Master Chef! - A new ARSHI Story

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Jun 15

Chapter 16 – ASR in Action! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 136 times)

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Chapter 16 – ASR in Action!

Arnav was exhausted to wake up to his daily 7 am alarm after barely sleeping at night… But he had to. He has too many things to plan and do today…

He called his right hand Aman and ordered things he needed to do in office. He called his interior designer asking her team to come in by 11 am at RM. He also called his favorite continental chef Alan from Oberoi International 7 star restaurant…

Khushi was still fast asleep… Arnav switched off her alarm and closed curtains allowing her to sleep longer… She was looking so fragile, he remembered her shiver when he had touched her last night… Realization dawned upon him how much awkward and scared she is around him… She curls up in a ball whenever he sleeps next to her every night!

“I am so sorry Khushi, hopefully soon you won’t be so scared of my presence…” He wanted to touch her cheek but took back his hand seeing her face frowning… He did not have the courage to hold her in his arms last night or even now… Suddenly he launched himself out of guest room feeling suffocated in his own guilt…

He went downstairs, asked HP not to wake Khushi and make him breakfast… And he could see Nani and NK up and having their tea together… He joined them at the dining table…

Nani anyways wanted to talk to him so she thought this a great opportunity…

“Chote, you did not go jogging today? HP, get coffee for Chote” Nani enquired.

“No Nani, I could not sleep well and was too tired to go jogging…” Arnav replied yawning…

“Oh, ok… Where is Khushi bitiya?” Nani enquired. Usually Khushi woke up early and first one to come down…

“She is still sleeping… I asked HP not to disturb her…” Arnav replied…

“Good Chote, I wanted to talk you regarding Khushi. Good that she is still sleeping…” Nani said politely…

“What is it Nani?” Arnav asked curiously… NK also looked at Nani gesturing her to speak up her mind…

“Chote, I have been really thinking over what you said that day… You are right, it is all my fault. I liked Khushi bitiya so much that I became selfish for myself and you. Knowing the traditional values she respects, I knew she will make all the efforts for a successful relationship with you… But without realizing that you may not like her or accept her as your wife, I forced you to marry her…” Nani sighed…

“Unfortunately my worst nightmare came true… You ignored her for whatever reasons and I have seen her sitting alone lost and depressed for hours… Then I called NK to help out and it did help to some extent… NK made sure to keep her busy and happy but her eyes were always at the door waiting for you… She was scared of your anger but still tried to do things from her side… She would always ask what you like, what you don’t like but you never acknowledged her…” Nani was almost in tears…

“But Nani…” Arnav tried to talk but she did not let him…

“I am not blaming you. Chote… It’s all my fault. Not only I forced you, but I cut her wings by tying her in a relationship at such a young age because I loved her and adored her… Such a selfless and positive girl! Beautiful inside out… But maybe it’s time to let that angel go from our lives… Set her free… Let her live her dreams and life. I don’t want her to spend life as my companion sitting in this house… She deserves true love and partner for herself… Maybe she will be able to forgive me somehow before I die… I don’t know how to compensate for such a big mistake, any other girl would have walked away from you with big money but she will never touch the money… Nothing can really compensate for my mistake… I will never be able to forgive myself…” Nani could not control herself and started crying. She could not believe she hurt an innocent soul like Khushi so badly… NK rushed to Nani, hugged her tight and tried to calm her down…

Wow, Arnav thought… He never knew he could hurt his loved ones so deep…

“Hell no, Nani. I can’t let her free or go away. Please listen to me Nani first… Will you please? I did not go jogging because I really wanted to talk to you… Can you please give me one chance to say things? Please Nani, I need that one chance…” He literally begged.

“Ok” Nani decided to hear him out before taking the final decision…

“Nani, if anyone is at fault here, it me and only me… Neither you nor Khushi, it’s just me who is at fault here… Because of my past experiences and prejudice, I ignored Khushi completely. Even though you asked me to marry her, we got married after we both said yes willingly. And I know she tried hard… But I did not respect the marriage nor the vows we took… I failed miserably. I insulted her, tried to make fun of her wishes. The list is endless…” Arnav took a deep breath…

Nani and NK looked at him shocked… Is this their Arnav letting go his giant size ego and accepting his mistakes?

“I did everything possible to kill the hopes in her mind about this marriage… I realize now what a blunder I did… But to tell you the truth, I really like her… She is beautiful, talented, dignified, selfless and full of life. You are right, she is an angel, a colorful butterfly who brought happiness in our lives… I guess I was on a long ego trip and being selfish!” Arnav expressed his feeling for her sheepishly…

“Wow Nannav, way to go my bro…” NK did not miss his chance to tease his brother…

“Nani, I am so sorry for not realizing all this earlier, importance of marriage for her and for treating her so bad… But I am glad we talked yesterday night… I was as usual angry at first but then guilty as charged… And I need that one chance to fix things for us… Please Nani, I have thought about few things to win her back... Promise me, you will not send her back or will not let her go back to her parents’ house… Only you can stop her. She may not listen to me but she will listen to you. Please Nani, I need her in my life… And I want to be selfish this time too but I promise, I will keep her very happy… She will get all the things she deserves…” Arnav concluded…

Nani and NK’s face lit up with a bright smile after he stopped talking. They both did hi-fi realizing actually their efforts did work… A little late but still worked… Now all they needed to do it help Arnav win Khushi back…

“We both are with you bro… But remember one thing, she is my friend first… If you hurt her, you have to face me…” NK agreed to help after warning Arnav clearly not to hurt Khushi anymore…

“Agreed NK… I thank you from the bottom of my heart for saving Khushi… You will always be her first and best friend… I will let you take that… But I want to be her true life partner…” Arnav boasted his confidence…

Nani felt so relieved… She could take this… She loved Khushi so much…

By then HP got breakfast for them and it was already 9 am… All three had breakfast and continued their planning… Arnav was pouring his heart out and Nani had to help him after seeing his willingness to fix his mistakes and win her… Nani and NK both knew they will forgive him eventually if Khushi forgives him… They could clearly see Arnav has fallen in love with Khushi but hasn’t realized it fully…

“Nannav, let me ask you one simple question still. Were you blind all these days or so dumb not to realize Khushi’s worth? Or you truly believe in learning hard way? It’s Khushi’s bad luck Nani, we must accept. Anyone else would have loved her and cherished her! She is worth it!” NK winked at Nani and could not help tease his brother…

“Given a chance, I still feel like banging your head on the walls to knock some sense inside your brain… Bro, I will not hesitate it next time if I see you ill-treating Khushi…” This time Arnav was sure NK wasn’t joking at all…

“It’s the food made by HP also…” Nani commented as soon as HP walked away to the kitchen… Nani and NK did hi-fi… Arnav was clueless about what HP and food made by him got to do with his behavior but he deserved their bashing for acting like a snob….

Khushi got up around 9.30 am with heavy head… Looked at clock shocked, ran to their bathroom for a quick shower… By the time she came down ready, it was 10.00 am.

“Good morning Khushi bitiya” Nani behaved normal and wished her morning…

“Sorry Naniji, I don’t know how I got up so late…” Khushi was apologetic… She turned stiff as soon as she saw Arnav at the dining table… Is he still mad at me? Will he scream at me and throw me out of the house now? How will her parents feel seeing her permanently back to them? Her hands went cold suddenly with anxiety…

“It’s ok Khushi, HP has already served us breakfast… Come and eat… HP, get Khushi bitiya her favorite ginger tea…” Nani started serving her breakfast… Arnav and NK were almost finishing their second round of coffee…

Arnav looked at Khushi’s demeanor since she walked downstairs and felt like slapping himself for terrorizing her like that… He needs to work hard on redemption and restore her faith in relationship and marriage!

“NK, I have a vacancy in my office for a senior photographer position but we need someone urgently. If you are interested, I would say go to the office today itself. Aman will brief you about your role and Lavanya will guide you too. You are working with Lavanya in her group again… Are you interested? If yes, then I will stop the interview process else we can continue searching outside… And let me remind you this a permanent position…” Arnav asked NK suddenly, looking at Khushi…

“Are you kidding me bro, I am getting bored here without work… Who wouldn’t want to work at AR? I am in. I can reach AR Designs in an hour, will that work? Please go ahead and cancel those interviews…” NK stood up and replied excited… That came as a pleasant surprise to him…

“All the best. Go ahead then” Arnav wished him…

Khushi was also surprised… Arnav listened to her and acted on her request immediately.

“All the best, NK… Do well” She also wished him… NK took Nani’s blessings and ran to get ready…

“And Thank you so much Arnavji” whispered Khushi looking at Arnav after NK left… Arnav just smiled back…

Khushi was happy the day started rather much better compared to their arguments last night… She did not know what future holds for them but she was happy at least NK’s life would be on track and even NK and Lavanya might get together if Arnavji was correct in his observation and mentioned Lavanya was depressed after NK went away… So there is some hope for her friend…



Jun 17

Chapter 17 – Arnav to win back his wife! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 145 times)

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Chapter 17 – Arnav to win back his wife!

