Part 3 – The Date

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“Titaliya! Arnav is here.”

 

“Okay… I will be down in five minutes.” Khushi yelled down to her father, as she finished getting ready for their dinner date.  She was looking forward to being alone with him. After their encounter yesterday, they had barely had an opportunity to spend time together. It had dawned on her that they had hardly been together, alone, since prior to their engagement. This date was long overdue, and much needed after their time apart.

 

She decided to wear her new black designer anarkali suit which had an antique thick gold border, with gold embroidered bodice and sleeves. It was simple, yet elegant for their evening out together.

 

Arnav waited patiently, with his eyes and ears trained on the staircase. He stood in the living room, talking with her parents and Buaji, who asked more questions than he would rather answer tonight. It had been a long day at AR, he was in no mood to socialize with anyone. Exception being Khushi, of course. But he stood there politely with a smile, doing his best to stay focused.

 

He finally felt at ease hearing her footsteps, and turned to see her rapidly coming down the stairs in her strappy heels. His heart coming out his chest, watching her almost miss a step, but it didn’t faze her as she continued.  

 

She smiled, approaching him and stood next to him ready to leave.

 

“Sanka Devi, there is no rush that you are running down the stairs. If you break your legs, how will you get married?”

 

“Uff Buaji, nothing is going to happen. And if I break my legs, Arnav will carry me around, but regardless I will get married.” She raised her eyebrow at him, and he fought back the chuckle that was on the verge of slipping forward.

 

He felt a sudden urge to pull her into an embrace, but knowing her family might not approve he stayed put.

 

“Shashi, this girl is getting out of hand. Do you see what she is saying?”  Buaji gasped when Khushi winked at her.

 

Shashi smirked at the banter between Khushi and his sister. This was something the both had been doing since his daughter had learned to speak. But he had to give it to Khushi today for her reply. The new confident Khushi was one he admired and was extremely proud of being around, after the engagement. All thanks to the man standing next to his daughter.

 

“Jiji, we don’t have to worry anymore. In a few days my Titaliya will be Arnav’s problem. I hope you are ready, Bitwa.”

 

“I am definitely ready for Khushi to be mine. And I can promise you she will never be a problem for me. Ever.”

 

A few moments later, after leaving her house, he entwined his hand with hers and they walked towards the car.

 

“Where would my Sweetheart like to eat tonight?”

 

She stopped in her tracks, then looked up at him.

 

“Anything but Indian, please, pretty please. That’s all we have been eating, and I am sick of it. Can we do Asian? It’s been so long. Oh and I plan to have a glass of wine tonight.”

 

He grinned, and kissed her hand.  

 

How he had missed her.

 

“Anything you want. And, I know just the place we can go.”

 

An half hour later, their car pulled up to a premier luxury hotel to dine at a trendy Asian restaurant located on the hotel’s rooftop.

 

Arnav got out of the car, and opened the door for Khushi. He put out his hand towards her, helping her out of the car.

 

“How sweet, always a gentleman, Mr.  Raizada.”  She curved her lips in a smile, as he tightened his grip on her hand pulling her closer.

 

“Ms. Gupta…” Before he could say anything further, they were interrupted by a few paparazzi standing in the corner who were walking towards them.

 

Arnav instinctively stood in front of Khushi, and grasped her hand.

 

“ASR! It’s been awhile since we have seen you out here.”

 

“What has Delhi’s eligible bachelor been up to?”

 

“Is this your new girl, ASR?”

 

“Come on, let us  get a picture of the two of you…”

 

His jaws tightened and lips thinned with his anger rising at the intrusion of his personal space and at the questions being thrown at him. She looked up at him, and squeezed his hand. He needed to get her inside before they started to take any photos and asked any further questions.

 

“Look down.”  He whispered to her, blocking her from their view. He wrapped his arms around her waist, then took quick strides to go inside the hotel.

 

Once they were in the lobby, the manager walked up to them.

