“Life is like a camera. Focus on what’s important. Capture the good times. And if things don’t work out, just take another shot.” ~Ziad K. Abdelnour,

 

“Khushi, are you in there?”

 

Arnav tapped on the office door lightly, then opened it without waiting for a response. The second his eyes met Khushi’s, standing still with her hands clutched to the edge of the wooden desk, he stepped in to eliminate the distance between them.

 

Khushi took a calming deep breath as he pulled her flush against him, his arms firmly wrapped around her. His presence by her side was exactly what she needed as she tried to gather herself.

 

“Were you out there long?” She found herself looking over his shoulder at the door, holding onto him tightly.

 

“No, I wasn’t eavesdropping, though I had been tempted to stand guard after you brought Axel in here. Just in case you wanted me to do the honors in giving the asshole a parting gift.” He winked as she looked up at him, her soft laughter had him smile widely, as the tension slowly began to leave her body.

 

“But, my BFF stopped me,” Khushi raised an eyebrow questioningly, “NK, your father, we’re besties now.”

 

“Oh God, just what I needed!” She dramatically slapped her forehead.

 

“Come on, Sweetheart. This is a win, all the way to home base. The man is giving me some great advice that I will carefully adhere to so I don’t end up in the dog house or have you leave me stranded on this island. Alone.”

 

“Is that so? Interesting, ASR and NK teaming up together for the best interest of KKG. Guess that’s a sure way to not have me run away from New York as I did eight years ago.”

 

He lifted her chin, his eyes filled with concern, “That’s not what I meant.”

 

“I know, can’t I tease this budding bromance.” She smiled, “Which I am loving very much. Now, do tell me what you learned tonight from your bestie?”

 

“You don’t like interference, being an independent woman and all.”

 

“And, you didn’t already know that about me?” She gasped in mocking surprise.

 

“Of course, I did. In fact, I knew that from the moment I first met you. It’s why I have kept my opinion to myself about the asshole,” Seeing her look of disbelief, he corrected himself, “Fine, but you have to admit I have refrained from beating the living daylights out of him for his inappropriate behavior. And for tonight, I waited till the asshole left the office before coming in here.”

 

“Hard to argue with you on that, thank you.” She leaned in close and kissed him gently. “Where’s your bestie, he didn’t want in on the gossip?”

 

“Nope, he already knew you were about to throw the asshole out.”

 

“Arnav, stop with the name calling, he has a name,” She sighed, aware he could care less with his dislike for Axel. “Did Axel leave?”

 

“If you mean out through the front door, yes. Too bad it didn’t hit him on the way out.”

 

“Arnav!”

 

“Don’t Arnav me, I’ve never liked the guy, and neither does your father. He’s alerted the MIB to not let him back in here.”

 

The satisfied smug expression on his face, had her questioning the sanity of the two men taking such a measure. First Samaira, now, Axel. It seemed the list was growing by the day.

 

“Was that really necessary?”

 

“Absofuckinglutely! If you saw the look on his face charging out of the gallery after you axed him, you would agree.”

 

“Fine, whatever. It’s not how I wanted our relationship to end, but he left me with no choice tonight. The way he waltzed in here, schmoozing with everyone, taking credit for other people’s hard work, including mine, pissed me off.” She grunted, and threw her head back in frustration, “From all people, Axel wasn’t the one that I thought I would have to deal with tonight. My money was on my stepmother to create drama.”

 

“You don’t need to worry about her, she’s been an angel tonight. What, I’m serious.” He added, seeing her disbelieving look. “Mahini is fine, and hasn’t caused any trouble. And, I doubt she will. Now get rid of that frown,” He ran his thumb over her lip, and instantly a smile appeared. “I’m sorry your evening included this bump, but no more. Promise. The night is still young and it belongs to you.” He kissed her forehead, then took her hands in his. “Leia and your guests are out there celebrating all that Shutter has accomplished thus far with more to follow.”

 

She looked around the small room that was now turned into Leia’s and her office with the conference room being opened up to host clients. From her living quarters to her workspace, it seemed everything was confined to a compact area. She needed to take immediate action to make changes.

 

“Arnav, do you think you can help me with something?”

 

“I don’t think, I know I can. Anything and everything, just say the word.”

 

There was no questioning the truth his words held. She knew, if there was anyone that could help kickoff her new vision to come to life, it was him, ASR.

 

“I want to buy this building for a couple of future expansions I have in mind for Shutter. For Leia. For me. Can you make that happen? Speak to the owner, and see if he’ll sell it to me.” Her tone was a bit hesitant given her dealings with the older man, who was stuck on holding onto the property. But, Arnav’s confidence, paired with the fact that he had been the only person to get through to the owner when she had first moved into her loft, had her mind churning with the possibilities.

 

“Why stop with just this building, when I can get this entire city block.”

 

“One step,” She paused, shaking her head slightly, “More apt would be,  one building at a time, and I am counting on you to make it happen.”

 

“There isn’t a property in this city that ASR can’t secure, and you should already know that I always get my way.” He gathered her hair on one side and slowly kissed up the side of her neck.

 

“Arnav, I should get out there,” She said even as her body betrayed her, reacting to his touch.

 

“I’m a man of my words, KKG, and I’m proving it to you right now by having my way with you. Now that I finally have you alone behind closed doors, time for me to savour that beautiful mouth of yours. Mine.”

 

“Yours.”

 

As she glanced up and met his eyes, he cupped her neck, and tilted her face up. There was no hesitation on her part, she gave in as he leaned in to seal her lips with his. A much needed passionate moment just for him and her.

 

*****

 

“These shots are spectacular!”

 

NK turned to face the man voicing thoughts that echoed his own at the concrete jungle series that he had been standing in front of for the past few minutes. The series was composed of photographs taken from around New York City.

 

Ever since his daughter’s first exhibition, he often roamed the gallery alone admiring her extraordinary pieces. But tonight there had been no such opportunity where he had been by himself. Not with his daughter’s new admirers from the Raizada family joining forces with him. First, it had been Arnav, now Arnav’s father.

 

He smiled at Ashvath who was adorning a smile of his own. Ashvath slid his hands inside his trouser pockets, as the two men stood with their gazes locked in on the aerial photos on display.

 

“I’ve heard that Khushi took these photos from a helicopter with no doors,” Ashvath stepped forward for a closer look, completely captivated by the brightly captured lit skyline.

 

“That’s my daughter for you, living on the edge to get the perfect shot.” NK confirmed with pride in his voice.

 

“I’d say she’s accomplished that and more with every single piece in this gallery. Walking around Shutter, taking in these images, makes you realize these are more than photos.” Ashvath gestured over at the main highlight for KKG’s exhibition, located on the back wall. It had piqued everyone’s curiosity to know what was behind the covered images. “I’m looking forward to Khushi unveiling her main showcase piece.”

 

NK also felt the same enthusiasm as Ashvath, and like him, he was anxious to see KKG’s masterpiece.

 

“Did you know Arnav had joined Khushi during her aerial shoot?” NK asked as they eased into their conversation.

 

“My son wouldn’t voluntarily go up in a helicopter, unless, of course, it was for ARG. The boy’s never been adventurous,” Ashvath paused, “When he was younger it was school and baseball, then once his career kicked off, he’s been at it nonstop, not taking out the time to live life. But now, that’s changed. For the better. My family and I have Khushi to thank for that.”

NK motioned for Ashvath to look towards the back of the gallery as Arnav and Khushi rounded the corner. Their eyes were glued to each other as Khushi had her arm linked through Arnav’s. The deep connection between them was palpable, as was their love for each other which was getting stronger with each passing day.

 

It seemed the couple were in their own little bubble as Arnav whispered in Khushi’s ear, weaving her through the crowd. If one looked closely, they would see Khushi blushing. NK most certainly had, and as he surveyed the room, it seemed others had as well. Not only were Khushi’s photos the cynosure of all eyes, but so was the man in her life.

 

“I can say the same about Arnav, when it comes to my daughter.” NK openly admitted, turning to face Ashvath. “It never crossed my mind that the two of them would take a liking to each other when I asked Arnav to help Khushi find a home in the city.”

 

“Would you have still sought out my son?” Ashvath asked before he could stop himself.

 

It was apparent by NK’s expression that he was taken aback by the question. NK didn’t need him to clarify it either, he knew exactly what Ashvath had inadvertently alluded to.

 

“That didn’t come out right, by no means did I mean to be so direct.” Ashvath opened his mouth, ready to deliver an apology, but NK began speaking.

 

“With all of my children, I have never restricted them, nor do I provide them with a criteria that needs to match our lifestyle or social status. It’s their decision, solely theirs, who they decide to get in a relationship with. Of course as a parent, you want them to find someone that respects them, loves them and who treats them as their equal. This also applies to my son.” NK inclined his head, getting a glimpse of not only his children but Ashvath’s as well. “My parents instilled in me, as I have with my three children, that money isn’t everything. It can’t buy you happiness and it won’t comfort you at a time when you need it the most. And, if you look at our children, all five of them over there, you’ll see how grounded and similar they are when it comes to their values.”

 

“I won’t lie, NK,”

 

“I wouldn’t want you to, Ashvath.” NK interjected with a small smile, “This might be our first time meeting, but given our children’s relationship, I believe in an open and honest conversation. There’s no need to hold back, please say what’s on your mind,”

 

Ashvath stared at NK for a second, then turned his head and looked across the room at Arnav and Khushi. “At first, I was a bit hesitant when I saw that my son was falling in love with a woman whose world was miles apart from ours. Perhaps I was wrong, but I worried about the potential heartbreak should you not have approved of their relationship. Honestly speaking, it scared me because I had never seen Arnav so happy. But, as I saw the two of them together, and spent time with Khushi, getting to know her better, I realized how wrong I had been to make assumptions.” Ashvath placed his hand on NK’s shoulder, “I hope I didn’t offend you, NK.”