Nani made sure to keep Khushi busy and downstairs… Arnav was working from home and was in living room talking to Aman… Khushi decided finish her daily c****s and stay away from Arnav in the kitchen! His mood looked normal to her but she didn’t want to take any chances…

By sharp 11.00 am, designer Neena arrived at RM with her crew. Since she was already briefed by Arnav about the kitchen renovation, she got all the related catalogs, latest appliances details and equipment a state of the art kitchen would need.

“Khushi, can you show Neena our kitchen? I will join you in a minute” Arnav fired rapid instructions to Aman on phone and joined Khushi in the kitchen… Nani decided to stay back at the dining table and watch her grandson trying to woo his wife…

“Arnavji, what is going on?” Khushi whispered in his ears trying to understand the situation…

“Khushi you will need ultra-modern kitchen to practice your cooking skills, isn’t it?” Arnav asked her casually.

“Neena will help you with the renovation of our kitchen…” Arnav looked at Neena.

“Neena, everything has to be Khushi’s choice. Absolutely no excuses. And the kitchen needs to be ready in 8 days sharp… Not even an extra hour… Are you clear on the requirements?” Arnav asked in his usual ASR tone…

“Yes sir, we will deliver in 8 days. I will use extra man power and resources. I will order the appliances today only after Khushi madam selects them…” Neena did not want to let go the opportunity to renovate Raizada kitchen…

“Great then, you both can start. I am right here…” Arnav took a seat on kitchen counter...

Khushi felt overwhelmed with sudden changes in Arnav and did not know how to handle his mood swings…

“The Laad Governor is sure bipolar… He has been so mad at me all these days and now suddenly asking my opinion as if it matters the most… That too for whole kitchen renovation!” Khushi was confused…

Neena started showing Khushi kitchen designs… But it is a big decision for her to take and she decided to call Nani…

“Come on Khushi, Nani is not aware of these latest designs and appliances… Who is the in charge of kitchen here? It’s you, right?” Arnav asked smirking and she did not know what to do…

“Ok, let me help you…” He came and stood next to her…

“Close your eyes and think what your dream kitchen is?” Arnav asked closing her eyes…

“Are you sure about renovating kitchen with my choices?” Khushi was so hesitant to even express herself…

“Yeah Khushi, I mean it… Ok now, think you and your Babuji are discussing about your dream kitchen where you will cook all your favorite dishes with your Babuji’s guidance…” Arnav was sure she will respond when it’s her Babuji involved…

“A big C shaped kitchen cabinets with a huge island in the middle… Sparking quartz counter tops with modern subway tiled back splash… A huge 8 top gas cook top or range on the island with frying pot in built… Sink exactly behind the stove with a big window looking at the backyard… Double door automatic wi-fi enabled Samsung freeze and dual ovens… A wine cooler, two latest mixers, a dishwasher and a food processor… Additional power points for appliances” Khushi spoke in one go…

“There you go… See it was so easy…” Arnav encouraged her… He is surprised how clear she is about her dream kitchen!

“Now what are the colors you like?” Arnav asked her next…

“Stainless steel, clean lines modern finish appliances… red and nature colors mostly earth tones I like…” Khushi spoke…

“I think I got a fair idea… Thanks ASR for helping out… Give me couple of hours and I will send out few choices of designs for you to finalize by today… And now let’s select the appliances so I can order them…” Neena noted down everything.

Khushi and Arnav together selected all the appliances… Neena left after taking wall to wall measurements asking them both to visit her office tomorrow for choice of tiles, cabinets and counter tops…

“Arnavji, why are you doing this? Khushi asked him not sure…

“Khushi, you will need to have all the logistics ready for you to have any chance to compete with great chefs at Master Chef. I know you did fantastic against Rakesh but still you have long way to go. So it obviously starts from the kitchen, isn’t it?” Arnav asked her…

“So are you allowing me to participate in Master Chef? You won’t change your mind later right and break my heart again?” She asked him curiously not believing her own ears…

“Who am I to stop you or decide for you? It’s your dream and you have all the right to live your dreams fully… I am glad you fought for your dreams and I really appreciate that about you…” He looked at her face to gauge her reaction…

“Thank you so much Arnavji… Can I inform Naniji and also call my Babuji to tell him?” Khushi was happy like a small kid and she simply launched herself in his arms and hugged him tight….

“And thanks to you for putting me in place and making me realize my mistakes… From now onwards, I will support all your dreams…” Arnav accepted.

But she never heard his last sentence that he will support her always… She ran to call her Babuji and her mood switched to ecstatic while talking to her Babuji animatedly, then when she was discussing things with Nani… She was literally hyper unable to sit at one place… How did he miss her antics before, she looks so vivacious! Arnav could help but kept staring at her nonstop…

“Khushi, if you can get ready, we have to go out urgently…” Arnav informed her…

“But I have to prepare lunch now…” Khushi looked at the clock…

“HP has already prepared lunch for Nani and we are eating out…” He declared and asked her to get ready quickly in 10 minutes…

“What, lunch date now? My husband has sure lost his mind and making me crazy…” Khushi stared at him and ran to get ready when she realized he was serious about going out…

“Arnavji, I hate surprises… Please tell me where are we going? Are you dropping me to my parents’ house?” Khushi asked nervous and wanted to be prepared…

“No way, don’t push your luck… It’s a surprise and you will know soon and call me Arnav…” He did valet parking and entered into Oberoi restaurant…

“What are we doing here at Oberoi Restaurant?” Khushi asked him curiously…

“We are on a Lunch Date, Khushi and you will know the reason as well…” Arnav replied calmly. Their table was booked and Chef Alan received them at the table…

“Khushi, this is master chef Alan and Alan, this is Khushi… As I discussed with you over phone, she wants to become a master chef, she is participating on the TV show and your guidance would really help… I must mention she is an extra ordinary cook with tremendous knowledge of flavors and spices… She is natural… But I will let you judge that… And she can learn from your presentation skills…” Alan was award winning Chef at presenting his dishes…

Khushi did not know what to say… He openly praised her cooking skills and got her help from Chef Alan… The mighty Chef Alan… Just wow…

“Thank you ASR. First let me know what would you like to eat for lunch? Indian, continental, veg or non-veg?” Alan requested lunch order…

“Oh yeah, I would go with my favorite Chicken Marsala with Pasta… And Khushi what about you?” Arnav asked her…

“I would like to have spicy mushrooms as appetizer, butter paneer and tadka daal with mix basket of Naan” Arnav was surprised with her long list… Will she eat that much? He has no idea…

Surprising Arnav, Khushi indeed ate a lot…

“Khushi, till our home kitchen is ready you will work here with under Alan for next 2 weeks starting tomorrow… You can choose your hours but this will really help you, trust me…” Arnav informed her.

“I can’t believe my luck… Who doesn’t know Chef Alan? I would love to start tomorrow… Thank you so much Arnav” Khushi was on cloud 9 already…

She didn’t know what made him change overnight but she instantly liked this Arnav who cares for her feelings, her ambitions and helping her to achieve them…

She did not know how long this might work but she accepted the changes whole heartedly without holding any grudges against him or their relationship! That’s just how she is… Simple and Sorted!

She was still scared of his mood swings and will take some time!

Arnav realized how transparent and innocent she is to forget and look past all the nasty things he said and depressing days he put her through! She lived in the moment… It still mean she is yet to forgive him and he has to earn her apology… But he would never give a chance from now on to complain, he promised himself!



Jun 20

Chapter 18 – Heartfelt Apology! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 144 times)

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Chapter 18 – Heartfelt Apology!

They reached home by 3.00 pm and the bell rang again while they walked inside… Khushi went back to open the door…

There was home delivery… Almost her size box, another small box and a card…

Khushi barely managed to get all the stuff inside… It was sent to her! She was confused who could sent her such a big box and why?

“Khushi might as well open it…” Nani suggested…

Khushi slowly opened the big box and there was this plush, soft bear almost 4 ft. size…

“So cute…” She loved the bear and hugged it tight… Then she opened the small box to find chocolates…

“Nice, yummy chocolates…” She was totally excited like a small kid…

Then she opened the card and was shocked to see who sent it… It was the cutest sorry card asking her to hug him… She was suddenly embarrassed standing in front of him…

“Khushi bitiya, who sent all this to you?” Nani asked…

“Nani, it’s from Arnavji…” She felt so shy and she ran to her room with chocolates and card still in her hand…

“Crazy but cute…” Arnav muttered to himself and took the bear with him…

“Great progress Chote in one day… But make it always stays like this… Don’t ever hurt her…” Nani warned him…

“I promise you Nani, I will not hurt her… I will amend all my mistakes, trust me please this time…” Arnav assured Nani…

“Khushi, where do you want to keep this bear?” Arnav asked her…

“Keep it near my desk, he will give company while studying or reading… He is so cute and what should I name him?” Khushi replied…

“Really?” Arnav laughed at her childish behavior and she was embarrassed…

“Maybe I will name him Cutu… My other bear at home is Tutu… He is my boyfriend at my home and this one is…” She murmured to herself but Arnav heard her…

“What did you say?” Arnav asked her amused and curious…

“No, nothing…” Khushi blamed herself for habit to talk to herself…

“If that Tutu at your home was your boyfriend, then is this Cutu your husband?” Arnav asked her jokingly…