 

“Welcome ASR! We are so glad to have you here after a long time. How are you?”

 

“The fucking paparazzi is out front, so I am not doing fine. I suggest you get rid of them before I leave, otherwise you will have to find yourself a new job. Am I clear?”

 

Khushi shook her head, and pulled her hand away as anger came over her. He abruptly looked at her, then back at the manager to continue his tirade.

 

She waited till the manager walked away, and looked around to make sure no one was around.

 

“What is wrong with you Arnav? It wasn’t his fault for you to speak with him that way. I can’t believe this is happening right now.”

 

“They need to do a better job keeping them away from the premises, and clearly that wasn’t being done. So I had every right to say what I did.  Let’s go.”

 

He took a hold of her hand, and proceeded to walk towards the elevator.  Neither of them uttered a word, waiting for the elevator to arrive.

 

She fisted her free hand, trying her best to calm down. First the questions outside, then his unwarranted anger towards the manager.  

 

Right now all she wanted was the privacy they had in New York where they blended in. But in Delhi, that privacy no longer exist. Arnav Singh Raizada or ASR, was a prominent name in Delhi. The past few weeks planning their wedding was enough for her to realize that. The looks, treatment, attention whenever his name was mentioned was proof enough when they were out shopping, and making the wedding arrangements with his family.

 

How was she going to blend into this world?

 

When the elevator doors opened, she let go of his hand and stormed inside.  She headed straight to the corner without giving him a glance, she turned to face the door and crossed her arms across her chest.

 

He stepped inside to stop in front of her, but when she avoided his gaze, he had enough. He turned around and pushed the stop button on the elevator.

 

Khushi gasped when the car halted, and held onto the bar on the back wall. Arnav shrugged his shoulders unaffected by the sudden stop. At this point he didn’t give a damn.

 

“What do you think you are doing?”

 

“We need to talk, and right now this is the only place we are going to get privacy. I suggest we fix our moods, so we can enjoy our evening together. Do you agree?”

 

“You are unbelievable! Do you realize the scene you created downstairs? It was bad enough what happened outside, but then…”

 

He stood with his eyes fixed on her, knowing there was something else that is bothering her.

 

She didn’t move as he came forward, stopping mere inches from her. Her heart thundered, when he leaned down and whispered.  

 

“I am sorry you had to see that, but I am not sorry I said that to him.”

 

“Why am I not surprised? After all in Delhi, ASR, can do and say whatever he pleases. Isn’t that correct?”  

 

He ran his hands through his hair in frustration, hearing her low cold tone and took a few steps back.

 

“It doesn’t matter where I am, I like to keep my personal life private so excuse me for lashing out downstairs. But you won’t understand…”

 

“Why wouldn’t I understand? Did you not hear the questions they asked you?  They affect me damn it! Do you know how uncomfortable that was? I knew going into this relationship that you were in the public eye, but recently it has hit me what that truly means. I am not comfortable with all of this yet.” Her eyes blurred with tears, as she fought hard to hold them back. She looked down, not wanting him to see her this way.  

 

But it was too late, he had already seen the anguish in her hazel orbs, a sight he hated. He wrapped his arms around her, and they stood in silence for a few moments before he decided to speak.  

 

“Sweetheart, I know this is overwhelming, and I should have known better than to bring you here. I can’t change any of this when we are in Delhi, but when we get back home to New York we will have some of our privacy back.  And, once we are married the whole world will know you are my wife. This bachelor is officially taken by Khushi Kumari Gupta. For now, I will take you home.”

 

She wrapped her arms around him tight, deciding not to let this ruin their evening. This was something she was aware of going into the relationship, and there was no running away from it.

 

“Cheapskate! I am not letting you get off that easy. After that stunt yesterday, you owe me a meal. And I refuse to eat the food at home, so I suggest you get this elevator moving again. You know how a hungry Khushi gets.”

 

His heart swelled at how easily she moved on despite not being comfortable with the situation. He couldn’t blame her for feeling this way.

