A blind date with mysteries around the world! #SayYesToTheWorld

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.

I am thirty plus now! May be I would live for ten more years, or twenty more or just a day other than this one! The world that lays it’s arms open for me would close someday and I’ll silently be amongst the thousands of them, who never stepped out to explore it! Thus, I set off, I set off on a journey that was still unknown to me, I date with time, a date with world, a blind date!

For days I travelled, explored and experienced! This world was insane! Each new corner says a different story, each new valley has a mystery attached to it! Those very mountains standing with pride over the stretch of land has so much to offer other than shades. Those wide stretch milky oceans has a depth of lakhs and mysteries worth crores! The greens that surround the nature so widely have an aura of unknowing spirits in them.

So, off I went, to explore the world, my blind date henceforth. The beauty of the world is vast, so are it’s mysteries! I wanted to solve those mysteries since ages. Hence, when the world allowed me a blind date, I asked if I could explore those mysterious places in it, if I could try my level of efforts to solve those mysteries. If only I could have the key to the questions those destinations left on the minds of the people, if only I could visit there and get a first hand experience of how these mysteries have survived to be still a question even after centuries.

My date with lake Natron, the petrifying lake, Tanzania was to know how the natural resources have got the power to create the incredible statues of each animal or living things that died in it.

When unnerved this, I headed straight to India, to the Roopkaland skeleton lake to solve the mystery of the those skeletons that have been part of this lake since years and are still preserved in their basic forms.

From there I went to watch the panorama of the colourful Vinicunka rainbow mountains at Peru and indulge in a breathtaking experience of watching the colours create a charisma on a mountain.

The blood falls of Antarctica was my next destination. I was super curious to know how in a chilling climate of Antarctica can water falling from a cliff can bleed?

I slowly opened my eyes. I had been in a state of slumber for hours. Hence, dreamt of going on a blind date with the world during this hour. Credit to the recent post by Indiblogger giving me high end ideas on the same! But, what if the wish comes true, what if I was really on a trail of a blind date with those unexplored mysterious places?

There was more to explore, to unwind and to find around the globe. I’ll de hitting almost all of them. It’s an exaggeration, but what doesn’t happen when you wish sincerely! My thirst for exploring could never satisfy. Going on with a bucket list to planned destinations is good, but unveiling secret and never before destinations is great! After all, “It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville. Hence, #TheBlindDate with the world is going to be charismatic, captivating and hmmm…. you can guess what….!!

Learn more about #TheBlindDate campaign by Lufthansa here. Or watch this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g6dDFy3d8o

Harsh times of truth era! #wowprompt

Those raised brows ,those unwanted shrugs! Those harsh glares, those grudge hunnhh! Those sudden walking away to drastic changing topics! This is what I get as a gift when I speak the truth! Telling truth someone is a loving act! Better said than believed. It’s experience that’s a part of this blog when I say I have gained major hatred and more grudges after I revealed the truth. Until I said a lie, everyone loved me. But, when the alphabets containing the syrup of truth Came pouring down the bottle, I guessed I was better left alone rather than given a company!

It’s not just once. There’s been multiple times when being honest suddenly was the biggest crime on the earth. Where you are boycotted because you were up to the expectation. The expectation of always being the spoiler, the truth revealed!

From the glares that I get in my office when I reveal in front of my boss how his so called good deeds aren’t actually a great thing in the eyes of his employee to letting him know that we are not gift providers or packers and movers to help him gladly in his wife’s domestic chores. To the times when I bluntly let him know how disappointed I feel when I get my salary after the first week of the month passes away. Believe me, his state is enough to dig holes in me when he gets a nasty little honest worker giving him lectures on punctuality on pays! Well, can’t it. He hired me on merit and carrying my merit is what I do so! Poor him, can’t fire me right away! Not that I’ll like it if he did that way.( honestly speaking)

I get to hear whispers behind my back! When? It’s when I tell the truth in front of my whole family. When I tell them how arrogant they can be in discriminating between their daughter and daughter in laws. It’s weird how just a simple comment said truthfully can bring a rush of anger in each of their faces.

Those spatted words of “look at yourself first before commenting on others” can actually make my whole being burnt with anger, to tell you the truth. Well, it’s an honest comment that they always ask for right? So when you reciprocate with the same thing, why do you get such comments in return is something that I always wonder. Hence, I only give them an answer when they insist a lot. Otherwise, in a world where truth brings you more insult than rape does, you better keep your mouth tight shut! (Isn’t this a truth too?)

Dedicating a paragraph to the digital world, remember suddenly finding your previously commented lines nowhere to be seen beyond someone’s status or picture on Facebook or instagram? Why? Well, because you wrote the truth and people just couldn’t bear all the others reading the truth and they choose to delete those comments and sometimes the whole post all together.

