnav rarely comments on the dishes she serves that too when NK pushes him... Khushi focused on her serving, always looking at the clock keeping track of time and at last placed plates in front of judges.

While the host of the show continued asking Khushi questions and looked at the paper in his hand...

"Aha, your full name is Khushi Kumari Gupta in original data but now Singh Raizada added to it... Don't tell us your husband is the billionaire Arnav Singh Raizada? Host joked laughingly...

"How did you know? Khushi asked back in the flow without realizing what she did...

"What? Are you wife of Mr. Arnav Singh Raizada? The host asked unable to believe his ears...

"What? Yeah Khushi just said one word lost and worried about how suddenly she ended up talking about Arnavji... Why it was so hard to believe or why it is so funny, she did not know... And she also started thinking about what might be Arnav's reaction knowing how reluctant he is about their relationship... She went numb thinking about him...

"And how did you come to this show today? The host himself had seen her coming out of an auto rikshaw and obviously he observed her because she is beautiful...

"I came by auto Khushi answered honestly.

"How do you plan to go back? Is Mr. ASR picking you up after the show with his chopper? The host asked sarcastically mocking her...

"Why would anyone come here to pick me? If I can come by myself, I can easily go back by myself... Khushi replied without realizing the consequences.

"And what are you wearing? Is it one of his creations, right? The host mocked her again and again and the judges could not help but kept laughing... Only Ankit Khanna felt bad for Khushi and asked the host to stop mocking her when she is focused on her cooking and presentation...

Everyone including judges were looking at her face to figure out if she was joking... When they realized she was serious, the news spread like wild fire... Not that anyone believed her, they all thought she misunderstood the question or the person of interest! But any news related to ASR was big enough to get immediate attention! And even if it is a misunderstanding, it would grab lot of attention for a day and free publicity for the channel and the show!

Obviously they all thought there was some confusion from Khushi's side on ASR... May be her husband name is also similar or she was too busy to focus on the name... And she also didn't confirm she was married, did she? She just said she is 20 years old... Nobody believed she could be wife of mighty ASR! No one knew about his marriage and plus his wife would be showing off just like him!

They finished the specific episode and Khushi was a clean winner! But whole attention was now diverted to Khushi claiming to be the great ASR's wife... After the show was over, the host and others started questing her about ASR and it made her really awkward...

"Khushi, are you married that too mighty Arnav Singh Raizada? Ankit asked her curiously...

"Huh, no... I am not. I mean yeah... What are you talking about? She fumbled big time. She did not know how to handle this? What if Arnavji gets mad at her for revealing their marriage, she better keep quiet... She was already worried about Arnav's reaction if he happens to watch the show or somehow finds it out... And she couldn't even enjoy her victory over Chef Rakesh... It was a big win for her putting her in top spot to compete against Mrs. Dalal...

"That's what I thought, Khushi... You were too focused in cooking to understand. I know now... Ankit assumed she is not married or anything and left happy... He has developed a soft corner for Khushi, he realized...

She left quickly without waiting any further in the studio and got into an auto quickly... After 5 minutes she realized she was being followed. She was scared and got down from auto way before her house. She went to the temple and mingled with the crowd... Once she confirmed she was able to avoid those media people, she went to her parent's house...

By then she was in news everywhere... Every channel flashed her face, clipping of her saying she is wife of Arnav Singh Raizada and making fool of herself by saying she came to the show in Auto Rikshaw... She went home and watched the entire episode with her parents and was hell scared to face him...

Arnav was hopping mad... She simply created media circus around him and her... Does this girl have any brains or not?

He avoided all the phone calls and media walking in front of AR Designs! Media just needed some news and this was huge, spicy and juicy story!

Aman managed to get ASR directly to the parking lot and the driver drove ASR in Aman's car... He managed to reach home just when Khushi had come home...

He blasted her and even ended up getting angry at his own Nani... (Refer to Chapter 1)



Jun 2

Chapter 11 – Khushi escapes to Gupta House! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 120 times)

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Chapter 11 – Khushi escapes to Gupta House!

NOTE - FLASHBACK IS OVER NOW and next chapter will be current story…

Present –

“Khushi Bitiya, get up” Nani woke her up and forced her to eat something… NK and Nani were continuously on her side…

HP confirmed Arnav had asked for his dinner in his room and ate it… He is diabetic and Nani did not want another worry.

“Naniji, I am so sorry. I did not mean to do any of it. I am sorry that you also got scolding from Arnavji because of me…” Khushi was still very upset.

“But I thought he gave you permission to participate in the show…? Then what happened? Why did he react as if he did not know?” Nani and NK were curious…

Just then Arnav opened his room door and heard them all discussions things….

“I know I shouldn’t have trusted him or that host… I shouldn’t have gone there at all. I went to ask Arnavji. I was scared initially and gave all possible hints by asking about my dishes and presentation. Then when I kind of got the courage, he just gave me permissions and said ok if I call him Arnav instead of Arnavji…” Khushi told them what really happened.

