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 Indian Writing – Mills & Boon Romance 

A Perfect Mismatch- Leena Varghese

 What’s The Story…

 Once, Armaan Malhotra was Zara’s secret teenage fantasy. Now, they find nothing right with each other! Zara is a spirited woman, fiercely guarding her hard-earned independence as a chartered accountant. An orphan, her mother’s indiscretion has haunted her life. Armaan is a celebrity artist, with a deep-rooted aversion to commitment. Born in an old business family, his father’s infidelity has rocked his beliefs. Zara finds Armaan callous and insensitive. Armaan finds Zara stubborn and rebellious. Both find it impossible to trust anyone. When under pressure from Armaan’s mother, they agree on a short term arranged match, things turn chaotic. Soon the undercurrent of tension and attraction turns into skirmishes, flaring up into a full-fledged battle on their honeymoon. Could they let go of their fears and let desire transform into deep abiding love forever?

 

 Meet the Author

Leena Varghese lives in Mumbai with her husband and two boisterous kids. Amidst the cacophony of a tumultuous household and managing her illustration work, she squeezes in the time to give vent to her creative passions such as writing and painting. She loves to experiment with various media including oils, watercolours and pastels. Leena firmly believes that everyone comes into the world equipped with an umbrella for the rainy days. Anyone can be creative enough to turn lemons into lemonade, topped with iced pragmatism. A life spent in learning and doing new things even when failure stares you in the face, is a life well lived indeed. So trying your hand at just about everything that comes your way is a good idea to keep yourself alive and kicking! Her mantra for happiness is to never be complacent and always keep evolving. This is Leena Varghese‘s debut book for Mills & Boon®!

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A Scene from #WhenHariMetHisSaali enacted by @AmritaRao & @HarshTalkies at @crossword_book

What a lovely evening and book launch .. we will soon get you the detailed scoop on the book launch;In the meantime here is-

 A scene from “When Hari Met His Saali” enacted on stage by Actor Amrita Rao & Author Harsh !!!Image

AMRITA – Simi knocked on Hari’s door. When he opened it he was so happy to see her. Like an adolescent boy, he asked her in and quickly straightened his room. He offered her his desk chair and stood next to her.

HARSH – ‘Ah, will you have something? Anything cold? Coffee?’ he asked as if she was visiting his own place.

HARSH – It was true in one way: Hari and Simi were meeting alone for the first time since all the cards had been laid down. A heart-to-heart was overdue.

AMRITA –  ‘Hari, I’ve just come from downstairs,’ Simi said smiling. ‘Sit,na. I want to talk to you.’

AMRITA –Hari sat on the edge of his bed, his legs crossed.

AMRITA – ‘Hari, in all seriousness you have to admit that nothing is going to happen between you and me!’ Simi opened with the most obvious comment.

HARSH – ‘I don’t agree,’ Hari interrupted.

AMRITA – ‘Let me finish, Hari. How can you just fall in love with me? You don’t even know me completely,’ Simi said.

HARSH – ‘But that is why it’s called falling in love, Simi. One just falls into it. Plus, look at it this way, if I can fall in love only knowing you partially, imagine what I will do if I get to know you completely.’ He smiled at that.

AMRITA – She couldn’t help but think that the guy had charm. But back to the topic at hand.

AMRITA – ‘I don’t believe it,’ she continued. ‘Plus, you are in love with my sister, Tia.’

HARSH – ‘I was,’ Hari nodded ‘But I am not any more. “Was” is the operative word here.’

AMRITA – You are just under that magician’s spell. The day the spell is broken, SOON you’ll be back to loving Tia.’

HARSH – ‘And what if I’m not?’

AMRITA- ‘How can you not?’

HARSH – ‘Because I have never felt about Tia what I feel about you. Is that too difficult to accept?’

AMRITA – ‘Yes it is. She is my sister. I came … we met because of her. I came to America for her wedding … to you.’

HARSH – ‘So if the circumstances were different you would also fall for me?’

AMRITA – ‘Don’t get me caught up in words, Hari, I am not that smart.’

HARSH – ‘How about your feelings then? I can sense that you can feel my feelings as well.’

AMRITA -‘As a … a … as a friend, yes. What happened to you is unfortunate but what has happened to Tia is injustice. You know how much she was looking forward to it.’

