Chapter Thirty One: Begin Again

Pooja and Natasha’s smile widened into grins as they caught sight of the couple walking towards them, their hands linked together. The shadows that had haunted them had finally evaporated, and Raj and Ananya had finally given themselves a chance.

 

“Well, well, well if it isn’t the star-crossed lovers.” Pooja said with a smile that was a tad bit too smug, a matching one on Natasha’s face. Ananya rolled her eyes as they sat down across from them in the booth, glancing around for Anand as Aman smiled into his coffee.

 

“Star crossed lovers, my ass. You know I don’t believe in soulmates.”

 

“Neither do I.” Raj agreed. “Relationships are hard work, not destiny.”

 

“Please, if there’s any couple that was destined for each other, it was you two.” Anand piped in, sliding next to Natasha. Raj shot him a withering look, and he shrugged nonchalantly. “You know it’s true.”

 

“E tú, Basu? One word from your almost wife and you’re agreeing?”

 

Anand snorted, but he couldn’t stop the smile on his face. He and Natasha were getting married in a little under a week, in a small intimate ceremony at the local Catholic church as a tribute to her Irish roots. To appease his parents, they were following it with a large, Desi wedding for their family in India.

 

“Wait until you get married, Malhotra.” Aman said wryly, shooting Pooja a warm look. Ananya grimaced playfully as Pooja kissed him. Her best friend still hadn’t lost the honeymoon phase, and their happiness would have been nauseating if she didn’t love them so much.

 

“Slow down, we’ve only been dating for six months.”

 

Pooja let out a bark of laughter at Ananya’s words, shaking her head. “You two were practically still dating over the last three years with the amount of pining you did after each other.”

 

Ananya’s cheeks reddened but she didn’t even bother denying it, exchanging a small smile with Raj. She felt his hand curl around her waist, drawing her close as the conversation swirled around them.

 

She had meant her words. The happy endings she so easily doled out in her novels were far from what happened in real life.

 

Raj felt his stomach drop to the floor as he stared at the offer letter that had fallen out of her dresser.

 

It was happening again.

 

Blood rushed through his ears, anger consuming him as he reread the words on the letter, offering her a position at their company headquarters in San Francisco.

 

He was such a fucking idiot.

 

He hadn’t even known that she had been interviewing. He vaguely heard the door opening and he didn’t think twice before he stalked out of the bedroom to see her placing her bag down, her back turned to him.

 

She heard his footsteps and turned around with a brilliant smile. “Hey.”

 

He lifted the letter, and her brow crinkled in confusion. “What’s this?”

 

She took the letter from him, her stomach turning around as she read the words. She had been interviewing to keep her skills in shape, since it had been a while since she had looked for other opportunities. She hadn’t expected to get the offer until the letter had arrived yesterday, and she had gotten so caught up in writing that she had completely forgotten about it.

 

She looked up, his face inscrutable as he crossed his arms across her chest. “I can explain.”

 

“Really? How are you going to explain? The same way you did four years ago where you just told me you were leaving?” He asked venomously. She reared back, her face crumpling in hurt. For a second, he wondered whether he had jumped to conclusions prematurely, but the thought was drowned out by the betrayal he felt, so reminiscent of everything he had been fearful of.

 

“You’re not even going to give me a chance?”

 

“Why the fuck should I?”

 

Her face had gone stone cold, and she took a step back from him. “Because I would have told you that I was just looking at opportunities and trying to keep my interviewing skills fresh. I just got the letter yesterday. I was going to tell you.” She said sharply, her eyes flashing in anger. His eyes widened in surprise but she kept going, too hurt to care. “Instead of giving me the chance to explain, you just assumed the worst of me.” She paused, her eyes stinging. “That hurts, Raj.”

 

“Ananya, I –“

 

“You know what? I’m not dealing with this right now. I’ve had a long day. We agreed when we did this again that the past was the past and that we wouldn’t throw it in each other’s face. I need some space.”

 

He remained silent, his thoughts churning as she grabbed her bag and walked out of the door. He sank down on the couch, squeezing his eyes shut as he realized what a huge mistake he had made.

 

That had been their worst fight, and they hadn’t spoken to each other for a week afterwards. He had been too embarrassed of how he had treated her to ask for her forgiveness, and she had been utterly heartbroken.

 

But he had shown up on her doorstep a week later, holding a wilted bouquet he had bought that morning as he sat on the stairs waiting for her to arrive.

