Master Chef! - A new ARSHI Story

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Jul 22

Chapter 26 - Jealousy Brewing! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 148 times)

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Chapter 26 - Jealousy Brewing!

Arnav finished lunch and was checking messages sitting there before going to the car parking in the ba****t where signal is weak...

"Ankit, she seriously cooks the best Indian food... Amazing... Beauty with brains..." Ankit's friends commented...

"I told you so... Very rare that a 20 year old can cook like a pro, she has 6th sense for food... I am glad I could tap her talent and help... And plus learning under Alan would do her wonders... I am not sure how she got this opportunity to learn under Alan, but she is ready to carve her own name in food industry..." Ankit was proud of Khushi...

"Ankit, are you seriously interested in her? You seem to be talking a lot about her these days!" His another friend commented...

"Did you meet her after that night at Planet M?" Another friend asked him...

"No man, I just met her during the show. Then saw her here and same evening at Planet M... She is kind of a mystery to me... There was confusion about she being married and our host made fun of her during the show... She was so overwhelmed by the mocking that she could not even enjoy her win and ran away from there... I am not sure she is married or not, never went to such a personal level yet... Then she suddenly vanished that night from Planet M while her friends were still there... I don't know her too much but whatever I know, she is gem of a person, beautiful inside out..." Ankit carefully drafted his words and was trying to measure his own feelings for her...

Was he smitten by this beauty with brain, he absolutely was... No doubt in his mind... But was he really, deeply in love with her, maybe not yet. He knew unless he confirms she is married or not, he decided he would rather be friend...

"Maybe you should ask her on a date... Start with friendship, you both are already on great terms and then see where it goes... Trust us Ankit, she is a kind of girl to keep for life so don't waste time if you really like her..." His friends suggested...

"I don't know, maybe..." Ankit left his sentence at that...

Arnav's hands turned into tight fist to control his anger... "She is my wife, only mine damn it..." His heart screamed!

"Come on guys, let's finish lunch... I have a meeting with my dad at 2 pm and he hates late comers even if it is me..." Ankit changed the topic...

Arnav realized Ankit neither denied his affection towards Khushi nor answered whether he likes Khushi more than as a friend!

"Ankit seems totally smitten by you, Khushi... I heard you went with him inside at Planet M, did you mingle with his friends too? Do you know them all that well?" Arnav asked her casually as soon as she got in the car... He wanted to see her opinion about Ankit as well as understand why she went in with him since he was really surprised to hear that ... Also he was curious to know if Ankit was really her buddy and a very close friend...

If he always heard Ankit praising Khushi, he knew Khushi also admired Ankit!

"Not really Arnav... I reached the club on time and everyone else was late... Ankit happened to walk in and bumped into me... He felt standing alone outside was not safe for me and took me inside with him..." Khushi told him what exactly happened...

"By then Ria walked in, though I did say hello to his friends... But as I already told you yesterday, I tried shots first time only after seeing you in the club... Before that I only tried the mocktails... I am not the one who can bend rules under pressure... But after seeing you, I knew you are there to take care of me... Or else I would never do it... And never in future too... I was just angry and overreacted but I promise, I won't do it again..." Khushi promised him.

"Oh so you trust me that I will take care of you?" Arnav asked her surprised.

"Yes" Khushi nodded.

"How and why?" Arnav was curious...

"I don't know but my heart just felt you came there for me... And you proved me right... You did take care of me and too me home safe..." She replied genuinely...

"Khushi, you can go out with your friends and even with me as well... But make sure to do right things and not something in anger that you will regret later... Also it might send wrong signals to others so be a little careful... And if you were doing all these to make me jealous or for my attention then I must admit, you very well succeeded..." He winked at her...

"What?" She just blushed realizing what he meant...

"So you used your so called buddy wisely, I must say..." Arnav teased her...

"No... Ankit and I mean, we met only few times before this week that too on the sets of Master Chef. I am not sure if he even remembers my full name, maybe he does because of the fiasco I created that day but nothing more... And I just know him and his background because they brief it on the show every episode..." Khushi said politely clearing the air between them about Ankit...

"So what was that you said the other night? We are close friends and buddies and all that?" Arnav smirked again and asked her...

"If you want, I can be his buddy and a close friend now..." She snapped back... She was caught but she knew how to handle him these days...

"Not required Khushi, let's focus on us..." Arnav wasn't even in a mood to joke about it... She sure knew how to bring out his jealousy, he is surprised how strongly she affects him... How possessive he is becoming about her?

"Let me guess, are you jealous of Ankit?" Khushi asked him straight...

"No, not at all..." Arnav fumbled...

"Are you sure?" It was Khushi's turn to tease him...

"Khushi, do you realize Ankit and his father are in the same business line as I am? Making him my business rival! I wouldn't want to jeopardize my business rapport at any cost... And wouldn't want your name to be connected in a wrong way with him, you are just not any girl... You are my wife..." First time he showed authority to her as a husband...

"So I was just making sure my wife is safe and not mingling with unknown people..." Arnav replied confidently knowing where she was going...

"Arnav I did not realize the business rivalry aspect but I will keep it in mind now... I was just joking when I said you were jealous... Leave it please..." She joked about it but was scared now seeing his reaction.

"And look who is talking? You called all the models makeup kits... like seriously? And you were so angry, jealous wild kitten... You looked so adorable..." Arnav turned the table on her and smiled... He realized she got scared of him and he wanted to lighten the moment...

"Oh really? And that's why you came running to the club with La and NK? And you didn't even let me enjoy the night..." She counter questioned him...

"To tell you the truth, yes... You looked so gorgeous Khushi and I hated to see you enjoying with others... You remember first time you went with NK's gang for a movie, even that day I wanted to ask you to join me for Singhania's anniversary party!" He spilled an old secret...

"Really, then why didn't you ask?" Khushi was surprised he wanted to take her with him long before... Is that why he kept staring at her with the longing in his eyes, how did I miss it? She was confused...

"I really don't know why... Maybe I was a fool back then... But not anymore..." Arnav replied honestly.

Khushi did not want to push him more and make him feel guiltier than he already was... She turned away to the road side and smiled... So yesterday's confession was his true feelings, she was thoroughly excited and blushed so hard... What does she feel about him to blush always so much? How did she kiss him back and enjoy? She is still clueless but she felt it all nice! Being with him, in his arms, for her everything felt just right!