I think, before my whole post gets restricted to be entered in the reading list because of harsh truths revealed here, is better stop writing more. I think these examples speak volumes how I am often welcomed and treated when I speak the truth!

This post is a part ofWrite Over the Weekend, an initiative forIndian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’ 

Guest post- 20 MUST HAVE ACCESSORIES IN A GIRL’S WARDROBE

Hey everyone!!

I hope all of you are doing well and enjoying your busy life.

Here I am with another fashion oriented interesting blog to give you updates about what’s trending in the fashion world and how you can spice up your look.

It’s pretty obvious that you guys got a little hint about what my blog is about….

So, let me elaborate.

Given you choose a perfect dress for outing, office, party or any other occassion, selecting accessories is a very vital part of looking fashionable.

Apart from clothing always give equal focus on what kind of jewelry you wear, handbags or any other kind of purse you carry, your footwear, scarves and many more to go on the list.

Even if you make plans at the eleventh hour accessories can make you look stunning and set you apart.

So, I am going to share what are most important accessories to keep in your cupboard and are fashionably evergreen.

1.  Handbags

They always manage to add a special effect to your attire. Carrying a solid color purse is always preferred if you are going to office or any formal meeting. You can try handbags of various patterns and colors with your informal clothes to give a fresh and vibrant look.

2. Backpacks

One of the most trendy and smart looking accessory of these days. They are used by almost every teenagers and are also very useful along with making you look smart. They are very budget friendly and are available in various sizes and patterns.

3. Sling bags

Completes your look especially when  you are going for a party wearing a beautiful lbd. For a night look prefer a silver, black or golden sling bag for a shimmery look. You can also carry them well with jeans and top, skirts and dresses. Prefer light subtle colors for day look.

4. Totes

Tote bags are very useful because of the huge space it provides to keep books, stationary and other essentials. They goes with casual outfits like kurta and leggings, jeans and salwar. You can also use it as a travel bag for a day trip. Totes are literally boon to the ladies when you need to carry a lot of stuffs in your bag and also look good at the same time.

5. Belts

One of the most essential accessories of all times. First of all you need to come out of the mindset that belts are only useful when you are wearing jeans or trousers. They can be used in a lot of ways like you can wear a thin leather belt with a solid shirt or t-shirt dress. You can also wrap it around a cool oversize woolen sweater, shorts or dungarees. 

6. Watch

Just take a note guys you aren’t suppose to set your foot off your house without wearing watch. It is the most important accessory that goes with both formal and informal look. You can try metal watches preferably grey for corporate purpose. Watches that are studded with stones look very expensive and elegant. You can wear them with dresses to get a royal vibe. 

7. Sandals

Put on a high heel sandals to match up with your office outfit with hair tied into a bun and a classy handbag to make heads turn. Choosing the right sandals will take your looks higher by several notches. You can try various patterns to get a hippy look if you want to try something new.

8. Flip-flop’s

Tired of wearing high heels and need to slip into something more comfortable?

Flip-flop’s are the best options even you are going to hang out with your friends. They are best for pajama parties or when you are just going for a casual night walk.

9. Scarves

They are very versatile and enhances your outfit instantly. You can pair it up with a tank top and skinny jeans. There is a inumerable number of ways to wear scarves like classic loop, rolled loop, knotted shawl, neck wrap, double sided twist and many more…. They work wonders in the winter days by keeping you warm and make you look beautiful.

10. Bracelets

Depending on the type, material and design of bracelets you can wear them with both traditional and western outfits. For traditional try to pick a golden or silver embedded bracelet and for western wears metallic bracelets are preferred.

11. Earcuffs

They gives you a very cool look and often goes with western outfit. 

12. Bunstick

For making instant buns they are really very useful. You can make high bun, low bun, messy bun and all other kinds of bun usinng it. So, always carry a bunstick with you especially in the hot summer days.

13. Pendant

A small pendant can be worn with pretty much everything. They look very subtle. Themed pendants are also available in case you are thinking to select an unique one for yourself.

14. Nose pins

Well mostly goes with traditional outfit but these days they are worn with pretty much everything. So, if you are looking for a new bold look grab one as soon as possible.

15. Tiara

You can wear them on special events mostly on birthdays. They look cute with skater dresses, lace tops paired with denim shorts and any other western dresses that gives you an ultra feminine look.

16. Jhumkas

You can have any kind of jhumkas for traditional outfits. Chandbalis look amazing with lehenga, anarkali and salwar kameez. Always remember that without earrings your Indian look is incomplete.

17. Stockings

They are the life savers in those winter days. Wear them with formal dresses, with shorts or even half jumpsuits to look stunning. Ankle length boots are the best footwear to go with stockings.