 

She rolled her neck as she walked up the stairs, exhaustion taking over as the smile she had pasted on for the work day slipped away. She dug through her purse for her keys, muttering a curse underneath her breath as she rummaged.

 

“Hey.”

 

His voice made her head snap up, and he stood up from the step he was sitting on, holding a bouquet of wilted tulips. She stiffened, her eyes sweeping over him.

 

He looked like hell, dark circles under his eyes and scruff on his cheek. His outfit was impeccable as usual, but it was clear that he wasn’t himself, the usual mischief in his eyes extinguished.

 

She steeled herself and sidestepped him as she finally found her keys, opening the door.

 

“Can I come inside so we can talk?” He asked, shifting from foot to foot in her doorway. With reluctance, she nodded, reaching around him to shut the door as he stepped in.

 

She folded her arms across her chest, waiting for him to speak in stony silence. He raised his gaze to look directly at her.

 

“I’m sorry.”

 

“Great.”

 

He gave her an exasperated look but she simply shrugged, exhausted. “What else do you want me to say Raj? This is exactly what I was worried about. I can’t be in a relationship where I’m constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop.”

 

“I know. I was an idiot. I should have waited for you to explain but I was just so angry and afraid.”

 

“That’s no excuse.”

 

He nodded. “I know. I waited a week because I couldn’t face you. It was unconscionable.”

 

There was a tense silence as they stared at each other, unable to figure out how to close the abyss between them. She rubbed her forehead, her eyes weary. “Where do we go from here?”

 

“Will you be able to forgive me?” He asked baldly.

 

 She stayed silent for a long moment. “I don’t know why I should trust you again.” She said finally. “I thought we had agreed to move on and we can’t throw our past mistakes in each other’s faces every time we fight.”

 

“It won’t happen again.”

 

“Why should I trust that?”

 

“Because I think we should get couple’s therapy.”

 

Ananya’s eyes widened in surprise, but he pressed forth. “I know it sounds ridiculous, but I want to make this work, Anya. I’ve spent the last week looking at far too many Cosmo articles – but the one thing they all said is that it’s a process, and it’s one we have to work on together.”

 

She stayed silent, her face unreadable.

 

“I think it would be easier with professional help, at least for a little bit – that way we would have some guidance.”

 

“Or maybe this isn’t meant to be.” She said quietly. His face fell and she sighed, running a hand through her hair. “I love you, Raj. But we have to consider the possibility that maybe…”

 

“No.” He said sharply. “I want forever with you. I refuse to give up just because some past issues have cropped up. I’m not running away again. I did that the first time, and I won’t do it again.”

 

She stared at him in shock, his words overwhelming her. She felt the tears rush to the front of her eyes and looked away, embarrassed.

 

“Fuck Anya, I didn’t mean to make you cry. I just…” He shoved his hands into his pockets, looking more uncertain than she had ever seen him. “I love you.” He said, his voice breaking. “I want to make this work. We can try this and if it still doesn’t work we’ll…” He trailed off, unable to say the words.

 

She regarded him for a long moment and then nodded slowly. “Alright. Let’s do it.”

 

The relief on his face was palpable and she stepped forward, taking the flowers from his hand. He shook his head and set them on the side table, wrapping her in a hug. “This week sucked, Anya.”

 

She nodded against his chest, inhaling his familiar scent. “I love you too, you know.” She said, her words muffled. She tilted her head up and he kissed her softly.

 

“We’ll make this work. I know we can.”

 

She squeezed his hand and he looked down at her, pressing a kiss to the top of her head before he turned to respond to something Anand said. He looked at her questioningly but she shook her head, engaging in the conversation around brunch.

 

“Everything okay?” He asked, turning to look at her as they walked out of the restaurant. She nodded, leaning her head against his shoulder.

 

“Yeah. I was just thinking about us.”

 

“What about us?” He asked, lacing his fingers through hers as they walked down State Street.

 

“I was just thinking about that fight.”

 

He stiffened, turning to her with concern. She immediately shook her head, smiling. “Not in a bad way. I was just thinking about how much work we’ve had to put in to get to where we are now.”

 

“Was it worth it?”

 

“Stop fishing for compliments.” She said, elbowing him gently. He grinned shamelessly, drawing her closer. They walked in easy silence, allowing their own thoughts to take over.