“Yeah maybe… I don’t know… All I know is Cutu is too cute… I love him…” Khushi hugged her bear…

Arnav suddenly didn’t like the so called Cutu bear, though not sure why… But he was happy, he could break the ice between them and now slowly he needed to build on it…

“Khushi, I really hope you will be able to forgive me… Some of my past experiences did not let me respect women… All the girls around me always wanted to be close for their advantage at work or money… No one really wanted to know real me and I became prejudiced…” He knew, he always backed out from relationship and apologized genuinely…

“What is it Arnav?” Khushi was sure it’s not just his prejudice…

“Khushi, would you be able to forgive me if I admit it was not just my prejudice but somewhere I took you for granted knowing your traditional values?” Arnav decided to come clean… No point throwing excuses any more…

Khushi looked straight into his eyes, waited for him to open up and tell her all…

“I knew you would try hard in this marriage so I kind of took you for a ride… I am so sorry but I do not want to get away by just blaming on the past… You were always honest and upfront… I thought I could get away with whatever I behave because you will still be here and not leave me due to your traditional background… I always gave more importance to my work and other things… There is no excuse for my horrible behavior towards you all these days… What I did to you was completely illogical and unacceptable…” Arnav couldn’t help but admit…

“I have no excuse for demeaning your career choice, your clothes or what you eat? I am so sorry for doing that… I just couldn’t control my anger when they mocked us both…” Arnav knew his anger always brought out his worst behavior …

“Arnav, even I am sorry for being so rude and disrespectful to you. I did not mean it. I just wanted to show you the reality. I never meant to give you any character certificate or accuse you… And I do not disrespect your work… In fact, I do not disrespect any type of work… I am so sorry” Her apology was equally genuine.

“So one sorry from both of us for today is good start right?” Arnav laughed.

“Yes… but start what?” She nodded and asked curiously…

“So can we start fresh and give this relationship a chance? Please? What say?” Arnav asked her looking into her eyes expecting a yes from her…

“Ok, but can you give me some time please?” She blushed so hard, turned all red and looked gorgeous…

“Great… And sure, take your own time… I am ok with it…  What time do you plan to go and work with Alan? If you want to go after breakfast, I can drop you while going and then have driver pick you up… Will it work?” He asked her…

“Yes, but if our kitchen is under repair, where do we get food from?” Khushi asked innocently.

“There is another kitchen in the guest house. HP will cook there breakfast and lunch. If you want, you can go there too” He told her…

“And Khushi, I strictly want you to start using car to go out… It is for safety reasons as well… Else I would be worried about your safety and whereabouts… Can you please use your car with driver to go out?” Arnav warned her politely.

“Ok, I will and I will not go anywhere without informing you and Nani” She promised.

“Oh I forgot, tomorrow first we need to go to Neena’s office to choose tiles, counter tops and then I will drop you… I must say you have a busy schedule tomorrow” Arnav reminded her about the kitchen remodeling visit to Neena…

“Khushi, are you forgetting something?” Arnav asked Khushi looking at her intently…

“What?” She asked not understanding…

“Check the sorry card again” He smirked… Then she realized what he meant, he wanted her to hug him… She stood there blushing…

Oh god, arguing with him was so easy last night… But his smirks and teases will kill me… This Laad Governor is totally bi-polar, she thought...

“Khushi, I am waiting…” He opened his arms and invited her…

She just stepped forward, stood close to him… Arnav stepped forward and hugged her tight… That’s all he could do and he felt it so right… She felt it so right… As if they belong with each other, in each other’s arms always…

 “Khushi I am really sorry… I will make it up to you…” Arnav apologized again…

“Can you please stop saying sorry for now? Let me absorb the changes first and give me some time…” Khushi was annoyed now…

“Ok baby…” He still didn’t let go her from the bear hug…

The next whole week was super busy for both of them… With renovation going on at home and Khushi going every day to learn under Alan at Oberoi restaurant…

Every day Arnav was dropping her to Oberoi and enjoying her child like excitement with so many expressions on her face when telling him about her experiences with Alan and what all new cooking tricks she is learning…

Arnav would just watch her face continuously… Oh how much he wished, he kissed her hard whenever she pouted like that…

At least he would hold her hand all the time, kiss on her cheeks and say good bye… Tremendous progress they made as a couple, he knew… Still she needs a lot of time to be friendlier with him… He could still see getting scared of him occasionally and shuts herself off… Also seeing her shy nature, he decided they need lot of ground work!

The kitchen is coming along so well, Khushi was ecstatic…. She was just going crazy thinking of cooking in such a quality kitchen daily… Even HP is excited to help Khushi…

 

Jun 27

Chapter 19 – Moments! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 128 times)

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Chapter 19 – Moments!

“So Khushi, what are you making?” Arnav asked suddenly standing close behind her and Khushi startled… She looked at the clock which showed 3.30 pm in the afternoon…

“Nothing, just came back from work and making myself a cup of ginger tea and some snacks for everyone…” Khushi replied…

“Do you want anything? Why don’t you relax in living room and I will get you your coffee” Khushi tried to send him out realizing her heart beats go crazy whenever he is so close to her…

“Don’t worry, I will be talking to you sitting here. I will not be any trouble…” He winked and sat on the counter top in the kitchen… Arnav knew somehow he missed her at work and once he finished work on the major project, he felt exhausted. And first time in his life, he wanted to come home and wanted to come back to Khushi…

 “Ok, you want to eat something? How is work?” Khushi asked casually trying to initiate some conversation and not feel scared by his close proximity….  

“Ah, was crazy until today. We are waiting for the final confirmation on a huge project… I feel almost there nailing the deal but keeping fingers crossed… Exhausted though…” He replied casually…

“Try it…” Khushi handed him veg rolls but instead of taking the plate, he simply opened his mouth…

Khushi hesitantly picked up a roll and fed him… Arnav took a bite and continued conversation about the project not making her feel awkward…

Khushi got over her jitters and continued feeding him the rolls while eating herself… They both kept sipping their tea and coffee as well…

“What happened?” Arnav asked her concerned suddenly seeing her pale face…

“The veggie rolls did not turn as good as I expected… I will have to try many more times…” Khushi honestly told him.

“Khushi relax, they were just fine…” Arnav tried to pacify her…

“Really, then on the scale of 1-10 how would you rate them? For taste and for texture…” Khushi asked him directly…

“Khushi maybe on taste 6 and texture also 6… Yeah, not your best attempt but you have time to retry in this week and fix it…” Arnav was hesitant but he decided it was better to give her honest feedback… She needed it since she has hardly any time in hand to practice.

“It’s all your fault…” Khushi was getting angry…

“What did I do? I just told you the truth so that you can improve… Maybe instead of whole wheat, you can try changing dough with all-purpose flour or a pinch of soda in the dough might help… And add dry roasted onions next time!” He gave her suggestions…

“I don’t need your suggestions… Can you please go from here? Let me retry them now itself…” Khushi was still upset and mad at him…

Arnav was not sure what tipped her off…. He slowly walked towards her… Every step he took forward, she stepped back…

“Why are you going back?” Arnav asked her curiously…

“Because you are coming forward towards me…” She answered innocently…

“Khushi, it’s high time when I am coming towards you, you come forward to me and not go back…” He told her with a mischievous smile…

Before Khushi realize her back was about to touch the hot pan, Arnav grabbed her hand and spun her around… In the process, his hand touched the hot pan and he got a slight burn…

“Ouch…” He took his hand away from the pan just by his reflexes… Khushi was shocked… Was she so close to the hot pan and gas and he just saved her?

She quickly held his hand and held it under cold water… Grabbed ice pack and held it against his burn…

“Khushi, look at me!” Arnav ordered her huskily…

Khushi could not look at him… Her eyes were stuck to the floor…

“Khushi, tell me what is it?” Arnav asked her and made her chin up by his finger and forced her to look at him…

“It’s all your fault… You came here and distracted me… I forgot to add two ingredients in veggie mix plus the baking soda in dough…” Khushi complained…

Arnav smirked at her reply… Does he affect her as much as she affects him?

“But I just came early because I was tired of continuous work at office… And I just wanted a cup of coffee, Khushi. Is it wrong to ask for a coffee?” Arnav acted innocent and let her express herself…

“No, but somehow whenever you are around me, my heart beats like crazy and my stomach feels weird with anxiety… I just cannot concentrate… I don’t know…” Khushi replied to him…

He took her face in his both hands… She looked so innocent and cute… He just put her hair fringe behind her ears…

“Are you still scared of me?” He asked her genuinely… Slowly moved his hands down to hold her both hands and started playing with her fingers… Still standing very close…

“No, I guess not… But this weird feeling makes me confused… See, my heart is still beating so crazy…” Khushi breathed hard…

Arnav realized she is feeling all this first time in her life… Maybe she liked him, attracted to him or no one has ever been close to her like him… She is so young and he is the first man in her life and she is confused with her body reaction and feelings and his closeness…

“Khushi, trust me… It’s ok… Even my heart goes wild whenever I am close to you… Maybe we will slowly figure out why it happens? Now relax and try again… Do you want me to go back to living room or give you some company here?” Arnav did not want to push her too much and scare her…

Recently they have been on better terms and he himself was trying to figure out his attraction towards Khushi! So he stepped back to let her decide…

“You can be here… I liked your suggestion, in fact we both have the same idea” She whispered pointing him to roasted onions and crushed nuts that she forgot to add… Arnav just side hugged her and allowed her to retry while taking a seat on small dining area…

“You know I chose vegan and desserts if I get a chance to cook in final rounds… I have never cooked meat so I am not sure… But maybe in future, I will have to try cooking meat as well…” Khushi was telling him while trying to make another round of veggie rolls.

