Chapter Twenty Four: Moh Moh ke Dhaage

Natasha studied Raj from across the lab bench, her green eyes narrowed thoughtfully. She couldn’t quite put her finger on what felt different about him, and he had been remarkably evasive whenever she asked him anything. She cleared her throat pointedly, but he was oblivious to her presence as he reached for a pipette.

 

“Raj.” She said his name a little more loudly, trying to get his attention. as he crooned the words to whatever song he was listening to underneath his breath, his hips shimmying as he moved to grab some media to grow his cells in.

 

He finally looked up when she snapped her fingers in front of his face, coming to stand right in front of him.

 

“What?”

 

“I was wondering if you wanted to get dinner with me tonight at Shortstack. I’m craving pancakes and you can never go wrong with breakfast food.” She watched him closely, testing the waters.

 

He paled slightly, rubbing the back of his neck. “Uh… I would love to but I have plans.” He said, skirting around it.

 

She raised an incredulous eyebrow. “If you’re going to avoid something, at least do a good job of it.”

 

He had the grace to smile sheepishly. “Sorry.” His phone vibrated and he reached for it, his mouth pulling into a smile as he responded to whomever had texted him, a dimple appearing on his cheek.

 

Her eyes narrowed for a moment as realization kicked in, her grin widening like the Cheshire cat. Raj looked up and groaned, recognizing her expression.

 

“You’re seeing someone.” She said gleefully, clapping her hands together.

 

“I never said that.” He replied curtly, hoping to put an end to the conversation. He didn’t want to talk about Ananya — not yet, anyway. They needed to sort the relationship out for themselves first. It felt too private, and he didn’t want to deal with anyone judging their fledgling reconnection quite yet.

 

Was it their relationship he didn’t want judged or did he not want anyone to judge her?

 

He ignored the voice at the back of his head warning him that he was lying to himself if he didn’t acknowledge that some part of it was his uncertainties about their relationship, leaving him restless.

 

You’re getting in too deep. Can you really trust her after everything?

 

The same voice piped up, a reflection of the underlying doubts he desperately wanted to keep at bay. Natasha poked his shoulder, jolting him out of his thoughts.

 

“You cannot get away with that. Why won’t you tell me who it is?!” She exclaimed, her voice gaining a mock hurt edge. He snorted, shaking his head.

 

“Have you realized that your name rhymes with Bipasha Basu? Wait — do you even know who she is?” He asked, referencing a once popular Indian actress. Natasha glared at him, her green eyes glimmering with determination.

 

“Don’t change the subject. Why didn’t you tell me?”

 

“You weren’t there.” He said with finality, hoping it was the end of the conversation. Her arms folded over her chest and he groaned internally, knowing he was in for it. With a sharp sigh he placed his pipette down, turning to face her. “Look, it’s not a big deal okay. I just want to see where it goes first.”

 

“At least give me her name.”

 

“No.”

 

“First letter?”

 

“Definitely not.”

 

“A?”

 

“What are we, twelve?” He retorted, pointedly ignoring her as he snapped the lid shut, grabbing the timer. She fell silent for a moment, clearly reconsidering her approach.

 

“Fine. I just thought I would ask because you’ve seemed… different.” She said, her voice softening. Raj’s fingers stilled over the timer, his body stiffening imperceptibly.

 

“Different?” He asked. Natasha resisted the urge to smile at his obvious attempt to keep his curiosity about her observations hidden. He always forgot how well she knew him, even though it was inevitable after spending three years across from him in lab every single day.

 

“Yeah. You seem happier.” She chose to go with honesty, foregoing the sarcasm. He inhaled audibly, the realization once again coming to the front of his mind. He found himself recalling a moment when they had been cooking together, the barest hint of a smile tugging at his lips unintentionally.

 

“Are you?” She asked, looking at him, despite the fact that the expression on his face spoke volumes. Her question shook him out of his trance and he cleared his throat, a familiar fear beginning to mix with the joy.

 

Careful, you’re letting yourself get too close.