 

“You were looking out for your son’s best interests, so there’s nothing for me to be offended about.” NK paused, the corner of his mouth turning up. “I’m glad we got this out in the open now rather than finding out later when they want to take their relationship to the next stage and make things official.”

 

“Official?” Ashvath raised an eyebrow.

 

“Yes, when they want to get married. Though there’s no rush,” NK added seeing the momentary look of surprise flash cross Ashvath’s face. “Speaking from experience, I would prefer they take their time. Though, seeing there’s wedding fever going around with Leia and Rayna’s upcoming nuptials, there’s no telling when the wedding bug bites my baby girl. Might as well be prepared for when the time comes.”

 

Ashvath kept his expression blank, and grabbed two drinks from one of the servers passing. For now, all he could offer was a slight nod, and a drink. The rest he would leave up to time, and Arnav and Khushi to break the news to NK that there might not be a marriage in their children’s future.

 

He just hoped that NK would accept and respect the couple’s decision as he has of their relationship as it is today. But then, time will tell.

 

*****

 

“Excuse me, Arnav, um, I’m sorry to interrupt, but by any chance have you seen Khushi?” Leia’s eyes continued to scan the main gallery, as she approached him.

 

“Princess Leia, you’re never interrupting, unless of course I’m with KKG.” He winked, earning him a round of laughter from the young and the elderly woman standing beside him.

 

“Khushi went down to the lab with a couple of guests a few minutes ago.” Leia followed Arnav’s gaze towards the staircase, then gave him a slight nod.

 

“My grandson has no filter, never had.” Dadi lightly smacked Arnav on his arm. “Besharam.”

 

“Oh my God, you’re Gorgeous Dadi?!”

 

“My grandmother most certainly is gorgeous!” Arnav possessively wrapped his arm around his Dadi’s shoulder, and side hugged her.

 

“I was referring to her instagram handle, and one hundred percent agree, she’s beautiful.” Leia smiled widely, and pushed Arnav away from his grandmother, then embraced Dadi. “It’s so great to meet you in person after speaking with you virtually on insta and Shutter’s blog for the past couple of years. I’m…”

 

“ShutterPrincess!” Dadi called out Leia’s username, “I can’t believe we’re finally meeting and at Khushi’s exhibition of all places. The way it was meant to be.” There was tenderness in the way Dadi held Leia in her arms. Despite the age gap between them, it was as if two friends were coming face to face. “I had asked about you earlier up front, but seems like you haven’t had a chance to catch a breath.”

 

“Unfortunately, not tonight. It’s madness here, in a wonderful way. To see everyone enjoying themselves as well as admiring our KKG’s talent, feeling the buzz through this gallery, is so satisfying.” Leia’s hand covered Dadi’s. “I still can’t believe you’re here, KKG’s biggest fan.”

 

“It’s a small world, and a dream come true to see these stunning pieces up close.”

 

“Now if only I can convince you to work here, we could tag team and charm the crowd coming through the doors.”

 

“I’m in, when do I start?”

 

Arnav laughed at his Dadi’s instant response that he had mistakenly interpreted as a joke. But seeing their eyes sparkling, silently conjuring a plan, he was convinced they were up to something.

 

“Dadi you can’t work.” Out came his reply, which had his grandmother crossing her arms across her chest.

 

“Says who?” Dadi challenged her grandson in a no nonsense tone, which had Arnav raising his hands in defeat.

 

For now, he thought.

 

*****

 

There was a part of him that knew he should stay away, keep his distance at least for tonight, but he found himself approaching his wife as she stood alone with her head buried in her phone.

 

Lifting her gaze from her phone, Mahini glanced up at her husband.

 

“What are you doing here?” He asked, then sipped from the glass he had carried with him.

 

“Now what kind of question is that? I’m here to show my support for Khushi. You know I’ve always liked her work, her style of photography is unique.”

 

The corners of his mouth twitched, ready to call her out on her blatant lie based on her criticism whenever he would add to Khushi’s pieces hung at the penthouse. But he refrained from doing so keeping in mind why and where they were tonight. The last thing he needed was for his wife to create a spectacle and ruin his daughter’s special night.

 

“So, when’s the wedding?”

 

“Excuse me?”

 

“Khushi and ASR.” She spelled out with a smile, seeing his eyebrows knitted together. “Looks like they have gotten quite close. What’s it been now, three months since they’ve met? The same as us when we decided to get married.”

 

“Well, our circumstances for getting married were different. There was no choice.” He looked down at her waist deliberately.

 

Was it spiteful that after all these years he was pointing out the real reason they married was that she became pregnant? Yes, it was. But, did he care? No.

 

She looked away from him, opting not to retort. She tilted her head slightly, spotting Ashvath and Harika standing with Aseem at the other end of the gallery.

 

“With all of the Raizadas here, I assume it’s only a matter of days before the good news of the much awaited wedding of the hotel heiress is announced. I’m hoping for nothing but the best for the eldest Gupta daughter. I already know the location, given you’ve dreamed of seeing her married at one of GI’s finest luxury properties right here in New York.”

 

When it came to Khushi, Mahini might have sweet-talked her way throughout their marriage, showing that she cared, but now, he knew better. Mahini, the loving wife, the caring stepmother, had been a mere facade that now lay crumbled into pieces.

 

“No need for you to assume anything where my daughter is concerned.” He snapped.

 

“Niran, you misunderstood what I was saying,” She placed her hand on his arm, and he stiffened. Caressing his arm, she spoke softly. “I truly am happy for Khushi, and I actually really like ASR, always have from when we started working with him. They make a lovely couple.”

 

Feeling his fury rising, he clutched his glass tighter, then turned so that his back faced the crowd. Somehow anything coming from her irritated him, even if it sounded genuine.

 

“What makes you think I even want your opinion? I’ve told you before, and am telling you now, I don’t want you near my daughter or in her life. You shouldn’t even be here tonight. Now, leave.” He ordered unable to keep the venom from his voice.

 

“Please, Niran, I’m trying here to make things better between us. Why do you keep pushing me away?” She squeezed his arm as fresh tears sprang in her eyes, silently pleading with him as they stood there for what felt like a long moment.

 

“I can’t believe you’re even asking me that question.” He raked his hand through his hair.

 

His head was swarming with the events from the past, gazing into her eyes. Moments they had shared as husband and wife, as parents to their twins, along with those pained memories of his firstborn child. It was as if someone had stabbed him over and over again. Despite all the enemies he had picked up along the way in business, and there were many, they didn’t come close to the woman who was meant to be the closest to him.

 

His so-called wife, Mahini Gupta.

 

The timing might be fucked up, but there was something that he needed to say. Though, not standing in the gallery surrounded by the guests that were here for his daughter’s exhibition. Keeping himself and his anger in check, NK motioned towards the back of the gallery, then began walking without a backward glance to see if she was following him. He didn’t need to look, he knew she would be right behind him as he swiftly headed in the direction of Khushi’s office and conference room.

 

Seeing Khushi’s office empty, he stood outside allowing his wife to go in before him. Once he stepped inside, shutting the door behind him, he was instantly assaulted by the scent of flowers. His eyes went towards a couple of bouquets at the corner of Khushi’s desk near her iMac. He recognized the jewel-toned bouquet of blooms that he had brought for Khushi, and he presumed the other was from Arnav. Roses. His daughter’s favorite as well as…

 

No, he told himself with a slow shake of his head as he watched Mahini move closer to the roses. Her fingers caressing the dark red petals.

 

“They’re so beautiful, reminds me of the ones you would send the girls and me for Valentine’s Day. Did you get these for Khushi?”

 

He remained cold, showing no emotion, as he leaned against the wall next to the closed door. Getting the hint that he wasn’t going to acknowledge her question, she sighed.

 

“I’m guessing the roses are from ASR, you probably are staying away from the things that remind you of me.”

 

Their eyes locked, hers filled with hurt, his blazing with anger.

 

“Tell me what do I need to do to make things right between us. I, we, can’t go on like this, Niran. I miss you.”

 

“What’s your definition of us?”

 

“You and me, of course.”

 

He made a disapproving sound, “Figured that’s what you would say.”

 

She narrowed her eyes at him, “Am I wrong in wanting to make things right with our marriage?”

 

“Before you think about fixing us, perhaps what you really need to think about is Khushi.”

 

“Khushi?”

 

“Now, don’t act all surprised. This,” He waved his index finger back and forth from him to her, “The distance, and where we are today is the outcome of the fucking mind games you played with my daughter when she was a child. You made her feel like she wasn’t wanted, you made her believe that her father hated her. How could you emotionally abuse a child to that extent?”

 

“I can’t believe it.” She laughed softly, which infuriated him.

 

“Well, believe it, Darling.”

 

“You think I abused Khushi as a child?”

 

“I don’t think, I know you did. As my daughter rightly pointed out not too long ago, not all blows are physical. One doesn’t need to raise their hand at someone, words hurt just as much.”

 

“That’s just absurd that I’m being held responsible for what bits and pieces of her childhood she remembers. What if it’s made up? You were there, tell me that I didn’t try with her. But, she was jealous of me and the twins after they were born.”

 

“Are you hearing yourself?” He let out a rough laugh, “Excuses! At least I am owning up to having failed in protecting my daughter, not pushing her to open up to me earlier. Perhaps if I had, I could have ended her agony much earlier.”