Why does even her heart beat so fast always when he comes close to her? Why her heart does crave for his approval or complements? She herself wondered many times...

Why does he affect me so much that I lose myself when he stares at me? And why does he stare at me all the time? Why am I thinking all the time about him? She did not know... All she realized so far was, he matters a lot to her these days... Everything about him matters the most, she felt... Her heart goes on an emotional roller coaster ride with his behavior and mostly she has no control over it!

She decided to decipher her feelings later as they reached home...

 

Jul 26

Chapter 27 – Khushi’s Kitchen! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 150 times)

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Chapter 27 – Khushi’s Kitchen!

When they entered the house, he saw Neena and team standing and waiting for them… They had a white screen in front of the kitchen! They asked Arnav, Khushi, Nani, NK and HP to join them…

Neena decided to record the moments and present it to ASR! What can be better than seeing their reaction to a spectacular kitchen again and again and relive the moment?

So she guided to start the recording….

Neena requested Khushi to pull the white screen and the spectacular brand new kitchen was ready for Khushi!

As expected Khushi was jumping like a small kid with joy… Running around the island, touching the countertops, cabinets and appreciating high end appliances…. Arnav was just amused with his wife’s antics and kept staring at her!

Neena explained all the appliances, handed over warranty papers and in all it looked such an inviting space for a chef… Khushi was touching cabinets, counter tops again and again and was so lost in her dream kitchen which is now real…

Suddenly she hugged Arnav tight and thanked him… She just couldn’t believe her dream kitchen is now a reality…

“It’s ok Khushi, you deserve it… I hope this really helps you prepare and I am ready to be your guinea pig!” Arnav teased her…

Khushi saw her parents walking in. Arnav invited them to see Khushi’s new kitchen…

Khushi was so excited to show her kitchen to her Babuji and was getting so many tips of cooking from him… Arnav adored her talking animatedly… Her Babuji was explaining her something and she always listened like an obedient student…

“Babuji, you are the best… I love you much…” Khushi hugged and kissed her Babuji on his cheeks…

“Khushi, you still act like a kid…” Garima asked her to calm down…

“What Amma? My Babuji is the best…” Khushi again was sitting with her Babuji till they were there, happily chatting and discussing things…

“Only her Babuji is the best… Nothing for me for getting her the dream kitchen?” Am I now comparing myself with her father and jealous?” Arnav just nodded his head…

Khushi was surprised to see Arnav vanish to their bedroom… Maybe he has some call, she concluded…

“Oh, so all praises only for Babuji right? Nothing for the poor husband who got you the dream kitchen?” Arnav asked her as soon as she came to their room after bidding goodbye to her parents…

“My Babuji is the best so he deserves it… You don’t even know how to pacify your wife… So first work hard on it…” She replied… Arnav could see her being naughty and teasing…

“Oh really, how can you say that?” Arnav asked her seriously…

“That day I was so upset with you… But instead of coming home, you went back to work…” She complained…

“But I did come to have lunch at Oberoi but you ignored me and chose to serve your so called friend… Again I came to Planet M plus… Are you forgetting it?” He asked her…

“No… But my Babuji would always be after Amma whenever she is upset with him until her mood is back to normal… He would definitely pacify her overnight for sure if their argument was heated one…” Khushi complained…

“What? You are unbelievable” Arnav could not hide his smile…

“I am not joking... I have seen it from my childhood, Amma would stay upset whole day but Babuji would pacify her and next morning she would be smiling and shy while Babuji would laugh looking at her…” Khushi explained…

“Oh is it? I would love to pacify you like that… Don’t worry that day would not be long…” Arnav hugged her tight looking at her innocence… How he managed to get her in his life, he thought… Oh yeah, big thanks to his Nani…

“Khushi, I am still waiting for your proper “Thank You” for the kitchen…” Arnav stared into her eyes so close and asked her…

They were very close to each other, their lips almost touching and she knew what he was asking for… She was hesitant but she moved closer and pecked his lips closing the distance between them… She didn’t know what to do next but he took over and drove them both to a passionate kiss…

Next morning was a big time hustle bustle around the kitchen… Khushi arranged for a small Pooja before she starts using the kitchen and then she cooked some sweets as well as variety of breakfast dishes… South Indian for Nani, Paratha for NK and sandwiches for Arnav…

“So yummy Khushi… Even I tried paratha today…” Arnav praised her cooking…

“Don’t forget your coffee. And today you are guessing the flavor…” Khushi stood there waiting for his answer…

“Khushi, I can’t believe it… You just made the coffee exactly like my mom” He hugged her tight remembering his mom…

“I am glad I could nail it… I was worried but decided to give it a try after Nani handed me your mom’s recipe books. This is my real thanks to you… You will get lots of your favorite recipes from now on…” Khushi said happily… Arnav really felt overwhelmed…

Arnav rushed to his room… He has a small surprise for her and this was the best moment to gift her, he thought and proceeded…

“Khushi, come here right now…” Arnav called her after running to their room…

“Now what? We have to go to work remember?” Khushi was in a hurry…

“Stand straight here for a minute… I will drop you on time…” He forced her to stand in front of the mirror, opened a small box and took out a beautiful heart diamond pedant with a chain… He then adorned it around her neck, hugging her from behind and handed her the ear rings… Again cute heart shaped earrings with a big diamond in the middle…

“Wow, this is so beautiful, thank you Arnav…” Khushi touched the pendant again and again while wearing the matching ear rings…

“Khushi, I could not give you the gift properly last time… But I really hope you like this and will wear it for me!” Arnav requested honestly…

“Yes, I will… And thank you much… Really love it.” Khushi turned to face him, hugged him back and couldn’t help but kissed him on his cheeks…

“Khushi, I am not a kid to kiss me on my cheeks…” Arnav winked at her…

“Yeah so?” She knew what he was talking about but she didn’t want to give in… As is his closeness drove her crazy and his kisses were already giving her sleepless nights these days… She blushed so hard with the thought…

“Khushi did I tell you, you look gorgeous when you blush like that…” He pecked her…

She again ended hugging him and hiding her face in his arms feeling so shy…

“Khushi, are you happy with the kitchen renovation or do you need anything else? Let me know and I can make sure you get it today itself…” Arnav assured her…

“I simply love it Arnav… It’s a dream come true… Thank you so much… I look forward to cook so many delicacies every single day!” She is always excited when talking about the kitchen…

“Wow, then I better not make my beautiful wife angry or else I will be starving… I might still get dessert on a lucky day… But no guaranty… ” Arnav teased her…

“Haw, you better be a good boy then” She pouted cutely demanding him to be in her good books…

“Don’t you dare keep pouting in front of me…” He warned her and kissed her hard… She reciprocated with equal fervor… They both were getting used to this new closeness with each other and enjoying their small moments every now and then…

“Let’s go…” He pulled her with him to go to work…



Jul 30

Chapter 28 – Arnav’s Insecure and confesses! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 142 times)

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Chapter 28 – Arnav’s Insecure and confesses!