“Yeah, meat is easy to cook Khushi, especially chicken… But then you will need time to handle raw meat. Do you eat meat or egg?” Arnav asked her…

“I have tried eggs but no meat yet… My parents are also vegetarian so never saw anyone cooking meat or never tried eating any…” Khushi loved typical Indian veg food so much, she never thought she is missing anything else… But as a complete cook, she needs to learn to cook meat as well…

“No problem, you can try with me some time… Simple Indian dishes maybe and then try cooking as well… Nani also is pure vegetarian so make sure you inform her and preferably use separate pans and pots…”Arnav just suggested her…

“Yeah I guess… I might not cook at home then… Maybe here in guest house or at Oberoi!” Khushi did not want Nani to feel odd or disapprover her meat cooking…

“So you want to renovate this kitchen as well now?” Arnav asked her jokingly…

“No, no… I am fine with it as is… As is you are spending so much money on our kitchen in the main house…” Khushi has seen some of the high end materials and labor costs when they chose engineer quartz the other day! Even the kitchen island, last minute Arnav asked her to go for Waterfall cooking Island with extra quartz on sides…

“Shut up Khushi, don’t worry about the money… I was just kidding… You can renovate this kitchen after main kitchen is ready… As long as it helps you cook the best and enjoy, I am happy…” He assured her.

Just then his cell rang and it was Aman…

“Need you back in office? Mr. John is coming here by 5.30 pm for some last minute clarification and he plans to fly back early morning tomorrow. He has preponed his flight owing to some personal reasons” Aman informed him.

“Khushi, I have to go back to office. The major deal I was talking about, the client is coming back to my office… I will be late…” With that he rushed out the door…

 



Jun 30

Chapter 20 - ASR’s Page 3 Fixation! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 121 times)

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Chapter 20 - ASR’s Page 3 Fixation!

Arnav had this major deal closure at hand and his eyes were set to pull off this collaboration with the European top client…

Arnav rushed to office though it was hard for him to go away from Khushi! He was surprised how she was dominating his senses and behavior without doing anything…

“What’s happening to me? Why I am getting pulled to her like crazy?” Arnav asked himself yet did not have much time ponder over his own attraction towards Khushi…

Arnav was expecting another long meeting but then being ASR, he could clarify things with the lightning speed and the client was more than happy to sign the dotted lines… 

After the deal was signed with the prestigious international client, their foreign delegates were still present at AR and last minute formalities to offer congratulations to whole team was going on…. Aman called media and newspapers to announce the new collaboration as part of their ritual at AR and then quickly arranged for dinner and party for the continued celebrations…

Arnav got so busy since he walked back into office and had no chance to talk to Khushi… He messaged her that he will be late tonight… He also informed her about cracking the major deal… He wished she could have joined him in his office…

Khushi sighed looking at his message yet felt happy for him…

NK, La and Aman were at the bar trying to drink some weird combination of drinks… Too strong double shots and what not? La was challenging NK and he was not good at being sober so he was hesitant…

Aman wanted to help La by tricking NK into drinking the spiked shot and blurt out his true feelings for Lavanya… La was initially hesitant for any such stunt and it indeed backfired when ASR picked up the shot instead of NK…

Before La or Aman could stop ASR, they found him mocking NK…

“What’s the big deal, NK? Just gulp it…” Arnav took the shot and felt crazy…

Almost whole party after it, he felt a little high even though he usually drinks and is always in control… Today was a different feeling…

“La, it’s all your fault… But why do I feel I will be in big trouble if Nannav gets to know?” NK was already tensed up…

“Who asked you to act so chickened out? Had you had it, ASR wouldn’t be in trouble… Now let’s make sure he is ok throughout the evening…” La warned NK and Aman…

NK, Aman and La tried to be with him mostly… But soon Aman had to look over the food arrangements once the caterer arrived and NK, La could not help feel romantic with their favorite tracks running and started dancing… Arnav was a lot shaky still. So Cathy from MK fashions helped him out. Then Pam and Tina were always with him… How can they miss their chance to be close with ASR? Media still present, always looking for additional gossip and took many clicks as usual…

NK decided to head home with Arnav since Arnav was having hard time to stay sober… It was already late, 11 pm in the night…

Khushi was surprised to see him drunk but did not say much… She thought maybe he was over excited to nail such a huge deal…

“Sorry baby, I guess I drank more than usual… Not actually more, just one shot but something weird in my drink today… I think it was spiked…” Arnav mentioned apologetically…

“Laad governor, does wrong things and then keeps saying sorry… He never gets down off the sorry train… If he is so sorry, he should stop drinking or at least learn to be sober… But no…” Khushi murmured while helping Arnav out…

“I heard that” Arnav said while lying down on the bed…

“I am glad, then act on it…” Spat came a reply from Khushi…

Arnav got up late because Khushi did not wake him nor his alarm rang… It was already 8.45 am and he had horrible headache from hangover…

HP came in with a glass of lemon water… Arnav gulped in one go and rushed to get ready…

By the time he came down, he could see Khushi walking out the door… He was surprised but she was gone before he could reach her…

“Did she not hear me calling her? So weird?” He thought…

Nani and NK were at the dining table acting normal. Arnav tried his coffee and spit it out…

“HP” He screamed…

“Did you make this coffee?” He asked angrily…

“Yes Bhaiya… Do you need anything else? I am busy right now as I have something cooking on the gas…” HP replied and ran from there not wanting to be Arnav’s target…

“Can someone explain what’s going on?” Arnav looked at Nani and NK.

“May be you have some explaining to do Arnav!” Nani threw newspaper at him…

Arnav checked the new paper straight to page 3… By now he was pretty sure it has to be something on Page 3 from yesterday’s party… It was an article about AR Designs and AR success with the new international collaboration along with an additional article… It clearly talked about his tall achievements at work yet struggle in personal life when it comes to relationship etc. with few pics from party with Cathy, Tina and Pam… Article clearly depicted rosy pictures of his rendezvous with different girls in different parties and his bachelor life!

“What the hell? You know what happened yesterday night in the office party, NK... You were there with me the whole time … Something about that ****ty drink… I don’t know if it was spiked or something… I am sure it was since I have never lost my balance after just one drink but yesterday was crazy… NK, say something…” Arnav screamed…

“I agree with him Nani… There was something weird in the drink. Usually Nannav is always sober… He doesn’t drink beyond his limit of three drinks… And then too he is never out of control…” NK tried to save Arnav without exposing the fun Aman and La were trying to pull out with the drink and how out of nowhere Arnav gulped the shot and became the victim…

“I am glad to hear that… Though the newspapers tell a different story all together… I hope you will equally enjoy explaining your situation to your wife… And I truly hope she appreciates it…” Nani was still mad and sarcastic to Arnav…

That’s when Arnav realized why Khushi has left early even without making him coffee…

“Yeah Nannav, my bro… Khushi looked super mad or rather disappointed… Bro, I am getting late… Let me know if you need help with Khushi… And she does make the best coffee…” NK took his last sip and ran to the door…

“What the hell, NK… She had made coffee for you and you have to rub it on me when I have to have coffee made by HP? You will pay for this…”Arnav got up mad. He could not even eat any breakfast nor coffee made by HP…

“How dare she ignore me like that and walk away…? So she did hear me calling her but did not wait… And did she again go in auto rickshaw ignoring my order to use car with the driver? ”Arnav was mad seeing her car driver standing in the parking lot…

“You will be fired next time she leaves without the car!” Arnav screamed at the driver….

“Come on you idiot… Any wife reading that article will be mad… First you never introduce her officially or declare you marital status and then you have guts to be angry at her? You so called most eligible bachelor with relationship problem! Just great…” His heart chided him…

“I wanted to first tell her I really like her and then plan well to announce our marriage to the world may be with a party or a marriage reception… Damn it, now it’s messed up big time!” He was lost how to pacify Khushi now…

He tried calling her many times but she cut the call… He somewhere expected her to do that and was surprisingly angry at himself!

Then suddenly an idea popped up in him mind and he decided to go for lunch at Oberoi Towers… Khushi will be there and maybe he can request special dishes served by her…

Usually Oberoi restaurant did cater such specialty services like dishes to be served by specific chef on demand of their special customers… And of course he belonged to the elite group and could take advantage of it…

He quickly finished one meeting and headed to Oberoi Towers… Maybe he will order dishes made by Khushi, somehow force her to sit with him and present her dishes and then try to talk to her and pacify her somehow…



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Chapter 21 – Khushi Ignores Arnav! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 131 times)

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Chapter 21 – Khushi Ignores Arnav!