 

“And, probably our marriage. That’s what you want right? To leave me because your daughter has now labeled me the evil bitchy stepmother.” She said in that familiar taunting mocking voice reserved for his daughter.

 

“You said it, not her.” He shot back at her with equal spitting rage that covered her face.

 

He knew they weren’t going to get anywhere with this back and forth. He lowered his head, closed his eyes, rubbing the bridge of his nose.

He had no expectations from her, and she had proved it once again. He needed to put as much distance as he could between himself and her again. For the well-being of his children. And with that mindset, he said what he had set out to do in the first place.

 

“Until you own up to your part in fucking up my daughter’s life, my relationship with her, along with trying keep her siblings away from her, there’s nothing left to say, let alone think about a reconciliation between us. The way I see it, there’s no forgiving you or myself for what has happened to Khushi. I will forever live with that guilt, you on the other hand, can’t even accept what you’ve done. Until then, it’s best you stay away from me and my life.”

 

Stunned, she just stared at him, if it weren’t for her heaving chest from breathing roughly, he would have sworn she had turned into a hard statue. And, he was certain she would remain that way for a long time to come.

 

Ready to get back to his children, he placed his hand on the door knob, “Do us both a favor, please leave quietly. Goodbye, Mahini.”

 

*****

 

Adrenaline had surged through her body since opening the doors to Shutter a couple of hours ago, and there was no sign of it leaving her. As she walked through the crowd, her heart quickened, reaching the finale of her opening night.

 

Though, Khushi’s smile faded when she joined Leia, who was coordinating with the team to assemble the crowd near the podium to kick off the finale.

 

“I’m going to kill him!” Leia declared, frowning as she continued to look from her phone to the gallery in search of someone. “Axel shows up late then fucking vanishes in thin air when it’s time for the finale. I have his speech for your introduction written out, all he needs to do is stand there and read it, how hard can it be?!” Leia gestured to the podium that had been set-up in front of the covered featured pieces that were going to be unveiled tonight.

 

“I would say, it’s not a difficult job at all.” Khushi shrugged nonchalantly, “I’m thinking, since you’ve written it, why don’t you do the honors?”

 

“But, Axel always…”

 

Khushi took the index cards from Leia’s hands, and engulfed her. While Leia didn’t know what had transpired a short while ago, with them being pulled in different directions, and nor was she aware of her future plans, but Khushi knew her friend would support her every step of the way. Just as Khushi would support Leia take a step forward with her career. It had always been the two of them, tag teaming together to make Shutter and each other successful. Tonight was a perfect example of what they were able to accomplish.

 

“Axel’s gone, I let him go.” Khushi spoke softly as they pulled away.

 

“You did what?!” Leia exclaimed, causing a few heads to turn but they quickly turned their backs to get some privacy.

 

Khushi nodded, seeing Leia blinking her eyes trying to take in what she had divulged. It didn’t take long for Leia to gather herself, adorning the biggest smug smile as the news of Axel’s departure sank in.

 

“I am going to need details, KKG. But that will have to wait, let’s close out the night with a bang, Then the after party, just you and me.”

 

Khushi laughed, “I’m not sure Arnav’s going to share me tonight after not seeing me for a couple of days.”

 

“Please, as if he even has a choice. My Khushi. Now, let’s go,” Leia took her hand and led her to the podium.

 

Khushi’s heart warmed at being surrounded by an abundance of love tonight as she looked out at the assembled crowd. She couldn’t help but wave to the section towards the right where her brother and sister along with the Raizadas were smiling widely at her. And as her gaze shifted to the center in front of the podium in the first row, the bromance was in full swing with the two loves of her life proudly standing tall side by side. No doubt her father had given Arnav the scoop about the best standing seat in the house. As always, her father didn’t hold back sending her a flying kiss with both hands when she smiled at him.

 

Khushi couldn’t remember ever being as emotional as she was tonight. Perhaps it had to do with her loved ones being here for her. Her nerves spiked noticing almost all of her photos were marked with red tags. How was that even possible?

 

Leia immediately noticed her silent question, searching for an answer from her. But it seemed Leia had other plans, as she picked up the mic, then greeted the crowd.

 

“Hello beautiful people of New York! Welcome to Shutter NYC.” The crowd erupted with a round of applause, along with a few wolf whistles bouncing off the gallery walls. “Well, it appears that I don’t have to ask what all of you thought of KKG’s latest exhibition since we are sold out!”

 

The exuberant crowd coupled with Leia’s announcement startled Khushi as she looked on in surprise. But as Leia began with her introduction, there was complete silence.

 

“Shutter continues to capture many hearts, thanks to the brilliant woman behind the lens that shares her work with us. Many of you know her professional accolades in the photography world. She is the recipient of many awards globally with her photos. I don’t have to spell out to any of you the rare talent she possesses. It’s right here in front of us.” Leia paused, hearing a humming agreement from the crowd. She then looked over at Khushi, “Traveling with her around the globe and seeing her work at a shot first hand, often leaves me in awe. This woman sees beauty in anything in front of her. Being close to her and knowing her personally, I can tell you that it’s because she’s beautiful on the inside and outside. I am privileged to introduce Khushi Kumari Gupta or as we know her, KKG. Everyone, let’s welcome Khushi back to her city.”

 

After taking a deep breath amidst the clapping crowd, Khushi joined her friend next to the podium, and embraced her.

 

Khushi grasped the microphone, then smiled.

 

“Can we give Leia Ahuja a round of applause? None of this, the gallery, the opening, would be possible without her mastermind. The true hero of Shutter. Thank you my dear friend for everything.” Khushi blew her a kiss, then placed the mic over her heart.

 

“Thank you everyone for coming to the opening of Shutter’s twentieth exhibition! This one is special for many reasons.” Khushi looked out at Arnav and her father, and smiled. “There’s no better feeling than opening my gallery in my home city, and to top it off, all of my loved ones are here tonight. Let’s hope they’re not the reason I’m sold out.” She raised an eyebrow, then laughed as her family and Arnav shook their heads in denial.

 

“Photography has been a passion of mine since I was a child. When my beloved grandfather gave me my first camera, a Leica M6 150 Jahre Optik, for those camera enthusiasts, I was ten years old. The moment I held it, and clicked my first photo, I was in love. Many of my fellow peers can vouch how magical it is to be lost behind the lens. A photo serves as proof of how you see the world. The key is finding yourself in that moment, and whatever that is in front of you, it’s perfect.”

 

The crowd looked back at her, captivated by her words. Unlike her other exhibitions where she was a bit closed off, today she found herself sharing her story openly for the first time.

 

“When I left New York eight years ago to start my career as a photographer, I had no idea what a difficult journey it would be. But as with any career, it takes dedication and determination to get through the hurdles that life throws at you to be able to reach your goal. I want to believe that with every exhibition, I am closer to accomplishing what I had set out for myself. Tonight, as the doors to Shutter NYC open to the public, I am exactly where I want to be. Home.”

 

The word home echoed around her as she met Arnav’s gaze. She blinked as Arnav mouthed, I love you.

 

“Now for the featured pieces, yes you heard correctly, not one but I have two to share, one of which isn’t for sale.” There were a few dissatisfied groans from the crowd, along with anticipation filling the air as she moved to the side, away from the covered photos behind her.

 

“I had the opportunity to spend a week on a nature reserve on my trip to Africa. Being out there in the jungle, I couldn’t help but compare it to the concrete jungle. Many of you must be wondering what could be the comparison? Open land versus an island with skyscrapers. Well, how about I show you… Meet the King of the Jungle.” Khushi pulled down the cover from the first piece, and there were several gasps of awe, seeing the mighty lion staring directly at the camera surrounded by a starlit sky.

 

“The next piece is a rarity for me as I don’t take portraits. This was taken eight years ago, my first photo snapped the night I decided that I was going to be a professional photographer.” Khushi locked her gaze on her father’s, “This is for you, Daddy.”

 

Khushi pulled off the cover, not taking her eyes off of her father.

 

“The King of the Concrete Jungle.”

 

NK covered his mouth in shock at the image in front of him. It was him facing out at the New York skyline at night. The brightly lit cityscape at reach in front of him as he seemingly stood atop it,  in his office at GI. He had no idea that she had taken that photo. Khushi had come to his office that night to speak to him, but had let it be till the following morning when their lives had changed.

 

A life changing moment, but they, she, were stronger because of it.

 

 

First things first, Happy New Year my lovelies! Whatever the new year has in store, may it be better than the last one ❤ I know we’re fourteen days in but a wish was in order seeing that we are meeting for the first time this year.

 

This extra long chapter concludes Khushi’s special event, hope you enjoyed Shutter’s opening with all of the characters making their way around the exhibition in the past three chapters. Please do take a moment to preview the collection of Shutter’s photo book at the top in a slideshow format. Breathtaking photos that I imagined from KKG’s lens. Shoutout to the talented photographers sharing their breathtaking work with us on the World Wide Web.

 

As always, thank you for being here despite my inconsistent schedule. But it’s a new year, and time for me to buckle up to finish Listed! See ya all next week, same time, same place 😉

 

Loads of Love,

Jigs

 

222 thoughts on “Chapter 40

  1. ❤️

    First things first, that photobook is stunning! The logo, the signature, the photographs, they all give a wonderful insight into how you visualise Khushi’s art. And the epigraph sums up Khushi’s, and for that matter NK’s as well, ethos perfectly.