 

“I am. It’s been good.” He said simply, the smile lingering.

 

“You thought about that for a long time.” Natasha probed gently.

 

He should have known that she wouldn’t let this go that easily. He pulled his lip between his teeth, considering his words as he struggled with the odd mix of feelings.

 

“I’m uncertain about the relationship. Not about how she makes me feel.” He said carefully, raising his gaze to meet hers.

 

It was rare that he confided that much this easily, and Natasha studied him carefully, an odd premonition settling in her gut.

 

It couldn’t be.

 

“What makes you uncertain?”

 

He paused a long time before answering, his voice quiet when he finally responded. “I don’t want to get hurt again.”

 

She paused, her eyes softening as she recognized the hint of fear in his voice. “Not every girl is Ananya, Raj.” She said softly, touching his shoulder.

 

A strange look passed over his face, and the niggle was back. A shadow of a smile crossed his lips. “I know.”

 

She nodded slowly, unsure of what to make of his expression. “Alright, well… I guess I will just wait for you to tell me then.” She said, trailing off dramatically. He rolled his eyes, the hint of a fond smile touching his lips as she turned back to her own bench.

 

She pulled her hair up into a bun, making a sound of annoyance as her hair tie snapped. “I’ll be back, I’m going to go grab another hair tie from our office.” She didn’t know if Raj had heard her as he continued to sing underneath his breath, his feet moving to the beat of whatever song he was listening to.

 

Natasha walked into her office, rummaging through her desk for a hair tie. She jumped when the door clicked, creaking quietly as it opened, with Ananya peering out from around the corner. Ananya’s eyes widened.

 

“Oh, I’m sorry, I was just…”

 

Natasha straightened as Ananya trailed off, replacing the words she was going to say with a smile. Before she could respond the door opened again, revealing Raj.

 

“Ready to go?” He asked, completely oblivious to Natasha’s presence. Ananya’s face paled and she shook her head imperceptibly, glancing over at Natasha.

 

Raj caught sight of her, his stomach rolling uneasily. Natasha’s eyes widened as her suspicions were confirmed, and she looked between the sheepish pair. Raj rubbed the back of his neck, stepping into their office more fully.

 

This was becoming too real.

 

A warning screamed in his head, reminding him that he had wanted to keep this quiet so that he could have time to figure out whether it would actually work.

 

And to figure out whether he could trust her again.

 

He looked over at Ananya.  She stayed silent, leaving him to make the decision for himself.

Guilt flared in his chest as he saw the wall rise in her eyes, as if she was afraid that he would deny their relationship.

 

He had been about to, hadn’t he?

 

He silenced the voice in his head, turning to face an expectant Natasha. “We’ve been seeing each other for a few weeks.” He admitted. The words left him with a lingering doubt, and he wondered whether he had made the right decision.

 

There was no turning back now.

 

His gaze drifted, looking past her to meet Ananya’s eyes. She met his gaze warily, trying to discern his comfort with the situation.

 

He didn’t like seeing that when she looked at him.

 

He surprised himself by the strength of his desire to rid that expression from her face, his heart immediately jumping to reassure her doubts. He took the step to stand next to her, wrapping his arm around her waist and squeezing gently as he looked down at her.

 

Ananya’s expression softened from wariness into a smile, and he couldn’t help but return it. The unease in his chest dissipated, and she leaned into his grip.

 

A strange sense of protectiveness overcame Natasha as she watched the couple. She hadn’t been there when they had broken up, but she had seen its impacts on Raj over the course of the last three years. He was skittish, afraid of giving his heart up for fear of it being broken again.

 

For all she liked Ananya, she couldn’t help but feel a distinct urge to tell her to stay away from him.

 

She exhaled slowly and directed her gaze back to Raj, who had stepped away and was putting on his own coat. Ananya glanced around the office, her eyes pausing on the picture of Raj and Natasha at the tri-professor barbecue that took place every summer. Regret fleeted across Ananya’s face but it was gone as quickly as it had arrived as she curiously took in the rest of the office.