Arnav got a corner table and requested Khushi as a Chef for his lunch today…

Khushi was surprised to see the request for her and when she looked at table, she saw Arnav… She was raged to see him there. The man has guts to ask her to serve him when she is so mad at him … Over my dead body, she decided not to serve him…

Exactly that minute, Khushi saw Ankit Khanna walking in to the restaurant…

Ankit Khanna, ASR’s business rival is a new player in Fashion and Richie rich clubs… Son of famous industrialist Azad Khanna, 25 years old Ankit has joined his father’s business a year ago and is doing pretty well… Not anywhere close to ASR, but being born in Khanna family, he is born rich…

Ankit Khanna is hot and happening guy in the elite Delhi clubs and another most eligible bachelor with a great positive rapport!

Ankit Khanna has been part of Master Chef TV show since the TV channel needed to boost TRP and decided to rope in fresh face and hot hunk Ankit Khanna. Ankit along with senior Chef Vikas saw raw talent and tremendous potential in Khushi when she first attempted cooking at Master Chef Trial and Ankit used his veto vote to get her on board to participate in Master Chef… While others had thought she was too young, a teen 19 years old back then, Ankit trusted Khushi immensely…

Arnav had seen Ankit walking in but he decided to keep it low and made himself busy in menu booklet since he did not want any attention nor distract himself from the task he was here for…

Khushi walked towards Ankit. They knew each other first name basis since he has judged her on the TV show…

“Khushi my dear, how are you? What a pleasant surprise? What are you doing here?” Ankit was really happy to see her and side hugged her…

“Hey Ankit, I am doing great… I am here to learn under Chef Alan and prepare for the Master Chef. So good to see you… How are you doing?” Khushi replied chirpily reciprocating his hug…

Shock was an understatement for Arnav… Khushi and Ankit know each other on first name basis and they talked like friends…

“I am doing great… Been busy with the business as usual… And yeah, Master Chef final rounds are around the corner… Looking forward to fun, exciting episodes and yummy food by you all…” Ankit was really glad to see Khushi preparing under Chef Alan…

“Hey why don’t you take a seat? Maybe you want to try something made by me…? May I have the pleasure to serve you special Indian delicacies today?” Khushi offered him a choice… She would do anything to ignore so called Most Eligible Bachelor – Her own husband….

Arnav heard her clearly since she was a bit loud… He knew she did it purposely and as expected he was jealous as hell!

“Of course Khushi, why not? In fact I would love to. You know, I am big fan of your authentic cooking… But one condition… Please take a seat and explain me the dishes that you make and then I will choose…” Ankit sat two tables behind Arnav…

Khushi sat with Ankit completely ignoring Arnav! Phew, serves you right dear hubby, she made sure…

Just then another senior chef saw Khushi. She was supposed to serve ASR who is still waiting… He got worried… He knew ASR’s famous temper plus ASR is a huge name in the industry, Asia’s biggest tycoon and member of Food Advisory Board at Oberoi…

He immediately excused Khushi and pulled her aside…

“Khushi, you are supposed to serve ASR on the table behind me… What are you doing Khushi? ASR is the most important client of Oberoi or rather the most elite…” Nikhil whispered to Khushi to get her attention on ASR and serve him…

Arnav heard Nikhil explaining the situation to Khushi… As is he was anxious due to Khushi talking to Ankit so friendly and then ignoring him making, him wait…

“Oh is it? I saw my friend Ankit Khanna and who is also a famous industrialist and so I decided to manage him being a friend… Why don’ you go ahead and help this ASR?” Khushi acted naïve. She knew Arnav could hear them…

“Khushi, you should be happy the ASR asked for you… None of us have got that chance yet… He always eats only Alan’s dishes…” Nikhil tried again…

“The ASR? Who is he? I don’t know him… Never heard of him before!” Khushi replied… She could immediately see Arnav clenching his fist in anger… Right on target, she knew…

“The ASR… The mighty Arnav Singh Raizada… The Asia’s biggest tycoon… The self-made man, the most handsome and the most eligible bachelor… You might have heard of his girl fan following, they die for his one look…” Nikhil went on ranting…

“Arnav Singh Raizada, never heard of him… The most eligible bachelor… interesting…” It was Khushi’s turn to clench fist when Nikhil said ASR was the most eligible bachelor…

Arnav could feel she was angry… Any wife would be, his heart chided him for acting idiot after marriage and then messing the whole relationship…

“Oh no, now I remember… He is that famous Page 3 guy isn’t it? Always hogs Page 3 with makeup kits!!” Khushi commented a little loud sarcastically… Just to make sure Arnav hears her…

“Make up kits? Khushi, what are you talking about?” Nikhil was lost…

“He is always surrounded by women with so much make up on… None of them are any good looking nor natural… God, some people do have poor choices… Anyways Nikhil, I don’t want my pic on Page 3 with him at all, can you make an excuse and handle him? I will serve Ankit today, my friend and buddy…” Khushi excused herself and went back to the kitchen before Nikhil could say anything…

Arnav was raged by her ignorance and comments but he knew he deserved them all… He did not want to create a scene and quietly placed food order with Nikhil…

Nikhil was surprised rather shocked that ASR did not get angry or even show any anger else Khushi would have easily lost her job… No one denies ASR at Oberoi, in fact they take it as a pleasure…

Khushi finished her work quickly after serving Ankit and left from the back door… She had seen Arnav finishing his lunch and was on a call. He definitely would call her to talk or go back with him…

She was still mad at him and left home in auto before he can catch her… He has to work hard this time and pacify her just like her Babuji always did when her Amma was angry… Khushi felt she needed his undivided attention too…

Arnav asked Nikhil to call Khushi! Nikhil was worried but informed him Khushi has left for the day…

“What the?” He muttered angrily and walked out…

“So my gorgeous wife sure knows to show her anger, expect attention from me and ignore me until I pacify her… She is very demanding… Oh I sure will pacify her…” He smiled at that thought…

He decided enough was enough. Go home and talk to her… But just then Aman called him informing about some emergency in office…

Arnav had to go back to office and get on a call with foreign delegates and then talk to third party vendors today itself… It was going to be a long day and Khushi mad at him and ignoring him was not helping either…



Jul 10

Chapter 22 – Khushi at a Night Club!! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 127 times)

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Chapter 22 – Khushi at a Night Club!!

Khushi was equally upset!! She wanted him to come after her, pacify her and pamper her or spend some time with her… So what if he is an owner of a Company and runs an empire? He said let’s give relationship a chance! Is this how he was planning to do? God, for once he can’t think about me? Her heart cried…

It was three plus hours since she came home but he never came back… He must have gone back to office, she knew...

“Ria, can we go out tonight? Getting bored at home and need to talk… Let me know if you are free tonight… What’s say?” Khushi pinged Ria.

“Thank god it’s Friday. Let’s have a blast… Let’s go to Planet M. Fun place with Food, drinks and dance floor… Lots of elite crowd. It will be fun… Let me buzz everyone and confirm time in an hour… Get ready…” Ria was excited.

“Not sure about the club, can we just go out somewhere?” Khushi asked not comfortable with a club night…

“NK suggested… I was about to call you… NK and La will also join us later… Khushi come on, Planet M is a hip place, you will like it… You can go back home with NK if we are late…” Ria insisted…

“Ok yeah maybe… I will come…” Khushi made up her mind…

“I am not going to wait at home for the great Laad Governor and then get depressed looking at his night out on Page 3 tomorrow. So what if it was in his office celebrating their new project success… It’s ok if he doesn’t want to involve me… As is he never takes me out ever to any of his parties… He just wants to pretend as a bachelor and enjoy his life… Fine with me…” Khushi was really angry and doing everything to keep herself busy…

She got ready wearing a sleeveless red shimmery knee length dress with black pumps and a black cardigan… Long earrings and a matching wallet completed her look… With the minimal makeup put on, she checked herself and was happy with her look. She pinged Ria… They were planning to meet up directly at Planet M by 8 pm.

Khushi reached by sharp 8 pm. She was waiting for Ria after the driver dropped her in the front… Ria, Nisha, Sam and Kartik were supposed to be reaching in 10 minutes so she decided to wait…

“Khushi, again? What a surprise?” Ankit asked her. He was not at all expecting her there. He somehow guessed during the show interviews and with her overall attire in the past that she was from a middle class and this was an elite high end club… And she looked completely different, in fact so hot and happening and perfectly dressed for a place like Planet M…

“Are you waiting for someone? I must say you look gorgeous…” He asked her…

“Yeah my gang, Ria, Nisha, Sam and Kartik… Few more would join later…” She said excitedly…

“Why don’t you inform your friends and get in with me? Then join them later… Not a good idea to stand here alone… It won’t be safe either…” Ankit offered… He still could not believe how breathtakingly beautiful she looked with a simple dress and minimal make up. This girl is unique, he thought…

Ankit took her inside and he introduced his friends…

“Ankit, who is this gorgeous girl? She looks amazing… Looks like she is new to this ENV…” Ankit’s friend commented…

“Yeah I am here for the first time… I have never been to any clubs before… My friends would be joining any minute” Khushi has no qualms to accept this was new to her…

Just then Ria walked in and Khushi saw her… Khushi turned around, bid good bye to Ankit and ran to her friends…

“Ankit, is anything going on? She is so adorable and cute… How do you know her?” Another friend quizzed him…

“She is one of the Chefs on Master Chef TV show that I judge… She is extremely talented and cooks out of this world! A beauty with brains… Her innocence and simplicity is killer…” Ankit replied…

“Wow, look at someone… totally smitten by her…” Ankit kept staring in Khushi’s direction while his friends kept teasing him… He really liked her from day one. Unlike others she was there to cook, show her passion and knowledge about cooking, she won many hearts with her simplicity and talent… Her amazing looks and innocence was an instant attraction!

