Expressions Unfettered -Chapter 11-By Diyaa

Link to previous chapters

Click here

Chapter 11

Ready for work Rudra went downstairs for breakfast.

“Oody came.” Anya chirped as she sat between Soumya and Anika and munched on a soft toast. Soumya turned to look towards Rudra and a smile sprang to her lips. Hearing Anya say “Oody” still made her laugh.

“Haan Haan, Oody came. You keep eating Aanoo, and don’t speak with food in your mouth ” Pinky, who sat across from Anya, said looking at her granddaughter with concern.

Anya turned her attention to Pinky. “Ok Mom.” she said nodding.

Soumya just stared at Anya still getting used to just how cute she was.

Rudra walked over to where Soumya was sitting and bent over in between Soumya and Anya. He kissed the brown curls making Anya turn towards her younger uncle with a beaming face. ” Good morning Angel. I love you.” Rudra said smiling at her before he turned to look at Soumya. “And to you too big Angel.”

Soumya gasped completely stunned.

“Good morning to you too I mean.” Rudra clarified with a perfectly straight face. “And to you too Bhabhi senior. And to you too Choti Ma.”

Anika tried hard to contain her smile for the fear of raising Pinky’s doubt. “What’s the plan for today Oody Chachu?” she asked finding an excuse to let go of the grin that was bubbling inside her.

“Just go to work and be back home by early afternoon. And I will drop off Sumo at her office and pick her up on my way back.”

” Sumo?” Anya asked puzzled.

“Oh sorry. Wrong name.” Rudra said taking a couple of slices of toast from the large dish in front of him. ” Soma. I’ll take Soma with me.”

“No, Sumi. Naaniii say Sumi.” Anya said seriously. She considered Rudra and Saahil to be her equals and carried out serious conversations with them. The fact that Rudra and Saahil treated her as equal too, reinforced her idea.

“Hmm. You are right.” Rudra said thoughtfully. “How many names does this girl have? Now what do we say? Soma or Sumi?”

“Sumi.” Anya said decisively while a completely baffled Soumya looked on at the conversation between uncle and niece.

“Ok. Are you ready Sumi? We’ll leave as soon as we are done with breakfast.” Rudra said looking directly into Soumya’s eyes while he held back his smile.

” I…Yes…Don’t call me that.” she said feeling her heart racing again.

“You want to break Aanoo’s heart? Ok then.”

“Ok fine! Call me what you like. And yes I am ready.” Soumya said defeated and turned apprehensively to check whether she had actually hurt Anya. She need not have worried. Anya sat there beaming at her.

“Ok Sumi, Somamaasi.” she said smiling at her.

“Aanoo. Don’t talk with food in your mouth. You will choke.” Pinky reminded again. ” And Rudra, take Soumya with you but she will have to come back herself. I have talked to Mummy ji; since everyone​ else is busy, you need to go and pick up Pammi and Simmi from the airport. I’ll give you the details. Their flight arrives at 2p.m.”

“Pammmi Simmmi” Anya said laughing hysterically.

“Me? Why?” Rudra asked mildly irritated.

“Yes why? ” Jhanvi asked as she walked into the dining room. Anika looked on a little concerned at the entire exchange.

“Because no one else is free​ Jethani ji. And I can hardly go to airport by myself. I will only get lost. So Rudra has to go. Mummy ji said a family member should pick them up.”

Jhanvi sighed. “Ok. Then you should go to pick them up Rudra. I will send a car to pick up Soumya.”

“No Aunty. I can easily manage on my own. In fact I can go myself now as well. You don’t need to drop me off.” Soumya said slightly embarrassed.

“I said I will take you. You are coming with me.” Rudra said staring at her.

Jhanvi looked at the two of them , and then at Anika. They exchanged a meaningful glance but did not say anything.

” Pammi Simmmi.” Anya said again and laughed making the rest of them chuckle as well.

Jhanvi looked on as Rudra and Soumya left and as she said a silent prayer Priyanka arrived.

“Good morning Anya dear. How are you?” Priyanka said as she went to give a quick kiss to Anya.

Anya looked curiously at Priyanka as if trying to put two and two together. Then she just replied, “Ok. Buaaa”

“What’s​ on your agenda today?” Jhanvi asked passing the food to her.

“I have to visit the boutique to see how it is shaping up. The finishing of all surfaces is almost done and we will start setting clothes on display starting tomorrow. Aashi bhabhi will join me for the visit. Plus, I am thinking of visiting the workshop to overview the stitching of the last batch of clothes. It’s critical that there are no mistakes at this point.” Priyanka said as she ate steadily.

“There won’t be any mistakes.” Anika said confidently. “You have literally worked night and day for the last two months Prinku. All your hard work is showing in your clothing line. And all of Aashi’s work is showing in the beautiful look of the boutique. This will be a khidki tod success opening.” Anika said cheerfully.