 

She studied the other girl, unsure of how she felt about this. She accidentally caught Ananya’s eyes. The other woman looked almost nervous, her fingers twisting as she seemed to look for something from Natasha.

 

Approval.

 

Natasha gave her a smile and Ananya relaxed slightly. She had seen how protective Natasha was of Raj, and she wasn’t sure how the other woman would take to their relationship. She knew Natasha wasn’t exactly thrilled, gauging from her reluctant expression.

 

She glanced at Raj, who seemed oblivious to the dynamics in the room as he fiddled with a document on his computer. She touched his upper arm and he turned to look at her. Her heart skipped a beat when she saw the intensity in his eyes, his gaze only focused on her.

 

“I’ll just be one second.” He murmured, turning back to his computer quickly as he closed out of the program. He let out a sigh of relief, running his hand over his face as he exhaled. He faced Natasha. “I’ll see you tomorrow?”

 

Natasha glanced fleetingly at Ananya before giving Raj a warm smile, nodding. “Of course. Don’t think that this is the end to our conversation about this little development though.” She added pointedly.

 

He snorted. “I wouldn’t dream of it. I’m sure we can sit down and do a full analysis of my deepest thoughts in the middle of doing a protein purification.” He responded, not bothering to mask the sarcasm.

 

They walked out of his office, their hands entwining. Raj leaned down to press a kiss to the top of her head in an unexpected moment of tenderness. Ananya’s eyes were soft as she looked up at him, smiling.

 

Natasha watched them thoughtfully from the door as they disappeared around the corner. With a shake of her head, she put her headphones in as she made her way back to lab.

 

Raj could handle himself. And if it went south as she feared it would… she would be there.


 

“Oh my god did you start the next season of Shameless?” She called as he hung up their coats, rummaging around the cupboard for a sweatshirt. She grumbled to herself under her breath as she saw the growing pile of laundry, mentally adding it to her checklist of things she needed to get done this weekend.

 

She grabbed a sweatshirt and slid it on, wiggling into it as she walked out of her room smack dab into his chest. He grabbed her by the waist, and his amused chuckle vibrated in his chest as he steadied her, gently tugging the sweatshirt all the way down.

 

“Sorry.” She muttered sheepishly. He merely shook his head with a grin, stepping to the side to let her pass.

 

“To answer your question, yes, I did start the next season of Shameless. You know, the inconsistencies in it really bug me sometimes.” He said over the sound of the running tap, leaning against the counter as she washed her hands.

 

Ananya grimaced, shaking her head. “I think years of watching Indian soap operas has made me immune to that.”

 

Raj snickered, handing her a pot. “Does Amma still watch those?”

 

“Unfortunately.” She responded, making a face. “Those idiotic shows all have the same plotline and same lack of logic. Did I tell you about the one where the girl dresses up as a guy and the hero is convinced that he’s gay because he’s attracted to her?” She asked, rolling her eyes.

 

“This one sounds like a new one. I don’t think my mother has discovered it yet.” He noted dryly.

 

“Thank your stars. It’s got that girl from the reboot of the one I used to watch that I hated.”

 

“The one with the crazy abusive hero?”

 

“That describes at least 75% of them.”

 

“Good point.” He conceded, leaning against the counter as Ananya set a timer for the pasta. “It’s even worse now. Since I don’t go home as often, I’m guilt tripped into watching them with her sincerely. If I dare to laugh at it, I get an angry glare for not appreciating quality time together.”

 

Ananya laughed, nodding. “That happens here too. Whenever I go home for a night, Amma makes me watch some show with her. My dear father is extra happy because he’s relieved of the duty for a night.”

 

“And she won’t even compromise to watch an hour of the baseball game with me. Full guilt trip about how she never gets the remote with my father around.”

 

She shook her head in disappointment. “I still can’t believe you’re a baseball fan. Football is so much better.”

 

“That’s because you have no baseball team to speak of.” He retorted.