18. Sunglasses

Well I don’t think I need to explain you guys the importance of sunglasses. They are very vital especially during the summer season. You can wear them irrespective of your outfit. Try different shades and increase your collection!!

19. Hats

Covers your head and protects your face from getting tanned. There is a huge range of hats that you can try. Buy a hat for the sunny days when you want to go and chill on a sea beach, a royal hat for a wedding and so on…

20. Hair pins

Always keep a couple of hair pins with yourself especially to tie up your hair in a crowd, or anytime you feel your hair is going to turn into a mess. With hair pins and bunstick you can make different hair styles instantly.

So, guys make a list of accessories missing from your wardrobe annd buy them ASAP!!!!

 

This guest post is written by Krati Agarwal– A Fashion, Motivation and a Lifestyle writer. She has a keen interest in creating new content and loves experimenting things. An engineer by profession but a writer by passion. Follow her journey on Instagram @boldblushblog now!


 

 

 

 

The perfect travel partners this holiday season!

Ok! I understand vacations are round the corner and so does the need to plan the much needed holiday that you have been so eagerly awaiting since last few months. And we can swear for the innumerable efforts you are going to definitely put in to make holiday the best one so far. So, when planning your next trip, why not browse through the best options to explore this season through my recently launched travel ebook A2ZOfGlobetrotting and arrange a systematic plan that works beautifully to curate the best travel experience for yourself and your family!

Let’s quickly know of those travel partners that are going to be your eternal company throughout your tour even though your family and friends may be away or you may be travelling solo. Got the hint? Yup! Those backpacks are destined to remain at your side even after the whole trip crew and members may resign towards some another direction.

The need for the best quality travel bags!

You ain’t looking for a broken handle or dripped chain in the middle of your holiday in front of a hundred spectators, are you? So, you better choose your travel gears wisely this time. Let’s not this minute issues create a bigger ones while you explore your side of pleasure in a totally alien destination.

Where to buy the best luggage from?

I understand this question follows a polygamy system! Have got innumerable answers to it which are better heard than worked! Why not look for a trustworthy brand of luggage and bag packs that has a great history of offering some trendiest looking bags and the best rates and with hundred percent customer satisfaction? Travolic is a genuine such brand which I prefer when I have to handpick my travel gears for a quick holiday or a family long vacation. The evolving masters in luggage world that manufactures each of their product with care and even personalises those bags as per your demands.

Read those reviews!

Alright! Now we can’t just trust the brand endorsement alone if we are going to purchase our travel companions to take with us to another state or country! So, what do we do? We refer to the most trusted part of determining the best quality bagpacks by referring to their reviews by the previous customers either through google app or other shopping sites. Remember, word of mouth speaks volumes about the experience with a certain product. Thus, check those verified reviews once before you opt for a certain brand!

Find the most suitable bag pack

You just can’t frame a perfect holiday of your travel partner isn’t entirely suitable to your needs and demands! Grab the one that efficiently suits your purposes. You should know which bag serves the purpose for your convenience perfectly well. For example, a duffel bag seems more suitable for a family leisure trip while a trolley keeps you organised on your business trips. A rucksack is your perfect solo travel partner and kids scooter bags keeps your children managed and entertained throughout your holiday.

Looks do matter

Now, don’t end up looking all boring or too funky when you travel around! Choose those bag packs which are unique in designs, look classy and elegant when you carry them and match your style as you stroll with those company of yours! After all you will be flaunting your best side at your side as you move around globally! Make sure, it’s the side that portrays you well, not contrast you drastically and create an abrupt definition of your version of personality.

Budget counts

Now comes the best part! We all are concerned about the prices of our gears, always! For the country that’s too obsessed with rates and offers and discounts, budgets are often deciding factor for a certain purchase. Get the best rates for your travel gears, find the most amazing travel bagpacks in cheapest rates or wait for those quarter yearly discounts and offers to make your purchases. I am not joking when I say that I found travolic better priced than most of the brands I searched on recently.

Jotted down these tips? Now what are you waiting for? Hit the link here to start organising your next holiday perfectly as you chose your perfect travel partner this holiday season!

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Cheapest travel for corporates and more!

When you are in commercial business, traveling is a mandate! And in most of the time, it’s not just your personal travel, but the travel of your team that you have to organise and that too on a periodical basis. Though these field corporate trips benefit you a lot, it tend to often make a large hole in your company’s budget too.

That’s where corporate worldwide stay LLP dives in to save your life. With over 2000+ satisfied customers, 6 lakh +hotels, 2 lakhs+ service apartments and more than 200 office networks, they seem to be one of the most rapidly growing travel providers recently. They offer some distinct travel plans that are best suitable to you and would cost your company the least expenditures possible.

