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Chapter 9

Rear view of a young man waking up in bed and stretching his arms

Aarush was rolling on his bed in the morning, and hugged the pillow next to him, thinking of it to be Radhika. He murmured something with his eyes closed, and his mother woke him up.

‘Good morning Son, how did you sleep last night?’

‘Mom…good morning…’ Aarush covered his huge boner with the pillow. His cheeks were going red with embarrassment.

‘C’mon now wake up and get ready, we are going to Siddhivinayak in a few hours.’

‘WHAT?’ Aarush, who had never been to Siddhivinayak in his Mumbai-life of over five years, was now being asked to join his parents.

‘Yes. You should thank all the Gods for saving your life, have you any idea how dangerous accident you had?’

‘All the Gods?’

‘Yes, after Siddhivinayak, we are going to Mahalakshmi temple and then to Haji-Ali Dargah, and after that if we have time, we will also visit Swaminarayan Temple. Now wake up!’ Aarush looked at the clock on the opposite wall. It was displaying 5:30 am.

‘Mom, I’ve had accident recently, I can’t travel to so many places at once…’ Aarush tried to convince his mother.

‘I know, that is exactly what I was telling your father!’

‘Yeah, and what did he say?’

‘I was telling him that we will visit one religious place in one day, every day for the next one month. But he said he wanted to visit all big temples today.’

‘I am feeling better now. We can visit all the temples today, yeah…’ Aarush suddenly found the energy level of Hulk inside him as his mother mentioned that they had plans of visiting temples for whole month!

‘I don’t know now, go talk to your father.’

‘Right away! Dad…’ Aarush walked outside to talk to his father, who was sipping his tea, while watching news on TV.

‘Aarush, when does the paper come?’

‘Paper?’

‘Newspaper!’

‘Oh…I don’t think it comes. I haven’t subscribed to it.’

‘What? How can you live without a newspaper? You are running a company, you need to know about the current affairs of the world, son!’

‘Everything is available on mobile and internet dad, who needs to collect papers every day?’

‘I will never understand this generation. You guys can never imagine the bliss of turning crisp, warm pages of a morning newspaper. You can’t ever feel the joy of finding your name in the newspaper during college results. I still have a copy of ‘The Hindu’ in which my college result was declared in the year 1977!’

‘Okay dad, I’ve to go to…’ Aarush stuck up his little finger, gesturing his father about his need to relieve himself. He picked up his phone from his bedroom’s side-table and locked himself in the bathroom to attend to nature’s call!

‘Hey…’ once inside, he called up Radhika.

‘Hey I was waiting for you to wake up. What’s the plan?’

‘They are forcing me to go to temples with them and I’m least interested!’

‘Thank God!’

‘What ‘thank-god’? You will obviously be happy after all it’s your favourite pastime, chatting with Gods!’

Radhika giggled.

‘Yeah, laugh all you can. I will try my best to somehow cancel this plan and rather visit some bar so that I can get drunk beyond my wits! I miss alcohol so damn much…’

‘Oh, so you miss alcohol?’

‘Don’t forget the rough and crazy sex we used to have. I can’t wait to eat you, Radhika!’ Aarush growled like a tiger on the phone.

‘Aarush? Are you okay?’ his mother knocked on the door, hearing weird noises.

‘Yeah, mom! I’m fine…’

Radhika couldn’t stop laughing.

‘I don’t think my parents can ever understand that their son has now grown up and needs some space of his own.’ Aarush was being grumpy.

‘Listen…’ Radhika grabbed his attention.

‘What?’

‘I talked to my parents about you, and…’

‘And what?’

‘They…’

‘Radhika, screw you! They what?’

‘They want to meet you!’

‘Awesome. When?’

‘Any time you are free. You can accompany me to Jaipur.’

‘WHAT? I am not going anywhere. Invite your parents over to Mumbai.’

‘Aarush, flush your ego and attitude for once and please…’

‘Radhika, it doesn’t look good.’

‘Why not?’

‘Because baby, I don’t want them to have a wrong notion about me.’

‘What wrong notion?’

‘See, if I accompany you to Jaipur, they might think that I am here with you so that I can demand hefty dowry or something and I’m that kind of guy, which I’m not. So no trip to Jaipur. I will rather send them tickets to Mumbai and they can fly first class.’

‘Aarush…’

‘Please Radhika, not this one. Please…’

‘Fine, I will talk to dad.’

‘Thanks!’

‘You’re welcome…’ Radhika giggled.

‘Listen, I now need to hang up as my mom might be listening to all our shit…’

‘Not our, ‘your’ shit, you are the one on the bathroom pot, right?’

Aarush laughed hysterically.

‘Well, okay now I need to hang up really bad, I need to get out. It’s damn hot here! And don’t worry, I will eat you raw…just meet me alone for one night…’ Aarush cut the call and rushed out of the bathroom.

His parents were already ready with their bags packed for the day.