 

“Yes Madam.”  

 

She wrapped her arms around his neck pulling him closer towards her face.  He shifted her to the corner, fully covering her as he towered over her, then leaned down grazing his lips against hers.  

 

“You realize there’s a camera in the elevator.” His voice, low and husky, sending shivers down her spine.

 

Her heart racing as she looked around noticing there was one in the opposite corner, explaining why he was standing over her.

 

“Well, I guess the powerful ASR will have to make sure this gets erased.”

 

He nodded, curving his lip. And in one swift movement, he took her lips in a searing kiss. At that point seeing the desire in her eyes there was no holding back, neither did she as she kissed him back.

 

They pulled away a moment later hearing the elevator alarm. Both of them grinned as he pushed the button and the car resumed its journey taking them up to the rooftop. As the doors opened, he laughed when Khushi whispered in his ear.

 

“Now that was one exhilarating kiss!”  

 

A few minutes later, Khushi returned from freshening up to find Arnav speaking with the hostess about their table. With the restaurant in a flurry, she assumed there was would be a wait before they would be seated. But to her surprise, the hostess led them outside to a private area to their table.  

 

The outdoor seating was surrounded by water, greenery and lights making the atmosphere conducive for a relaxed dinner under the night sky.

 

“I know how much you like to sit out in the open, so figured you would prefer it out here.” He pulled her chair out, and she sat down taking in the different elements surrounding  them.

 

“It’s beautiful, this place is so unexpected. But how did you get us a table, when the restaurant is packed. And it’s only us out here in this section…”

 

“Let’s just say I have connections which is who I was texting on our way here in the car. Plus I wanted privacy with just the two of us. So what shall we order…”

 

They both went through the menu, placing their order with their server.  While they waited for the food, Khushi filled him in on the wedding preparations for all the upcoming functions. He listened to the instructions she was throwing at him. Much to his reluctance, they also discussed some outstanding business with AR.  

 

When the food arrived, they both indulged in an eclectic mix of Asian fusion cuisine.  

 

“You know what this reminds me of… our first date.”  She sat back taking a sip of her wine, looking out at the Delhi city view.

 

“Technically that was not our first date. It was us getting drinks after work to celebrate your first week at AR.”  He raised his eyebrow, challenging her to say otherwise.

 

“Well I don’t care, I am counting that as our first date. And you better as well, Mr. Raizada. Here try this, it’s really good.”  

 

He opened his mouth, as she fed him a bite of her Thai curry stir-fry with coconut sticky rice.    

 

“Hmm… that is good. You are becoming very bossy, Ms. Gupta. I fear what will happen when you become Mrs. Raizada. I have to admit our first date was fun, especially the shot game. You my love were slightly drunk.”

 

She laughed, putting her wine glass down.

 

“Yes I will admit that I might have been a little tipsy. And it’s best I not drink anymore tonight. I think this wine might be getting to me. Though I needed a drink after all the mayhem with the preparations.”

 

He put his hand over hers, and she smiled, tilting her head.

 

“I think on our honeymoon, I would love to see a drunk Khushi.”

 

“Bet you would, but I think it would be more fun to see a drunk Arnav.  Speaking of honeymoon, you haven’t given me any details. Where, when, how long?”

 

He had been trying to avoid giving her the details. But he knew there was no way he can get away with it now.

 

“We are leaving the day after the reception on the third of January for seven days… and where, you will find out when we get there.”

 

She dropped her fork on to the plate, and glared at him.

 

“How can you not tell me where we are going?  How the heck am I going to pack? Arnav, this is not fair.”

 

He shrugged his shoulder, continuing to eat, avoiding her pointed gaze that was ready to take him out. If looks could kill, he would have toppled over.

 

“You know what baby, I will give you sometime to change your mind. In the meantime, answer these questions. When was the the last time we had sex?”

 

“What?!”

 

“Answer the question.”

 

“The day of our engagement…”

 

“Why was that the last time?”