“What? So you never talked about the TV show?” NK was shocked…

“No. He said he was ok with whatever it was and he gave permission once I called him Arnav. Plus he was really busy with his calls” Khushi whispered…

Nani and NK didn’t know how to react now… A major communication gap between them…

“I shouldn’t have trusted him at all. And I was so focused on my cooking and presentation, I never realized they could ask me personal questions… Or else I would have prepared for that with you NK… I would never talk about my marriage if Arnavji doesn’t want it… But it’s too late…” Khushi again started crying…

“It’s ok, Khushi. I know his anger. Let’s go to our rooms now and sleep” Nani asked NK to take her to her room.

“No way Nani, I will sleep with you tonight…” Khushi announced as she was hell scared of Arnav.

“Ok, as you wish” Naniji took Khushi with her.

Next morning was usual. Arnav saw her doing Yoga with Nani and then in the kitchen. Looks like she quickly got ready by the time he came back from his jogging… But then HP served breakfast though he could easily make out the breakfast was made by Khushi! At the table, no one talked about Khushi or yesterday’s fiasco… NK and Nani both acted normal while Khushi kept herself busy in the kitchen and did not face him yet…

Khushi had seen the live news on TV and by now read the newspaper as well… She knew she was not wrong but then how things were perceived and how people talked about her made her feel cheap about herself and angry! They all thought she assumed someone else when they asked her about billionaire ASR being her husband… Though she said the truth, no one believed her and gossiped about the whole episode and made fun of them… Knowing her husband, she has to live with being joke of the day! Yet she could see why he was so angry too? All the channels made fun of him because of her…

Khushi was not sure what to do or say so she decided to avoid him until she has clarity on what’s next and until the news dies down and he calms down as well.

Arnav did not talk much during or after breakfast… He just told Nani that he was working from home today and rushed to his room…

“Naniji, can I go to my Amma’s house for a couple of days… I am missing her a lot” Khushi asked her knowing it was the best way to avoid Arnav. They both needed some space.

“Of course Khushi Bitiya. But only on one condition, let NK drop you to your place” Nani did not want her to go alone outside of the house… Plus poor soul with no support from her husband, Khushi was the one who was suffering though Arnav thought otherwise…

Khushi quickly packed her few clothes and basic necessities when Arnav was attending call in the pool area. She ran out the door and NK dropped her to her parents’ house…

“Where is Khushi?” Arnav asked Nani as soon as he ate the first bite during the lunch. He knew it was not cooked by her…

“She went to her parents’ house after breakfast and will stay there for a couple of days…” Nani informed him…

“Just great, hopefully she does not pull out another stunt” Arnav could not help but react… And he did not like her leaving RM and going to her parents’ house but he did not say anything…

“Arnav, give her some credit… She is a wonderful girl and she did not do anything purposely…” Nani said angrily… NK was mad at the thick headed behavior of Arnav but decided not to say anything and he ignore him completely…

Arnav was working from home and he could see Nani and NK sitting in living room thinking and trying to kill time… He could clearly see they were upset with the whole episode and also missing Khushi…

It was fourth day and Khushi has not returned from her parents’ house… Arnav could see doomed faces of Nani and NK after receiving a call from Khushi reminding them of their daily routine…

To add to misery, the breakfast was bland and coffee was basic, so not like dishes served by Khushi with so much enthusiasm…

“Arnav, today you will go to your in-law’s house and bring Khushi back. She has been there for 4 days. Her parents must be worried sick in the situation she went there…” Nani ordered Arnav in no nonsense tone.

“She went there by her own wishes and did not ask me. So why should I go and get her? NK dropped her there right so ask NK to get her back… I am not going” Spat came a reply from Arnav. He was equally adamant…

“I would have asked NK if Khushi was NK’s wife. But she is not. She is your wife and you should bring her back” Nani was sure what she needs to do.

“Nani, please stop… Khushi is not a child. And I am very busy to waste my time in trivial issues like this. Let her come back when she wants to come back...” Arnav did not buzz.

“I can see how busy you always are. You do not have time to save your when wife when she gets mocked by the whole world! You do not have time to save her honor or to stand by her and protect her from all that press, media making fun of her! And it was not her mistake that her husband does not acknowledge their marriage for whatever reasons…. I am warning you Arnav, change and respect what you have before it’s too late…” Nani raised her voice after a long long time on her grandson.

“You have been in this false news situation many times. And if you wanted you could have easily saved her by providing an official statement from your side… You have done that many times before at AR, to clean up any mess media has created… But you left her alone…” NK blasted him tightly fisting his hands to control his anger…

“Come on, it is all her fault. Who asked her to talk about me there? And what was the need to go to that TV show?” Arnav asked Nani arrogantly…

“Yeah, it’s her fault that she has husband like you… It’s her fault that she happen to speak out the truth. It’s her fault that she is innocent and does not understand world’s ulterior motives and leads simple life? I am done arguing with you Arnav. You will not come home with Khushi tonight. Find yourself a new place to live…” Nani walked over to her room with the help of NK.

Arnav banged his fist angrily on the table and left to work…

“Stop being a snob ASR…. Nani also has a point” Aman tried to politely push Arnav in the right direction.

“Shut up Aman, I am not going to go to Khushi’s house” Arnav banged his table again and got hurt in the process.