Arnav dropped Khushi in the ba****t parking lot of Oberoi, turned around and left… Khushi took the escalator upstairs and was in the kitchen side lobby when she saw Ankit walking towards her…

“Hi Khushi, good morning” Ankit wished her morning and side hugged…

“Hey Ankit, Good morning… What brings you here in the morning today?” Khushi asked him curiously…

Just then Arnav was passing by the lobby and he saw Ankit with Khushi and they were chatting…

Whether Khushi realizes it or not, Arnav knew Ankit really likes Khushi… He is smitten by her from day one he has met her on the show… He heard him speaking highly about Khushi and praising her… He openly admitted Khushi is beautiful inside out!

He misses no opportunity to be with her and spend time with her… Arnav felt restless…

Who wouldn’t like his Khushi? She is beautiful, amazingly talented and down to earth, caring… Ankit specifically tapped her talent way early and gave her the golden opportunity and she proved her worth and him right! And it makes him in her good books, Arnav knew…

“But why he has to go every day to Oberoi and be around Khushi all the time? Does he not have any other job? Why he has to hover around her every single day?” Arnav was getting angrier…

“ASR, what happened?” Aman could see him restless…

“This Ankit Khanna is becoming a pain…” Arnav spit it out without realizing…

“What? We have no deals where Khanna is competing. And even if they are why you would be worried? Ankit doesn’t stand a chance against you… He will have to take another birth to even come closer to your business sense… Then why bother about Ankit Khanna?” Though Aman assured him, he was clueless why even Arnav talk about Ankit… In fact Aman was surprised since ASR never cared about the competition, even when he had just started the business…Being fearless of the competition was in his DNA… He truly believed in his own abilities…

“But I don’t trust him around my Khushi… I trust her but I still feel very insecure knowing how vulnerable our relation is right now” Arnav opened up slowly…

Shock was an understatement for Aman… He could clearly see how possessive Arnav is for Khushi… He decided to lighten the moment and help his buddy…

“My Khushi? When did that happen? And are you jealous and insecure about Ankit Khanna? Like seriously?” Aman tried to understand the situation…

Arnav suddenly realized what he has blurted out… Arnav looked at Aman who has a smirk on his face asking him to answer his questions…

“Ok, I really like her… I feel so crazy for her, possessive and insecure at the same time… I keep thinking about her all the time… She affects me like hell…” Arnav admitted sheepishly…

“Like? Are you sure?” Aman didn’t buy his like story… He could see his friend is head over heels in love with his wife but wanted him to concede…

“Maybe I don’t know… I think I have fallen in love with her…” Arnav wanted to avoid but at last confessed his true feelings in front of someone else other than himself… And felt so relaxed…

“Yes, I love her… She doesn’t even know… She has no clue… But I love her damn it! I really love her…” Arnav let go of his suppressed feelings…

Aman had nothing to say… He just went hugged his friend, not ASR… For falling in love, have someone to share his success, loneliness and love…

“I have told you long ago, you found your true match… Khushi is really the best…” Aman smirked how easily ASR, the mighty ASR accepted his love for his wife…

“But we are still working on our own relation… I hate any distractions for both of us...” Arnav is really irritated to see Ankit around Khushi…

“Just focus on you and Khushi, Arnav… Don’t give importance to other things or other people around you… You both are made for each other…” Aman reassured him…

“But I still hate to see that Ankit trying to spend time with my Khushi… I just can’t get over the thought of him hovering over my Khushi…”Arnav was still mad at Ankit…

“My Khushi, does your Khushi know she is your Khushi? Or you are all gutsy only in front of me and she has no clue about your feelings towards her?” Aman asked him…

“Obviously I want to plan something nice and big to tell her that I love her… I feel she likes me too but we both just need a little time…” Arnav was thinking on how to tell her…

“Telling her anything right now will be a big distraction… I was thinking of telling her on the night her show gets over… I can’t really wait more than that…” Arnav was desperate to profess and shower her with all his love…

“So when you have already planned, act on it and don’t worry about anything else… Her show final rounds start next week so I am sure you can wait for another 10 days or so…” Aman concluded…

“Hi Arnav” Khushi was surprised to see Arnav’s call around 1 pm. He was supposed to be busy whole day with some important deal…

“Hi Khushi, busy?” Arnav asked her.

“Yes, Ankit, Vikas sir and my show team is here… They are video shooting how candidates are preparing… Ankit decided to start with me, isn’t that exciting?” Khushi squealed…

“Oh is it?” Arnav now knew why Ankit is there at Oberoi…

“Yeah, since morning… I have been cooking and presenting variety of dishes… It’s so much fun…” Khushi told him…

“Guess what? Every day they will cover a new candidate and then telecast during the actual final rounds… They will mix some of the videos from preparations to show how hard we are working for the finale… So all in all super fun…” Khushi couldn’t hide her excitement…

“Wow Khushi, sounds like you are having the best time… Keep it up…” He was really happy for her and encouraged her to do her best…

“Khushi, you must try this… The rolls have been baked so delicious… Just open your mouth girl” Ankit forced Khushi to eat a bite of veggie rolls and handed her another one…

“Wait Ankit… Give it to Nisha as well” Khushi held her phone aside and gulped down the bite… It was so hot and took her a couple of minutes to come back and talk…

“Yeah, it’s Nisha’s turn to take pics and then eat…” Ankit walked away…

“Khushi, are you there?” Arnav felt he could easily break his whole cabin in anger had he still not waiting for Khushi on the phone…

“Yeah Arnav, I will get some veggie rolls at home… I tried something new and they came out so well. You must try… I would love to get your opinion… By the way you were supposed to be in the meeting whole day, right?” Khushi asked him.