HARSH – ‘She was looking forward to the function, the event, the party. It didn’t matter who the guy was, plus, she didn’t like me the way I was.’

AMRITA – ‘That’s not true. You know she has loved you and only you.’

‘You probably didn’t hear that she asked Xavier to make me into something I was not. And now that I am that person, she doesn’t approve.’

AMRITA – ‘I am her sister, Hari.’

HARSH –‘You are also an independent woman. Don’t you want someone to love you?’

AMRITA – ‘Of course I do … but …’

HARSH – ‘But because it is me saying, “I love you” to you, you have a problem with?’

AMRITA – ‘I have a problem with you being Tia’s fiancé … What am I saying? You are her husband.’

HARSH – ‘That was a long time ago and in two days’ time, that will be rectified. I want to hear it from you if it is me that’s the problem for you?’

AMRITA – ‘Look, Hari, you are a nice boy … a NICE man … But I cannot even imagine …. My life is in India, yours is here. How …’

HARSH – ‘The question is if, if you say you want to be with me, I will figure out the how part. Trust me, I am not as dumb as Tia thinks I am!’

AMRITA- ‘I am your saali, Hari. I have been calling you Jiju ever since we met.’

HARSH – ‘You are my saali if someone is strictly speaking legally. And that too shall be taken care of soon.’

AMRITA – ‘There’s no point in talking if you are going to be like this …’

AMRITA – Tch. Where are the appropriate words that will make him understand.

HARSH – ‘I could feel your soul when I kissed you, Simi.’

AMRITA –  ‘Oh my God, I was just shocked, OK? You came out of nowhere!’

AMRITA – Simi was suddenly feeling uncertain about her feelings and she got up from the chair. Hari got up too and came close to her. He was so close to her he could hear her heart and it was running at a mile a minute. It was as if she was frozen. She wanted to get out of his room, but she also wanted to stay back just a little to see what would happen.

And then, without warning, Hari kissed her. Whether it was expected or not, whether she wanted him to or not, all of that was irrelevant, instinctively she had her eyes shut and was bracing herself on the edge of the desk.

This kiss was different. This time, his tongue snaked into her mouth. She had never been kissed like that before. Namit was hardly a kisser — he kissed like he was kissing a baby. She frantically pushed Namit’s name out of her mind.

Oh God, this feels sooo good!

And then Hari broke away from her and backed off.

‘Oh, Bobby …’

‘What?’

‘… Donnell.’

Shit, these kinda things just escape from my lips.

She hesitantly opened her eyes. She was afraid that her reaction, her flushed face, her trembling body could be too easily read by Hari.

‘Oh God, I have to go now,’ she said hurriedly and ran out of his room.

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An excerpt from #WhenHariMetHisSaali by @HarshTalkies

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Enjoy an excerpt from “When Hari Met His Saali” by Harsh Warrdhan 

Chapter  1 – ‘Jab They Met’,  page 6 –

‘“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,

it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,

it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity,

it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness,

it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair,

we had everything before us, we had nothing before us ……’”

This was Dickens. How apt, Tia thought.

The story of her life in six lines.

 

Chapter 1 – ‘Jab They Met’ ~ Page 32~

‘Those sound like a three three-hour-long endurance test. Can’t we watch a Hollywood flick?’ he tried again.

Tia clicked the remote to bring up the menu on her TV screen.

‘You wanna watch P.S. I Love You?’ Tia asked without looking at him … because she knew that he would … convulse.

Hari almost jumped from the couch as if a spider had got under his T-shirt. He was shivering and had sweat beads on his forehead. He was convulsing.

‘No! No! No! Please not P.S. I Love You, anything but P.S. I Love You.’

Hari’s eyes were rolled inside his head. He looked like he was having an anxiety attack. It looked like he would probably need medical assistance if “P.S. I Love You” was mentioned one more time. He was hanging by a thread here.

 Tia rolled her eyes. ‘OK, OK, relax. Don’t be so dramatic. It’s a nice emotional film yaar. It’s a human story. You just don’t have good taste in films. It has Gerald Butler in it, I thought you liked Gerard Butler!’ She was not going to let go so easily.

‘I would watch Gerald Butler running around naked with a sword, like in the film 300 three hundred times before I’ll watch that … that!’ Hari still couldn’t say P.S. I Love You even though he was breathing normally again.

Hari figured he won this round. Hari was usually wrong about such things…

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