“Do you agree Khushi did not do anything purposely? She was busy cooking and did not even realize how the topic moved on to her marriage and you, isn’t it?” Aman decided to go step by step to bring some sense to his thick headed boss…

“Yeah, I guess” Arnav had to admit. He has seen video many times and could see how lost and scared she looked after the fiasco… She was almost in tears and he did feel bad for her. Even while talking to Nani and NK, she was crying all the time saying she didn’t mean to do any of it… She could not even enjoy her victory against Chef Rakesh. Chef Rakesh is a celebrity Chef and Arnav knew him personally as a friend and he knows how well Rakesh cooks… So Khushi achieved a big feat in cooking better than Rakesh that day but could not enjoy her moment and ran out the door…

“And do you want Nani to stay worried like this? If you do not go, situation will escalate to her parents’ and Nani’s level and it will not be good conversation. So you are better off sorting it out directly with Khushi, don’t you think?” Aman put forward his second point…

“Yeah, I guess so” Arnav again agreed for a change.

“It’s just a matter of going to her house for 5 minutes and bring her home. Go late after dinner and quickly out the door before anyone asks any questions… After all you can do this for your dear Nani, isn’t it?” Aman pushed the last point to convince Arnav…

“Yeah, thanks Aman. It would be better if I go and get her… If Nani goes, it will be awkward situation for Nani as well as her parents… God, why marriages are so complicated, that’s why I never wanted to get married in the first place…” Arnav did not hesitate to show his irritation to Aman, his best friend…

“It would less complicated and more fun if you stop acting snobbish and act like a normal caring husband!” Aman wanted to scream at his friend and put some sense in his brain but decided against it…

He quietly texted NK that situation was under control and asked to update Nani that ASR will go to Khushi’s house in the evening…

“Phew Nani, how much hard we have to work for my dumb bro? What did you feed him before Khushi came in? Certain part of his brain and heart which understands human emotions seems to be frozen… Can we give him some shock or heat treatment?” NK spoke teasing Nani…

“It’s all HP’s fault… Arnav never allowed me to cook and HP served us…” Nani also joined in NK’s joke…

“Naniji and NK Bhaiya, I did not do anything… I will never do anything against Arnav Bhaiya… Please do not complain against me to him… Or else he will scream at me and fire me…” HP was shivering…

“We will not HP, you please carry on with your work…” Nani sent HP to kitchen.

Nani and NK bursted out laughing…



Jun 4

Chapter 12 – Khushi’s Requests to Devi Mayya! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 118 times)

Hi All, 


I know ASR is at his snobbish best and Khushi is being let down by him... 


But thick headed ASR always needs a push, right? 


Khushi is a strong girl and knows how to take things in her stride and fight back.... 


So wait for next chapters and have fun... No hints as usual... Keep guessing... 



Chapter 12 – Khushi’s Requests to Devi Mayya!

Arnav was about to knock and get inside Khushi’s house when he heard heated discussions going on…

“Khushi it must be all your fault… And you are a newly married girl. Who comes and simply stays at her parents’ house just like that especially after what happened? You must have argued with Arnavji further and annoyed him… It’s all your fault… Tomorrow I am going to call Naniji and apologize on your behalf and you will go back. We both will drop you back to RM” Garima shouted at Khushi. She was at her parents’ house for last 4 days and not a single phone call came from Arnav… Not that he called her much before but at least he would pick her up or she would go back same evening… Garima was worried like hell and was getting worked up…

She did not know much about their relationship… Khushi always showed how happy she was and kept the relationship details between her and Arnav under wraps. Worrying her parents was last thing on her mind! They knew Arnav is an extremely busy person and they did not expect him to come with Khushi to their house… So Khushi could easily hide the reality…

“No Amma, it’s not always my fault… I strongly feel you live in fairy tale world with a beautiful rosy picture of marriages. Real marriages are anything but that. Though you are lucky not to see the other side… And I did not argue with him. In fact I came here to have some peace of mind and space for both of us… And this is my home, not Raizada Mansion. I don’t need permission to come here…” Khushi replied stern…

“This was your home but not anymore. You are married now and Raizada Mansion is your home now because that’s where your husband and in-laws live” Garima too was strict with Khushi. She hated to lie to Khushi that this is not her home… Of course this is her home but once she is married, Garima wanted her to visit with her husband and not like fight with her husband, come here to stay… Khushi is young and Garima is always worried about her blunt and honest nature…

Khushi stomped her feet and went inside her room and banged the door…

Arnav was not sure if this is the good time to enter her house and stood there thinking and then he again heard Khushi’s voice from other room that looked like her bedroom… He went closer to the window to listen…

“Hey Devi Mayya, please talk to Amma and convince her somehow… This is my home. This is where I belong… I feel suffocated in that Raizada Mansion… I don’t want to go back and stay with that Laad Governor… Please do something… And don’t worry about Naniji… I will not run away from my responsibilities, I will go there daily to take care of her and come back… I will take care of my friend NK also. It’s just that the Laad Governor does not need me… I don’t know how to explain this to Amma… She always thinks it’s all my fault…” Khushi sighed…

“It’s all Amma’s fault. She thinks and talks so high about the marriage maybe because my Babuji is the best person in the whole world… My Babuji is the nicest, caring and loving husband… If Amma sneezes or frowns also, he knows what is worrying her or how she is feeling and he does things before she asks or expects… That does not mean it is universal truth… Here I would have died staying out of suitcase, sleeping uncomfortably on sofa with a thin blanket and Laad Governor would not even notice… Thank god Nani gave me a soft blanket… And otherwise also, marriage is huge hype with no substance… At least nothing in my marriage matches to what Amma says… Husband and wife are best friends, buddies through thick and thin, they become one and what not… All bull ****… all ****…sorry… sorry, I won’t use bad words in front of you but it is the reality of my life…” Khushi was nonstop blabbering in front of her best friend Devi Mayya…