“Yeah, but just thought of having lunch with you…” Arnav already missed her so much…

“Not today Arnav, I still need to make 3 more dishes so will easily take me another couple of hours plus I ate so much while cooking and presenting… And I don’t want you to wait for so long… Please have your lunch on time and make sure to take your medicines on time… How about tomorrow?” She honestly told him her schedule…

“No problem Khushi, see you later…” Arnav hung up.

Khushi reached home around 4 pm after finishing the shoot and sat with Nani telling her the exciting details. Just then Arnav walked in…

“Chote, you are home so early?” Nani was surprised…

“Yeah, got a little headache so wrapped up early…” Arnav just could not work after his phone call with Khushi and ended up wrapping the day early… Though not without screaming, getting angry and postponing few of his important meetings…

“Arnav, I have right formula for your headache… Go and change… I will be there by then” Khushi ran to the kitchen and came back in 5 minutes…

“Here you go” She handed him hot piping coffee with veggie rolls…

“Oh, my mom’s spicy coffee with Indian spices!” He was surprised she knew this flavor of coffee always worked for his headache…

“Yeah, I have read Amma’s recipe book with notes at least 10 times now… She indeed must have been a great cook… She did love you the most!” Khushi admitted sheepishly.

“She indeed was… She would have loved your cooking skills too and would have been proud of you, I am sure…” Arnav knew his mom would have loved his Khushi…

“Arnav, lie down… I will give you a massage… I know, you love massage for your headache” She used tiger balm given by NK to give him a nice massage…

“Maybe Aman is right… I just need to focus on us. Here Khushi is so focused to know my habits and likes… I badly need to stop overthinking about anything or anyone else…” Arnav calmed himself…

Her hands did wonder and he slept off… 


Aug 5

Chapter 29 – Anjali in India to cheer Khushi! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 142 times)

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Chapter 29 – Anjali in India to cheer Khushi!

“Di, what a pleasant surprise?” Arnav hugged her and was shocked to see her but looking at NK and Nani he could see they had planned a surprise… No wonder Nani asked him to work from home today…

“Nani and NK, you both are doing too many things behind my back… I need to keep an eye on you both… Love your surprise though…” Arnav teased both…

“We really wanted to see Anjali and especially Sonia so we used excuse of Khushi’s show and final rounds that she has qualified for so we called Anjali to enjoy the show with us live here instead of watching late telecast in UK…” Nani informed him…

“Not bad Nani, I didn’t think of it but make perfect sense… Having Di around is always a pleasure… And my darling doll Sonia…” Arnav took Sonia from his Di to everyone’s surprise she went to him easily without any cry or any scare on her face…

“Di, she is little copy of Jiju… She is so adorable… So cute…” Arnav couldn’t help but mention baby’s resemblance with her father…

“I know… Everyone says that… I wish she looks at least a little like me… I am so jealous of Shyam… He takes so much advantage of it… Keeps teasing me whole day…” Anjali complained…

“Don’t worry Di, next time your prince charming will look like you… We will wait for another good news!” NK teased her…

“Yeah NK, but my good news has to wait… Maybe by then we will get a good news from Arnav and Khushi! What do you say Chote?” Anjali targeted her brother and was surprised to see him blush…

“Wow Chote, you are blushing… What a romantic picture?” Anjali teased him further…

“Di come on… Let’s get in first and where is your luggage… HP, get water for Di” Arnav changed the subject…

“Where is Khushi by the way? And does she know I am here to watch her show live?” Anjali asked NK curiously…

“Come on Anjali, when your Chote had no clue, do you think Khushi will know? It’s a surprise for her too. She will sure be happy…” Nani was proud they could pull off such a wonderful surprise…

“Di, Khushi is at Oberoi right now practicing her cooking skills and busy with last minute preparations… I must say she is working very hard and totally excited about the opportunity she has got… It’s her childhood dream Di…” Arnav was equally excited for his wife and Nani, Anjali and NK were equally shocked to see Arnav so excited for Khushi…

“Nice Chote… I can’t wait to see her… I had to return immediately after your marriage so we could never bond much but now that I am here, I am so happy… Nani and NK adore her so I am sure I will love her too as much as I love you…” Anjali totally smitten by how much NK and Nani talk about her…

“Di, Toys, diapers and other necessities will be delivered for Sonu in an hour… Here is the list and let Aman know if you need anything else… She should feel at home…” Arnav finished talking to Aman on phone and gave list to his Di…

“Wow Chote, I must say you have suddenly taken liking towards kids… Is it Khushi effect?” Anjali never missed any chance to tease her Chote and he was giving her too many…

“Di, can you please stop it? I just love my adorable darling and I want her to be comfortable here… As is she will miss Jiju…” Arnav explained unnecessarily making trio laugh…

“Di, by the way your brother is not as smart as you think… Though he is Harvard graduate, a complete flop show in love department… Barely passable… You will have to wait for a long time to see that day…” NK didn’t miss his chance to pull Arnav either…

“Shut up NK… Khushi is too young and is just starting in her career… Let her enjoy her work and settle… Kids can wait…” Arnav excused himself….

