Posted: 18 April 2012 at 11:30pm | IP Logged
My take on Part 2:
Mary, I really enjoyed Part 2 a lot! Stylistically, it was a bit different for you...I loved that the chapter started with Imad's letter to Anjali...He was so honest about his feelings...Such a gentleman! I really, really liked how Anjali reflected on his words...and then compared them to Shyam's--whose very "flowery" words had such malicious intent behind them! And her slow realization, that yes, Anisha needed a better role model! You showcased this beautifully! Another letter, another ray of hope for Imad...but alas it was only an invite for dinner!
The lil kitten & her sweet, sweet mistress...ABSOLUTELY ADORED this scene! OMG...How cute is that kitten! With the little birthmark...top hat, alright! And Arnav's reaction was just darling! I could ttly hear Khushi giggling at her gift & the gifted!!!
Awww...she got him at an animal shelter--a girl after my own heart!
I imagined Abhinav to be a much older gentleman when I first read his introduction...He was quite a revelation for him...More on this in a bit...
Ah, the scene between Khushi-Anjalo-Anisha! Your description of Khushi holding Anisha was just beautiful...And Anjali sharing Arnav's kitten story was so touching! Khushi knows her love so well...and all that his heart is capable of showing! Fabulous! Oh, and that kitten following Arnav like his tail...HOW CUTE!!!
Loved your picture of the grand dining room at Awadh Palace...My parents recently dined at the dining room in at Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad...Very similar to your picture in the story! Again, we saw Anjali warm up to the idea of having Imad there...Cut to the dinner...Ah, Abhinav's entry...and his connection to all the families there...but most importantly, to the Raizadas...I was just amazed at how calm Anjali was...she was the only unfazed by him being there...To be honest, I think Abhinav should have come clean to Imad about his past with Anjali specifically...ah, but then again, we wouldn't have a twist in our story, would we!!??
Anjali took the opportunity to talk to Abhinav probably to bury the past once & for all...I guess we'll have to wait for that reveal...
I really felt bad for Imad in this entire scene...he is was so broken up to begin with and then he seemed to dig a deeper hole--a sink hole in his opinion--by bringing Abhinav there! I absolutely loved his "presumptions" dialogue...it was so poignant...and his affection and love for Anisha was just so, so endearing!
Oh, I CAN'T WAIT for Part 3!!!! O RE PIYA...RAIN DANCE PARTY, ARHI INTIMACY, ANISHA-ANJALI-IMAD!!! I am SO THERE!!!!
Little concerned about my LOVE & the peace bit...
P.S. Just saw your note about the stigma attached to single women with children. What we see in India is that widowed and divorced mothers typically have good familial support. The family tends to rally around daughters who are raising children on their own. Divorce has become more common place, and in the bigger cities, we do see re-marriage openly discussed, particularly if the woman is still very young. What you have shown here with Anjali is in keeping with what I have seen in my circle of friends in India. Yes, there is a lot of questioning about oneself, but most of the women who I know are working, confident, and sometimes really don't care if they have a man in their life or not...Parental advice on the need for a mate, particularly as time progresses, is what compels them to maybe consider re-marriage. Of course, Anjali's disability is a factor in her opinion of how "eligible" bachelors may look at her! But, I think you've touched on this subject in a very, very sensitive manner...I can totally see it happening like you've penned it!
Edited by Nandalala - 18 April 2012 at 11:38pm