“Why he is always so angry…? I am so scared of him that I can’t even ask him about having my Salmanji’s poster in the room… Imagine life without looking at Salmanji’s picture or without talking to him at all for these days… I am sure you understand how bad it is…” Khushi gave an apologetic look to Salman Khan’s poster…

“And my teddy darling also is here and I cannot dare to take teddy there… What if he gets angry and throws my teddy? It will break my heart, you see… See how cute is Tutu Teddy, my sweet and fat boyfriend? How can I let get hurt from that monster? I can never trust him you know… I miss my Teddy and Salmanji so much…” Khushi was continuously complaining while moving her hand on Salman Khan’s poster lovingly and expressing with a sad face how much she misses him…

Arnav could not believe she is so much crazy about movie actor Salman Khan… And wanted his shirtless poster in their bedroom! What the hell? The whole world, sorry the women in the world are crazy after the ASR, great Arnav Singh Raizada for his talent, killer looks and being Asia’s biggest tycoon at such young age! All the women and girls in the world are ready to fall at his feet and his wife hates him… And then his wife is crazy about Salman Khan, just wonderful… He thought…

And to top it all, that soft, fat toy bear is her boyfriend? What did she call it Tutu teddy? Who has name like Tutu? Loser… And she just called me monster, I will show her later… Arnav fisted his hands to control his anger for now… How childish and innocent? Still his heart did not miss to realize her true innocent childish behavior…

“He does not like me because I am a middle class. He knew it when we got married right? He had chance to say no… But he has to harass me after marriage… You saw right he does not respect my parents also… That day Amma made 10 dishes whatever he likes, she was working since morning that evening when Amma, Babuji invited him for dinner but he showed up at 10 pm after having his dinner with his client! Will he like it if I do this to his Nani or Di? But he doesn’t care for us because we are not as rich as him… Tell me Devi Mayya, how money can decide value of emotions, love and care? To me, it’s priceless. I only wish he had shown some respect towards my parents… I can keep quiet for myself but cannot take it when someone insults Amma, Babuji… If he does not care, nothing matters for me also anymore…” Khushi was sad and pouring her heart to her bestie…

“Seriously, I said all those things in anger, never meant it, she doesn’t even realize it? Did she forget I had started spending time with her and started liking her?” Arnav chided his own heart… Is he really angry with her or mad at himself, he was totally confused…

“Devi Mayya, somehow do something to bring me back to my own home… It wouldn’t matter to him if I stay with him or not… I don’t need anything from that gold mansion, just spare me my freedom… I want to fulfil my Babuji’s dream…  I will offer you not just jilebis but five more sweets… I promise… I will make all those sweets by myself and offer them to you… Please do something Devi Mayya… Pretty please…” Khushi was urging her Devi Mayya nonstop…

“What the?” Arnav was raged after he heard Khushi… Did she just call their marriage ****, bull**** and without any substance…? Did she indirectly just call him the worst husband while praising her father? Did she just say he was a failure when compared to her father? How dare she?

And is this the girl Nani chose for him and threw him out of his own house to bring her back? What the?

He knocked the door, not wanting to hear anything anymore…

“Namaste uncle and auntie, I am here to take Khushi…” He politely announced…

Arnav could see Khushi’s parents’ faces immediately lit up with happiness…

“Khushi, come out… Look who is here to take you back home?” Garima shouted excitedly…

Khushi came out and is surprised to see Arnav standing inside her house…

“Khushi take him inside your room, while I make him coffee and some snack…” Garima ordered Khushi… Don’t know when this girl will understand anything, she murmured…

“Auntie, I am good. Came from home after dinner and I do not take coffee at this hour…” With that Arnav followed Khushi… He did not want to stay back and answer any questions…

“I will not talk to you and no sweets for you… Oh, so you have totally decided not to help me or listen to me… Don’t worry… Now that he is back to take me home, I will show him what it is to shout at KKG… Its high time Laad Governor learns his lesson for messing up with KKG. I swear, next coconut I offer for you, I will beak it on his head first…” Khushi angrily looked at Devi Mayya’s idol and whispered but Arnav being behind her heard it and felt hostile due to her blabber with her Dei Mayya…

She quickly packed her stuff and walked out of her room…

“Khushi, see how much ever childish you behave, Arnav is so nice… He still came to pick you up and take you back home… Now go and behave well. Don’t fight with him or annoy him with your pranks” Garima warned in a low voice… Khushi was hopping mad, angrily glared at Arnav but did not react further and just nodded… No point trying to convince her mom, she knew…

“Why don’t you go and stay in RM if you like Arnavji so much? Then you will know the reality of my life as well… Golden cage, huh…”Khushi blabbered again…

Arnav could see her resentment and rebellious streak! It is not going to be an easy battle to bring some normalcy between them, he knew right then…

They quickly got into the car and Arnav drove back to RM. Khushi avoided any communication with him and there was an awkward silence between them… She preferred to look outside than to talk to her husband… Khushi was happy there was not much traffic and they reached RM quickly…

 

Jun 7

Chapter 13 – The Big Bang! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 135 times)

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Chapter 13 – The Big Bang!