 

“Well your parents were in town, then you came here…”

 

“Really? Tell me the real reason why?”

 

“Khushi… okay fine… we decided to wait till we were married. Happy?”

 

She curved her lips, and smiled in satisfaction, getting ready to throw the bait to see if he will take it. There was no way she was going to allow him to keep their honeymoon a secret.

“Very happy. Now, this is how it’s going to work. If you don’t tell me where we are going on our honeymoon before the Sangeet, which is in two days, then we won’t be having any sex on our honeymoon. Can you imagine what that would be like? Not fun at all…”

 

“What the fuck!”

 

He shot up from his seat, looking down at her. Her eyes glinted at the absurd challenge she had thrown at him. She gestured towards his chair, urging him to sit, but he shook his head.  

 

He walked over to her, and leaned down close to her ear, and whispered.

 

“Sweetheart, it’s not only me that loses out. And if my memory serves me right… you enjoy every bit of it.  So, I would rethink this little challenge.”

 

She closed her eyes, feeling his warm breath against her. She felt goosebumps erupt over her body, as he placed a sensual kiss on her neck.

 

He swiftly went back to his seat, and sat down, watching her slowly opening her eyes.

 

They both stared at each other, neither one willing to give in. For now they decided to see how far they can take this challenge.

 

A couple of hours later, they stepped out of the elevator along with a few other occupants to the main floor of the hotel.  

 

“Oh my God, ASR! It’s so great to see you, darling. I have missed so much.  Where have you been? And why haven’t you responded to any of my calls or messages?”

 

Arnav’s eyes widened recognizing the woman approaching him. The tall, fair skinned brunette model was someone he had casually dated for a couple of months prior to leaving for New York over a year ago. They had decided to go their separate ways. And to see her now with Khushi stepping out of the elevator right behind him, only meant one thing… trouble. With a capital T.

 

“Hello Anita.”

 

Before he could say anything further, she wrapped her arms around him, pulling him in an embrace. He stiffened keeping his hands to his side.

 

“Do you want to get a drink? We need to catch up, perhaps we can pick up where we left…”

 

“Sorry Anita, we just had dinner and are headed home now.” He spoke up, before she said anything further as Khushi came and stood next to him.

 

Khushi wanted to smack the woman who was hanging onto Arnav. She glared at her with a fake smile on her face, and pulled him back, wrapping her left arm in his. She made sure her engagement ring was visible for the other woman to notice as she squeezed his arm.  

 

“Hi, I am Khushi… Arnav’s fiance.”  

 

She put her hand forward but Anita hesitated for a moment before shaking her hand. Khushi tightly gripped her hand, silently conveying to back off.

 

“Um… nice to meet you, Khushi. You are one lucky woman…”

 

“I would say I am the lucky one to have this beautiful woman agree to marry me. Well, it was nice seeing you, but we need to leave now.”

 

Arnav knew it would be best to head out, seeing the expressions on both of their faces. He was worried about Khushi’s reaction. While she was putting on a strong front, but he knew it couldn’t be easy seeing your partner’s ex in front of you. It most certainly wasn’t for him when Sameer was at AR.

 

After saying their good bye, Khushi walked ahead without any expression or emotion. She didn’t know how she should feel at that moment.

 

She smiled inwardly, knowing exactly who the woman was. She had seen a couple of pictures and articles when she had researched Arnav prior to her interview. But why was this bothering her right now? She trusted Arnav, so this should not impact her, right?

 

When they approached his BMW M6, Khushi was surprised when Arnav opened the front passenger door for her.    

 

Arnav knew they needed to talk, but with Bala in the car, she was not going to say anything. He didn’t want her to leave tonight with this bottled up inside.  She was already stressed in midst of the preparations.

 

After she was seated in the car, he went around to the driver’s side and drove off. Both of them remained quiet, as he continued to drive, while she gazed out the window.

 

“What a contrast between the two cities… New York and Delhi. Right baby?”