It’s global!

Either in India or around the world, Corporate worldwide stay assist you in planning your personal, customised travel plans globally as per your convenience and preferences. Now plan a group travel, a corporate or a solo trip globally and get the best curated travel advisor helping and organising you in the same.

Spend less get more!

Get quoted about the minimum rates required for the best plans you customise for yourself. They also provide long term benefits and offers for long term travel partnerships and tie ups.

From hotels to apartments- book anything

We very well know they can provide us with the best hotel rooms as per our choices. But, you are planning for a longer stay at the same destination or an employee guest house to accommodate maximum of your staff, Corporate worldwide stay helps you in getting them within your budget in not time in the most systematic way possible. They grant you varied options to choose from fully furnished apartments with attached kitchenettes, pool, etc.

Service apartments and amenities

If you consider living in an apartment that just feels like your home does! Corporate worldwide stay helps you in booking these. Hence, you can easily get all your luxury and comfort within your reach anywhere you travel with the help of them.

Always helpful customer care

Now book anywhere, anytime or extend your stay or if you need to extend the amenities just a click on their Corporate worldwide stay site and one of their experts would be ready to assist you in a jiffy. Hence, you can be relieved of any issues arising while you enjoy your business or pleasant travel globally.

Well, whoever said a perfect travel plan needed a lot of money, didn’t know where to plan it from, but you know it now! Click on the link and start planning your next business or pleasure trip with in your best budget plan and avail some extremely amazing benefits in your trip!

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Xplorabox- The best way to keep your child away from gadgets!

Twenty first century kids are better known as digital kids! The ones who are always engrossed in gadgets to kill the times or rather to waste it. Parents are always concerned in keeping them off these gadgets to avoid the severe consequences following the digital addiction. But around 80% of these parents aren’t successful for the same. Most of the times they aren’t getting the perfect methods to replace the gadgets which should be compatible enough to occupy the kids and couldn’t quench their thirst for creativity.

Under these circumstances, Xplorabox comes to our rescue! They have got a range of creative mind games for kids of all ages which leaves them little or no time to grab those gadgets. They offer monthly subscription boxes of various themes in justified rates and not even a single theme is repeated . Thus, the kids get a monthly dose of creative games to keep them occupied and test their skills and even intensify it.

I tried their September subscription box of little space traveller for my daughter. Its the best one to keep a five year old naughty tot totally occupied and busy. The easiest way to let them know how to expire space and get some more education of the solar system. I just loved how it was packed systematically in which each different game was neatly wrapped in a different, convenient packaging with an instruction manual along with it.

The games in it included of:

Monster Mania game

Xplorabox Monster mania game

A super easy game that helps the kids interact better with their friends or siblings as they stack up the cards and arrange the cards to compete in a winning battle. It helps in enhancing their fine motor skills, problem solving skills, analytical skills and social plus emotional skills.

Space activity board

XploraboxSpace activity board

The kids in this game, get a stack of cards through which they find the flash cards and place them perfectly on the solar system board. A very good way to get their fine motor skills, reading skills, analytical skills and academic skills perfected.

My UFO

Xplorabox Make my UFO

A pretty easy and creative technique to create an alien through the hints and the parts provided. This helps them to get their fine motor skills, creative skills and social/emotional skills updated.

My beautiful Earth

Xplorabox My beautiful earth

It’s a step by step guide for your kids to learn the earth’s rotation better. With the help of those materials present, they can easily create the solar system demo and explain it all to you. It helps in developing their fine motor skills, creative skills, social and emotional skills and academic skills.

Telescope

Xplorabox

They sent a partly prepared telescope with glasses needed for it and the child have to attach it to get the best result and tada my daughter is with her telescope in the balcony searching for comets each evening.

That’s was keeping my little one all hooked up recently and getting more knowledge on our solar system and space and she’s bubbling with joy and is full of praises for this game. I am sure all those parents with little ones are getting tempted to try this out for sure.

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Waiting for ISHQ last part!

Read the first, second and third part to enjoy the whole love story!

And… she went! He saw the car glide smoothly from his driving seat. He intentionally didn’t come to meet her, wanted to know if she missed him at the time of going or was relieved to see him not in sight. He suddenly felt all shattered knowing she didn’t even ask for him or tried to look if he was somewhere near. Slowly, in his own thoughts, he moved towards their room, which was now empty but had her fragrance and feel all in it. He remembered their last moment of closeness. The way he held her towards the wall…. and something caught his eye!

There was a small paper sticked on it. He jumped to grab it and it had her handwritten message that said…

Abhi thehro, abhi kuch din lagege

Wasl ko khwahish banane mein

Tumhe apna samajhne

aur tute dil ko manane mein

Abhi thehro, abhi kuch din lagege.