“Hello Nani and hi NK, how are you?” Khushi asked them as soon as she entered… She rushed to them for a group hug…

“Khushi I am angry at you. I missed you so much and my yoga with you… ” Nani talked with fake anger…

“Plus we had to eat food cooked by HP… No offense, but anything not cooked by you is bad… I missed my fun help in the kitchen” NK tried to make the atmosphere light…

“No worries I am back now… And Naniji, I called you daily to remind you of all your tasks and medicine times… Hope you followed it…” Khushi asked… She did not want Nani to miss any of her medicine dosage and fall sick.

“Yes, Beta… But it’s not the same. We missed you. The house was so calm and no fun without you around” Nani replied genuinely…

Khushi smiled… Even Arnav couldn’t help but accept in his mind, the house is boring without this butterfly fluttering around… She is the life of the house… She has made RM home, sweet home!

Did he just gave her the biggest compliment after she declared he was the worst husband? He was surprised at his own behavior even though he did not say anything out loud!

He did not know how to break the ice between them… Can’t she just sorry and get over with? Oh yeah, he still thought she was the only one at fault… Khushi is very clear she is not the one to initiate any talk with him after he screamed at her, humiliated her and taunted her as cheap middle class girl!

She took the pillow, her blanket and moved towards sofa…

“What are you doing Khushi?” Arnav asked her angrily…

“What does it look like to you? I am sleeping” She retorted back…

“What is this new drama now?” He asked thinking why she is not sleeping on the bed…

“So you want me to sleep in guest room if not on sofa?” She asked him arrogantly…

“What the? I never said that… Just sleep on your side of the bed… And don’t talk to me like that. I don’t like it” Arnav warned her seriously.

“Oh Yeah, only you have the right to be angry, insult and humiliate people around you, right? How can I forget it? Khushi replied sarcastically.

“Khushi, it is all your fault. Who goes and does cooking on a national TV? What were you thinking?” Arnav asked her still insulting her for her choice of career as a cook…

“And this is coming from a man who stiches clothes for living and became a billionaire by stitching clothes? And be it stitching or cooking, how can a job that one puts heart and soul into and puts honest efforts, be bad? I am not doing any robbery or crime that you are making such a big issue?” Spat came a reply from Khushi…

Arnav’s anger went to the roof hearing her calling him a mere tailor stitching clothes…

“Mind your language Khushi and learn to respect. Anyways I don’t expect a middle class like you to understand my profession… For your kindest information, fashion designing is not tailoring Khushi, like that tailor at the corner of your house…” He insulted her again and laughed at her lack of knowledge on Fashion world!

Khushi already decided in her mind that she will not be weak anymore with him hurling insults at her face and show him the reality… She will show him his place too… She already promised her Devi Mayya! Now she will not back off…

“Mr. Raizada, practice what you preach… Respect, do you even know the meaning of it?  And yes, I agree I am a middle class, young and too naïve according to you to understand your Fashion World… But being a high class and a billionaire, how do you not know the difference between a basic cook versus a chef and of course the education and skills that go with it to become a food expert? I have heard you are the one who is on the Food Advisory Board for Oberoi International 7 star restaurant? How do manage to be on advisory board in the field that you disrespect or rather treat it as middle class? Isn’t it unethical or cheating? Oh let me guess - hypocrite, are we?” Khushi shot back right away…

Arnav was taken aback… She is so right… She has a degree in food technology with great culinary skills and not to forget natural, extraordinary sense of spices and food… She can easily qualify as food critique or a judge on any TV cookery show… Her skills are that extra ordinary, he knew it. He has always eaten only in 5 star, 7 star restaurants, international cuisines and he knew in his mind that her cooking skills and knowledge is at par with any of those chefs… She just needed more exposure to different cultures, styles of cooking and polish her presentation skills a bit… Which she would learn any day with age…

But his ego did not let him go down so easily like that…

“But you had go there purposely using public transport and with those cheap clothes?” He diverted her attention to other things without accepting his own mistake…

“And give me one good reason why should I change and how?” She too was on a spree…

“What do you mean why? You have my joint credit card to buy anything, car access with driver. You can spend money to go to 5 star restaurants, buy expensive clothes and accessories… You are my wife damn it, do you even understand this simple thing that you are wife of mighty Arnav Singh Raizada?” His voice raised unknowingly…

“Mr. Raizada, thank you for reminding me again and again that I am your wife… Let me tell you, I very well remember my relationship with you but do you? Do you even consider me your wife or acknowledge our so called marriage?” She asked him straight looking into his eyes without a single glimpse of hesitation…

Arnav did not know what to say… First time, someone else is shutting him up royally… There was a long quiet moment before Khushi spoke again…

“Your silence speaks volume, Mr. Raizada… If you do not consider me as your wife nor accept our marriage, then I do not feel it right to spend your money or use those luxuries… Then you will have new reasons to taunt me later… And you already made me realize my status as a middle class twice by now, then I cannot afford any of those things by myself either. Plus I am neither crazy about those whims and fancies, nor do I need it. The things I wear have been given to me by my Babuji so I can wear it with pride and self-respect… Hope you got the answer…” Khushi replied with triumph.