“La finish your work right now, I am so hungry plus they are waiting…” NK was pushing La to wrap up as soon as possible…

“What’s up guys? Going somewhere?” Arnav asked NK…

“Yeah, Planet M. Whole gang is already there enjoying… Only if La can ever finish her work…” NK replied in a whining tone… It was already 9.00 pm.

“Oh, Planet M… Fun place…” Arnav just mentioned…

“Yeah, Khushi’s idea to go out tonight… I suggested Ria for Planet M and they are having a blast there… Sending pics every minute on how they are having a gala time… La, I am missing the fun because of you…” NK was hyper…

“What the hell? Khushi is at Planet M… What is she doing there?” Arnav almost jumped and snatched NK’s cell phone and started checking what’s app pictures…

He could see group pics with Khushi in the middle… Khushi is wearing a beautiful western outfit and looked so gorgeous, hot and ****y… Multiple pics while dancing, cheers with their drinks and what not… Looked like they all were having great time…

“What the hell, why is Ankit Khanna there? And he also joined their group? When did this happen? And hopefully that drink is non-alcoholic one…” Arnav’s temper hit the roof when he saw Ankit standing next to Khushi even though it is a group photo…

“Let’s go NK, I am also joining you guys today…” NK looked at La… Their trick worked. NK and La asked Ria to gather at Planet M with friends and especially take Khushi there… Then they planned to get ASR there… Ankit Khanna was not part of their plan, but his presence simply added more fire… Now either it will be a blast first or directly things would move in the right direction if Arnav acts not arrogant ASR but Arnav and Khushi acts a little mature and not a childish teenager…

La and NK did not want to miss out on any of fireworks between Khushi and Arnav and simply hopped into his car…

When they entered Planet M by almost 9.30 pm, it was totally crowded and night is alive or rather just started to kick in…

Arnav saw Khushi and friends were hosted in a corner very close to dance floor and were hopping back and forth… Eating and drinking while dancing…

Arnav saw Khushi dancing… He was surprised she has one of the best dance moves on the floor… She was hot and suave when it came to dancing and he could see lots of ogling eyes on Khushi! That irked him even further…

Even Khushi’s anger was at peak when she saw Arnav…

All this time she was enjoying her mocktail drinks and politely refusing to try any alcoholic drinks… But as soon as she saw Arnav and remembered his Page 3 pics she saw in the morning, she simply went back to the table and gulped two tequila shots straight one after the other… She could feel shakiness in herself… But she didn’t care… Back to the dance floor and she was dancing freely ignoring him of course…

Arnav realized coming here is not that great idea considering how she is already pissed off with him… But too late now and he has to handle her now… His eyes were set on her…

“Hey ASR, so good to see you” Ria and Nisha gave him a group hug… Sam and Kartik shook hands and took him and NK for some snack and drinks…

Somehow friends forced Khushi to eat a little to control herself… Asked her to drink some water as well and calmed her down…

Again girls moved to the dance floor… Another wild dance by Khushi while so many guys ogling at her, was enough for Arnav for the day… Lucky for the whole group, Khushi danced alone and not with anyone else or it would have been a big brawl…

Khushi decided to use the restroom as her head was spinning… As soon as she came out of the restroom, Arnav cornered her… Before anyone realizes, Arnav held her hand, pulled her closer to him and walked to the back door… When she refused, he simply picked her in his arms and walked towards his car…

The news spread quickly inside the club that ASR is in the house on the dance floor, but he vanished with Khushi before anyone really notices him… Even Ankit or any of his friends did not see ASR or him taking Khushi with him!

“Who the hell gave you the right to force me out of the party? I was having so much fun with my friends dancing and drinking but you had to come and spoil it! Laad Governor, huh…” Khushi was mad at him but suddenly felt quiet after the cold hit her… Arnav started driving and cool breeze from the window distracted her mind!

There was a complete silence throughout the drive back home! Arnav kept his anger under control and Khushi was anyways high…

 

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Chapter 23 – Close to Inner Feelings! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 115 times)

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Chapter 23 – Close to Inner Feelings!

“What do you think you were doing there?” Arnav nailed Khushi to their bedroom wall, caged her and asked her angrily…

“Nothing, just enjoying myself… Is there a problem Mr. Raizada?” Khushi asked him back…

“Yes, there is… Khushi, I really hated it when guys at the club were ogling at you… And why that idiot Ankit was with you and how does he know you personally?” Arnav came straight to the point… He is jealous as hell…

“Wrong question Mr. Raizada, you don’t like your so called middle class wife and find it difficult to adjust your life with her… While you enjoy your parties every now and then flaunting your so called bachelor status, you have problem with me going out just once? Bad job, Mr. Raizada… Always double standards… ” Khushi pointed fingers back at him…

“And Ankit Khanna, he is my close friend… Even though he is rich, he is very nice, respects my talent and used his veto to get me selected in Master Chef Show… We are buddies… Unlike you, he stood up for me...” Khushi barely knew Ankit as part of her TV show but how can she miss a chance to make Arnav angry and jealous…

“Oh, so that’s why you decided to serve lunch to your buddy ignoring your husband? Did you go to party with him? And were you drinking with him too? Answer me damn it…” Arnav was trying hard to control his anger and not blast her… How dare she do it when he is genuinely trying to work on their relationship, he was mad…

“Hell no Mr. Raizada, I am not like you… I was just super mad at you and so ignored you… And I don’t go partying or drinking with anyone else… I don’t even drink… I went out with Ria, for your kindest information… Don’t you dare judge me” Khushi gave him back…

Her angry confession calmed him down suddenly… She did things because she was mad at him and wanted his attention… Yet, she needs to be careful not to entertain someone else or it can be misleading and risky too… But he has to explain her other things only when she is calm… So he decided to skip it for later…

He noted whenever she is angry, she always calls him Mr. Raizada and it annoys him like crazy… She is still stuck with him calling her middles class and his taunts…

“Khushi, look at me… I am sorry for what I said before. But I will never do it again… And yesterday was a complete mishap… My drink was spiked. Ask NK if you don’t believe me… NK, La and Aman were always around me but media always tries to exploit situations like these… They simply click and come up with juicy stories…” Arnav tried to be calm to handle her…

“Oh really, now you want to blame it on media… Excellent Mr. Raizada, then I have nothing else to say to you… Anyways, I don’t know you so get off me…” She hated him not accepting his mistakes and blaming it on media…

“How dare you Khushi? You don’t know me? What’s this new thing? I am always surrounded by makeup kits and my choice of women is poor and all that? How dare you say that you don’t know me?” Arnav asked her angrily… She just called the models makeup kits, it was hilarious otherwise…

“Oh yes Mr. Raizada, I don’t know you because I hate all those people from Page 3… Attention mongers… And look at women around you… Check today’s newspaper and you will know my comments are right… Those girls are walking makeup kits… But who cares, you like them and that’s your choice… And if you are the most eligible bachelor, obviously I don’t know you… Especially because I am a married girl and I don’t try to know any bachelors how hot or handsome they might be…” She said carelessly and turned to go away from him…

“Oh so you think I am hot and handsome?” Arnav asked her smirking and trying to calm the situation…

“Very smart Mr. Raizada, with the popularity track record you have, I am sure you are more than just hot and handsome! Go and ask those make up kits, don’t bother me…” Khushi was equally sarcastic…

“Khushi, look at me! It’s all media gossip… Please learn to ignore it, it’s not worth the attention. I know I made mistakes before, but I am trying to change after our talk that night… And I hope you are observing it enough… And I am not going to justify yesterday’s event again and again for my drink being spiked… But is that the only thing bothering you?” Arnav asked her curiously…

“You make me feel so bad… You stay away from me… How dare I even not serve you lunch today? I never did this in my life… I can never even think of denying anyone food… My Babuji will kill me if he gets to know it but still I did it… Because I feel so obsessed for your attention, you are my husband for god’s sake…” Tears rolled down her eyes… She was angry at herself…

“Maybe I shouldn’t expect too much out of life and especially from you… But you said we will try… And when it comes to you, all my logic vanishes in thin air… I don’t know why I feel like this?” She continued her ranting…

“Why do I have to feel so angry? Why do I go crazy and then I have no control over what I do?” Khushi was clueless…

“I just wanted to go out in fresh air tonight, calm down and think… But ended up going with Ria to club and dancing… I was so mad at myself and you, I ended up drinking the shots or whatever they called it… All because of you… How will I explain this to my Babuji now? I don’t know what happens to me when I see you or be around you every time…” Her blabbering continued…

“Khushi, I am your husband for sure… And even I was wrong… I expected you to cook and pamper me when you were angry at me… I should have been the one doing that to you…” He genuinely accepted…