Rishta-e-benaam ko humnaam karne mein

Kahani ko naye agaaz se anjaam dene mein

Abhi thehro, abhi kuch din lagege.

Abhi hum apni apni khushbuo ko dilon se milne de

Unhe mehsoos karne de

Abhi thehro, abhi kuch din lagege…

“I wish I could know how many days you need!” He sighed! She was strange, first she was adamant to go away from him to get rid of him, now she’s written a note for him so that he won’t feel neglected! Strange, but may be that’s the strange type of love bond they were sharing about which uncle said, which all could understand, can see, but they can’t! Fifteen days!!! He have to wait for those days to know what has life stored in for them ahead.

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She didn’t knew why, but life in Simla felt very slow. Although, she was busy on most of the time of the day in workshops and projects and later would go for sight seeing with Ghazal. But somehow, she couldn’t get rid of his thoughts. His smile used to always haunt her dreams, those eyes… she actually felt his eyes on her when she was alone and would suddenly run towards the others to stay away from those. His sentences, his poetries… everything seemed to be surrounding her each moment.

Ghazal often teased her about missing him badly when she used to sway away in her own thoughts while in a middle of a discussion. She used to get several calls of abbu and Phuppo daily, but neither did he call, nor did she did the needful. Often she dialed his number on her mobile, but calling him felt strange somehow. It was she who said him she won’t miss him, remember? And she remembered the way he have told her he’ll miss her a lot. Just the thought of it, got her blushing!

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“Nazm! Here’s a courier for you!” Ghazal was too excited. “And guess where it’s come from?” She tried making her cheer from her dull mood when she didn’t respond much for the parcel. “One of the fellow teachers who we have collaborated here?” She was least interested. “Nooo crazy! It’s from jiju!” She shrieked and ran with the huge parcel as she jumped towards her eagerly to know what’s inside when she heard his name. Ghazal gave it back to her after almost half an hour and she was nearly dying of curiosity to know what may be inside for her. She didn’t know why, but just the courier from him was enough to get her excited.

It opened up to a beautiful bunch of red roses arranged in a beautiful unique flower shape and a hand written note with it that said,

Unse kehna koi aj bhi tum bin

Hijr ki jhulasti dopaharo mein jalta rehta hai

Habzada raaton mein palkon se sitare ginta rehta hai

Shaam ke udaas lamho me dariya kinare baith kar tumhe yaad karta hai

Aksar darakhton par tumhara naam likhta aur mitata rehta hai

Hawao se tumhari baatein karta hai

Tumhe laut ane ko kehta hai

Koi tumse bichad ke bahot udaas rehta hai…

Koi tumse bichad ke bahot udaas rehta hai…

Ohh such a poor sad fellow!” Ghazal, who was listening to all of this pretty intently teased her and she ran after her to grab the letter she took away from her!

After that day, she missed him more. Now she started realising, ever her life was incomplete without him. She came to know how much she missed him, loved him may be….

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Today’s day was more hectic than usual! Those international clients needed a lot of convincing, time and attention for the latest deal. He had already told his mother and uncle to sleep knowing he would be late today, they have already called him at least five times today. Strange! May be they were just worried about him overdoing this work.

The whole villa was silent and dark, he slowly unlocked the main gate and made his way towards his room. It was lonely in there, but at least her feel was still there to console him. He sighed and unlocked the door only to be shocked that stoped his breath for a minute!

She knew he was at home. She had been back since afternoon today and have convinced Phuppo and abbu not to let him know about her coming back early. She wanted to surprise him, let him know how much she missed him and see the joy on his face on seeing her. But how she’ll say all this to him would be seen later on. He was late than usual. She felt guilty. It was because of her he was avoiding coming at home, because of her that he kept himself engrossed in work so that he won’t miss her. But not after today! She’ll care for him like he deserved. She’ll…. and he unlocked the bedroom door… it was the time to let him know about all this… it was the time to make him feel special… but how….

He was surprised to no bounds when he finally understood what was happening. She was clinging to him, hugging him tightly! He felt numbed as in a second she was in front of him and on another one she was running towards him and on the third hugged him tight. “Nazm, is everything ok? You are back early?” She slowly faced him with a blushed face and eyes that spoke thousands words. Slowly in a soft voice she spoke,

Kabhi tuta nahin mere dil se

Tere khayal Ka tasalsul

Guftugu jiski bhi ho khayal tera his rehta tha.

“If I would have known I would be getting such a great welcome after your workshop, I would have sent you way back! By God! All my tiredness have disappeared in a second.” He said happily and she just smiled with her inner happiness reflecting on her face. “Missed me a lot?” He asked looking in her eyes and she nodded in return and waited for him to say something.