“And I do cook every day in your house and take care of Naniji. Though I wouldn’t consider it as a job, but hopefully it pays for my stay here in your house… I really don’t need to stay here even for a minute but my parents and naniji would not agree…” Khushi was on a roll…

“Oh, so you hate this marriage so much right? So ready to walk out on me or you already found someone else?” Arnav still could not just let go his ego and accept his mistakes… Plus he always felt NK was more suitable for her than him… NK had all the good qualities, he did not possess… And his jealousy streak was no longer under control…

It was Khushi’s turn to feel hurt again by his obnoxious behavior… She has already long ago stopped being surprised by his nasty comments towards her…

“This is coming from a man who refuses to acknowledge his own marriage and always on Page 3? You have the guts to ask me if I have found someone else… And really do you think I would ever want to marry anyone else or believe in all those goodie, goodie talks about love and relationships… If anything marriage does is, it takes away the freedom, your loved ones and your dreams…” She replied him sarcastically…

“Maybe you are coward, I am living my life to the fullest… Doing the things I love… Running my AR Fashion empire...” He mocked her again…

“And still you had the heart to kill my dreams by mocking me for trying out to be a Master Chef. So what if it is a TV program? Just one dream I had built over the years to impress my father. My Babuji is so happy that I am selected for the show and will get opportunity to showcase my culinary skills and make him proud… But you had to shoot it down because my choice of career does not suit your fancy billionaire and high class life style, isn’t it Mr. Raizada?” It was her turn to mock him and laugh…

“And it all started because I, your so called middle class wife talked about you unknowingly during the show right? You hate me and my middle class status right? Fine with me… I will never cross your paths or claim you are my husband publically ever. Isn’t that what you want? Hide marriage and be free… There you go, have it your way…? I won’t complain and ask you any question… Not that I did it before… If you don’t want me to exist in your world, I won’t bother you ever…” She was so angry and upset, tears started rolling down continuously from her eyes…

She immediately turned her face but he could see her tears through her laugh and anger… She hid her face and wiped her tears because he was not worth it…

Arnav was flabbergasted. He never knew she was hurt so much by his behavior and ignorance…

“And you were talking about respect right? You even screamed at Nani for no reason… Did you respect her age? She is a heart patient but how do you care, right? She did ask you before marriage, and you had a chance to voice your choice… We talked about it twice and I had suggested you clearly to take actions back then. But you did not back off then and now you tell me I am coward? Great, Mr. Raizada… Just great… Your so called hi-fi life style, so much money that you brag about, can it buy you some respect for yourself in my eyes? Hell, no… So next time you learn not to demand respect but command it by your behavior…” She sighed, she knew nothing mattered to him.

When he does not acknowledge her in his life, her dreams and ambitions, mean nothing for him…

 

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Chapter 14 – What goes around, comes around! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 108 times)

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Chapter 14 – What goes around, comes around!

Her life was butchered by her mother’s fairy tale stories about love, marriage that she grew up hearing for years as a child and his exact opposite behavior in the real life since they got married… Somewhere she always dreamt about a wonderful life partner, someone just like her father who will be her best friend with whom she can share everything, he will be her rock solid support always and help her dreams come true… And she will equally respect him, love him and be there for him… But Arnav did not leave any stone unturned to shatter her dreams…

She walked out, sat on the lounge on pool side looking at the stars! She has said what she needed to say… She could tolerate hoping against the hope until it was about her but then being a Master Chef was her dream she weaved with her father and she couldn’t just let it go, could she? He might just throw her out of his life after this bickering, but it didn’t matter anymore… She knew he did not like anything about her, he complained about everything she did and her choices…

Her heart accepted there is no hope for them…

She did not see this coming or was rather in denial due to her traditional upbringing! And she knew this will be harsh on her parents so she tried… But maybe it is never meant to be…

Arnav sat down on the bed defeated after she poured her heart out… She has no respect for him and he very well deserved it… She didn’t say it out loud but he could feel she really hated him… Any why not, he did everything possible to ruin their relationship…

Before he could think and react, she came back in as if she remembered something…

“I have one request though…” She whispered politely standing at the door… He could see her face red after crying…

“What is it, Khushi?” He tried to be polite… He hated to be the reason of her pain and distress….

“First, promise me you won’t be mad at me?” Khushi requested…

“OK, I promise. Now tell me…” Arnav asked her…

“Can you give NK a job in your AR Designs office? He gets bored at home and wants to work… Plus he likes some girl called La in your office… He did not tell me to ask you but I know he really likes La and I wanted to help him as a friend. So please don’t be mad at him. I do not want to forget my friend’s happiness… Can you please?” She requested again…

“Her own life is a big mess but she didn’t forget her friend NK and still she wanted to help him? What kind of a selfless person she is?” And he also realized it means there is nothing going on between Khushi and NK… He felt so much relieved…

“Oh so you don’t have time for her to ask his she is alive or dead but then you are jealous and doubting her for talking to others”, his heart chided him!