 

He was taken back when she spoke softly with warmth, smiling at him. He nodded, taking a hold of her hand and placed it on his chest.

 

“Very different in so many ways. Which one do you prefer?”

 

“New York! I am looking forward to going back home and getting our normalcy back. Planning a wedding is not fun at all, and everything else on top of it. I really think we should have eloped.” She chuckled, glancing outside the window.

 

“Should we go to the mandir right now? You say the word, and I will make it happen tonight.”

 

“Don’t tempt me, Mr. Raizada! Where are we, anyway?”

 

He stopped the car in a secluded area on top of a hill, it was dark with the stars and city lights glimmering.

 

“Let’s go in the back seat… come on, don’t give me that look as if I am crazy. It will be fun, maybe we can make out back there.” He winked at her, and she grinned at him.

 

A few moments, later they were snuggled together with their feet raised up on the front seat.  

 

“I guess my idea of our dinner date wasn’t such a great idea. Should we discuss…”

 

“The elephant in the lobby?”

 

“Elephant?!”

 

He sat up to look at her, and she simply shrugged.

 

“Yes it makes me feel better to call her that… and there is nothing to discuss.  All I know is that you are mine. And, I swear if anyone ever touches you, I will… um… pull their eyes and hair out.”

 

He stared at her for a moment, then they both burst into laughter.

 

“Waise Khushi, it was good to see the jealous and possessive side of you tonight. That was rather sexy, your dark smoky eyes tonight which I can’t seem to keep my eyes off of…”

 

His eyes darkened with desire, caressing her hand, then slowly making his way up to her arm.  Feeling her mouth dry, she swallowed as he moved closer to her. He cupped her cheeks, and brought her face closer to his.

 

“It’s time for a much awaited meetha session. And there is no one around to come in our way. Shall we, soon to be Mrs. Raizada?”

 

With passion clouded eyes, she nodded and pulled him closer, capturing his lips.

 

Finally, they were left alone where nothing but the two of them existed before all the festivities began tomorrow.

 


 

 

I couldn’t resist using this song for this part 🙂 

 

 

 


 

 

PLEASE READ:

 

As of today, all chapters of Stripped with the exception of the Epilogue will be password protected. With the story now having been complete for a month, I am taking the measure to protect my story from plagiarism. Once The Shaadi Special is completed, this blog will be made private. Please note access will only be given to readers that I know, and whom I trust. Hope you all can understand!

 

For those that are still reading the continuation of Stripped, thank you for staying back!

 

Part 4 will be posted on Friday, see you then!

 

Love always,

Jigs

 

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101 thoughts on “Part 3 – The Date

    • nzmonica

      Arnav is on his best behaviour in front of his in laws – I’m impressed.🤑🤑

      Like Sashi, I loved the confident Khushi, who doesn’t even shy away from bossing ASR.
      Imminent shadi ke side effects?

      Dilli wali elefriend was easily dealt with, it is only natural to be possisive, but it was the lack of privacy that got Khushi more worked up.
      Loved how they managed to steal some moments in between the mayhem.

      The best part was how Arnav blocked Khushi from the camera in the elevator – the ever present care is so seductive.

      मैं ता तेरे नाल ही रहना जी
      हर घाम संग तेरे सहना जी
      जो जाग से कहा ना जाए जी वो
      मुझको बस तुझसे कहना जी

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    • Vin (newfan2016)

      This chapter was a lot beyond my expectations. 😍

      What started of as a date for our love-birds meeting after three weeks, went into a phase of getting attuned to each other’s worlds. And boy am I glad that such situations are encountered early on itself.

      And the way the ‘haathi’ was addressed…😘 Arnav and Khushi are walking together and embracing each other’s social circles.. The fact that both realized what was going on and wanted to sort it means that they know each other so well. That indeed leaves no room for any doubts, between this couple, on what lies ahead. Be it the paparazzi or the exes… they will face them all.