“Yes, you are wrong… Now you will explain to my Babuji and not me…” She blamed him like a child…

“We don’t need to explain anything to anyone for now, not even to your Babuji… It’s something between you and me, we will resolve it ourselves…” Arnav did not want things to go to family, she was way too much worried how her parents will feel about her misbehavior…

“Khushi, look at me… Please look at me… I understand we started on a wrong foot… Rather I started on a wrong foot… But have I done anything to make you feel bad recently after our talk? When I said let’s start fresh, I really meant it… So forget about all that gossip… Do you really know whom I like?” Arnav hugged her tight patting her back, tried to calm her down and asked her curiously…

“As if I care…” She wasn’t prepared emotionally to hear some other name from his mouth… She tried to escape from his hug…

“You should care… Because this is your husband telling it to you…” He stared into her eyes and held her face in his hands…

“You should… Because the one and only girl I really like is you, Khushi… I mean it… My heart beats like crazy when you are near me or whenever I am thinking about you at work in office… Which is what I am doing all the time these days at work… I am getting obsessed about everything that is connected to you too… I like to spend time with you and just want to listen to you forever whenever you are talking animatedly explaining your day…” Arnav told her honestly…

“You should care because it’s about you and me… Just you and me… I don’t care about anyone else, any models, or any other makeup kits as you mentioned” He came closer and closer and smiled smirking… She was shocked to hear him… Does he like her, like really? Her eyes went wide, heart beating like crazy and she pouted as usual…

And Arnav lost his control and smacked his lips onto her… Initially it was slow kiss when he realized this was new for her but then he was not ready to leave her and kissed her thoroughly, slowly inside out… It was a long passionate kiss! He left her only after realizing she was almost breathless…

“You are behaving as if you are falling in love with me, feeling jealous and all that! Imagine the mighty great Arnav Singh Raizada falling in love with his so called middle class wife, that world does not know even exists! What a cruel joke? And it has to happen to me Devi Mayya… Oh my god… What were you thinking Devi Mayya?” She found it still hard to believe and digest when he expressed himself… She was drunk, tired and dozed off in his arms…

He did break her heart by calling her names, making her realize her middle class status compared to his richness! She took all his nonsense without complaining ever, but then she developed low self-esteem and is so insecure… Anything related to him in news especially page 3 breaks her heart… A lone tear escaped from his eyes when he held her and hugged her tight in his arms… He picked her and took her to the bed… He made her sleep and wrapped her in the blanket as if she is something so fragile that would break, kissed her forehead and pecked her lips lightly…

“I need to mend her broken heart and that too fast…” He was talking to himself standing at the poolside…

“And what did she say… As if I am falling in love with her… She is so right… I have fallen in love with her…” His heart elated with the new revelation…

NK and La rushed in…

“Is she ok? Sorry ASR, I did not know any of this…” NK had to share with La some more information about Khushi after La saw ASR carrying Khushi in his arms when La alone had rushed outside to check on Khushi…

“It’s ok, La… Can I trust you not to leak any of this for now… I will reveal things when time is right…” Arnav requested and she nodded.

“La, can you help change Khushi into something comfortable?” He walked to Khushi’s closet and pulled out a soft cotton night dress… He walked out with NK and La had Khushi change her dress and go back to sleep…

La and NK were taken aback… Arnav’s request clearly indicated he and Khushi did not have normal husband and wife relationship yet… NK felt pity for his stupid brother while sorry for Khushi!


Jul 16

Chapter 24 - Arnav settles score! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 101 times)

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Chapter 24 - Arnav settles score!

It was a long night for Arnav… His words that were said in anger have made deep impact on Khushi’s heart…

“But was she so angry and jealous just like I was…? Her behavior totally screamed jealousy and revenge like a typical teenager… And what did she say? All her logics go for a toss when it comes to me! She feels crazy insecure and possessive at the same time…” Arnav smiled… She likes him too… Or maybe even loves him but hasn’t realized it yet just like him…

Next morning, Arnav got ready first and asked HP to get lemon water for Khushi and kept it ready…

Khushi woke up to a bad headache! She quickly freshened up but could not even go down and sat on the bed holding her head!

“Hey Devi Mayya, why my head is hurting so bad like someone is hitting me hard?” Khushi blabbered to herself holding her head in her hands…

“It’s called hang over, my dear wife… Here, this will help” Arnav smirked and handed her the warm lemon water…

She had it one go and felt a little relief… She suddenly realized her dress was changed too…

“What happened last night?” She asked him seriously…

“Nothing, you went wild after tequila shots. So I carried you home and you slept off…” Arnav informed her…

She was thinking trying to remember things happened last night! Automatically her hand went to her lips!

And yes, one more thing happened last night!

He stared at her walking next to her and sat on the bed! She tried to get up but he stopped her and bent down…

She realized he was too close for her comfort… She quickly closed her eyes… Arnav saw her reaction and did exactly what she was expecting…

He slowly kissed her… First she showed a little resistance but gave in slowly… He started to explore her mouth thoroughly and automatically her hands went in his hair and she started responding with equal fervor! It was another mind blowing passionate kiss!

“I do not want my wife to forget what happened last night… It was our first kiss! Hope you got back the memory or you need more!” Arnav smirked.

“And by the way I changed your clothes and made you wear the night dress!” He winked at her…

She just blushed so hard, hopped out of the bed and ran to the bathroom… He laughed and went down for breakfast giving her space to digest new progress in their relationship…

“Khushi, are you ready to go to work?” Arnav asked seeing Khushi coming down slowly…

“No, I am planning to skip today or maybe go later today… Still have the bad head ache… Let me eat and decide” She sat on the chair with a pale face and started serving herself breakfast…

“Khushi Bitiya, hope you feel better. Take care… Arnav told me you were not feeling well this morning…” Nani left the dining table since she wanted to go to temple…

“Who asked you to drink?” Arnav smirked at her…

“Excuse me? And why are you asking me questions? We are still not done and I am not talking to you…” Khushi talked to him in no nonsense tone…

“Oh, I thought we were good after yesterday night and morning kiss…” He purposely teased her and smirked…

“I don’t know what are you talking about? HP, please get me the ginger tea…” Khushi held her head in her hands but still couldn’t hide her blush…

“Oh so you kiss any stranger and forget? I never knew this quality of yours…” He teased her again…

Khushi glared at him angrily… Arnav waited and let her have her breakfast… After the ginger tea and nice South Indian breakfast Khushi felt alive and her head ache gone…

“Nikhil, I will come by 10 am. See you soon” She called and informed her senior at Oberoi…

“Ok, let’s go Khushi, I have a meeting and I am getting late…” Arnav was getting restless looking at the watch since he has an important meeting at 11 am.

“Arnav please go ahead. I am not coming with you…” She replied to him…

“Khushi, enough… I have an important meeting at 11 am. So please hurry up…” He has to drop her and then go further and Delhi traffic can never be trusted…

“I am not going with you…” Khushi was stubborn…

Arnav just pulled her so hard that she crashed on his chest… He realized he might have been little too harsh and he immediately calmed down…

“Khushi, look at me… I don't like it when you beave so adamant… I thought I explained you it was a mistake and my drink was spiked… I am not lying… We are not going to talk about it again and again. Don’t act like a stubborn teen…” Arnav again explained her carefully.

“And I hate it when you do whatever you want, come explaining, kiss me and expect everything back to normal… It doesn’t matter to you if I agree or not…” She replied with equal fervor…

“Ok, no problem… As you say, we are not done yet… We will talk about it in the evening… Can we go now please?” Arnav was surprised at his own patience with her…

Khushi just nodded and sat in the car… The journey was a quiet one…

“Thank you and bye” She ran out before he could kiss her good bye…

Arnav banged hard on accelerator and she could hear tires screeching… She knew she made him mad but couldn’t help herself either…

Arnav came back home with Aman, La and NK… Anyway it was Saturday and Nani was staying overnight for early morning Pooja at Sivaji temple…

Khushi was surprised with the whole gang walking but felt happy… Khushi quickly made some snacks with coffee and guided HP to prepare dinner…

They all sat around the sofa happily chit chatting…

“Hey NK, by the way Sonia called this morning and was asking for you… She was asking when you are coming back to UK? Looks like she is missing you so bad…” Arnav dropped the bomb slowly…

La choked on her coffee… Glared at NK and pushed him away…

“Come on bro, it’s impossible that any Sonia would have called… Because I don’t know any Sonia” NK spoke loudly…

“Who is Sonia by the way? Why is she missing you NK?” La stood up and asked him pointing… She was done with his running away nature…

“You know what NK, I am so done with all this nonsense. Last time also after finishing project, you just walked away… Do you have any idea what I went through…? It was depressing for me to not even hear from you…” La was mad was an understatement… She was immensely hurt…

“La, stop it… I don’t even know any Sonia. And why would I hide it from you? It was not like we were dating back then… But I still had feelings for you which I could not express… But I am very serious this time…” NK assured La…

“Bro, you are messing it up for me… Sonia called, like seriously?” NK asked Arnav again…

“Maybe you were drinking specialty shots like I did yesterday… So you don’t remember” Arnav winked at NK…

“Bro, don’t blame me… La and Aman are your culprits… Ask them. And who the hell asked you to jump in and drink my shot?” NK barked angrily and spilled the beans…

“What is going on here?” Khushi was more confused now…

“Ok, actually we mixed double shots and added concentrated drops to the drink… Aman and I were just fooling around with NK… The shot was spiked and meant for him… You just happened to grab and drink it…” La confessed sheepishly…

“Sorry boss, it wasn’t meant for you… But your bad luck…” Aman also added…

“So you two spiked the shot and never bothered to tell me about it? Or wait until I figure out you guys were goofing around? And NK, you knew it too but didn’t bother to tell me?” Arnav shot back at all three of them…

Khushi realized now why he has invited them at home… He felt the need to prove his innocence… She suddenly felt guilty that she didn’t trust him…

“Sorry ASR… We really tried to be with you throughout the party after you drank the shot and one of us was always with you… But during dinner arrangements and dance, we were like 5 minutes away from you. But the media always hovers you and of course neither media nor any girl want to miss their chance with you… We are really sorry… We never meant to trouble you like that… The drink was not even meant for you!” La was genuinely sorry.