 

“I have the Brewers!” She exclaimed. He merely raised his eyebrows, and she glared. “Please, you’re a Cubs fan. They were good in the early 1900s.”

 

“At least we appeared in the World Series. Please remind me how many times the Brewers have been in one.”

 

She opened her mouth to argue but couldn’t come up with anything. “They’re an up and coming team, okay?”

 

“They’ve been “up and coming” for like 20 years.” She stuck her tongue out at him, earning a laugh. “Very mature, Anya. That makes for such a convincing argument.”

 

“Shut up and help me drain this pasta.” She muttered, thrusting the colander into his hands as he continued to laugh.

 

“So how did you and Natasha meet?” Ananya asked as they sat down for dinner, curling up on her couch. They hadn’t felt like going out today, and instead they had cooked together. Raj’s face immediately broke into a smile.

 

“She was using the centrifuge I needed for something that was time sensitive, and I got mad at her and we got into an argument. She came back and apologized later, and we ended up sharing an office.”

 

“Trust you to make a friend out of an argument.”

 

He scoffed, shaking his head. “Please. Like you’re any better.”

 

Her mouth opened in protest, her brow crinkling. “I… what is that supposed to mean?” She asked indignantly.

 

He shrugged, opening his palms. “Don’t you remember that date we went on with Pooja and Michael?”

 

Her eyes lit with recognition and she broke into laughter, shaking her head. “Of course I remember. I thought you were really cute, but that you were such an ass.”

 

Raj rubbed the back of his neck sheepishly. “Full disclosure, I kept trying to bait you into an argument so you would keep talking to me.” He paused, her words sinking in. “Wait, what? You thought I was cute back then?”

 

Ananya looked at him incredulously. “Of course I did. I thought it was obvious.”

 

“I didn’t know you thought that! Why didn’t you ever tell me?”

 

Her mouth opened and closed, and she shrugged. “I… I don’t know, I thought you already knew. Pooja kept dropping hints, but you had just broken up with your long term girlfriend and we were friends and…”

 

He closed his eyes, exhaling loudly as he shook his head with a laugh. “Damn it, Ananya. I kept trying to figure out whether you liked me or not and you kept giving me mixed signals.”

 

“Pooja kept leaving us alone! Why do you think she mysteriously stopped coming to our study sessions?” She asked, stifling laughter. He groaned, leaning his head back.

 

“I was nineteen! How much do you expect of a nervous guy?”

 

She merely shook her head, laughter bubbling out of her. He couldn’t help but join her, her happiness contagious. As their laughter faded, he looked over at her, reaching for her hand.

 

She raised her eyes to meet his, her fingers sliding between his. She could feel the gentle pressure of his grip against hers. He squeezed lightly with a lopsided smile, the warmth that had defined their relationship creeping its way past the bitterness.

 

“I wish I had just realized.” He murmured, a faint hint of regret in his voice.

 

“I’m glad you didn’t.”

 

He raised a questioning eyebrow, and her expression softened as she spoke. “Our friendship was always what I loved the most about dating you.”

 

He placed a hand over his heart. “Not the sex? I’m devastated, Iyer.” He teased, faking heartbreak. She rolled her eyes, swatting his shoulder as she smiled.

 

“But it’s true.” He paused, dropping his eyes to his hands. “It’s what hurt the most when we broke up. I found myself heartbroken and without the person I would have talked to about it.” He added.

 

“Me too. There were days when I just wanted to pick up the phone and call and…” She inhaled sharply, blinking.

 

“Why didn’t you?” He asked suddenly.

 

She searched his face for a long time, her eyes reflecting everything they had shared. “I didn’t want to hear you say that you didn’t want to talk to me.” She said quietly, her voice barely above a whisper. His eyes held understanding, and he reached for her hand, running his finger over the lines on her palm.

 

Her hand cupped the side of his face as she leaned in. Their lips melded together in a soft kiss, deepening slowly as they savored the feeling of being together. They chose not to say the words in their heads, wary of making promises that could be broken.