“Wow Chote, so much concerned about your wife and her career… Way to go bro… Ok, I will wait for my niece or nephew… But I will ask Khushi for sure if she is on the same page…” Anjali was happy to see changes in her brother…

“Di, I have some work…” Arnav rushed to his room avoiding any further conversation about their baby…

Maybe a beautiful daughter just like Khushi! The thought itself made him shiver…

“Khushi, Khushi, Khushi, what have you done to me? And I can’t wait anymore to tell you how much I love you and want to take this marriage forward… I will tell her the same night of finale of Master Chef…. I am sure she will be blown away by my plans…” Arnav blabbered to himself…

“Surprise!” Anjali shocked Khushi… She was holding Sonia in her hands…

“Di, you here? What a pleasant surprise? So good to see you… Must be Arnav’s plan…” Khushi hugged Anjali…

“No, your Arnav also did not know… Nani and NK planned it so I can watch your show live here and join you all if you qualify for final” Anjali informed her…

“Di, so sweet of you to come all the way… And I am sure I could learn few recipes from you too” Khushi declared taking Sonia in her arms…

“Di, Sonia seems very friendly… She easily came to me and she is such a cutie!” Khushi planted a kiss on Sonia’s cheek and hugged her tight…

“Can I take her to our room with me?” Khushi asked Anjali…

“Oh sure Khushi, no need to ask… She is all yours…” Khushi took her to their room and Arnav was happy to see how easily Khushi handled baby Sonia…

“Arnav be careful, put her in the middle of the bed and put pillows all around her so she doesn’t fall… Keep an eye on her while I get her milk bottle and baby snack…

“Ok” Arnav was surprised on her knowledge about babies…

“Oh my doll here” Khushi spread cereal on a tray for Sonia to pick up and eat… She slowly picked it up one by one and ate them… Finished her milk as well…

She played for another half an hour… Few minutes patting from Khushi and lots of kisses, she dozed off…

Arnav was watching her carefully. He was as usual jealous of Sonia to get so much love and attention from Khushi…

“She is so cute… I could play with her whole day and kiss her forever…” Khushi said planting last kiss on Sonia’s forehead…

“She is not the only one whom you can kiss…” Arnav smirked coming close to Khushi…

“Stop it Arnav, that’s the only thing you keep thinking… Let me check on Di if she needs anything. You please keep an eye on Sonia and call me when she gets up…” She tried to dodge him and walk away…

“Yeah, you are so right Khushi, kiss is not the only thing I should think about… We are husband and wife… So we could do lot more… Thanks for making me realize it, you are such a good wife!” Arnav stopped her and hugged her from behind…

“What?” Khushi turned around so shocked and shivered in his arms… He smirked seeing his effect on her…

“Right now I have to do lot more like cooking, learning some new recipes from Di and playing with Sonia… I don’t know about you though…” She pushed him a little and ran away…

“Crazy girl…” He muttered to himself…

Khushi ran to the kitchen, stood leaning on the wall and took a long breath…

“Why did Arnav say that? What does he mean?” Khushi kept on thinking… She blushed so hard and turned red as usual… She could no longer think about the c****s or focus on anything…

“This Laad Governor drives me crazy all the time… Hey Devi Mayya, I will be mad one day because of him and he won’t even know….” She was muttering to herself…

“Anything special happening Khushi? And why are you smiling and blushing?” Anjali said tapping on Khushi’s shoulder and brought her back out of her thoughts to reality… She had already guessed some cute moment must have happened between her brother and Khushi for her to come down running and hide in the kitchen…

“Nothing Di, I was just…” She couldn’t even answer properly…

“Khushi, I pray you always stay blessed like this… Your smile is so precious…” Anjali just put her hand on Khushi’s head and prayed for her happiness. She knew how much this angel has suffered when her brother acted thick headed…

“Di…” Khushi didn’t say much and hugged Anjali…

Arnav could see his sister and wife bonding so well standing outside his room…

“Khushi can win anyone’s heart with her infectious smile… How easily she manages to do it always?” Arnav was in awe of his wife…



Aug 13

Chapter 30 - Khushi Learning Authentic Recipes from Anjali! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 117 times)

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Chapter 30 - Khushi Learning Authentic Recipes from Anjali!

“Oh god Di, I am trying to wrap up but I might get late… Why don’t you all eat and I will join in an hour…” Khushi was upset with herself… She asked Anjali Di to teach her Rajasthan style Daal and when Di has kept everything ready to make it with Khushi, Khushi got late…

“No problem Khushi, don’t worry… I will make half of it and keep half for when you come… We will then make it together…” Anjali is very understanding and always treated Khushi like her just like her Chote…

Arnav could see his Di’s disappointed face though…

“Nothing Chote… I was just so excited to cook with Khushi… But never mind she should be back in an hour… She asked all of us to go ahead and have lunch…” Anjali was whining already missing Khushi…

“Di, give me half an hour and I will come down for lunch… Let me finish a call and come” Arnav suggested and went upstairs to his room…

“Khushi, Di is waiting for you. Can you make it home as soon as possible?” Arnav texted Khushi…

“Yes Arnav, I know… I already feel so bad about it… And I will try to finish as soon as possible and reach home… But I still might take an hour. Please don’t wait for me and have lunch” Khushi messaged him back immediately…

Arnav didn’t like her response and felt restless and angry for making his Di wait… Though he knew Khushi must be stuck…

“Make it as soon as possible… Di is looking forward to cook with you” Arnav replied…

In the meantime, HP served lunch and Anjali forced Arnav also to eat…

“Chote come on, it’s her work… She will come as soon as possible… Eat now…” Anjali watched Arnav playing with his food…

“Di, this Daal is awesome… Just like how Mamma used to make it… I miss her so much” Arnav whispered as soon as he put the first spoon of Daal in his mouth…

“Me too… She was such a wonderful cook and human being… Khushi is so much like her…” Anjali couldn’t help but comment…

“Anjali, I told you Khushi is a gem… She is my darling…” Nani mentioned proudly… She was proud of her choice for her Chote…

“You know what Chote, I have a feeling Nani no longer loves you or me or even NK… She only loves Khushi… Khushi yeh, Khushi woh” Anjali teased Nani trying to make the atmosphere light…

“I agree with you Di… Thank god you are here now… Otherwise Nani, NK and Khushi are always one team and ignore me completely… What can I tell you? My poor soul” Arnav exaggerated and teased Nani further…

“Yeah, you are boring bro, you only know to work… Not our fault, isn’t it Nani?” NK teased him back…

“Chote, it’s not our mistake… Khushi, I and NK know how to live life and we are so much fun together, a rocking team… I am sure we can take Anjali in… But not so sure about you…” Nani was not behind either teasing her grandson…

“Yeah, you bet… I know you all will conspire against me… But I will make sure to take my wife and run away from you all… She spends way too much time with you all ignoring me…” Arnav just got angry and replied without thinking…

“I can trust you Chote… And look who is getting so possessive about his wife…” Nani caught Arnav red handed and they all laughed whole heartedly teasing him… Not every day they get a chance to trouble him like this…