    As much as this is Shutter’s opening night, it also marks the beginning for much else. From NK’s breaking from the past (me doing a quiet balle balle here) to Leia’s step forward in her career, there is a feeling of hope, of a breaking away from negativity. As you said, all the characters of Listed were there tonight and the camaraderie and warmth that permeated the room was lovely to read. I like the way you led us through the night, observing the dynamics from a distance sometimes, hovering for longer sometimes, walking up and parking up sometimes. And peeking behind closed doors sometimes. Something that Arnav was dying to do 😂

    Gorgeous Dadi’s and Shutter Princess’s meeting was just too adorable. It brought back some lovely memories of when SKD had met AD.

    I loved NK’s and Ashvath’s conversation. Father to father, speaking with the honesty which Ashvath has already shown in his conversation with Khushi. I like how he didn’t say anything when NK mentioned making things official. And I liked how NK included both Ashvath’s children when he spoke of shared values. Both extending respect to the other.

    Coming to Arnav, I was reminded of a moment from the show when Khushi was asked who she would spend time with if it were her last day on earth. She mentions each family member other than Arnav. When asked, she says she didn’t need to say anything because he would be with her at every moment, that day and forever. I can so see Arnav here doing just that, making sure his Khushi gets everything that she aspires to. She came back to her home city for a number of reasons, but he will be the reason why this city will remain as home now.

    Each time I read Khushi’s speech, I feel emotionally overwhelmed. Particularly when she looks at her father while unveiling the ‘King of the Concrete Jungle’ photograph. Like she wants to absorb each flicker of emotion on his face. It was so much more than a portrait, wasn’t it. It captured a seismic moment of time in their lives.

    What a night it’s been, Jignasha. I have loved each and every moment of it ❤️

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    1. As much as this is Shutter’s opening night, it also marks the beginning for much else. I just love this. And, your comment always brings my out of my funk! Thank you Thank you Thank you 😘😘😘

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    2. My dear Ruchi
      Belated Makar Sankranti wishes to you & your family
      Your comment is always an extension of jignasha ‘s thoughts & update
      Enjoyed every word of it
      Hope 2021 brings the much needed peace ✌🏻
      Cheers

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    3. Finally i m bk, after a long holiday at a place with zero connectivity. & To find this stunning update with mind-blowing header is just❤️.. 1st of all wishing a very happy, healthy & prosperous new year to Jigsji, Ruchiji & all my frnds here🥳🥳

      As usual any update is not complete unless i don’t read Ruchiji’s comment. Its like Mata Vaishno Devi ki yatra is not complete untill u have darshan of Bhairon baba too. This opening night has so many dimensions to it, that it felt like examining a diamond from all sides. We have 2 fathers discussing & feeling proud for their children. Kudos to Ashvath for maintaining silence on this dreaded future good news point. Than we have Mahini & NK finally having a conversation, as much civil as they can have. I think maybe now Mahini will realise this time around damage is irreversible.

      Moving on to Axel episode, i would say good riddance, a sentiment everyone is echoing from Arnav to NK to Princess Leia. Looking forward to seeing Leia in much stronger role, she deserves every bit of appreciation & respect khushi has given to her. Families catching up with each other🥰🥰

      Arnav & Khushi, i agree with Ruchiji, they r each other’s silent & strong support. Both of them r in each other & with each other. That lil moment in office was all love & companionship ❤️❤️

      But shop stopper has to b your pics & brilliant description of this opening night👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 my god such stunning pics, esp that king of jungle & king of concrete pic, made imagining & feeling khushi’s emotion while presenting this in story mind blowing. Awesome, superb 😍😍

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    4. Happy New Year, Ruchi!!! 🤗😘🤗😘 I love everything about your comment, but this, She came back to her home city for a number of reasons, but he will be the reason why this city will remain as home now. how very true! I still remember those initial chapters when Khushi kept referring to only be in NY for a short period of time, but not any more thanks to Arnav ❤

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    1. Jigs, I am sooooo sorry, and I hope you can forgive me for my tardiness. It’s been crazy this week with work working through some major projects. Though, selfish me did indulge in this beautifully written chapter, several times before bedtime to unwind after my long days. I even found myself reading the last three chapters of the opening back to back. The lived through Shutter’s opening night with all of the characters as though I was at the gallery.

      Axel the asshole was axed by our badass KKG! I was rooting for her finally taking the step to let him go. The man was a good for nothing creep, and on top of it taking credit for other people’s work. The fucking nerve! I am looking forward to KKG and Leia coming face to face with Axel to steal clients under his nose. That will be the ultimate victory!

      Ashvath and NK, another bromance in the making! Meeting for the first time, these two men kept it real. As much as they wanted to keep the conversations at ease, I’m glad they shared their reservations. Better now than later. Not that there wasn’t respect before, but it’s a notch higher. That scene was so well written.

      Dadi and Leia finally meet! And, I am so for Dadi having a role at Shutter. No one can do a better job than her to promote KKG’s work.

      Another defining moment was witnessing NK show Mahini the mirror. She might be trying to make things better between them, but she still hasn’t felt any remorse or guilt for her cold behavior against a child. What’s wrong with her?! Oh well, there will be no reconciliation between the couple.

      Now to the last scene, one of my favorites from Listed, Khushi’s speech. She’s back home for good, that too with because of Arnav. He’s the reason that she’s no longer looking to flee away. I loved the eye contact they shared at that moment, her way of conveying just that. The ultimate showstopper, the finale, The King of the Jungle vs the King of the Concrete Jungle. What a tribute to NK, her father ❤ While they might have clashed because of her decision of taking up photography but in the end, it was because of him that she pushed herself to get to where she is today.

      Loved everything about this chapter, and that presentation at the top was mindblowing. Take a bow, Jigs! To me, you are KKG, a talented, strong, and fierce woman.

      Happy New Year to all the wonderful readers here!

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    1. I loved loved this chapter. Thanks for making it long!
      The last two pictures were breathtaking!!!!
      Interested to see what NK’s reaction will be on Arhi’s decision of not marrying …. a lot of talk about it in this chapter.

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    2. Photography is a language more universal than words.” ~ Minor White.

      I’m just so in love with your photo banner/ pamphlet/ booklet Jigs! It’s so breathtakingly beautiful and unique. The details of it all is just so profound and world class😉😉! All those beautiful pics coming together just warms my heart and show us how you envision Khusi’s art pieces to be. Your creativity know no bounds and your banners are always a bonus, giving us a taste of what we are about to indulge in… You never disappoint that’s for sure. I would definitely purchase all of these KKG pieces… Freaking priceless indeed😍❤🔥🔥.

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      Khusi so fierce and strong with her alpha man Arnav right by her side taking charge. I’m just so in love with my favorite duo. It just warms my heart to see how their love has been growing stronger each and everyday. . Khusi you did a great job of finally getting rid of Axel for good. You won’t regret it plus you already have princess Leia holding down the fort with you, so I know you know you’re in good hands and I agree with Arnav, the door should have hit him on the way out🙄… Happy riddance✌🏼. I really like the idea of Khusi wanting to purchase the building for Shutter future endeavours and I know Arnav will make that happen… He got his queen like that ye… #relationshipgoals #newbeginnings❤❤❤🔥🔥🔥🔥😍😍😍

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      NK and Ashvath seems to be getting along well, so I guess this is another bromancing in the making😉. The conversation between them just flow so naturally as if they’ve known each other for a very long time. I like fact that Ashvath was honest with NK of how he felt when he first learned about Arnav’s and Khusi’s relationship and he was man enough to admit that he was wrong. NK was just so down to earth about the whole thing letting him know that Arnav dating Khusi wasn’t ever a deal breaker for him, it wasn’t a issue at all regardless of difference in their status in society. That’s one of the main reasons why I respect and love NK so much, he doesn’t allow society to dictate for him… His babies happiness will always come first especially now no matter what❤❤❤❤… Ashvath is surprised to learn that NK doesn’t know about Khusi’s and Arnav’s decision of wanting to not get married… I wonder how he’ll react when she finally tells him she and Arnav won’t get married😕👀🐸☕… (P. S to my tardy ass self that chapter was posted you just have to read it to see what happens… Why do I leave myself in suspense thou 👀🤔😥🤣…)

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      Princess Leia and Gorgeous Dadi are so adorable together! I can’t believe they’ve known each other through ig… Such a small world indeed and I couldn’t stop smiling reading about their interaction together… It’s just so sweet… Dadi is the real boss lady and I’d love to see her at the Shutter doing her thing with her bubbly self every now and then.

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      I couldn’t have asked for a better ending for Shutter! Khusi you did a phenomenal job! Your hard work and dedication really did paid off and I’m not even surprised that you’ve sold out every single one of your unique pieces!… Only the best from our KKG of course. I’m so proud of you and I know your Dada is smiling at your success and the beautiful woman you’ve become. Your speech was just one in a million! And OMFG those two pics you reveal at the end of your speech blew my fucking mind away!!! I knew it would’ve been something spectacular, unique and one of a kind, but I wouldn’t have guess it would’ve left me so speechless! The contrast you created between the pic of the lion “The King of Jungle” and the pic of NK “The King of the Concrete Jungle” was freaking epic!… I mean wow! I’m in aww… ❤❤❤❤

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      Jigs my darling you did a freak fanfuckingtastic job with this chapter… I mean you always do great with all the other chapters but this one is definitely my favorite! I don’t know how you come up with these awesome stuff with that creative mind of yours but I’m loving it… Everything is all you! You made me cry at the end no lie… Like wow just wow… This one is priceless! Thank you for this masterpiece💐💐💐💐❤❤❤😍😍😍😍🔥🔥🔥🔥… I’m grateful that I was able to read it… Until next time take care and keep safe. Love you loads❤😗🤗😍.