Apni dhadkano me kuch aese mera naam lo

Ye waqt ruk jaye is lamhe ko tham lo

Teri ankho mein aesi jhalak ho mere pyar ki

Sahil pe jaese dhalti haseen sham ho

Lafzon se nahin hota hum se izhar ishq ka

Meri ankhon mein dekh kar khud ko pehchan lo!

He slowly in these beautiful words displayed her his feelings and she knew they didn’t need any formal acceptance to know how much they loved each other! Their ishq spoke with their eyes!

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Waiting for ISHQ part 3!

Read the first and second part!

It was their waleema function, the feast kept after a marriage. She was sitting in a crowd of cousins and girls from neighbourhood, decked up in a red Indian attire and of all them talking and giggling unnecessarily around her. “God knows what kind of bride blushes and smiles in these kind of weird discussions.” She herself was smiling forcefully. Just then he entered with a small bunch of young men. Looking classy in a royal blue kurta pyjama. There was a hush and bush around her, “come let’s vacant the adjacent seat, jiju has come.” Someone called up from the crowd and she gazed up at him. She was totally struck by the aura of excellence as he walked with long strides towards her and looked straight towards her. “Wow! Jiju is looking so handsome!” Another shriek from the crowd as he came closer.

He was walking as if in a magical spell literally staring towards her. She was looking gorgeous in red was a small word. And when she looked up at him, something made him stare straight in to her eyes and left him perplexed as he walked towards her and sat by her side unaware that he was surrounded by so many people around.

“Di, what did you get as your gift for wedding night?” One of the eager girls asked her while she slowly showed her ring to them. ” Wow Nazm, a diamond ring! Looks like jiju has been really impressed with your beauty to gift you this.” Gazal shrieked. “Not impressed Gazal, awestruck is the word.” Even he was in his naughtiest mood today while she glared at him sharply on his dialogue as the girls started laughing. “Oh! Was is two sided jiju or just your feelings are you sharing?” The questions were increasing. “Hmm… that’s something even I am trying to guess! But her expressions clearly say that even she shared the same feeling, isn’t it!” The last line was said a little lightly in her ears which made her glare at him more. “What nonsense! You know that’s not true.” She whispered between clenched teeth slowly with that smile still on it’s place on her lips. “Truth, my dear! I can clearly see in your eyes.” This forced her to look towards him and immediately look away blushing, his gaze was intense and with so much warmth in it that she couldn’t look at them straight. “Saw! I got the answer. Your face says it all now.” He said softly in a warm tone that made her heart beat even faster. Just then Phuppo came in with some guests and looked extremely relieved to see them talking softy and her reaction on it. “What a beautiful pair, I wanted to see this day since ages. I am so glad you both are happy together.” She kisses them both and blessed them.

From the next day onwards, he had to continue office as this was a sudden marriage and his work was all still unplanned. When he announced this on the breakfast table Phuppo was really angry while she heaved a sigh of relief. “At least his staring eyes will be off from home for some hours.” She thought and he was trying to convince his mother about the same. “What should I understand? Have you seen your newly wedded bride’s face? Look how her face has fallen on the thought of you leaving for office. She’s not even interacting with anyone here since we all gathered.” The attack was sudden and she, who was busy thinking about what great it would be if he went to office was totally struck.

“Oh yes? Then I’ll take her along with me in my office. She can give me company for the whole day in my cabin.” He smiled lightly as he saw her and knew exactly well that his mother has assumed it all wrong. “No thanks! I have lots to do at home today.” She answered him flatly and went straight to her room. She knew if she continued sitting here she would be targeted for the next hour.

After a little while he came towards her and blocked her as she was placing some clothes in the wardrobe. “Are you angry because I am going to office on the third day of our wedding?” He asked her in a strange soft tone. “Why would I be?” She glanced up with a surprise. “Rather I am quite relieved that I’ll get some time off without you!” This made him press his lips tighter together, “fine!” Came the reply and he went straight to get ready for his work without a word.

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Life started a little abruptly, but was sailing! He had started with his work while she was continuing her weekly lectures for the course she was going through. They hardly interacted when alone and when with family, he would pass some hidden remarks and comments which only she understood and often blushed in its reaction. In short, always teasing her! That morning Phuppo was quite angry, “you both don’t even look like you’ve been married just a month ago. I have never seen Nazm getting ready in the evening and waiting for you neither have you taken her out somewhere. Is everything ok between both of you?” The question flustered them both. “Ofcourse ammi! It’s just I am so busy in my recent work and she’s tied up in her projects and all. Otherwise everything’s normal.” She nodded eagerly in agreement with his excuse. “I don’t know anything. Today, you’ll have to take her out somewhere. and not just for today, let me see you both going out frequently from now on. These are the days to enjoy, then soon you’ll get a child and then you’ll be all packed up with the little one and hardly get time to enjoy yourselves.” Another sudden turn of discussion which made them stare with a start at each other and this time they both looked away, each embarrassed in a different way. “Ok! Nazm, get ready by 7, we’ll be going out today.” Saying this, he left for the office.