“Khikki tod” Anya repeated grinning.

“Dear God!” said Shivaay as he came in with Om and Aashi. “Another one with a developing deadly descriptions. What is khidki tod Anya?” Shivaay asked smiling at his daughter while Om and Aashi laughed on.

Anya shrugged. ” Mamma say.” and returned to her now soggy toast.

Later that day Priyanka walked through her boutique going over each detail minutely. She was checking the placement of the shelves when Aashi arrived. “How does everything look Prinku?”

“It’s magnificent bhabhi. Thank you for this. They are cleaning up and polishing the entire floor now. Tomorrow afternoon onwards we can start setting up merchandise. This is a dream come true. I am so grateful for this opportunity.”

“You deserve this. You’ve earned it Prinku.” Aashi said solemnly. “Gratitude is a good thing but so is recognizing self worth.” Then changing topics she added, “Do you want to come to my office with me. Bhaiya and I are going to visit Aasha center. That building is near completion too. We are going to overview the computer laboratory they are setting up today. I would love it if you came; your input is valuable to both of us.”

Priyanka nodded happily as a look of unspoken understanding passed between the two women.

In his office, Rudra wrapped up his last phone call for the day. As he got up to leave, he remembered that he had to go to the airport rather than to Soumya’s office. “Kyaa musibat hai!! At this rate, I will be able to discuss our relationship with Soumya when we are both middle-aged.” he thought with frustration. “There is still so much to talk about, understand, and the topic has not even been raised between us properly. I have to explain how things are and make her see how it does make sense even though it is not stereotypical. But no, first of all I must entertain Pammi and Simmi!” He stormed to his car and started to drive towards the airport.

Never having seen them before Rudra stood with a placard in his hands waiting for the much hyped duo. However, instead of the duo’s names he had written “Pinky Oberoi’s guests from Jalandhar.” His mind went back to a couple weeks ago when he had gone to a different terminal to receive Soumya. “It is such a relaxed, warm feeling with her around. How wise and cute she is. And how thrilling the experience of wanting to be with someone like that is. Unlike several years ago, when I went after every other pretty face, this feeling consumes me entirely and leaves no more to be desired. But the crap that I filled in her head all those years ago, which detergent to use to clean up all that garbage!” Rudra kept thinking.

“Oye!! Khotte de puttar! Oye main hoon Pinky’s gast from Julaandhar! Oye ki sapney vekh raa haiga?” Said a portly lady dressed in the brightest parrot green salwaar kameez. Rudra suddenly woke up from his reverie. Looking at the sight before him he shrieked in terror and the placard slipped from his hands. ” Sorry Pammi Aunty! Wo mai, kaam karke thak gayaa, I am very tired you see. I am Rudra, Pinky’s nephew.” He said haltingly introducing himself.

Parrot colored Pammi’s expressions did a one eighty degree turn at his introduction. ” Haai! Tu hai Rudraa? Kinna sonaa mundaa hai!” she said wrapping him in a tight embrace.

“Oh God! Please let Sumo know that I loved her, my love angel. I am dying now or have I already gone to hell?” Rudra thought as he felt all air escape his lungs.

“Mummy! Leave him! His face is turning blue!” shouted a whip-crack voice and Pammi let go of Rudra.

Rudra looked at his savior and a different kind of shock ran through his entire body this time. Standing in front of him was a girl who looked like she had walked straight off a fashion-show ramp. Tight black jeans encased her never-ending, shapely legs and a mid-thigh length white, embroidered kurti, even though loose accentuated her perfect ten figure. Her light brown, open hair reached her mid-arm and her side bangs fanned the peaches and cream skin of her forehead, highlighting a very strong brow. Barring thin lines of kaajal lining the periphery of her eyes and soft peach color lightly shading her lips, she was free of any other makeup. She stood there casually with a large bag slung over her right shoulder.

” Oye hero! Are you ok? Can you breathe?” she asked laughing lightly.

Rudra simply stared at her and nodded.

“Good. I am Simran. Pammi’s daughter. And whatever you do, DO NOT call me Simmi. Baaki… you seem cool. Banegi apni, but I am more interested in your sister Priyanka. My goal is same as hers. That’s why I am here. So in nut-shell, nice to meet you!” she finished her little speech.

Rudra gulped and found his voice in the process. “Hi Simmi…Oh sorry, Simran. Actually I have been hearing Simmi for the past two days so…but anyway Simran it will be. And yes , zaroor banegi apni. Let’s go. Priyanka will be happy to meet you. She is the best.”