‘What’s all this for?’ Aarush pointed at the big bag of snacks and eatables.

‘These are for the way, in case someone’s hungry.’ his mother said.

‘Brilliant! I just forgot that we don’t have any food joints and we are not in Mumbai, but Malegaon, we need it all, right!’

‘Stop mocking your mother every time.’ his father interrupted, ‘she made so much food for you in the morning, when you were sleeping, just so that you don’t have to eat outside food for a few days!’

Aarush immediately felt his father’s words, piercing through his heart, ‘I’m sorry mom…’

‘It’s okay, sometimes I know I embarrass you.’

‘Mom, please no!’ Aarush hugged her tight.

The three of them went to a day-long trip to Siddhivinayak, Mahalakshmi and Swaminarayan Temples and in the evening, Aarush took his mother and father to Marine Drive. They were awed at the gigantic ocean. He clicked a few photos of them. His father was even shy to place his hand at his mother’s shoulder. It was at that moment, that he realized how innocent their love is, and how shallow this generation’s love is. Despite being married for more than two decades, his parents had a shyness, and couples around them were kissing openly, without any worries, without any tension. His father was even hesitant to hold his mother’s hand. Lust was more visible in this generation than love. Couples nowadays are not together even for 2 years at stretch, and his parents despite being together for over 2 decades, loved each other so deeply. Aarush smiled at them and realized how he can never love Radhika like his father has loved his mother…

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  Comments (57)

  • sajal

    September 9, 2015

    When does it start *eagerly waiting*

    • Mehek

      September 9, 2015

      Within a week or so! 🙂

  • Fareeda

    September 15, 2015

    1 week completed mehek eagerly waiting

    • Mehek

      September 16, 2015

      Hi Fareeda, the story is going to start from 21st September 🙂 Coming Monday!

  • Fareeda

    September 22, 2015

    Wow eagerly waiting for nxt part 🙂

  • Sonali

    September 22, 2015

    The story is really making me mad day by day… ….

    • Mehek

      September 23, 2015

      Haha, thanks! 🙂

  • Himani setia

    September 23, 2015

    Can’t wait till next 9 p.m. Plz post it now

    • Mehek

      September 24, 2015

      Chapter 4 is posted! 🙂

  • Vaibhavi barot*

    September 23, 2015

    Just fabulous story mahek..
    Arrange series and now this..
    U r an awesome writer..
    Best of all…

    • Mehek

      September 24, 2015

      Thank you Vaibhavi! 🙂

  • Ruchi shukla

    September 24, 2015

    Amazing di can’t wait for the next part

  • prerna

    September 25, 2015

    Whn I came to know abt this story I just started to read it coz of the name u gave to its male character that relates to my lyf…..bt as I read it wholly in in love wd whole of the story.
    Nyc job n plz keep updating soon

    • Mehek

      September 25, 2015

      Thank You so much 🙂

  • Aditi

    September 25, 2015

    So similar to my story..wish it doesn’t end like ours 🙁

    • Mehek

      September 25, 2015

      Thanks! 🙂

  • Aditi

    September 25, 2015

    You write great stories..I am addicted to them
    Especially dare to love
    I ve shared it with all my friends they love it too

    • Mehek

      September 25, 2015

      Thank you, Aditi. If you like Dare to Love, I’m sure you will love Arranged Series too! 🙂 Check it out, it’s there on my blog too…

  • Meenal

    September 25, 2015

    In love with you girl !!

    • Mehek

      September 26, 2015

      😀 Thank You!!

  • Ishita

    September 27, 2015

    Eagerly waiting for today’s chapter..in love with the characters :):):):D!!!

    • Mehek

      September 28, 2015

      Thanks, but there are no chapters on Sundays 🙂 Will post Chapter 7 today!

  • Santoshini

    September 27, 2015

    Why is the chapter not updated yet today ?? Plz do it soon. Can’t wait.

    • Mehek

      September 28, 2015

      There are no chapters on Sundays 🙂 Will post Chapter 7 today!

  • Name*Himani

    September 27, 2015

    Yar aaj ka chapter?????

    • Mehek

      September 28, 2015

      There are no chapters on Sundays 🙂 Will post Chapter 7 today!

  • vashi

    October 1, 2015

    Nicee
    Just loving it
    I’m soon gonna buy your books

    • Mehek

      October 2, 2015

      Thank you Vashi 🙂

  • Shivani

    October 2, 2015

    Very nice story.
    I want to know whether there is Dare to love part 3 or this awesome story is going to end tomorrow???

    • Mehek

      October 3, 2015

      Hi Shivani, yes there will be a part – 3 but not soon, so I will be ending it tonight on a happy note 🙂 Part 3 will be posted after February 2016 as I have exams and a lot of projects in between…

  • Shivani

    October 3, 2015

    Okie Ms Mehek… thank u so much. I will waiting for the next part… and all the very best for your exams….
    Take care…

  • SHIVANI

    October 3, 2015

    I love the way you end a story. The part where Radhika invites his ex is the most beautiful thing.