 

They adjusted themselves so her head rested on his shoulder, their hands still tangled together as they sat together. They were determined to live in the moment, silencing thoughts on what this could turn into.

 

For now, this moment was enough.


Song: Moh Moh ke Dhaage

Artist: Papon


Note: I had some extra time to write, so it’s an early update — I hope you enjoyed this chapter! I have to say, I like the male version of this song much more than the female — anyone else agree?

As always, please drop a comment to let me know what you think if you have the time. Follow buttons are on the right, and if you find yourself not receiving notifications, try unfollowing and refollowing again.

Just as a side note — after this story is finished, I am considering trying to publish it. As a result, I will have to make the blog private while I try to get that done. I will keep you guys updated on whether my efforts are successful, and you can always keep tabs on Twitter (follow me @chotidesi). But we’ve got a little bit yet for that to happen 🙂

Love always,

MN.

54 thoughts on “Chapter Twenty Four: Moh Moh ke Dhaage

    1. So excited for you Choti! Glad you are taking the plunge to get published, you absolutely deserve it🤗
      We’ll all be in the queue to buy it when it’s out.
      Raj and Ananya are taking baby steps and treading wearily, but that’s good, they need to focus on each other now, now that both have got other things out of the way. Natasha is a caring friend, I’m sure she’ll get to know Ananya better now that Raj has opened up and she will be seeing more of them. I love your stories for they are so realistic and easy to relate to. A big hug Choti and wish you the very best.

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  1. Well this is the first time an author’s after note has pleased me more than the chapter. All the best to you. I wish you all the success in the world. Tell me when it is out and I shall buy me a copy :):)

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    1. Thank you! Your comments encouraged me to seek out some publishers so… here’s to hoping those query letters work out in some way. I’m still waiting for AWW to go that route (Carina Press is looking for fun, well written romcoms so… *nudges pointedly*) 😉

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      1. Haha. I am glad my comments were useful then! And nah – you make the shelves and I’ll live vicariously telling people I know you, more importantly that you know me!

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  2. This was a really beautiful post.
    I love Natasha and Raj’s friendship almost as much as I love Pooja and Ananya’s, if not more.
    I completely understand Raj’s need to keep him reconnecting with Ananya a secret– it’s something that is their’ and till they figure it out it’s unnecessary to bring other people into an already complicated and unsolved equation. I would have been ideal to keep it that way for a little more time, at least according to me. But alas! Life always gets in the way of our tall plans.
    I felt I could relate really well with how Natasha, Raj’s friend was feeling when she realised he was seeing Ananya again. The sort of fierce protection only shows up when you really love someone. But as she realised later, Raj is a grown man and can take care of himself. He’ll be fine. And if not, what are friends for?
    As for Ananya needing Natasha’s approval, it’s so apt and humanly. Seeking the approval of someone who’s close to the person you love; even though it would be so much easier if we didn’t feel that way and could live our lives the way we wanted.
    This is what I absolutely love about your stories, so in touch with reality. So in tune with human emotions. It’s a feat achieving that!
    I love the conversation between Ananya and Raj in the end. Bit by bit I hope to see them rediscovering what they had lost.
    Beautifully written!
    Sorry for the no show on the last chapter, my college life is rearing its ugly head. (Must say that was good too now that I’m all caught up with the chapters!)
    Loads of love
    M.

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    1. Also, you’re absolutely, totally capable of getting published! All the very best for your new endeavour. We’ll all be around to buy your published novel!
      😁
      But please don’t be disheartened if the first few attempts are not as fruitful as you’d want them to be. These things may take time but are always mighty rewarding.
      Love and kisses and all my good wishes,
      M.

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      1. Your comments always make me wish I could shoot through the screen like in Harry Potter and give you a tight hug. I go back and read them when I am struggling to write. Thank you so much ❤

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      2. You making a Harry Potter made my day!! 😘
        #always!
        And I’m glad my comments give you the strength to go back and finish writing and give us these wonderful updates. It’s the least I can do for you in return.
        Love.
        M.