Simran looked at Rudra’s​ face as he talked about Priyanka and her eyes softened. Rudra pulled Pammi’s wheeled suitcase while Simran carried her own bag. ” I travel light and carry less baggage. So I manage very well on my own .” She said as she walked in the middle separating him from Pammi, which Rudra was extremely grateful for.

Priyanka, Aashi, and Shikhar went over the computer lab checking everything. The lab was not state if the art but it was quite well equipped. It had been designed to function as a classroom if needed. The computer stations lined the walls in a ‘U’ shape. One wall had a large white-board with writing stationary stored in the stand right below it. Technicians were now setting up the PCs and the laptops on the twenty workstations. “This is just fabulous.” Priyanka said in a quivering voice. ” So much can be done here. So much can be learned. This is a world full of possibilities.”

Shikhar smiled looking at her. Aashi was discussing the set up of the computers with a technician. Shikhar took a deep breath and lightly draped his right arm around Priyanka’s waist. ” Yes, a whole world of possibilities for a whole world of potential.” he said looking around the room.

Priyanka stood standstill barely daring to breathe. She had imagined this happening countless times over the past couple of years. Now that it had happened her mind seemed to be failing her. She mustered all her courage, thought of Lord Shiva with her entire heart, and took a deep breath. Shikhar turned to look at her and smiled lightly at her pink cheeks.

“You are right.” Priyanka said calmly. ” A whole world of possibilities for a whole world of potential.”

Thanks for reading Everyone. Now here’s my apology for the disappearing act I did. For two days after my last update, I got no time to think and write. Then when I went back to the platform, I found out that my train of thought had departed with my muse in it, leaving me behind as if Pammi Aunty had me in a crushing embrace. I walked about hairaan pareshaan for two days thinking, now what do I do. Then I tried and tried some more and ran a bit and it looks like I am back on board that train, fingers crossed. To summarize, I think I again have my story and shall be able to complete it. So if you are upset with me for the delayed update, forgive me thinking how pathetic my state was when I was hunting around hungry for even crumbs of some good ideas. Ok. Enough of my drama queen act. Thanks again for the support. I will update sooner this time. And I will try to include Shivika in the next update. Please, please leave a comment if you can. I will really appreciate it ☺

  1. awesome as always

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Charitha ☺

  2. A whole world of possibilities for a whole world of potential…….u jus took time to give the best ….but u know its really hard to wait for ur update ……..hoping to read the next epi asap….

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Prajna. Really appreciate your encouraging words. Yes, this time I’ll keep writing even a bit at a time so as not to go completely blank. Will update soon?

  3. It is awesome dii… Anya is so cute… Rudra monolog is awesome…

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Nikita☺

  4. Ria

    Diyaa di,
    I’m absolutely loving this. Nothing like ‘Serendipidity’, yet a magnificent story. This story has all the elements one would wish to see. From Rudra growing mature, Shikhar-Priyanka’s ultimate understanding, Rudra-Soumya’s slowly developing relationship, Anika-Shivaay turning parents, Om-Aashi growing way more romantic ? , and humour from the lovely ‘Anya’. Lemme tell ya, Anya is absolutely a cherry on top.
    It’s okay Diyaa di. Sometimes the story just seems to be stuck at a point, but I did love the description of the ‘Writer’s Block’ ?. I shall be looking forward to the next chapter, probably sooner this time. ?

    – Ria

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Ria??Glad you liked the update and also my description of writer’s block?Yes, Serendipity had a passion that this one doesn’t. But hopefully it will be pleasant nonetheless. I’ll update sooner. Won’t get off that train this time ??

  5. Sorry, for not commenting on the previous chapter as I read it now only nd its Amazing as always… Loved it…
    Update nxt part asap!

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Bhavana.will update soon ☺

  6. Aarti32

    It was amazinggg..N to be honest, I read it more for Anya than d story..I love her so much!!

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Aarti! So glad you like Anya’s character.?

  7. Superb epi dear….. waiting for next….

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Lilly☺

  8. Heya , Diya di!
    I am a silent reader at tellyupdates , but today I finally decided to break the ice and finally drop a comment!
    U r an amazing writer, like sometimes I actually wonder if u r some published author.
    I first visited tu as a silent reader during the tenth episode of serendipity, and reading the first sentence itself I was hooked!
    Then I read the road to redemption and now expressions unfettered.
    U know I love the pairing of Primary and of course Anya
    She’s such a cutie pie, I absolutely adore her.
    And the spare scenes of Omashi and Shivika thrown here and there add spice to this ff.
    But seriously, your writing is soo smooth and I never know when it has ended. I read it in almost a trans, that much I am into the story.
    Laav you and your writing deeyar???
    And will u b my friend?
    I would be very happy to b your friend.

    With lots of love…….Sorry Laav,
    Vivikhta ?