“Yeah Boss, we were just fooling around… Planned to trouble NK. But still sorry… We never meant another Page 3 head ache for you…” Aman also apologized…

“I didn’t know how to confront you with the fact. And Khushi was also mad at you… I tried to talk to her too. Sorry Nannav…” NK also apologized…

“Next time make sure this doesn’t happen again” Arnav warned in ASR tone…

They all had dinner together and La was still mad at NK about Sonia.

“Good night La, by the way Sonia is my Di’s 6 months old daughter… Don’t worry, she will call us both soon when she is ready to talk…” Arnav again winked at NK…

“Nannav you, I will not spare you… La, wait and let’s talk…” NK roared and La could not help but burst out laughing…



Jul 19

Chapter 25 – Flirty and Possessive Arnav! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 111 times)

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Chapter 25 – Flirty and Possessive Arnav!

“Arnav, you are so mean… What was the need to make them fight?” Khushi was shocked Arnav can be so naughty…

“If you would have believed that my drink was spiked, I wouldn’t do any of this for sure…” He smirked staring at Khushi.

“Haw, now you are blaming me? No one offered you the drink. You took it yourself so it’s all your fault… Huh, Laad Governor” With that she marched to their room.

“OK then, if you are still mad at me then do one thing…” He said casually.

“And what is that?” Khushi asked him arrogantly…

“Return my two kisses, one from yesterday night and one from today morning… Hope you remember. You have to kiss me back exact same way as I did…” Arnav stood in front of her folding his hands and raised his eye brow…

Khushi blushed so hard that turned red!

“Shameless Laad Governor! I am so not going do that… And you also lied to me…” She crossed her hands asking him…

“About what?” Arnav asked her curious…

“La was the one who changed my dress yesterday… She talked to me today… I heard you and NK told her about her our marriage…” Khushi confronted him…

“Oh, that… I just wanted to see your reaction…” He winked at her…

“You are such a Laad Governor” She pushed him and tried to rush inside the bathroom… Her heart beats were still haywire…

“Do you still not trust me at all Khushi? It bothers me a lot…” He pulled her back closer to him and looked into her eyes asking her concerned.

“I am so sorry but it’s nothing like that… I just get so scared. Maybe I need some time…” She didn’t know if they are close enough for her to open up about her insecurities… After all he is a billionaire, so handsome, young achiever and everything going great for him and she is a very simple, ordinary girl… No one knows about her at all…

“Khushi, I will do whatever it takes to make you feel comfortable and we will build the trust together, don’t worry…” He hugged her and pecked her lightly… He realized she is too young and has insecurities because of his behavior in the past…

“Oh Devi Mayya please save me, this Laad Governor always makes me feel crazy… Save me from his black magic!” Khushi just stood there in his bear hug thinking why Arnav affects her so much…

“Khushi you are so cute… I can’t resist you anymore… I wish I can tell you how I feel about you right now!” Arnav thought…

Khushi got up late in the morning and needed to go to work today as well… She took quick shower and came out… Not having Arnav in room was great relief for now!

While getting ready, she remembered how he confessed his feelings last night and accepted he really likes only her… She remembered their first kiss, she dozing off and his lone tear… And then another kiss yesterday morning and he got home the trio - La, NK and Aman to clarify her doubts! She blushed so hard looking at herself in the mirror…

How can she escape him now? She thought… Nothing else she could think off… Only their kiss was lingering in her mind and on her tongue… She was going crazy, her heart was pounding…

“Good morning, Nani and NK…” Khushi wished them as soon as she came down and quickly ran to the kitchen…

She got breakfast and coffee along with HP…

He tried his coffee, it is made by Khushi and felt his life is back to normal!

“Thank you for the coffee… Day is not the same without your coffee in the morning!” He whispered…

“I am so sorry for not making your coffee yesterday and denying you lunch… Will you be able to forgive me?” Khushi got emotional again… First time she did something out of her character that she truly regretted…

“You see, my wife has bad temper… But she looks gorgeous when she is angry and I can handle that…” Arnav whispered again holding her hand under the table…

She suddenly got up…

“What happened Khushi Bitiya?” Nani asked looking at her…

“Nothing Nani, I just thought of serving everyone…” Khushi tried to cover up looking at Arnav angrily…

“It’s ok Bitiya. You also have to go too. So just sit and eat… We can serve ourselves and HP will help if we need anything else…” She had no choice but to sit and eat while Arnav again held her other hand under the table…

The car drive was mostly silent with Khushi being shy and Arnav smirking at her often and smiling… Before she could jump out, he pulled her and kissed on her cheek to bid goodbye… She blushed so hard as usual…

“By the way Nikhil was worried about my job yesterday after I denied to serve you in my anger…” Khushi told him how worried her senior was about her behavior…

“Yeah, you got lucky… Else I neither eat from any other chef nor does anyone have guts to deny me…” He replied in ASR tone…

“I am sorry again Arnav… I feel so awful that I could do anything to get your…” She could not look up and meet his eyes…

“Khushi chill, I did not say it to make you feel guilty… And what did you say?” He smirked…

“Or maybe Nikhil thinks because of the Master Chef fiasco, I decided not to serve you… Who knows?” Khushi changed topic to escape his question… How stupid of her to carry her obsession for him on her sleeves, she thought…

“Might be since no one knows I recommended you to Alan… And Alan wouldn’t go and tell the world” Arnav guessed maybe she is right…

“You and your secrecies…” Khushi was sarcastic… 

“Khushi, just this one time, can you please trust me? I can officially announce our marriage in no time but I want to do it the right way… I will announce it very soon when the time is right! Will you please trust me just this one time? I will not give you a chance to feel insecure or ignore you ever… Will you be able to trust me just this one time?” Arnav asked Khushi politely with all his honesty…

She did not know what he is up to or what is the right way or when is the right time… But she felt like he is honest enough to trust…

“Ok, anyways I already promised you, I will not expose our relation to anyone and I meant it…” Khushi nodded and went to the restaurant…

Arnav could see disappointment in her eyes but he knew what he needed to do and when is the right time!

The kitchen renovation was coming along well and would be ready in couple of days… She would also finish her 2 weeks crash course under Alan soon… She was excited…

Couple of days Arnav got busy with kick off meetings for the new project… But he decided today, he will go for lunch at Oberoi and work from home rest of the day…

As soon as he took the table, he saw Ankit Khanna and his entire group… Ankit again sent message to call Khushi and talked to her politely… After Khushi went in, Arnav could hear his friends asking him about his keen interest in her… Arnav was raged… But it was his decision about declaring their marriage so he has to live with it without creating a drama…

Khushi served them lunch and by then Arnav was also looking at the menu… She saw him and smiled…

“Hi gorgeous, I am in a mood for some India delicacy. Surprise me with anything cooked by you!” He messaged her…

Khushi smiled and blushed red… He just called me gorgeous… What should I make for him? She was thinking… A minute of thinking and she exactly knew what to serve him…

She quickly made fenugreek roti, Dum Aloo Kashmiri, broccoli and carrots salad with fresh fruits on the side and dry fruits custard…

“Who are you serving this Khushi? Looks delicious…” Nikhil asked curiously…

“Table 8. Request for special Indian food” Khushi answered without divulging it is for Arnav…

“You mean ASR. Are you kidding me Khushi? Let us make something else for him! He might never eat these kind of things… He is very particular about his diet and he is diabetic…” Nikhil was worried.

“This is sugar free dessert… Don’t worry” Before Nikhil could say anything further, Khushi already reached Arnav and served him the lunch…

He was surprised she could pull off an elaborate menu in few minutes… Nikhil was astound to watch ASR enjoying Indian food for the first time ever at Oberoi!

“Really delicious and yummy lunch… Dessert was awesome too but not as much as you… Will wait for you in the parking lot! Make it fast…” Khushi read the message from him with the lips symbol… She exactly knew what he meant and blushed…

“See you soon, wrapping up…” Khushi replied back…

“Oh god, Laad Governor knows how to make me feel crazy in public and raise my heart beats!” Khushi murmured…

 

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