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  3. Natasha looks like a very protective friend…!!
    She is not at all hapie of Raj going back to Ananyaa…
    But she knows he can handle himself.. and if not she will be by his side like a true friend..

    Ananya trying to seek her approval was truely very real
    this happens when the one your seeing has a bestest friend…

    I loved the fact that Raj did not hide it in front of Natasha…
    though he is trying to play safe with this relationship…
    But the small gesture meant so much to Ananya that he excepted her in front of his best frnd…

    Their conversation at the end was beautiful…
    Both are searching what they lost..
    And in that moment they just looked perfect…

    p.s- all the best for the publishing when ever you decide to do that..
    this is sucha special story…
    Good wishes in advance😍😘😘😘

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  4. Agree, the male version of this song is something I hear very often. Great news too on this story getting published.

    Raj and Anya are warily going forward, both with their respective fears. Heart and head says differently I suppose. Natasha is sure this is going south, wonder why ? I hope not as recovering from this would be virtually impossible !

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  5. Awesome… Waiting to see the published version yaay all the best and wishing you all the success ….

    Ha ha ha that reference to the serial was awesome… Really same ploy n same lack of logic…

    So finally they are taking baby steps … Waiting to see where they are headed.

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  6. You should definitely publish it. Such an amazing write…
    And it is one of my favourite song…

    I see both of then trading very carefully since this time, they don’t want to risk it…which is a good thing I guess…..they definitely need to give each other time before they dive back into previous love….They will need to sort their feelings out…And deal with trust issues…
    But it is I think going on exceptionally well….Natasha is one hell of a friend….Love how she is so protective about Raj….

    ❤️
    Pavina

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  7. I have read all of the chapters up to this one in one go, I love your wit, your delving into human emotions, exploring and exploding the relationship dynamics.. No one is right and yet no one is wrong neither.. I don’t know if that makes sense… Parental blackmail, none of us can claim to have avoided it . Heck I do it to my own kids now, not just on a large scale though!! The songs are so apt – they tell a story within them … This could be and most probably is for some, the story of us… I wish you immense success on getting your work published .. I look forward to standing in book store, with a knowing smile and celebrating for you xx

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  8. Both very wary about the future but living in the moment. If things begin to fall they need to talk and sort it out for another break would be too difficult to mend. Good luck to you on your efforts to publish this work and I wish you great success

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  9. It is a beautiful story and I am sure publishing will lead to new ventures for you. All the best!

    Loved the light hearted time they spend with each other..although it kind of puts some suspicion like raj on where this will lead…

    Beautiful writing and love the story so far!

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  10. That was so sweet. Glad these 2 are getting better with each other. I think everyone hopes to find a best friend in their life partner and I think that’s what’s helping Ananya and Raj right now 😊

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  11. Awesome update!! It is so good to see both of them getting along so well and hopefully this will not go bad, cannot see Raj’s heart break again. You should definitely get this published it is an amazing story, good luck!!!

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  12. I wanted to go into rajs head n chk how he felt with the comment from natasha ‘ not everyone is ananya’/..
    They need to face this more lot of times, like wen the family gets to know abt this…

    Good luck for publishing….

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  13. Oh, how much I love people having a heart to heart! I would stick a roller on someone’s head if that could bring it out about. And I am so glad they are having one now!! Of all the things messing up, friendship-cum-attraction is the worst thing that could go wrong. And either both of them end up together or both of them find someone real good. Until then, it is pure torture but unintended.

    I adore love stories made out of friendship but it is so awkward and risky. Like, how are you supposed to take the shot in the blind? What would make you take the plunge. And if not, how long would you wonder about what could have been.

    Nevertheless, now that that is under the water, this is the better place to be in. I hope they always have each other’s back.

    Love,
    Reveur.

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      1. Indeed! And things are never the same. Never. For good or for bad, but never the same.. And the risk of losing both is so scary. You could lose what you have if you are too greedy. But then, you also have to to take the risk if you think it is worth the leap. Danger. Danger.