“Oh, NK likes La? How the hell did I miss that?” Arnav whispered to himself trying to remember things from the past… But she did hear him…

“Who is La?” Khushi asked curiously…

“It’s Lavanya… La is her nickname… She is head of design department in my office… I think you met her once when you came to my office… Last year NK worked in my office as a Fashion photographer on a six months project and worked closely with Lavanya in the same group… They became very close friends and would always hang together… They partied hard every weekend and almost inseparable but I did not realize NK too liked her…” Arnav explained.

“Oh is Lavanya, La? I did not know that… Never mind then…” She replied dejectedly lost in her own thoughts… She has always heard about stories between Arnav and Lavanya from the media, his pics on Page 3 with Lavanya hovering all over him during their last party and media calling her his girlfriend means only one thing – Her friend was as unlucky as her… His love life and relationship was also doomed even before it started just like hers…

“What do you mean by never mind? I will give NK a job and will help him and La both… I have seen how depressed La was last year after NK left… La even got very emotional recently when I happen to mention and talk about NK and she got drunk remembering her time with… I had hard time controlling her and dropped her home later that night… She was continuously blabbering about how much fun NK and she were together… Remember that Page 3 news last month? La really was upset that day… NK, the fool always had commitment phobia and ran away…” He commented.

“Oh” She did not say anything further… She suddenly felt better with the realization that Arnav is ready to offer a job to NK… And it also meant Lavanya may not be Arnavji’s girlfriend… Media simply made it up, maybe seeing him help Lavanya… Or Lavanya likes NK and Arnavji likes Lavanya, she did not know…

“Why, what did you think?” Arnav asked Khushi straight…

“Nothing…” Khushi did not want to really reveal her negative feelings formed because of gossips…

“Come on Khushi, you do know how to speak your mind… isn’t it? Then what happened now?” He raised his eye brow…

“Nothing, I just thought…” She was very hesitant…

“Come on Khushi, spit it out…” Arnav demanded….

“No, I thought you both were together?” Khushi whispered…

“Together? With who and how? What do you mean?” He asked not sure what she implied but he needed to know…

“Together as in a relationship or something like that… Though I am not too sure but the news and media always link you with Lavanya…” She left her sentence there in the middle…

“Are you out of your mind? You do really think so low of me, isn’t it? That I can be in a relationship with another woman while married to you…? Wow, just wow… Oh, just one picture in the newspaper is good enough for you to give me a bad character certificate? For the first and last time, I am making myself very clear, I do not love anyone else nor am I in any illegitimate relationship… I do not believe in that. I hate it in fact… How dare you Khushi think like that about me?” Arnav shook her holding her arms tightly and ended up hurting her in his rage…

“No, no maybe it was my misunderstanding… I am so sorry… I did not mean to accuse you and hurt you like that… Your reluctance to accept our marriage or me, then those news and gossips, you always spending all the time at work and in parties with her, even my college friends always say you both look so good together… Then I lost my mind and hopes… It’s my fault… I am so sorry… I didn’t mean to blame you like that…” She tried to explain but the damage was already done…

“Leave me alone…” He shouted at her…

She was scared of him by now… She has never faced his anger alone, last time Nani was there to console her…  She is shivering by now… No one else ever got angry at her… She felt so bad to accuse him of something without knowing the truth…

“But Arnavji…” She tried to talk, almost on the verge to cry again…

“I said leave me alone…” He screamed again by shaking her from her shoulders…

Khushi stepped back and ran towards the guest room! She did not want to make him angrier than he already was… Nor she would want to involve Naniji or NK when they were already sleeping…

Arnav’s eyes were red and a lone tear escaped from his eyes…

“All these years I stayed away from the women because they cheated on me and today I heard otherwise… How can I forget how much my Ma suffered? Still I allowed us to doubt on each other? I let things so much out of hand that my wife thought I was cheating on her… How ironic?” He thought…



Jun 12

Chapter 15 - A Realization! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 110 times)

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Chapter 15 - A Realization!

Within just two months of their marriage, they both managed to bring all the negatives possible in their marriage – misunderstanding or rather no understanding, insecurities, distrust, disrespect, ignorance and no clarity on where their relationship is headed… Rather he allowed, he knew…

Wow, The great Arnav Singh Raizada who is famous to nail every minute detail in any project at work before signing it off, has no clue what’s happening in his personal life… How thick headed he had been all these days?

He knew, to the most extent, he is the culprit… He never acknowledged her, never tried to clear her misunderstandings when she read those Page 3 news or saw his pics with Lavanya… She did not know how to handle his anger or ignorance and she could never dare to ask… It was his responsibility to assure her!

But then he never announced their marriage… He demeaned her in his anger… The list goes on…

He tried to think straight… He did like her… He is always mesmerized by her looks, her innocence then what is it that stopping him… He in fact is jealous of NK so strongly that he even doubted her… He simply has to work on their relationship… She did try from her side, now he also needs to step forward… He made a little progress when she got sick, but he went million steps back after he screamed at her 4 days ago and then just now… And it was not her fault, she tried to participate in a show to show her skills, she just got trapped in words and answered truthfully… Not her fault that he never announced their marriage to the world…

She never took any advantage of their relationship, in fact she refused to use it because he did not acknowledge her… Any other girl would have simply started enjoying the status, money and every luxury that comes with his name… But she has tremendous self-respect unlike his old girlfriends…

She is exactly opposite of what kept him away from all those girls! She is neither after his money nor status, she is beautiful inside out, caring and loving towards everyone in his family! She is exactly what any man would dream in his life! Was he sleeping all these days not to realize her worth as his wife? Was he always this blind and ignorant?