“Nazm, I told you to get ready by 7 and it’s already half and hour above it. How much time you need more?” He came bursting in the room and stopped dead seeing her look so pretty in a light green dress with her hair loose and even she stopped dead with a straightening machine in her hand to turn towards him. “Just a minute more. I am just tying my hair and then we can leave.” She said slowly confused with the way her was looking at her. Even in the mirror, she could see him staring at her as she was fidgeting to get her hair tied. When he slowly came very near to her and said softly in her ears, “let them be open. You look beautiful with them this way.” He softly touched her long hair and tucked away some strands of them from her face while she was getting more nervous with all these closeness and his sudden remark and more importantly, the strange magnetic feeling between them which made her heart beat without brakes.

That evening, after years may be, they talked liked good friends. Both of them opening up with each other about their work and studies and views about the world.

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“You want to go where?” Her father was totally shocked at the breakfast table, so were others. “Simla Abbu! It’s a two weeks camp for my course and very important for this year.” She answered normally. “Ok! So you both can go. As it is you’ve not gone anywhere for your honeymoon. You can extend the stay for it.” He said it lightly while her eyes flew open. “Wow! A honeymoon in Simla. You never told me Nazm, you wanted to go there for our honeymoon. We would have gone! Still, we can make it a month long trip, what say?” He seemed to be ultra happy or may be was teasing her as usual. “No abbu! How can he come? It’s a women only camp and in a women’s hostel.” She stared at him crossly as she replied to her father. “No worries! We can book a hotel or villa and you can go there when it’s needed.” This man had an answer to everything. “Actually it’s a camp not a college! So, the workshops can be starting at any time, on and off you see. So can’t do that too!” She gave him the news flatly. “So, forget it! You are not going. Either we are going together, or you aren’t going!” This sparked her totally, how dare he! “This is very important camp for my career and I am going. Why are you stopping me?” She started to argue when Abbu calmed them both down,”Ok Nazm! You can go, but take Gazal along with you. She can do the sightseeing during that period and two are always better than one, all right?”

“Oh thanks Abbu, this is great!” Both the sisters jumped with joy and bubbling, they both went inside. She showed him a thumbs down sign as she ran in.

“Uncle? Why did you allow her alone.” He asked him accusingly while Mr. khan turned towards him calmly and said, “sit down young man! It’s time we had a man to man talk!” The dangerous tone that always captured him to talk freely with him and let him know all his doubts!

“I know everything is not like a usual husband and wife between you as you both show!” Zeeshan was shocked, he started to defend when he raised his hand and told him to stop. “I have raised you both my boy! Can understand what’s going on and it’s entirely normal. You will take time. But, do you know what my experience of years say? It clearly can see how much you both love each other! It’s just that you both can’t understand your own feelings. That’s why I permitted to let her go away from you. Some time alone, and she’ll know what’s she’s missing in life. Do you know separation in love from the one whom you love teaches you to love them more? Let her go, I am sure, when she’ll be back, you both will know where you both stand!” He went away explaining him as he slowly moved towards his room.

She was busy packing her stuff as she was to leave the next day itself. She heard him come to the room and thought of teasing him more with his plans being a flop of going with her. But something in the intensity of which he looked at her got her dumb. He continued walking towards her and she was walking backwards when a wall tuned out to be a dead end for both. He brought his face more closer towards her, “will you be able to live without me?” The question was soft, simply said but touched some chord within her deeply, “ofcourse! That’s why I filled the form. So that I can live without you for sometime with ease.” “Hmm why do I feel you are going to miss me like crazy?” He touched her cheeks with the back of his hands lightly but this made her heart thump aloud, ” again a misconception from your side. That’s never going to happen.” “May be! But I am going to surely miss you like mad and will wait for your return.” He said slowly looking in her eyes, kissed her lightly on her forehead and went away. She remained shocked with a thumping heart, unnerved soul and a crazy sense of leaving everything behind.

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Next morning he couldn’t be seen. She was searching for him around as she sat in the car. Abbu and Phuppo bid her good bye but he wasn’t there in sure and neither did someone talked about him. She felt extremely strange, as if she’s leaving a part of herself behind…. “Nazm, jiju gave this to you!” Gazal gave her an envelope and continued gazing back at the streets from the car window as she opened it slowly with a beating heart. There, in his beautiful bold writing was written….