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  14. Wonderful and heartfelt update👌😊! Both of the lovebirds ❤️ have to understand each other and take it slow and steady inorder to overcome their past. I’m getting warm and fuzzy feeling for them. I hope their love, trust and understanding for each other grows to never ending bliss and happiness👍😃. They both deserve love and happiness in their lives. Brilliantly written👌😊!

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  15. I like Natasha and her protective streak. Hopefully an Anya and Raj won’t break up again and she won’t be needed for damage control.
    Loved the digs at Indian soaps.

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  16. So first of all, which crazy show is that??!! And such a beautiful chapter. Yet to read the note though, lol. I loved it how Natasha was protective of her friend, I feel that’s what friends are for. It is so much more interesting when you can relate yourself to some part of the story you are reading. And the writers true talent is to relate to the readers, which you most definitely have. I love it!!

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  17. I see that raj stil has doubts and fears. But cant really blame him. But wat i love abt him is that his concern for ananya, wen she sees or expects his uncertainities, overshadows his doubts on a sec and he is immediately trying to give her assurance..

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  18. Best of luck dear hope u get postive response … go for publishing ur work is worth it

    The story is moving now in a very peaceful way .. thr r smiles n comfort
    Everybody is gona judge her I’m so glad he wants to protect her from all … thy shud handle it together without anyone’s opinion on it

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  19. Dear I loved the update.

    I am loving the way Ananya & Raj are living in today. They are taking baby steps in their relation because this time they truly want it to last a lifetime. There is insecurity, but they are trying to overcome it by taking & being true to each other.

    I loved the way Raj did not hide his relationship before his friend.

    I think it time, that Ananya & Raj think of taking their relation to another level by getting engaged.

    PS: Heartiest Congratulations dear………. You are going to publish it……. Hope so it becomes a bestselller. Best luck dear……..

    (orchids8888 from IF)

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  20. Congratulations Choti … great news about you publishing this story 😍

    And yes you are so right the male version of this song is really beautiful …

    both Raj and Ananya seem to be treading very carefully around each other as yet so unsure where this second time round will take them … so scared of getting hurt all over again … Natasha is quite protective of Raj 😳 I suppose because she has seen him at the worst phase of his life …

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  21. Baby steps… But that’s great… Given their history.. they are bound to be extra cautious…
    Ananya seeking an ok from Natasha… That was so real…
    Both of they are tentative…. Afraid of getting hurt and afraid of hurting the other… This is making them second guess their intentions and wishes…
    Let’s hope things get clearer ….
    Good thinking on publishing your story… You have it in you girl.. go for it.. let us know when it’s hitting the market… 🙂

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  22. Glad to know that you decided to publish this story, good luck with it.

    And the update, absolutely amazing and I love the banter between Raj and Natasha, that’s how friends are, isn’t it? I loved that she decided to give Raj a chance to see if he could move on or if he gets hurt she will be there for him, friendship is the only relationship that’s like that, no doubts about it! Anya and Raj – they are more open now to each other, separation probably taught them a few things, savour and share the life, you will not know how much you need someone in your life until you lost them or moved away from them – they both have endured it and so they know better not to go back there again, they are making every attempt to make it successful this time, with the way things are moving its safe to say they are still meant for each other!! But the past has a way to creep into present at worst possible times and hurt the other badly, if they don’t get to that point then yes, they can certainly have their happily ever after……

    All in all, nice update, friendship is the bottom line for any relation, and you said it amazingly, waiting for next one already. And yes, early update never hurts 🙂 🙂

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  23. For now, this moment was enough.

    That line says it all about the 2 and their emotions at the moment. Give urself a pat on the shoulder girl! The way you worded the altercation/sizing up between Natasha and Ananya.. i could visualize the scene!

    Lolz abt the heroine dressed as a guy and hero thinking he is gay coz he is attracted.. and the heroine being the same from a reboot of an old serial, with an abusive male… hahhha… recognised all 3, the current, the reboot and the original :-P.. clever girl u r 🙂

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