And what was the need to demean her like that? He felt guilty remembering her tears streaming down her beautiful face… He almost felt like a monster crushing her dream like that…

“Is she suffocating in this relationship with him?” Her today’s outburst and tears confirmed it for him… She let him go and set him free saying she will never bother him!

“She doesn’t see a future with him!” The reality bothered him for the first time… And yet he never gave her any hope, it occurred to him slowly…

He hated and stayed away from women because those few girls he tried to date, everyone cheated on him! No one looked beyond his money or status… And today he did same to her!

“Di, how are you?” Arnav called his Di…

“Chote, you are calling so late at night… Is everything ok?” was the first question Anjali asked… Anjali could feel his voice so depressed…

“Hope so… Do you have some time to talk?” Arnav asked her.

“What happened Chote? You are scaring me?” Anjali was worried for him…

“Di, I … I mean Khushi…” He was not sure how to express to his Di…

“Did you guys fight again?” Anjali felt they must have had another argument… Of course Anjali is in touch with Nani and NK and she is aware of her thick headed brother’s behavior towards Khushi!

“I messed it up big time Di…” Arnav sounded almost crying…

“What did you do now? Did you hurt her that bad?” Anjali was shocked and now more worried for Khushi than her Chote… She cursed herself for not calling him after their last fight when Khushi was on the TV show… She needed to put some sense in him…

“Yeah Di, I don’t know what I was thinking… I acted beyond inhuman…” Tears escaped from his eyes…

“Chote, can you please tell me what exactly happened?” Anjali tried to calm him down…

“Di, I just behaved rash, rude and …“Arnav was still trying to put things in perspective what transpired in their bedroom some time ago…

“I have no words to explain my audacity…” He was so caught up with this sudden guilt, haze, anger, and self-loathe that for the first time…

“Di, there is no excuse for my behavior… No past, no prejudice can justify how I treated Khushi… I was selfish, ignorant, rude and arrogant of my power and dominance over her… I somewhere took her for granted knowing her traditional values… Held grudges against her for no fault of her…” Arnav hated himself that very moment…

“Di, I burdened her fragile heart with tremendous weight of my ignorance…  It has aggravated so bad that I could see the inner turmoil in her eyes… She gave up her charade today and had the tenacity to show me how I wronged her and failed our marriage…” Lone tear escaped from his eyes…

“And you know what the funniest part is, now that I am aware of the magnitude of damage I caused to Khushi, I may not even have a chance to redeem myself… She will leave me Di… Truly speaking, I am not even worth her…” Arnav was in for a big reality check but a little too late… He knew there is nothing funny with the reality…

“Chote first you calm down…” Anjali was trying to process his words fast enough without knowing exactly what they argued about or what he did… All she knew is Arnav has realized his share of mistakes and his ignorance towards Khushi…

“Is Khushi there with you?” Anjali asked suddenly…

“No, she ran to guest room after I shouted at her… I have been so angry and vented out on her… I promise I will go and check on her later… Let me give her some time for now…” Arnav first time felt concern and care for her…

“Chote, I can guess she is very upset with you and she has all the right to be… She has lost hope because of your behavior… So it can be only your behavior that can restore her faith in marriage and maybe even in love…” Anjali showed him the mirror further…

“First you have to make up your own mind whether you want her in your life or not… And if you want her, then you cannot give up no matter what… I understand situation is not ideal… Always remember, no matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, you can still turn around… You broke her heart, you will fix it… Do whatever it takes… It’s that simple… Or let her go and someone else will…” Anjali politely put her thoughts to see his reaction…

“No Di, I will try… I promise I will try with all my honesty and determination… Maybe it’ not about trying to fix something broken… Maybe it’s about starting over and create something better…” Suddenly he felt rejuvenated and alive… He won’t let Khushi suffocate in their relationship either…

“Di, thank you so much… Everything is going to be alright. Maybe not tonight but eventually…” He has much required clarity about his relationship with Khushi…  

And he is ASR, can he give up so easily…?

“What did she say, she lost her mind and hopes after hearing about him and Lavanya, does it not mean she liked him or if not liked, at least she considered him as her husband. That’s a positive he can start with…” He sat there for hours dissecting their conversation… She is passionate about cooking and wants to become a Master Chef… She has all the right and he will help… She will live her dreams to the fullest just like him… He will make sure of it…

He was angry at her for assuming he has an extra marital affair with La but then he also was insecure of her with NK… All because they never communicated well or rather he denied her, all her rights over him…

He thought about how to sort the mess and tried to catch up some sleep… He went to guest room first to check on her and he could see she has cried herself to sleep… She looked so innocent and adorable… She never hesitated to speak her mind nor when it came to asking apology… She was so quick to apologize when she realized she assumed something not true… She is an honest and caring person… Beautiful inside and out… Suddenly he knew his self-loathing was going to stay for a while, for treating her so bad for no reason…

He just pushed the hair strand behind her ear and kissed lightly on her forehead…

“I promise you, I will make it right for us… Just us… You and me, Khushi… I promise…” He whispered and went back to his room to sleep.

 

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