      P. S I did comment on NK and Mahini conversation because I didn’t really wanted to hear nothing she had to say, but I’m glad my “Man” NK is sticking to his words and on top of that told her to leave because I would have gone bat shit crazy if she had stayed any longer. He got rid of his the trash… Khusi got rid of her trash, so I’m seeing new beginnings and new journey ahead for both and Leia too❤❤❤.

      P. P. S I know you don’t mind but pardon me with my late ass self😭😩🙈😛🤣.

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    1. Whatte fantabulous update Jigs! Happy New Year! ❤️🤗

      Beautiful man! The update just progressed from all emotions to pride.

      So happy for them all sans Mahini and NK! That’s going to be hard now. I hope they don’t head down for a divorce.

      Mr.Raizadha and Nk’s talk was absolutely necessary! It’s best that they put behind all the doubts and move ahead. Also, I loved how he kept mum when the topic Marriage came upon. Yes, it’s not his story to tell.

      Dadi and Leia working is going to be fun.

      We did have hot moments btw Arshi and cute as well.

      Finally the Corporate Jungle Lion was absolutely adorable!

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    1. Love love love everything about this post !!! Gawked at the picture gallery !!! There’s so much talent on this earth 😲

      This one was a very progressive chapter for all the characters … Leia’s profession , the bromance, exit of axle for the good , Nk’s verdict to Mahini and even gorgeous dadi !! Emotionally charged with Khushi’s speech … home a four letter word comprises all the comfort and love one seeks from the world !! Arnav and khushi have found their home!!!

      In love with you and your writing !!! ❤️❤️❤️

      Oh btw … happy 2021 to u sweety !! Have a great year 😘

      Humming “khaali hai jo tere bina … main woh ghar hoon Tera “…. it’s a song from jab Harry met sejal … lovely lyrics ….

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        1. U know wat … I realized that I have been coming back to the slide show of KKG shots over and over again … this was the 7th time !!!

          Really m floored with your ways of writing and creating references about the story and characters… shows how much u love both of them !!! And I love you for all your talent and hard work 😍❤️😘

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    1. Dear Jigs,

      The photo gallery is out of the world… every single piece (shot by KKG) is stunning and carries a story of its own. The featured pictures are just wow – both the King of the Natural Jungle and the King of the Concrete Jungle. Kudos to you, Jigs, for investing so much time and effort in making this an extra ordinary experience for us readers. 👏 👏

      Coming to the update – so many sub-events happening through the night, all seamlessly connected together. —- Arnav is always around to support his Khushi. And NK gave them the space.
      – Leia is up for bigger things now, especially with Axel’s exit. And something is brewing between her and Gorgeous Dadi 😀
      – NK and Mahini still need to have the final conversation. But the stage is set. NK is in no mood to forgive her, but we will see.
      – NK and Ashvath’s conversation aced them all. Such a dignified talk between the two, despite the small slip-up from Ashvath. They shared their happiness in having their kids together. They had their own concerns with the relationship, but looking at how well things evolved over the last few months, they are genuinely accepting and happy about it. The “M” word may cause some ripples in the future. So nice of Ashvath to keep mum and not burst NK’s bubble on this grand day in his daughter’s life. Is Mahini trying to instigate NK about a potential wedding? Hopefully NK is not building too many dreams now and will let the time take its own course.

      Jigs – such a beautiful end to the Opening Night. Many loose ends tied, some more to be addressed. Absolutely loved your concept for the Featured Photographs!!

      Love,
      Vini.

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      1. It was my pleasure for putting together my vision in a visual format to share with all of you. Guess I am sucker for images 😂 Hope you are doing well and surviving these crazy times my dear friend 🤗😘 Loved reading your thoughts, thank you!

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    1. I love love the photo gallery

      What I loved –
      1. Axel is kicked out and I am equally happy like NK and ASR 😄
      2. Bromance is brewing between Arnav and NK and in a way Ashvath and NK have some special bond building for their kids happiness
      3. Mahini is shown true facts once more from NK and also she didn’t create any drama. We really needed this to be Khushi’s special night
      4. Arnav and Khushi’s special moments are always melting your heart
      5. The photographs are amazing! Great selection there jigs!

      What’s next is the much anticipated shutter has opened now officially and Khushi made a huge decision to buy the building for her expansion and relies on Arnav to make that happen. The trust and friendship these two have along with their love is just awe!

      Happy Shankranti or Pongal or lohri or Bihu..it’s a day of celebration for everyone for something ❤️

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  2. Khushi’s exhibition was a success.NK her dad was the proudest man followed by Arnav. Her two pictures were the highlight of the exhibition.A picture of the King of African jungle and second the King of concret jungle of NYC.
    NK finally told Mahini to leave.Will she though? Ashwath and NK also talked about their favorite children.Ashwath realised that NK approved ok Khushi and Arnav but he decided not to say anything about their future plans which did not include a marriage.
    Gorgeous Dadi and Leila were instant hit and Dadi was all for working with Khushi and Leila.
    Thank you Jignasha for the update.Happy Makarsankrati and eating (tal and gol) til and ghud laddos. Is also my sister in laws birthday today and she makes the laddos as does every year and I I have been gorging on them.
    Trump has all the world glued to the TV.

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    1. Dear Hansa ,
      Happy makarsankranti to you & your family
      Ha ha, can imagine 😬
      I have been feasting on sweet pongal & vadas 😜all day long
      Enjoying family time
      Happy bday to your SIL
      Cheers

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  3. What a beautiful event felt like I was there. Arnav’s dad almost slipped with telling Nk that there won’t be any wedding as they are expecting, but I hope it changes in the future.

    Machining is so full of herself, she is not even sorry for what she did to a child. She is a lost cause.

    I love Dadi she is the best but aren’t all grandma. I miss my Dadima, she was one wonderful soul.

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  4. Happy New Year to you Jigs and all the lovely fellow readers here.
    Wonderful 💋💋 Awesome. I always look at the picture first before going in to the story. This…. took my breath away. So so apt.
    How I love the perfect understanding between A and K. Your beautiful words brought out their silent trust and love for one another.
    Ha!! Finally Mahini gets her due. So glad the opening went very well without any nuisances from her or anyone else.
    The unveiling of the show stoppers… Really felt I was standing in a corner of the Shutter with rising heartbeat and watching NK’s shock and awe and pride and pleasure and the guilt on his face.
    Enjoyed this evening thoroughly through ur words and the awesome photos.😍😍😍🤗🤗🤗🤗

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  5. Lovely update, I know it was long but at end my heart said “kyun khatam hogaya”. Liked the way NK dealt with Mahini, Aswath NK conversation was lovely and it’s good Aswath didn’t revealed no marriage plans of arshi to NK. Arshi scenes were scattered but I hope like khushi mentioned ASR do mind sharing her with liea after exhibition. Amazing shots from KKG exhibition at the beginning of the update. Continue soon

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  6. What a beautiful update. Both dads conversation is so much needed and glad they bonded well. And so kkg is gonna recruit one of her die hard fans to work with her and liea.
    Finally mahini was compelled to exit without any showdown. I thought khushis mother might somehow showup.
    What a dedication to NK… hope arnav gets the second lion:-))

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  7. I come here everyday to see if you updated or not. Today I got lucky. What a beautiful update. This update is a stage for many upcoming sequence in the story, like first Axel’s exit (surely he will do something drastic to mar the image of Arshi, but I think Khushi will handle him rather the new BFFs), then Arshi’s marriage topic (I am eager to see, how NK will react. But I am also hoping, rather than being heartbroken or melodramatic, NK along with the family stage something together to make Arshi realize), then the impending divorce between NK and Mahini (how will the twins react? And will there be crack in their relationship with Khushi? I hope so not)… Besides, waiting for the new entry in NK’s life that we read in the previous OS (although, I am not very supportive of that idea. Don’t know why, but…….), and many more…

    At last, thank you for the stunning photographs, along with the beautiful interpretion of KKG’s art. Its all you.
    Moreover, hoping to get regular updates.

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  8. Happy New Year Jigs!!!
    And happy Makara Sankranti/Pongal to you and all the readers.

    Amazing photo gallery Jigs. I could just keep looking at them. If a picture can speak a thousand words, feels like these photos can do more. They have an entire story/history hidden within them.

    So glad that Shutter’s opening night went on well and there was no unnecessary drama due to the Naagini.
    One Axel was enough for the night.. Good riddance of him.

    NK and Asvath’s talk was also nice to read and NK is already weaving dreams about his daughter’s marriage.
    Asvath will surely ask Arnav to tell NK about his plans to not get married at all.

    The concluding speech and the unveiling of the final 2 photos was just spectacular.

    Good that NK asked Mahini just to go away till she acknowledges what she has done in her life. NK got fooled once, he is not an idiot to keep getting fooled.

    Super update Jigs. So happy to have you back.

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  9. Happy New Year 🙂
    There r so many emotions reflected in a single update.. whether it’s a lover’s bonding over , two friends , future friends or husband – wife.. every angle has a variety of shade and loved all of them..

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  10. Happy New Year!!!!!!

    That’s a lot of things that happened, finally NK is setting things straight with her . NK and Ashvath that was such an open and honest conversation. If everyone expressed themselves like that there would be fewer misunderstandings hehehe. Arnav and Khushi😍 Dadi and Leia are so Coool!!!

    Hope the new year brings health and happiness for all.

    love

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  11. Happy new year Jigs.

    Lovely chapter with new bonds forming and strengthening. except NK and Mahini.. She is a self-centered bxxxx who cant see beyond herself.. I really feel sad for the two wonderful kids who will suffer most when the parents break-up..