 

“I’ve been thinking.” He said, looking down at her.

 

“God help us all.”

 

“Was that really necessary?”

 

She merely laughed, her eyes crinkling at the corners and he couldn’t help but laugh with her. Her lips lifted into a contented smile as their laughter faded, and she looked up at him, gently pulling him to a stop.

 

“It was worth it.”

 

His face softened, and he squeezed her hand tenderly. “Remind me to thank Mihir and Archana for getting married.”

 

“Please. It was only a matter of time before we met again.”

 

“Ah, but if it hadn’t been for the romantic atmosphere of a wedding…”

 

“My feelings for you at the time were not exactly romantic.” She noted dryly. She twisted in his grasp, her gaze narrowing. “Are you leading this conversation somewhere that I should be picking up on?”

 

He laughed, shaking his head. “Nice try, Iyer. I only propose to girls I’ve been dating for at least a year.”

 

“Not if my mother has a say in it.”

 

“Remember what happened the last time she had a say in our relationship?”

 

Ananya directed a furious glare at him, and they continued their bickering as they sat down on the steps that led down to the lake. Raj slid his hand into the pocket of his jeans as she continued to argue with him. He smiled quietly as he felt the smooth, cool surface of the ring.

 

His arm slipped around her waist as the sun dipped below the horizon, the sky lit up in brilliant color just before it faded to black.


Song: Begin Again

Artist: Brooks Dixon


Note (warning, it’s a long and cheesy one): I started this journey three years ago. It was my first foray into writing my own characters, and it’s been a challenge. Since I started writing, my life has changed significantly. I started writing this in high school, and when I went to college, I was overwhelmed and my whole life was changing – as a result, I took 9 months off from writing this.

But throughout this experience, the one thing that has remained constant is the support of my readers. It sounds cheesy, but I don’t think I can ever overstate how much your comments mean to me. There have been many, many times that I have wanted to quit – hell, I stopped writing for 9 months because I was frustrated and didn’t think I had a story to tell. Every time that has happened, I have come back to read your comments. From the ones that simply say “I enjoyed this update” to the people who have let me into their thought processes while reading, they’ve encouraged me to keep going, reminded me that I have people who want to read.

This story means a lot to me. Raj and Ananya are a combination of many people in my life – I’ve drawn on my own experiences, on the experiences of friends and family, and in the process, these two became a part of me. Letting them go has been incredibly hard after having them in my head for three years, but I’m really, really glad I could give them a story I’m proud to tell.

To me, writing has always been a symbiotic relationship. My writing would not hold the meaning it does to me today without my readers, and for that, I am forever grateful. Thank you for bearing with me through the irregular updates, the angst, and my many promises that these two would eventually find their happy ending. Thank you for letting me share a part of myself through this story.

Huge, huge shoutout to Asha, for being my editor, my first pair of eyes, and my cheerleader. A special thanks to Ruchi, Jigs, Mirabell, and Charu for being there while I talked through the story. Lots of love to Meera, theincandescentlights, Kishmish, thephoenixenigma, savvz, felix felicis, Thumbi, and the many many readers who have been with me since the beginning – I apologize if I have forgotten to name you, but you mean just as much.

I hope you guys will join me on my next journey – I want to keep writing, and I hope you will be there to read it. I’m working on a happier romantic comedy, and also Pooja’s story – I don’t know when I will post (it will also likely be irregular updates), but I encourage you to follow me on Twitter @chotidesi or follow my home blog, Inkwell (click on the name to be directed to the page) where I will post updates on the status of my future work.

Love always,

MN.

67 thoughts on “Chapter Thirty One: Begin Again

  1. This was a love story that was worth every minute spent reading and more……….hearttouching…..and something i will always remember…….do post an epilogue ple….eeee ..eease.
    Will wait to read more from you.
    Thanks🖒😁

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  2. If some people are born to tell stories, you are one of those! I hope your tales never stop to torment you – enough always to make you pen them down and finish what you started. May your readership find the world. I cannot wait to see you on bookshelves. That day I shall be beaming with joy! All the best now and forever

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  3. U need a standing ovation n big bear hug…

    Raj n Ananya was nt ur imagination as i hav seen a couple similar to them who had a very long journey n happily settled now..
    Loved the way Raj standed for his love n man these two r real bullheads.. cooling time is a must😜

    Will b waiting for ur new ones too
    Tc

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  4. Perfect this was..!!