    • Mehek

      October 4, 2015

      Thank you so much 🙂

  • Juhi

    October 17, 2015

    Hey Mehek !

    I just thought you deserve to know this.
    There is this page on Facebook named ‘Trust gives pain and expectation kills happiness’ and one of the admin of the this page named Priyanka Bhatnagar copies your stories and post them on that page and takes all the credit that obviously you deserve.

    Actually I’ve been reading the stories on that page from i don’t know like last 8-9 months I guess and I just love them so much that I can’t express. I was so impressed by the stories.

    But today a friend of mine send me the link to your blog and that is when I came to know that those were your stories and that they were written by you and i was so hurt to know that she was taking all the credits. I am not sure if all them were yours but I saw ‘dare to love’ and ‘tantra’ on your blog which i’ve read there.

    PS- You’re an awesome writer and i wish i would’ve known about you being the original writer of these stories earlier. Trust me you have no idea how much i appreciated the stories.
    🙂

    • Mehek

      October 18, 2015

      Hey Juhi, thanks dear! Thanks a lot for telling me 🙂 Honestly, there are many pages and facebook-blogs who copied my work in past, and have still been copying it shamelessly. It’s very tough to monitor everything and maybe that’s one disadvantage of posting stories on open-platforms. But readers are more important than copiers, so I don’t bother about them much, let them do what they want to. Because ultimately, it’s ‘they’ who wait for me to write new stories so they can copy and paste it 😛 Those connected with me directly, know that all my content is 100% original, and they get to read stuff ‘before’ the copiers can paste it on their pages! But thanks again, I really appreciate your effort…

  • Juhi

    October 18, 2015

    Damn you’re so good at this.
    I love the way you describe everything in your stories. That’s awesome. I’m also a big fan of yours now. 🙂

    Btw will you send me the links to all of your pages ? I would just love to follow you.

  • Sindhu

    October 23, 2015

    Hello mehek . . you are just awesome. After readng your stories thts the thing which fill my mind. jus keep writing . . Love it

    • Mehek

      October 23, 2015

      Thank you so much Sindhu 🙂 You can also read ‘Arranged Series’ trilogy, it’s right on this blog!

  • Sindhu

    October 25, 2015

    I started with tht series only mehek . . 🙂
    Shrey n Akanksha the best . .

    • Mehek

      October 25, 2015

      Haha, thank you 🙂

  • Adarsh Vidyardi

    January 20, 2016

    I believe that there is definitely a beautiful story in your life. One cannot write, make something up without any experiences,at least few. I would like to hear just a few words about yours.Will you share?

    • Mehek

      January 21, 2016

      Thank you 🙂 I believe it isn’t necessary to have a story in order to write one. Fiction writers are known as ‘fiction’ writers for a reason 🙂 And by your logic, every murder-mystery should be written by a murderer himself if nothing else! 😛

  • Ria

    January 28, 2016

    mehek…its really painful to wait so long for da 3rd part to come…any idea wen u r gonna publish dem? :-p plzzz make it soon…cnt wait so long…

    • Mehek

      January 29, 2016

      I’m sorry, I can’t work on the story as of now, but I will very soon post something regarding it! I’m stuck in my own projects. Apologies!!

  • Nikhil

    February 2, 2016

    Dare to Love is one of the best fiction based on relationship which i have read in past. Mehak you have an amazing skill of putting emotions in your words. Keep writing Keep Rocking.

    • Mehek

      February 3, 2016

      Thank you Nikhil… 🙂

  • Ria

    March 21, 2016

    any update of the publish of the 3rd part?

    • Mehek

      March 22, 2016

      Yeah, I will start it on 28th, I am sorry for the delay! 🙂

  • Ria

    March 24, 2016

    its completely alrite…waiting eagerly 4 it…happy holi..:)

  • Santoshini

    March 25, 2016

    Okay.. Please say that the wait is over.. Just let us know when the third part is starting.. I have already read the first 2 parts a zillion times.

    • Mehek

      March 27, 2016

      Hi dear, the story is starting tomorrow! 🙂

  • kirti

    June 2, 2016

    mehek. i need ur help. plz rply me on fb. i hv send u a msg..
    may be it will appear in othr msgs

    • Mehek

      June 3, 2016

      Dear, I don’t check my other messages so I must have missed it, I’m sorry I will revert to you ASAP. And if you have some issues to discuss, you can always mail me at – [email protected] 🙂

  • Penguin

    January 19, 2017

    I empathise for Koel the most in this story, felt like everyone was judgemental towards her and the leads themselves were flawed characters. Fun read nevertheless!!!

    • Mehek

      January 22, 2017

      Every story has protagonists and antagonists, and sometimes it’s your perception. Readers are sometimes better judges of the story 🙂

  • harshita

    February 23, 2019

    great<3