    I’m also waiting along with Ashvath to see how the things turnout for the couple regarding marriage 🙂 Fingers crossed 😀

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  12. My favorite part was definitely NK and Ashwath bonding! They had a such an open and honest conversation. While I do believe that NK would be open-minded about Arnav and Khushi not getting married, it is better that Khushi should have a talk about it with her dad. For some reason, I felt that Khushi birth-mother would make an entry in the party. I am looking forward to their conversation as well. Great part and continue soon!

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  13. Ooh Thursdays seem brighter again ☺️☺️ I see the marriage topic showing up. This power couple seems to be on everyone’s radar for different reasons I guess 😂 but our arhi is sooo cute. And NK is a real badass when it comes to protecting his daughter. Loved this one as usual ❤️ Happy New Year 🎊

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  14. What a lovely chapter!
    Khushi has gotten rid of Axel and Arnav supported her decision made her worries disappear. Dadi is dadi, her Instagram expertise are helping her secure a job with Shutter. It would be nice if she is involved.
    Avasth and NK had a man to man talk and did not hesitate to share their initial apprehensions until NK brought the subject of marriage. As if that is not enough, Mahini mentioned about marriage as well. Will it force NK to talk to Arnav or Khushi about the marriage? Why do I have a feeling that there is some one the conference room while Mahini and NK were arguing in Khushi’s office?
    Mahini projected herself as a victim. Will it come in the headlines tomorrow?
    Her change of heart doesn’t seem genuine. It almost looked like DJT’s speech after he was impeached for the second time.
    Leia’s speech followed by Khushi’s speech were heartwarming.
    The pictures were highlight. King of the Jungle and King of concrete Jungle. I am sure the picture of her father is not up for sale and the man himself will buy the portrait of the King of the Jungle.
    Happy New Year to you too Jigs!
    Hope you enjoyed your break and celebrated last couple of days as well.
    Stay safe and take care!
    Cheers……

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      1. All is well Jigs. Just a handful of cases here and handful of cases there are keeping our premiers on their toes. I heard 10% of the population is refusing to take the vaccine and government is worried that we will never be able to achieve herd immunity if we can’t convince them to take the vaccine. Let us see what happens. I think we all accumulated loads of annual leaves. I took a week off next week and planning to relax at home.
        Cheers…..

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        1. I think people need to see that there are no issues with the vaccine, then they will buy. Hopefully that will help. Same here plenty of days banked, and the best way to take a day off is staying home is relaxing! 😎

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  15. Amazing Update

    Loved the Pictures in the gallery. They were beautiful mostly the king of the jungle and the king of the concrete jungle.

    Loved the moments between Arnav and Khushi and the teasing each other about the bromance between Arnav and NK. Khushi really needed those few moments with Arnav after getting rid of Axel which she was not happy about the way it ended with Axel. Loved Arnav’s supporting Khushi’s decision and ever ready to fulfill it knowing how much she trusts him on that.

    Loved NK’s and Ashvath’s conversation. Loved how Ashvath was honest about having apprehensions about seeing Arnav and Khushi together thinking about NK’s approval. For a moment with the way conversation going on between them thought Ashvath might spill the beans about Arnav and Khushi’s decision when NK mentioned making their relations official but loved how Ashvath kept mum about it knowing he wasn’t the right person to do so and hoping he accepts their decision when he comes to know about it. Loved how both fathers are proud of their children seeing them all having the same values which were instilled by them.

    Loved how Gorgeous Dadi and Shutter Princess instantly hit it off. It was cool and lovely seeing them bonding in the first meet itself.

    Mahini will never change. Even when everything is out in the open, she is not ready to own up her mistakes instead still trying to play mind games with NK showing herself as a victim and blaming Khushi for her actions. Glad to see NK not giving in to her wishes and asking her to leave without spoiling anything for Khushi.

    Leia was surely surprised at the same time happy knowing Khushi fired Axel. Loved Leia’s speech followed by Khushi’s. Khushi became emotional and overwhelmed when she unveiled “The King of the Jungle and The King of Concrete Jungle” and never let her eyes wander anywhere else other than her father’s not wanting to miss any emotions that display on NK’s face.

    Eager for the next one

    Thanks for the wonderful and long update Jigs.
    Hope everything is back to normal and you are doing good.
    Happy New Year to you too Jigs

    Chinnulu

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  16. Happy New Year, and may I say a lovely New Year update gift from you. This chapter was full of hope happiness and a total warmth of the heart. So many loose ends being tied up and yet you leave us wanting to know more. Truly the marks of a talented writer. Hope this year brings lots of happiness to Khushi and lots of Khushi ( and of course Arnav) to us . Cheers!

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  17. Stunning…..The “KKG” photo album takes my breath away ….

    The whole chapter was dedicated to forming new bonds (NK and Ashvath, Dadi and Leia)….strengthening existing bonds.( KKG and Leia, Arnav and KKG, NK and Arnav and their Bromance)… and cutting the toxic bonds (Axel and KKG, and maybe Mahini and NK)…..

    Return of the prodigal daughter … Khushi not only came back to her roots, but also found the unwavering support from NK, her “not so estranged father”…But also found the soulmate, that she was maybe looking for, unconsciously…..in Arnav….

    And as the evening winds up, Khushi, pays tribute to one of the most important person/thing in her life… NK… and other to her art.. the portrait of the Lion….The two things that changed her life and brought her back to her hometown….Where she has, not only found unparallel acceptance, but also her soulmate…..

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    1. The whole chapter was dedicated to forming new bonds (NK and Ashvath, Dadi and Leia)….strengthening existing bonds.( KKG and Leia, Arnav and KKG, NK and Arnav and their Bromance)… and cutting the toxic bonds (Axel and KKG, and maybe Mahini and NK)…..

      ^^^I loved that you took that away, it’s exactly what I wanted this chapter to convey. Thank you for your generous words, Sujata 🤗😘

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  18. Loved it. The opening of the gallery, showing Axel the door, the openness between Ashwath and NK.

    I’m glad NK finally told Mahini to leave. That was awesome. I was just hoping that NK would be ok considering he was so angry.

    The final two photos being unveiled was very apt. This moment is going to seal NK and Khushi’s relationship forever and there’s no looking back.

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  19. awesome loved the pics jigs I felt like I was at the studio I was so captivated I forgot my surroundings you are a mindblowing writer thank you take a bow take care and be safe

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  20. Happy New Year my lovelies. Hopefully this year will be better than last.
    New BFF taking care of Khushi’s back is wonderful.
    The talk between both in laws was enlightening, the confrontation between NK and Mahini was due. Mahani will never change.
    And finally the unveiling of the KING OF THE JUNGLE & CONCRETE….Wow what a night

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  21. Arnav and NK’s bromance is good in a way for khushi as the two most important men in her life are having a great relationship and also NK’s and Ashvath are trying to have a friendly relationship,Mahini is still the evil bitch blaming khushi and it’s good that NK showed her the mirror and also the way out in his life till she doesn’t accept her wrong doings and manipulation.

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  22. Firstly Happy New Year! All the best to you and your loved ones.
    What a beautiful chapter! So many things going on..
    – coming out of Arnav and Khushi as a couple to the world
    – NK and Mahini face off. At least NK got his point across
    – 2 fathers speaking out on the Arnav Khushi relationship. So sensible of Ashvath not to dash NK’s hope on the marriage topic
    -Khushi making plans to expand and using Arnav’s help…so surely thinking of staying
    – Khushi’s tribute to her dad.
    – new responsibilities for Leia
    Totally loved this chapter. I do think that very soon Arnav will be wanting to put a more formal claim on Khushi than just being his ‘girlfriend’.
    So glad to see happiness and joy all round and closure on various relationship.
    Can”t wait for the next updates…

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  23. It was a beautifully written chapter. Although I was expecting to see Khushi’s birth mother gate crashing the party.
    I hope Axel is not viciously vindictive or is he?

    Loved the photo slides in the beginning. Truly some mind blowing work👏👏

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  24. Happy New Year to you too. May this year brings lots of happiness to you.
    Awesome update, loved the pictures above.
    The bonding between Arnav and NK is great looking forward to see more of them and also for khushi to see two important men in her life on a good rapport is so heart warming. Finally Arshi get their much needed time😍. I hope Axel doesn’t create problems in their life. Looking forward to next update and how NK gonna react on their marriage decision.

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  25. Happy New Year to you too. May this year brings lots of happiness to you.
    Awesome update, loved the pictures above.
    The bonding between Arnav and NK is great looking forward to see more of them and also for khushi to see two important men in her life on a good rapport is so heart warming. Finally Arshi get their much needed time😍. I hope Axel doesn’t create problems in their life. Looking forward to next update and how NK gonna react on their marriage decision.

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  26. Hey, Happy New Year! I loved the chapter I liked the way you portrayed Khushi and NK’ s emotions. I noticed that you dropped the ‘M’ word quiet a bit and that something big is coming up. Eagerly waiting for the next one ❤

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  27. Beautiful update…When Mahini entered, for a minute I though it was going to be Khushi’s mother…anyhow, she is better off without both and live in peace with the people who actually love her…& I really love the collection of pictures on the top of this chapter as slideshow…very apt and very nicely put in together…you really did a wonderful job at that Jigs…Awesome…

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  28. Really awesome update that I read it twice… I miss your update honestly and this chapter had made the waiting totally worth it. ❤ I'm so impressed and absolutely love the beautiful images slideshow you posted before the quote by Ziad K. Abdelnour, which is deep and meaningful. ❤ Will save that in my 'Fave Quotes' notebook.