“Who is possessive Nani and about what?” Just then Khushi walked in and asked Nani… They all could guess she heard little of their conversation while walking in…

Arnav was worried Nani will spill the bean…

“Khushi, nothing… We all feeling so possessive about Sonia, we were talking about her…” Arnav changed topic and everyone rolled their eyes smiling…

“I am most possessive about her… Now that I am home, it’s my time with her…” Khushi took Sonia in her arms and walked to their room…

“You came so late Khushi, Di waited for so long…” Arnav was still little grumpy…

“I wasn’t aware of today’s heavy schedule well and couldn’t come early… I will rush now… Can you please bring Sonia down?” Khushi ran downstairs…

“Di, I am so sorry for being late… I had so much work and could not just come back early… But Di, I could smell your Daal outside so I can see how great a cook you are…” Khushi side hugged Anjali and kissed her o cheek…

“Come on Khushi, its ok… Don’t worry” Anjali was very calm…

Just the Arnav came down carrying Sonia and saw Khushi apologizing to his sister and buttering up his Di cutely like a child…

“Come on, let’s start making Daal Di, I am so hungry… In fact I am starving…” Khushi could feel her stomach growling too often to ignore now…

“What? Didn’t you eat lunch yet? Why? I thought you always eat and try dishes after you make them?” Anjali asked surprised…

“But why would I do that today? I mean when you are taking time to teach me mamma’s special Daal, why would I eat there?” Khushi replied…

“Oh no Khushi, first let me serve you lunch… It’s almost 3 pm now… Then you can learn. You are crazy not to eat lunch till now…” Anjali immediately served her lunch and forced her to eat first… Anjali really loved Khushi a little more realizing how she takes efforts and provides attention to small things to make others happy… How caring and thoughtful she is, Anjali thought…

Arnav fell in love with his wife a little more seeing her showing so much respect, care and love for every family member…

Khushi finished her lunch while talking with Di… Just then she got a call…

“Ha Babuji, I will come tomorrow evening to learn those three desserts… You can send me recording of today’s prep session… Ask Amma to add her special comments while recording… Love you too” Khushi finished her call and went in the kitchen with his Di…

That’s when Arnav remembered he had been to Khushi’s house only once for dinner and what a blunder he did…

He went there not only late, but like a fool after having his dinner with his client! He was called there for dinner and Khushi’s mom had been cooking variety of dishes since morning… How stupid I can be? What was I thinking? No wonder she was complaining to her Devi Mayya… What the? How could I be so self-centered? Arnav felt disgusted remembering his own behavior…

“Yes, I will be there for dinner tomorrow when I come with Khushi… That is, if you don’t mind auntie… but don’t tell Khushi anything about it…” Arnav called Khushi’s mom and requested…

“Of course Arnav beta, come over… This is your house too and you can come anytime. We will be really happy” Garima invited Arnav whole heartedly…

“Arnav, I will go with driver… Don’t worry, I will manage…” Khushi was surprised Arnav coming to drop her…

“It’s ok Khushi, let’s go…” Arnav insisted. He picked up a flower bouquet and fruits for her family…

Khushi was surprised to see her mom made variety of dishes for dinner… Khushi was worried if Arnav will stay back… She knew her parents will be truly disappointed again if Arnav skips the dinner just like last time…

“Khushi don’t worry. Arnav is staying for dinner…” Garima told her.

“How do you know?” Khushi was curious…

“He told me over phone yesterday that he will join you for dinner…” Garima explained…

Khushi was surprised he planned it behind her back… She was more than happy seeing his efforts to mingle with her parents…

“Auntie, no wonder Khushi is a great cook… She has learned a lot from you… But you cook much better…” Arnav teased Khushi…

“So does your dad Khushi, he does make the best sweets!” Arnav openly praised their cooking skills.

“I am glad you liked the food and sweets Arnav…” Shashi and Garima were more than happy to see Arnav talking to them and teasing Khushi… They could see their daughter happy in her married life and her face glowing… Last time she came with him, she rather looked lost and angry…

They looked at each other satisfied… Khushi could see her parents faces lit up with happiness, their happiness meant world to her!

“Arnav, what you did today means a lot to me… I owe you big time… My parents are so happy that you visited them for dinner and spent time with them” Khushi thanked Arnav as soon as she hopped in the car to go home…

“Khushi, please don’t embarrass me than I already am. This was due long ago. And your parents are family and I can visit them anytime…” Arnav concluded and drove back to RM.  



Aug 16

Chapter 31 – Arnav’s baby pics! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 124 times)

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Chapter 31 – Arnav’s baby pics!

It was a lazy Sunday yet the work pressure was getting onto his nerves… For a change, Arnav decided to skip his jogging and sleep late…

He ended up working late with London team to close out major issues for upcoming fall release clothing line… He was exhausted and decided to keep it low and enjoy time with Sonia at home…

He went downstairs for breakfast after getting fresh…

“Good morning sweetheart” He picked up Sonia from the crib and put her in his lap… She was so excited seeing him and gave him a big smile…

“Good morning Nani, why is it so quiet today? Where are Khushi and Di?” Arnav asked Nani not seeing both of them around…

“They both decided to go to the temple nearby and pick some veggies on the way back… They should be back any minute” Nani replied… Just then Khushi and Anjali walked in and called HP to help out.

“Di, I can’t believe it Arnav was so naughty in his childhood. I would love to see those old photographs… Maybe we will take those out after coffee” Khushi asked Di to sit with Arnav.

“Good morning Arnav, let me get your breakfast…” Khushi wished him good morning. She could see he was exhausted from last night calls with London team. She herself has no idea when she dozed off and she was sure Arnav slept way past mid night…

“Khushi, I just now finished eating. HP served me already. But don’t mind a cup of coffee…” Arnav informed her.

“Nani, DI and Khushi, I might have to go to London for couple of days if the problems are not solved by tomorrow morning” Arnav updated the London project status hesitantly knowing Khushi may not like it. Her Master Chef contest is around the corner and she would want him by her side…

More than her he wants to be by her side too, encouraging her every step of the way…

“Oh” Khushi suddenly went quiet…

“Don’t worry too much right now… I am trying to work today and decide by tonight” Arnav tried to calm her down.