    This story was always worth the wait… the only non-arshi story i so loved till date…!

    What makes this more special is the relatability with the characters…!
    There are every day breakups and patchups happenings…!
    But the patients and fight we need to put through in getting ua forever with ua love was very well explained in this story..!

    Ananya is really special…. i so loved her..! ❤
    I am going to miss this… really..!!

    You are an amazing writer dear…
    plz dont stop ua story telling and do write soon and share with us..

    Will be waiting for ua next venture…till then lods of love😘😘😘

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  5. First off thank you for sharing such a beautiful story and characters that are relatable.
    Congratulations on completing a story while at college that’s a feat in itself,All I do is college,sleep,read,netflix/TV ;Whats your secret??
    I hope that this story gets published and we all get to have it on our shelves.
    Keep writing because I’m going to read anything you write!
    Good luck!!
    Best.

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  6. What a beautiful story… U r one of those gifted story tellers…. Hope you give us a chance to enjoy more of these beautiful stories….
    Good job and Good Luck

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  7. It was worth the wait! I loved it and I think you did a brilliant job on executing the story! I remember when I first started reading the story and you had written only one or two chapters and I was like “it’s not an ipkknd one, I don’t want to read it.” But I did and thank god I did because it was so well written that I was like “fu.ck it, it’s too good to not read!” And I’m glad that I didn’t stop reading and you didn’t stop writing. Can’t wait to read the rest of your stories! They are always a pleasant surprise! Thank you for such a wonderful journey ❤️

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  8. Lovely chapter and very matured thought process as well. I agree their is probably nothing like soulmate and everything works out only when both try harder each day. In people I have seen around..one is always passionate and that is the glue. Their are always opposites and yes opposites attract but at the same time can lead to conflict of interests too…

    Hoping to read more from you lady! Lovely.

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  9. I am going to miss these two! We went through so many ups and downs along with them that they became part of our lives, They needed to grow up a little, mature and get their priorities right. This is what they did and got their happily ever after. Hoping for an epilogue soon.
    And waiting for the next one.
    And waiting for my very own printed copy of this story soon!

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  10. Enjoyed reading this simple and cute love story. Every relationship has it ups and downs and your penned them all superbly. Raj and Ananya grew up and matured through your story and reached their HEA. This is one of the non-arsrhi story I have read and enjoyed ever since stepped into IF world. Eagerly waiting for your next story. Good luck.

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  11. I will surely miss this. This rollercoaster ride. This simple yet complicated love story of two people who are ready to work for their relationship is one of the best thing I have read. I am going to severely miss this story and the characters. I learned to love them and now it makes me sad that this has come to an end.

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  12. Awesome ending to an amazing story👌😃! But still craving for an epilogue, please😊! You’re a brilliant and unique writer with unbelievable talent. So please write more love stories with happy endings. I would love to read an Arshi love story from you😊! Thank you for a wonderful journey and looking forward to more love stories to come😃!

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  13. Lovely story and throughly enjoyed reading it. You made Ananya and Raj very lovable characters who we could relate to in our every day life. It was simple love story and that’s what made it all the more likeable. Will miss both of them and look forward to many more from your pen. All the best

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  14. YAY! You did it! And, that makes me so so so proud to see you create a world that is relatable to all of us. A story that makes you go through a gamut of emotions with highs and lows. I have said this many times before, and will continue to say it, you have a way with words. From when you started writing to now, I can see the growth in your writing and storytelling.

    The world of fiction awaits for tales coming from your pen, and I shall always be there. As for BA, I look forward to waiting on line to get my signed copy when the time comes.

    Question… Will I get VIP treatment my dear writerji? 😉

    Love you loads,
    Your Di

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  15. Finally !!! Congratulations on completing this wonderful story … love happy endings 😍
    Thank you Choti for giving us this lovely story … now we wait for you to start a new one soon …

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  16. Hey MN, while I could guess that this story had drawn something from personal life experiences, being very relatable to real lives among other things, It was surprising to hear that this has been with you for over three years.

    I have read your other stories too and your style of writing I find identifiable to the real world. This turned out so well that it makes me believe that Raj and Anya are somebody living around you. On many levels, this worked for me, the family, the friends and how much work relationships need in these times.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful story and hopefully, I will be a part of your future works too. Good luck.