Shaam ke ujalo mein

Apne narm hathon se

Koi bolti Khushboo

Koi sochta lamha

Jab bhi likhna chahoge

Soch ke dareecho Se

Yaad ke hawalon se

Mera naam chup chup kar

Tumko yaad ayega!

Shaam theher jayegi

Haath kaanp jayege

Mera naam chup chup kar tumko yaad ayega

Sham theher jayegi….

Sham theher jayegi….,

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He entered the room with a soft click and was surprised! He knew she wouldn’t be waiting for him as an eagerly awaiting bride, but this was surprising. She was wearing a baby pink simple cotton salwar suit with no trace of anything that was remotely bridal, except for the mehndi designs on her hands and legs.

No matter what the circumstances of their marriage, something had to be out straight before everything else. “I know it’s a difficult stage for you. Believe me, I am facing the same issues. But whatever the circumstances, we are now bonded in a relationship and we have to respect that at least. I just want an assurance from your side!” He stopped midway as she turned back to look at him when he asked this. She looked frightened. As if she thought about something more of a commitment of their marriage right now. “Don’t worry it’s nothing as such you are thinking.” He assured her and she hated him for this! Once again he guessed her feelings even before she spoke them aloud. Imagine staying with such a person for the rest of her life! God help her! “I just want you to promise me one thing. Whatever is going on between us, you’ll never reveal of it anything to your father and my mother. Let them believe it’s a normal marriage. Don’t even let them guess that we are still on the stage of accepting each other as life partners. They’ll get hurt!” Now she was surprised. She never knew he was considerate enough to think at this depth. She certainly agreed to him on this thing for sure. “Ok! I’ll never let them even get a hint we are other than happily married couples.” She said softly.

He put forward his open palms so that she can touch it as a promising sign. “Promise?” She hesitated for a second, looked towards him. The same eyes with strange depth and something more in them which she couldn’t guess. She slowly clasped his palms, he caught it tight! She tried to free it. Suddenly, she was feeling scared of him, felt strangely vulnerable in front of him. He took out a ring from his pocket and placed it in her tightly clasped hands, “Ammi gave me this! Incase if someone would as you about the wedding night gift.” He held her hand and looked straight in to her eyes.

“I just hope one day, you’ll get used to my hand on yours! I wish to live a life like a normal husband with you as my loving and caring wife. I hope the sooner you accept this relationship the better. After all, I very well know you used to have a crush on me since your teens and always dreamt of marrying me” he started the usual teasing again. “What rubbish! Are you insane? Who said you that?” She was irritated. “Your face says it all. Every time you see me, you blush! You never look in to my eyes for the fear that I’ll catch your infatuation towards me.” His voice was coarse now. The topic of getting her blushed said in such tones got her actually blushing. “I can look in to your eyes anywhere anytime I want without any fear. You got that!” She looked in to his eyes with great guts but the unusual feelings pouring out from them, the heated gaze got her sweating and nervous. But she still held his gaze for some minutes and didn’t know what captivated her for so long. There was something in them that was puzzling, like those fill in the blanks in school. Some words were to be filled which she just couldn’t understood .”Why? What happened? Fell in my magic spell already?” He said slowly and she suddenly came back to reality and gazed away. “Never! I would never fall in that spell ever! You don’t attract me even an ounce. So it’s better that you forget about it entirely.” She held her chin up and started making her bed on the sofa. No matter how calm she looked doing so, in reality she was really shook with those eye contact from him.

“Stop it Nazm! Don’t behave like a girl. It’s just nothing, you are stressed, nothing else.” She scolded herself and looked at him with a pride in her eyes as if saying, “look I am here all normal and unmoved by you!”

Hum chheeen lege tumse ye shan-e-beniyazi

Tum mangte firoge apna ye guroor humse!”

He just went saying those words and switched off the lights. While those words created a havoc of blunders inside her. She was too disturbed by their sudden relationship, their sudden closeness and so much more….

And the challenge in this poetry was real! She was scared thinking if by any chance it came true, if by any chance she fell for him for real. But, she has to be strong, she was Nazm Khan, and she wasn’t blinded by these kinds of attractions easily.

“Still thinking of me?” Came the voice from the bed when he saw her sitting in the same position for a long time! “Never!” Came the crisp reply.

“Let me know till when can you stop yourself from thinking about me!” The challenge was open already!

Abhi yeh na pucho ke manzil kaha hai

Abhi to safar ka irada kiya hai

Na harungi hausla mein zindagi bhar…

Kisi se nahi khud se wada kiya hai….!”

This time even her reply was strong just like her thoughts! All ready to fight this strong attraction from her husband.

Let’s see who wins in this game of life… the husband with so much to speak, but all through his eyes! The wife with so much to face, including those tempting messages from her husband’s eyes…. or love!

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