    1. Diyaa

      Hi Vivikhta! So thankful that you broke the ice with such lovely warm comments ? Thanks for expressing your appreciation. It energized me. Of course I will be your friend deeyar ? Lots of laav to you too ?

  9. Damn this autocorrect… Pls read primary as Prikhar and Rumya

    1. Diyaa

      No worries☺

  10. Tanz

    It was amazing and that was the best sorry speech i’ve come across till now.As always, I loved Aanoo . And poor Oody ,he is stuck with that Pammi . I’m happy that Simmi(Simran) is clear enough to tell Rudra that she is not interested in him and i hope it remains that way only.And Shikhar is moving forward with baby-steps , I like it.
    Waiting for the next part.

    1. Diyaa

      Hey Tanz, Thanks so much. Glad you liked the episode. And your display picture is fabulous ?

  11. Amazing Anya scenes r adorable…..waiting for next part

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Adhya☺

  12. Your too good, always looking forward to reading your stories.

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Aisha. Really appreciate it ☺

  13. Amazing update.. loved it… Eagerly waiting for the next update.. plz post soon..

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Ankita. Will update soon ☺

  14. That was awesome. Anya is sooo cute. I love her absolutely…

    Rumya scene and Prikhar scene were super fantastic. Am looking forward to next part and ShivIka interaction after becoming Anya’s parents. Would also love to read their equation with Sahil now

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Fffan. You are right, I have been meaning to include Saahil for a while now. Will do that soon. Thanks again for commenting ☺

  15. Amazing….Loved it….
    It has the family moments which we miss in d show….
    Shivika’s parenthood, Rumya growing mature and their relationship, Priyanka & Shikhar taking baby steps, ever-enthusiastic Pinky and then the adorable Anya…. Waiting fr d Shivika moments…
    Waiting fr d nxt…. 🙂

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Shivika☺ will update soon.

  16. as usual u rocked
    I understand ur stress as we always expect the same level of passion & intensity which we recived earlier
    even its light Ih’ve grown fond of it
    Anya is an adorable kid but plz include some more RuMya scenes
    the build up for the next story is amazing
    And Diyaa di,no need to rush
    take your time & give the best
    thank u & luv u

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Aashi☺ will update soon deeyar ?

  17. Khushilovesroumya

    It was really good.I loved it.I love the little girl.You are not the only one who couldn’t update.I am still stuck.

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Khushi. I know​the feeling. It will come to you. Don’t worry. Try free writing random thoughts. That helps me. ?

  18. Samm

    You better add more of Shivika in the next one for sure! 😀 and now that you’re back, i don’t know if i can be angry with you! this was one amazing hell of an episode! absolutely loved, loved, loved the last bit with shikhar-priyanka … :moon_eyes: 🙂 how i’ve been waiting for some progress on their part! but i was really surprised with rudy’s thoughts. anya was so cute, as usual, but i think there will be some problem with her simmi-simran name calling. i would love to get the extra baggage out of this lovely family out asap! waiting for more, post soon 🙂

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Samm deeyar. Shivika scenes coming up?And now that Shikhar has let go of his bhayankar control, I suspect he will have a hard time containing his emotions ? I am quite excited about Simran and gradually I’ll express why. Will update soon ☺

  19. I am not able to get airport part put of my head. Poor Oody is stuck with Pammi and Simmi (oops Simran) when he wished to be with his big angel Soma Sumi Sumo. Uh this girl has sooo many names. Pammi seems like Pinky. But Simran is understanding. Looking forward to their stay in Oberoi Mansion.
    Prikhar are just one step away from confession. The one step being their dreams as they don’t want to distract each other. Shikhar again made the first move.
    Aanya is choo cute. I start missing my little cousin who happens to be of Anya’s age after Anya scenes.?
    I just lllooovvveee the family bond you portray.
    Keep rocking with your impeccable writing ??

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks Sanjukta. Glad you liked the update. So cute that Anya reminds you of your little cousin. When I had thought up her character I had no idea that my readers would like her so much. The love I gave seen for her is a serendipity ? Thanks again. Will update soon ☺

  20. Gayathri.visu

    Hi di. Chill…. Don’t take tension & stress. I can understand, its totally different from others and real IB. So,Take ur own time di.
    Its just fantastic di… Dinning table convo…especially Rudy’s wish n Sumo’s expression…. is perfect di! Anya….cutiepie I loved her sooooo much!! Poor Rudra stuck with pammi & Simmi… I think she is the one who makes realise Sowmya to her feelings for Rudra!! Airport scene is very funny di….especially that name. Prikhar…. another baby step! Their story is very soooo cute…. I loved ur last line di…. Eagerly waiting for next part di….. Bye, take care.

    1. Diyaa

      Thanks so much Gayathri for your encouraging and soothing words. I am happy that you liked the little moments in this update. Will post again soon ☺

Comments are closed.