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  17. loved it…pooja is sooo right…they are truly star-crossed lovers….I envy them…..they are truly lucky to have found each-other….and they worked hard to hold onto it…..how one can find true love in life…. sigh….
    thanks for writing this beautiful story…..and I am glad that I came across to reading this…. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  18. That was an excellent update and beautiful ending.
    Delighted to be part of this wonderful story..
    I am going to miss this story.

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  19. Thank you for such a lovely story!!.

    Looking forward to more books from you. Best Wishes to you in all walks of life.

    You are such an amazing writer. Awaiting for you book/s on the Bookshelf.

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  20. it was a wonderful story … having all the perfect emotions with an imperfect situations… i jst love the realism in it …. its always amzing to read ur words … ur an amzing writer..keep writing … waiting to read ur next one ..n hope so an epilogue to this one too

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  21. The highlight of your story was how it was so real for everyone of us….and you have played very well with characters and your words…That’s what made it a beautiful journey of two lovers…
    Congratulations on the successful completion of the story dear…
    Do keep writing..You are a gem…I look forward to read more of your writings….
    😍
    Pavina

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  22. *sniff* *sniff*
    I can’t believe this story is over!! I can’t bear to part with these characters. They’ve become such an important part of my routine. It’s like a cycle I’ve been maintaining since you started writing this.

    Wait for the update–>Squeak in joy–>Read the update–>Re-read the update–>Analyse it–>Try to do my part in commenting about the parts I loved and what I’m taking away from the particular chapter.

    And now there won’t be any more updates. /sigh.
    But I’ve loved this journey. I’ve loved being a part of this amazing story that you’ve given us.

    Coming to this particular chapter, I would again like to point out how much I love the fact that you’re so in touch with the reality of life. That even though Ananya and Raj are clearly meant for each and are completely in love with each other, it doesn’t mean that in one second everything becomes alright. It’s true that they consciously decided that they’ll put their past behind but it takes time and effort to build a relationship (or in this case rebuild it). That’s something I’ve always appreciated with your writing. You could have given us a flowery chapter in which they never ever doubted each other or their relationship again but you gave us the truth which is that relationships are based on hard work, mutual trust and respect and not just love alone.

    And of course I loved the ending. It was a beautiful glimpse of who Ananya and Raj and what their relationship is like– bickering and ribbing each other but always loving each other.
    I smiled so wide when I read this particular part, “Raj slid his hand into the pocket of his jeans as she continued to argue with him. He smiled quietly as he felt the smooth, cool surface of the ring.” In my mind (since you’ve left it to our imagination), I see him asking her to marry him on a lazy Sunday when they go to eat at that restaurant where they had their first date(the one in which they were doubling with Pooja and that random guy) and then he takes her to the lake that they sat near so often in college and while they’re bickering over something or the other he smiles, leans over and just asks her to marry him–just like that. No fuss. Nothing big. I think they’d both like that and remember it for a long long time to come. But this is just my imagination. Tell me what you think??

    Btw did I say I was so stunned with the shoutout! You included my name (well username) in your thank you note when there are so many others who’re so much more worthy of it( what with me always being late with the updates and commenting even later) but I’m so happy. It made me smile so much. I’m glad you realised that I loved being a part of your story. I loved being able to read it and interact with you.

    I absolutely love your work. Let me know if you publish it. I am sending all my positive energy towards you for that to happen soon.
    Write again soon. I’m excited to know what new things are cooking in your head!!

    Love and loads of kisses.
    M.

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  23. I just finished reading the last chapter and yaaaaar I am so happy and kinda sad at the same time. I am happy that Raj and Ananya, two characters I’d come to adore over the course of this year, are together and have begun again. But I will dearly miss them too M. I’ve waited, smiled, over-thinked, loved and shed tears for and with them. Thank you for introducing them to me and letting me be a part of their story. You are one immensely talented writer yaar. Wishing you best for all things to come ❤
    Aman

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  24. Will miss reading about Raj and Ananya… Yes relationships are hard work too … Have loved this journey u took us to. Please do write more .. Thank u for sharing the story .. Thanks to u Meera for letting us know about the story or else I would have missed a beautiful story ..