    Have to say 'Bravo!' to NK for his 'calm' confrontation with that biatch Mahini… it's time for him to get rid of her and her fake attitude/love. NK showed clearly exactly where she stands when it comes to Khushi and Mahini's acts are over. Good riddance on NK's part, I say.

    It's good that the fathers have met and sharing a comfortable equation between them… love how their conversation went and being open and honest with each other of their thoughts on their children's love relationship; an understanding has been built with this meeting of these two fathers and approval of Arnav-Khushi's relationship has been obtained, I'm sure. And can I dare say that Arshi's love and relationship has been blessed and accepted by both families(?) I'd like to that of it that way… even if I'm wrong. 🙂

    Last, but not least, I love how Khushi paid tribute and dedicated to NK by showing her (I guess) 'not for sale' featured piece of his photo with that deserved caption – "The King of the Concrete Jungle'. I mean, when I saw the slideshow, I was impressed with the photo of the lion in the dark, but for the last photo to display NK with that caption… I mean I was like 'Wow!' It was really awesome. *thumbs up* You really did a truly awesome job on this chapter, Jigs, and I applaud you for that coz I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Really awesome…

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    1. Reading your thoughts, makes me realize how blessed I am to have readers like you here with me. Your support and kindness for my stories and me is what keeps me going, and pushes me to come back despite what I am going through in AD. A dil se, thank you so so so much. 🤗😘🤗😘

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  29. Beautifully written chapter. Felt like I was one of the patrons visiting shutter exhibition. A seesaw of emotions, Beautifully cascaded. Loved the conversation between both fathers. The best was Khushi’s surprise for her father. The comparison was awesome.

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  30. Amazing amazing and absolutely amazing update. It was every bit worth the wait. And the featured pieces were awesome… khushi’s love and respect for her dad was reflected in the piece!!! So Dadi may join Shutter… that would be fun!!! Dadi is really cool!
    NKs response to Mahini was appropriate and very well depicted.
    Loved it. Thank you!!!

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    1. This night couldn’t have ended better than this. What an honour for NK! I’ve to admit that I look forward to this father-daughter moments as much as I look forward to ArHi ❤️ NK’s character has rounded off so beautifully, Jigs! Hard to believe that at one point of time, we all thought of him to be a difficult father!!

      What can I say about Arnav? He’s simply out of this world. But then again, all your Arnav(s) are. Damn, you’re going to make it difficult for me to get out of such high expectations!!

      I liked the conversation between NK-Ashvath. It was evident how there was mutual respect and admiration for one another. Glad that the elephant in the room was not addressed by Ashvath in detail. That’s definitely a conversation for another time.

      Khushi-Leia are the cutest BFFs. They might be similar to another Jigs-Ruchi 😂 On the verge of repeating myself, the maturity of the characters in your story always leaves me awestruck. Everytime I read updates here, no matter what the storyline, it gives me an unexplainable sense of peace and calmness. What a wonderful gift you’ve, Jigs! You’re simply natural. ❤️

      Lots of love,
      V
      PS: That Gallery! ❤️ I could so imagine being a part of this wonderful night. The NK’s image was breathtaking. God knows I’ve a weakness for such city views! ❤️
      PPS: And yeah, so sorry for the late reverts. 😐

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  31. What a beautiful culmination to a rather dramatic night 🙂

    Arnav and NK’s bromance is too cute – but I think one KKG is still mightier than them put together 🙂 Ashvath’s conversation with NK and his prudence in backing off from the wedding discussion shows just how much both these fathers trust their children – and not just in broad aspects of life such as decision making, but also in the matters of hearts. I am glad NK was able to show Mahini a mirror, for her to act like though she did nothing is abhorrent.

    And the finale of the night was just too good ! I can just so totally visualize Khushi’s excitement and NK’s expression of being overwhelmed and pouring with love for his daughter.

    A truly magical night indeed 🙂

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  32. The photobook is mindblowing. It seems so realistic that you are KKG. Can’t imagine how emotionally NK must be feeling after seeing his portrait. One side betrayal of his wife & the other side his daughter’s pure love. The bromance was lovely. Definitely, she is home now. Thanks for the long update.

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  33. So happy for khushi and leia on shutter’s successful launch😀 the images on the banner r magic and loved the idea of king of the jungle vs king of the concrete jungle! NK must be super proud and so must arnav!
    Khushi’s cabin witnessed conversations btwn two couples…. and what a contrast it was… arnav and khushi’s moments r magic…. while nk and mahini’s was bitter but it wouldnt be any other way given Mahini’s treatment towards khushi in the past….
    looking forward for more arshi moments♥️

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  34. Sorry for the late reply, have been busy working at the hospital. Loved the chapter, brilliant. Chapter reflecting new beginnings and old endings. NK and Arnav getting on well together and both have her back. Interesting conversation between NK ans Ashvath, both looking out for their children and want them happy. NK closing his chapter with Mahini and Leeia moving forward in career. Khushi at her peak career surrounded by her love ones.

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  35. Lovely update. Nk and Arnav are getting close. Loved their bond. Nk and ashvath conversation were very nice to read. They are being open with each other. Hope Nk will learn the truth soon about arshis marriage plan. Hope he will also accept their decision. Mahini is a selfish woman. Good that Nk made himself clear regarding their relation. And it was very nice of Khushi to pay tribute to her father.

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  36. Dearest jigs ,
    Sorry my love 🥺
    It looks like I reserved my first day /show seat,
    yet never turned up to watch the spectacular
    movie 😬
    Was busy with hospital visit
    ( guess what 👌💪🤜🏼🤛🏻)
    Took my elders & got them vaccinated

    Uske baad 🎈🎉🎊it was
    Dheel de de de de bhaiyya 🪁
    Kai po Che
    Udi udi jaye

    ( dream sequence of mine with 😬😜khans)
    Kya, kyun ?
    after the lead up to 3 day festival,
    cooking the feast , entertaining
    slogging non stop
    itna toh haq banta hai na? 🥶

    First of all, let me congratulate KKG on the grand success of the opening night
    The picture gallery was 👌
    Has she been to India ? 🦚
    🙌🏾
    Did she visit the Taj ?

    The bromance between 2 loves of her ,was sweet 👨‍❤️‍👨
    better was the online friendship & future partnership between gorgeous dadi & Leia
    but the best was one on one between two loving dads , NK & Ashvath
    🤜🏼🤛🏻
    Will NK be able to digest the fact that there might not be M in khushi ‘s future ?
    Let me wait & watch

    How did Mahini know about the no marriage pact ?
    Why was she needling NK about it ?
    She is a bad actress, couldn’t keep up the pretense for long
    Her hatred & jealousy for kh , came through
    As long as she doesn’t acknowledge & repent for her sins , NK can never move on
    Very sad 😔 for him

    Jude Law is gone , hope for good
    👍🏼
    KKG has MIB, daddy & BF , so beware 💪Axel

    Loved the unraveling of KKG ‘s masterpieces (20 th gallery , milestone indeed )
    King of the jungle – Mufasa 🦁
    NK – King of Concrete jungle , dedicated to Daddy cool 😎

    Sorry jigs
    But for me ASR is the King of NYC 👑

    Thanks for family friendly update with dash of Arshi romance 💋
    Belated Makar Sankranti to you & all the readers of Listed

    Cheers 🍻

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  37. Lovely chapter as always. A walk through a beautiful photo gallery with the raizadas and NK.
    Arnav and khushi have such a beautiful relationship. So easy going yet supportive. No unnecessary complications or formality. Two people who can be completely themselves.
    Ah! The bromance… hope it will carry Arnav through whatever the fallout of disclosure of no marriage might be. NK thinks A and K may eventually tie the knot but it remains to be seen how he would reacts when he finds out about A and K’s decision. Though with two failed marriages, you would think he would understand marriage does not mean guarantee commitment while no marriage doesn’t necessarily imply a dalliance.
    Absolutely love the comparison between the lions…. such an emotional and proud moment for NK.

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  38. Jigs,

    Wish you and your family a very happy new year!

    Enjoyed reading the long update. Got a glimpse of what’s in store next. Look forward to read.

    Thank you.

    Take care:)

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  39. Loved it! loved the awesome selection in the picture slideshow….and the showstoppers were just perfect with perfect titles ❤
    What does Mahini wants!?!… I guess she knows if her relationship breaks, it will affect her money, status everything!! hence the pretense of being nice today and her repetitive tries to mend her relation with NK only…. She is soo bitter… I hate that woman, period.
    arnav and khushi 's relation is unfolding beautifully… I hope when time comes and NK knows about their point of view towards marriage and it wouldn't cause any trouble…
    altogether, loved the update ❤

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  40. Hi Jigs..what a beautiful and a lovely update..Shutter opening ceremony is simply wow…slide show of KKG ‘s photographs Amazing…that too the king of jungle and concrete jungle is superb…NK is really lucky to have a daughter like Kushi who is beautiful in and out.. Hope one day Mahini will realise the goodness of Kushi…Lovely update Jigs…loved reading it..Eagerly waiting for the next one…Happy,prosperous and a healthy New year…Take care and be safe

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  41. Jigs this one was mind blowing.. each and every pic which you have selected for this update are awesomely mind blowing and of the course curtain raisers are wow… Nk is so proud of his daughter and her last pic took his breath away.. what a father needs more than this.. his child celebrating what she loves the most.. awesome.. loved reading this update so much.. it was heart warming as same time feels bad for Nk who is all set to live with the guilt of not able to get what his baby girl was going through as he was busy with work and have trusted some one who in return played bad and is still not ready to accept.. it.. but she will one day.. Jigs thanks a ton dear for such a mind blowing journey of ArShi.. enjoying it so much ❤

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  42. What a wonderful and calming update! I definitely needed this😘
    So much has happened in those few hours. The families are talking and having meaningful conversations. I did miss the siblings take on everything. NK and Ashvath had an honest conversation that ended rather awkwardly because of what Ashvath knew and NK did not. I hope Arnav has a change of heart sooner than later.
    Dadi and Leia finally meet! Two virtual friends who are so giddy with happiness when they finally meet 🧡 It reminds me of all of us here and how I was so happy to meet Ruchi 😍
    Love the final two pieces! They are extraordinary! I was stunned by your imagination of Khushi’s photography! The photo book is fascinating and the picture for “King of the concrete jungle” is perfect!
    Happy New Year Jignasha 🤗🥂

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  43. Beautiful update…so much to take in one big update….first of all I am so glad that Alex is out…I just hope he doesn’t return to hurt khushi in any way…I would have loved it if Mahini was thrown out the same way…but I guess we will have to wait for it…

    Loved the whole love rain khushi was soaking in….the Raizadas and Khushi’s clan showered her with so much love and appreciation, that I actually felt overwhelmed…I could feel the jitters, the nervousness, the satisfaction and all that khushi must have felt…

    And lastly… khushi’s showcasing her dad’s picture was the best thing till now…I can’t even imagine NK’s emotions right now..I guess we will get something to read on it in the next one…
    Can’t wait for it..