“Khushi, don’t worry. I am here for you too. Hopefully Chote might not have to go… And worst case scenario he will be back in two days so he should be here for your final rounds… Let’s hope for the best” Anjali consoled Khushi. Khushi left towards kitchen to make coffee…

“HP you take the documents at the door and put them all in my room. I can get water myself” Arnav ordered HP to attend the doorbell while moving towards kitchen… Nani and Anjali decided to give them privacy to talk it out…

“Khushi, are you upset?” Arnav hugged her from behind.

“Leave me Arnav, what are you doing? I am ok. It’s your work and you will be back… Leave me, someone will come…” Khushi was shocked, he hugged her tight from behind and his fingers roaming on her tummy…

“Did I tell you how gorgeous you are looking in this red sari? It’s my favorite color and suits you the best…” Arnav dropped trail of kisses on her nape…

“Arnav!” Khushi was taken aback and she suddenly turned to face him… She was so close to hot pot, Arnav had to pull her back…

“What happened?” Arnav was surprised at her reaction…

“Nothing woh… Coffee is ready” Khushi just started straining coffee… Arnav didn’t say anything and went back to dining area where Nani and his Di were waiting…

“Khushi, let’s go to store room now… Let’s take out old pictures…” Anjali was super excited…

“Let’s go Di” Khushi too is equally interested in seeing how Arnav looked as a kid…

“I have to get on a call” With that Arnav left for his room.

Anjali took Khushi to store room to find old photographs of their childhood and cheer up Khushi…

“Khushi, see how cute Chote looked as a baby… He used to be very chubby and smiley baby…” Anjali Di showed her pics…

“Look this one is from the graduation at Harvard. Look how handsome he looked in college” Anjali commented.

Khushi could see how handsome her husband looked in college days as well. He was tall, chiseled face with sharp features and those deep chocolate brown eyes could capture anyone’s attention so easily…

“But Di, is he a big fan of Salman Khan? He is not wearing shirt or clothes in almost all his childhood pics!” Khushi could not help but comment…

“Don’t ever tell Chote that I told his secret to you… As a child, he never liked those non cotton clothes… He would feel itchy and preferred to stay in diaper or shorts… Look how chubby and cute he looked!” Anjali laughed remembering her brother’s childhood habit…

“Oh, I see… Di, can I keep these album in our room?” Khushi requested.

“Oh sure Khushi, what’s there to ask?” Anjali handed her all the albums.

“Arnav, I have a surprise for you…” Khushi announced as soon as she came to their room…

“Khushi I am busy… Don’t disturb me now…” Arnav was little annoyed with the work and Khushi’s morning reaction to his touches… Why she has to be so shy all the time, his mind chided…

“Oh, never mind… But I must admit I really like this cute, fatso baby… Maua…” She threw a flying kiss to his baby picture and swang the picture by his face to gain his attention…

Arnav was shocked was an understatement…

“Who gave you these pics? Oh god, Di has no other work… Khushi, hand over that album to me...” Arnav warned her in no nonsense tone…

“I never knew you were such a big fan of Salman Khan since childhood… Mr. diaper baby and all ha…” She teased him further…

That was it… Arnav got up from his seat closing his laptop…

“Khushi now…” He ordered her one more time but Khushi was in no mood to follow his orders…

She ran on the other side of the bed… Arnav in no time made sure to corner her and then both ended up rolling on the bed… Her sari pallu landed on her face exposing her tummy totally to him…

“Khushi, now what will you do?” Arnav was all over her and locked both her hands with his one hand… Suddenly his heart beats went sky rocketing looking at her beautiful, flat tummy… Her red transparent Pallu hiding her face, her sleeveless deep blouse showing her curves along with beautiful and slim hands…

He slowly pulled the album from her hands… She gave it without any complains knowing their awkward position…

“Khushi, look at me…” Arnav slowly removed sari pallu from her face and he was still all over her…

“No…” She could not open her eyes feeling her own heavy heartbeats with his closeness…

Arnav’s hands slowly carved her face, traced her swan like neck and her long, smooth hands…. He slowly moved down to touch her tummy… The feel was amazing… He was touching her deep and feeling her so close for the first time…

Khushi was also equally lost in the moment… He captured her lips for an urgent kiss… He deepened the kiss and she moaned in pleasure while his hands continued sweet torture on her tummy…

“Arnav please stop… please stop…” Khushi almost shouted when they broke apart to breathe… But was it ever easy to evade from the grip of ASR so easily? She almost ended up pushing him when she tried to get up…

“Ok, relax…” He moved away from her letting her get up feeling frustrated…

“Are you ok? What just happened?” He was frustrated by her reaction, rather he almost felt the rejection… He was shocked at his own no control behavior… He ran his hands through his hair not knowing what to do or say…

Khushi just nodded her head that she is ok and almost ran to the wash room…

Tears rolled down her eyes… For spoiling their first ever romantic moment! How could she? What must be he thinking of her? Her heart chided her since she knew she wanted him as much as he wanted her… But then she was the wife who needed answers, who wanted confession, who wanted her husband's realization, acknowledgement and love… Not just the physical attraction or lust…

She knew that they have come a long way but yet have long way to go… She did realize she has fallen in love with him long time ago but does he love her? There are still many unanswered questions not allowing her to submit herself to him completely…

“Is she giving me the taste of my own medicine? Is she just shy or am I misreading her? Is she not liking my advances? Can’s she feel my love and care?” The worst thought came in his mind at her ignorance and rejection… Arnav waited for her patiently to come out but she showed no signs… After waiting for almost 20 minutes, suddenly the anger rose in Arnav, he got ready, packed his laptop and walked out to go to office banging the door behind him…

Khushi could sense his anger and frustration with the bang… She sat leaning on the door letting out ages of agony through her tears…

 


Aug 22

Chapter 32 – Arnav goes to London! (By Swatideep) (Thanked: 110 times)

Sorry for the delay again... Got busy with work and other stuff... 

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Chapter 32 – Arnav goes to London!