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  25. I guess it does happen in real life:

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    "I was 15. My best friend asked me to come with her on a double date to the movies. Jon sat next to me and leaned in and asked, "is this a date?" I shot him a look and said, "no." A year later we ended up hanging out on a snow day. I stayed over his house for dinner and afterwards, we went for a walk in the snow asking each other question after question. We got to the park and I asked him, "when was the last time someone caught you off guard?" Before he could answer, I kissed him. We dated throughout all of High School and University, and even lived together for a year. However, right before I turned 22, I broke up with him. I felt like I needed to live more, travel, and experience life on my own. Jon was heartbroken. He left the small town in Ontario where we were living and moved across Canada to Alberta. He wanted to get as far away as possible from anything that reminded him of us. For the next 4 years, we hardly spoke. I dated other people and so did he. Then, in November 2016, I contacted him and confessed that I was still madly in love with him. He told me it's been too long and that I needed to move on. I tried, but I was crushed. I told him to never contact me again. A month later, he called me. He said, "It's you, it's always been you. How do we do this?" I said I have to move to Edmonton. He said he would never ask me to do that. So I didn't make him ask, I just did it. I flew to Edmonton a couple weeks later and never looked back. Sometimes you meet the love of your life a little too early. I'll never let go this time."

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  26. This was such an interesting story.. Loved the romance and banter between Raj and Ananya. Was very realistic . Would love to read more from you. Please continue to write.

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  27. Oh what a story telling this was!! you are an exceptionally talented writer Meera!
    I happened to come across reference to your story when I started to re-read Jigs’ Temptation and am I glad or what clicking on that link!!
    I did not put down until I read your last chapter…your writing is so endearing and so close to reality…just beautiful. Please DO NOT EVER stop this God given talent of yours. Not everybody can pen a story with such articulation and pathos.

    Please write more and the readers will automatically flock towards such writings. I for one is a fan of your stories ma’am!
    Good luck with your future stories and let me know how I can get alerted when you post anything new.

    Thank you!

    dart4
    shanthakadaba@gmail.com

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  28. Awww…they finally accepted they needed help and sought guidance!

    “I want forever with you. I refuse to give up just because some past issues have cropped up. I’m not running away again. I did that the first time, and I won’t do it again.”
    THAT meant more than an ‘i ♡ u’ and it so Raj to say it that way. He has battled the should i/shouldnt i, could i/couldnt i so much through the story, that him taking a stand and a final approach was the best note to end it on.

    KUDOS Meena. I know my comments come way way way after the story ended, but i enjoyed every update just the same! Thank you!

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    1. Just a small post to let u know, as i have no other way to send you this message.

      Had a long talk thru the night with m 17 yr old niece, last night. Topics ranging from teenage issues to studies, to serious things like confidence etc. And i found myself quoting ‘Begin Again’ and Especially darling Pooja’s line… ‘Shit happens… you just need to flush it and get on with it’ 😛

      Your story was so on my mind last night, that i ended up telling her a jist of the story and she loved it!!!

      Bless you, Meena, coz Begin Again gave me a much needed comfort level with my niece when all of us have been struggling for over a year to get thru to her and actually ‘understand’ her!

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  29. Dear Meena, you wrote a beautiful story. Felt along with Ananya and Raj the love and the heartbreak, hesitance to trust again. and finally the love. I know your readers have written better comments and I have enjoyed reading them. Thank you.

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  30. Wow…such a simple, beautiful yet complex mix of youth, friendship love, loss, hope and a sweet ending. I finished it it one go and I’m glad I read it after it was finished because waiting for updates would have killed me. It’s a journey I thoroughly enjoyed, a heroine that I actually could love and relate to, a hero whose head I sometimes felt like knocking into a wall 😀 and at the next moment felt like hugging. Thanks for being courageous enough to continue with this lovely gem. Hope to read more in the future.

    PS: If you ever decide to grant access to the private section, please remember this ardent reader as well. Once again congratulations and all the best for all your future work!!

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    1. It’s been a while since I’ve logged into this account, so I’m sorry for not responding – Thank you so, so much for your comment. It made my day to log in after six months and see your comment. I’m really grateful to readers like you for taking the time to let me know what they think. ❤

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  31. This story is just so Damn Beautiful 💓 & so heart touching
    You are an Outstanding Writer beyond words di 👏🏻

    My words are not enough to describe how much I feel blessed to have you di 🤗

    Raj & Ananya are so realistic, Beautiful Characters 💖

    Thanks so very much For 🙏🏻

    Lov you Hameshaa 😘💕

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