    Update soon

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  44. Hi jigs loved the photo gallery … all stunning images but together . I especially like the contrast of the King of the Jungle and the concrete jungle. It’s a beautiful tribute that she paid to NK through her work.

    With Axle out things are going to progress for Leia and she now has Dadi on her side.Glad that NK decided to tell Malini on how things stand in their relationship.

    I am expecting some trouble from Axle though.

    A very happy New Year to all of you . May this new year bring us joy and happiness erasing all the sadness of the year gone by.

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  45. A very Happy New Year Jigs 😀
    Firstly, the photographs are stunning 😍😍
    Such a relief that Ashwath decided not to say anything about their future plans about marriage to NK. Would like to see NK’s reaction to this.
    Enjoyed the update really 😀
    Thanks

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  46. Happy New Year,Jigs..
    It’s one splendid update..
    I reread ch 39 before reading ch-40..
    NK n Ashvath’s conversation is heart warming.. They genuinely share their former apprehension n present happiness over Arshi’s relationship..Ashvath doesn’t reveal Arshi’s disinterest in matrimony..It means that NK is going to be informed by someone else..
    NK n Arnav’s growing friendship is appreciated by Khushi..
    I just loved Leia n Dadi’s conversation..
    Khushi n Leia’s speeches show their mutual love..
    Axel is out but he’ll create some problem..
    NK shows Mahini her place.. I feel bad for the twins..
    Jigs..
    The photo gallery in the start is stunning .. I continued to watch it for long 😀

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  47. Superb bang start of new year with mind blowing update…

    Wow loved arshi moments ..they are soulmate 💖..

    Loved the way both father talked

    M really still have no quilt on what she did😡

    Loved the way Dadi Lelia are bonding wow cant wait to see dadi working at shutter..

    Beautiful grand finale wow what a surprise khushi

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  48. Awesome update
    Happy new year to you as well
    The new update in the new year is like cherry on top. Loved the lovely conversation of Arshi and also of NK & ASHWATH. There is bonding growing with each character which is heartwarming

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  49. Dear Iigs, wish you and yours a happy, healthy, safe and peaceful new year! 😘❤️
    The banner is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!! 😍🥰❤️
    Will read the update and comment soon! 😘

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  50. “Concrete jungle where dreams are made of there’s nothing you can’t do coz you’re New York…” as I was reading the chapter…this song was buzzing in my head…just beautiful penmanship…👍🏻✌🏻

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  51. Wonderfully written part..
    As for Axel, he asked for it…..
    It seems Arnav and Khushi’s support for each other is getting stronger day by day…
    Loved the conversation between NK and Ashvath…
    Loved all the pics as well as pics of the king of jungle and the king of concrete ….they are lovely and vivid….
    Thank a lot Jigs and Happy New Year 🙂

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  52. Happy New Year Jigs!
    Ashwath held back his thoughts and information which might have hurt NK very much!
    It will be interesting to see how it plays in future.
    What a grand finale:) comparing the two jungles and the kings.
    Awesome to see you back.

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  53. so loved it …thr was extremely beautiful update… these all updates of shutter opening not only give a look into khushi passion bt also it revolves n evolves alot of relationship .. from fathers to mothers to BFFs , it actually firms alot of things… bt its end with the most amzing gift for any father

    im hell sorry for being so late

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  54. What an amazing journey Khushi has had. It all comes to fruition in NYC. With her family and her love by her side and also her BFF Princess Lieia. So proud of her father when he spoke to Mahini. She knows now what she thinks s in for.
    Beautifully written chapter Jigz

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  55. The night couldn’t have ended any other way. I somehow felt emotional when she delivered that speech. And the silent ‘I love you from Arnav…

    Two comments:
    Ashvath and NK’s conversation:
    NK said Ashvath was looking out for Arnav’s best interest. When did this happen? All I remember is Ashvath looking out for Khushi’s best interest, when it came to this relationship. I’m not against Khushi.

    When the wedding was discussed between these two, a title of a song came to mind: ” ashtray and heartbreaks.” (I honestly don’t know why.)

    I found it interesting, NK spoke about marriage twice in different contexts. 1) to unite two people. 2) to break it off.

    What was Mohini Gupta on about?
    She is so wicked! And She makes me sick! I cannot believe she wanted to use Khushi’s relationship to fix her own?😰

    Was Mohini’s tears genuine?

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  56. Hi,
    If ever there was a wish…. I’d love for KKG to do another portrait, of another man, at another time.
    The brilliant artist that she is… I’m sure she’ll capture the contrast of softened eyes and chiselled planes of the most striking man ever.
    And since I’m taking the liberty to ask… Can you weave in the precise moment he realises that they are the Hamesha couple, band, baja, shehnai et all?
    Please don’t be offended by a presumptuous reader. Your story is brilliant, the characters are so very real and the storyline is paced perfectly. There would be poetic justice in KKG capturing the crumbling walls around ASR’s set in stone ideas about marriage.

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  57. Was going through the photo collection again. Amazing choices Jigs, especially your idea of king of jungle and king of concrete jungle. You detailing of how the frames were fixed etc etc ….you take so much effort to give us so much. You are the Leia in our lives. Thank you 😊

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    1. Hello! I know it’s been a while, but hope you are doing well!

      Wow. Can’t describe the oscillating emotions I felt as I read this chapter.

      It had thodi khushi, thoda frustration, but bahaut sara pyar! ❤️

      They were totally adorable! Arnav to buy this building for Khushi? How awesome is that. They will still be blocks away, and Khushi can have the whole space to expand her loft! On a serious note, the understanding, trust, and space both Arnav and Khushi give each other never fails to disappoint me! So matured for the duration of their three months of relationship. It would be an insult to them for me to juxtapose their relationship with that of NK and Mahini’s–at their three months stage or now–, but Mahini’s stupidity or maybe even narcissistic personality didn’t leave me a choice. Wow, no words for her. Way to make every damn thing about her in this night of NK’s daughter. It is almost expected for her to do and say the darnedest things, so most of the things were in my “tolerable” threshold. But damn, she had to go and touch those roses. Why, oh why? I was screaming internally, “don’t touch that with your dirty hands.” And she even had the audacity to deny all the accusations. That really baffled me! I thought it was pretty obvious the way NK’s been behaving with/around her since the night he learned the truth, and has been standing up for Khushi. Seriously makes me wonder if she is delusional.🤷🏾‍♀️

      But thank you for those lovely moments away from this crazy lady! Loved the open and honest conversation Ashvath and NK had. Won’t lie, I got really anxious around the wedding topic. But have a feeling this will bring them closure. Especially once NK learns about how much Ashwath adores his baby girl! And omg, how freaking cute is Dadi and Leia’s interaction?! Bet it’s dream come true for both! Now, how cool would it be for Dadi to start working there?! I’m sure with their mutual admiration and passion for Khushi’s work would only make this more electrifying!

      And that brings me to the end. What a success this was?! I could feel the vibe! I honestly thought the two special pictures were for NK and Arnav. With his real estate business, my head automatically connected Arnav with the king of the concrete jungle title. But forgot NK fits just as perfectly! What a proud moment it must have been for Daddy Gupta!

      P.s. If I may request, could you please post all the pictures in this banner in a gallery of some sort?

      They all are gorgeous and it’s just not fair that we can’t stare at it as long as we want without it changing super fast (or so it seems when I can’t admire it for as long as I want).

      Thank you for this! 🤗

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      1. Whoops, should have proof read i. I meant to say “never fails to NOT disappoint me” @Arnav and Khushi’s relationship.. Haha Should stay away from double negatives.

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  58. Loved the update. So many little scenes. Mahini is so shallow. All she see is her own happiness and the web lies she build around herself about Khushi. If not for Khushi today atleast acknowledged her wrongdoing to the kid Khushi who only wanted love and family.

    This bromance between NK and Arnav is truly something. What will happen to it when Nk will know about no marriage? Ashvanth did right by not disclosing it and letting it take its natural course. I loved the genuine moment between NJ and Ashvanth, their thought and beliefs sharing for thier kids was true and very much a father’s safeguard.

    Loved the chat between Leia and Dadi. This dadi is an inspiration for a not so social media’s up-to date me.

    Wow, NK and the king of jungle. True isn’t it. Will check out the library.

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