It was almost 10 pm in the night… He was still not back and Khushi was really getting worried…

“Maybe I should call him and ask when he will be back” Khushi decided and then saw Anjali walking downstairs…

“Khushi, have your dinner… He must be stuck with all the work for the London project… I am checking on Sonia. Good night!” Anjali had to rush to her room after hearing Sonia’s voice…

“I will Di… Let me call him first” Khushi replied… Just then Arnav walked in… He knew she must be waiting for him…

“HP, take all the bags from the car to my room… Make sure not to drop any bags…” Arnav handed car keys to HP…

The dinner was a silent affair… She stole few glances at him but he looked completely exhausted and preoccupied with some thoughts…

“He is already busy with so much work and project pressure… He is trying to be here for you and avoid London trip… And all you could do was hide in the bathroom after spoiling your first ever romantic moment?” Khushi’s heart chided her…

“Oh, Devi Mayya, how stupid can I get? Oh god, why I have to act so stubborn in front of him?” Khushi too lost in her own thoughts, started wrapping up…

“Khushi come here” Arnav called her politely after she got inside their room…

She was shocked to see dozens of designer saris, Indian dresses and western gowns along with a heap of accessories and shoes etc.…

“What is this?” She asked him surprised…

“These are the attires for you to wear during your Master Chef final rounds… You may have many before and after parties, press coverage and you need to look your best too… So I thought I could help you a little…” Arnav explained.

“Oh my god, I was so busy with cooking that it never crossed my mind… Thank you so much Arnav… I love everything… It is so exquisite and beautiful!” She genuinely appreciated his gesture… She touched the saris, dresses and she knew it was the best material and exclusive AR collection and maybe Arnav designed specifically for her…

She came close to him and hugged him…

Arnav was even more confused with her emotional reaction… Sometimes she herself comes so close to me and then backs off… What is going on in her mind? Is she on her PMS? Why so many mood swings? Maybe she will open up more when I express myself… He stood there wondering while she packed and kept all the clothes in her wardrobe…

“Ok, come here and sit with me…” Arnav made her sit next to him…

“Khushi, the problems are not resolved and I have to fly to London early morning… I am taking first flight at 2 am. So I will have to leave in an hour… I have messaged Di just now and she will check in the morning and any of you can inform Nani in the morning” Arnav slowly told her how his London trip is inevitable…

“It’s ok Arnav, your work is also important and you cannot just ignore it… I know it must be that crucial else you wouldn’t have gone…” Khushi didn’t know what else to say…

She felt very upset for sure, yes… But then she knew him well enough to know that how much he wanted to be next to her and how much excited he was for her… He would never go unless it’s tat critical… She didn’t want him to feel guilty…

“I will catch the flight back as soon as I finish my work… Max will stay for 2 days and will be back by Thursday before your final rounds start… I promise…” He held her hand in his both hands and kissed her forehead…

“I know that. Take care and happy journey… And promise me, you will sleep during flight journey… You look so exhausted… And yes, eat well and do not forget your medicines…” She was worried with his habit to work long hours without any sleep or break…

“Ok, I will” He promised her and started packing his bag… She pitched in to help…

It was Monday morning and Khushi was in no mood to go to Oberoi this morning and practice her skills… She informed Nikhil that she will start a bit late today…

Not finding him next to her first time after their marriage was weird enough, she did not realize she would miss him so much…

She almost made his breakfast, his coffee, put his clothes outside, needless to say while thinking about him all the time…

“Good morning baby, just landed” Arnav sounded so tired…

“Good morning, what time is it there?” Khushi asked curious…

“It’s still morning here… Remember UK is four and half hours behind…” Arnav replied still yawning…

“Arnav, maybe rest couple of hours before you reach office… Take care…” Khushi somehow didn’t feel it right… She had a bad feeling about his trip and he being away from her…

“Please come back as soon as you can… Arnav, please for me…” She almost begged thinking why even she allowed him to go in the first place… Had she pushed him, he would have stayed back…

“Khushi you are fine… Just focus on your work and I will back in no time…” He promised… He just wished he could have avoided the trip or pushed for next week or could have sent Aman…

“And make sure to use combinations of dresses along with accessories… Don’t forget to send me your pics… And all the best… Now go and continue preparation… And miss me” He closed the call…

“As if I am not missing you Laad Governor… I am going nuts here, what do you know?” Khushi blabbered to herself and went to get ready…

It was already Wednesday. Two days passed just like that while Arnav and Khushi talking to each other often on phone… Arnav was hopping on a plane today evening to reach early morning…

“Arnav, don’t miss the flight by any chance… You are reaching here tomorrow morning and I have my first round in the evening… Will need you here with me…” Khushi warned him…

“As if I will ever dare to miss your show? My flight is in the evening and will be with you as soon you get up… It’s a promise…” Arnav promised…

“Hey, by the way I have pre party for the show today… We will be introduced to the kitchen where we will cook, camera angles and trial runs… Then we have a small get together… I can’t believe tomorrow is the day, it’s so close…” Khushi informed him excited.

“Khushi, wear that navy blue long dress with silver accessories and silver pumps for the party… You will look gorgeous…” Arnav felt like day dreaming…

“Sure Arnav, the blue dress it is… See you soon” Khushi kept the phone and took out the blue dress…

“Di, how do I look?” Khushi was ready with a beautiful pink color sari for initial studio visit…

“Gorgeous Khushi, not doubt… I wish Arnav was here to check out his wife, he wouldn’t have let you go alone today…” Anjali winked making Khushi blush so hard… She took her picture and immediately sent to Arnav…

The show set was spectacular and all the contestants were introduced to all areas of the set and storages. They all had loads of fun while exploring the set and shooting their special messages to fan…

All the judges were asked to choose their favorites to win, Vikas chose Nirav and Khushi both, Ankit chose Khushi and all other judges chose Pooja, Simran and Kumar respectively… Top 5 contestants in the final rounds to bring it down to 2 to compete with Mrs. Tara Dalal…

Then they moved to the party upstairs. All the contestants got their break time to change and be ready for they party…

Khushi looked ethereal in blue dress to all other contestant’s envy… The party itself was a blast and Khushi came home exhausted…

“Wow, tomorrow morning Arnav will be here… I have so much to tell him about… And then tomorrow it is my big day…” Khushi looked at herself in the mirror and wished he was here to see in the dress he chose for her…

With that thought she slept off….

 

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