      I love how they sneak in “meetha” moments when they can. 😘😘

      A beautiful setting for the date, and the precursor and post-cursors were the least dampeners to the love and passion that these two have between them.

      Absolutely loved seeing a confident and bold Khushi’s talk with her folks… Arnav’s Khushi!

      Thanks for this chapter, Jigs.

      Love,
      Vin.

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  1. nadiajhung

    Love is in the air for khushi and arnav😍their date was very lovely after the bumpy start.no one messes with Arnav singh Raizada specially when his lady love is concerned.cant wait to see them getting married.

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  2. nadiajhung

    Love is in the air for would be Mr and Mrs Raizada😍their date was so lovely after a bumpy start,no one messes with Arnav singh raiza specially when his lady love is concerned.loved their banter and elephant in the room was so hillarious.all in all awesome chapter.cant wait to see them getting married.

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  3. prachibartar

    Dilli wali girlfriend was so apt.. a bumpy ride it was but what a meetha ending.. even i was suffering from this drought of meetha😜 exes i tell u such a thorn but khushi showed how far they have come in this relationship.. truly stripped of any secret from each other, knowing each other inside out..i can’t wait for festivities to begun🙂🙂

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  4. pinkly007

    Jigs, I feel like each chapter in Shadi special series is like a special Christmas gift and I cherish them a lot.

    The dinner date did not go smoothly as planned… first buaji and her enquiry, then irritating Paparazzi and to top it all Arnav’s ex 😁. But even though khushi and Arnav were upset, they talked it out and resolved the issues and most importantly they trust and respect each other.

    I loved their meetha session in the back seat of the car 😊

    Very nice chapter Jigs, I will wait for the next chapter.

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  5. sagatwilight1

    Wow a dinner date now!! I had really enjoyed this when I had read this earlier and at this point, I can never say I don’t enjoy reading it twice. For I would enjoy reading this again and again…the feeling is forever the same

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  6. ganga16tr

    I’ve been taking my time with reading this part of the story because once I finish reading, it’s going to be over 😭😭😭 I’m not ready for that yet! But loved this chapter and can’t wait for the next x

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  7. damjar

    Beautiful update!!. What was supposed to have been a relaxed date between the two of them had some bumps. But they made use of the time together before the festivities keeps them busy. It was good that Khushi was able to talk about the uneasiness she felt in certain situations and Arnav able to assure her the situations. They will be Home in NY and be able to lead a life without interference from the public eye. Finally they had some well deserved alone time.

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  8. godis222good

    Wow, you’re really fantabulous!!! The story is out of this world. As already stated previously I’m dreading when the actual end shall come. Well done, you💕💕💕 on the question of plagiarism, I support you 100%. What you’ve been labouring to ensure our entertainment & enjoyment is your intellectual property & your ‘treasur’ . Choose to safeguard your work the best way possible. Stay blessed, my dearest.

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  9. shantha kadaba

    Awesome update Jigs!
    Its refreshing and always a pleasure to read about such tiffs between our Arnav and Kushi 🙂
    As always your words make it much more enjoyable. Loved their meetha session in the back seat! Everytime after reading all your Arshi stories, I so miss seeing Barun…after the 3rd season debacle he just vanished from the small screen 😦

    Thanks so much for promptly giving us updates as promised. I have no idea how you make it possible along with your AD’s daily commitments.

    BTW, I am the same as dart4…since i signed into wordpress it changed my name here from dart4 to shantha kadaba. Also, good idea to protect your content Jigs. But please do let me know how we can access it, when I want to re-read the stories.

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  10. anamika

    Nice update n nice date…i was missing their meetha sessions…
    Beautiful …. Thought there will be an argument regd the Elephant:-))
    Lets see who will win the honeymoon bet…

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  11. varsha2KD

    Beautiful update as always 😊
    Well the date didn’t go as planned by they had their moments 😁
    Absolutely loved it and thanks for the note… it’s noted 😀

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  12. fermeen30

    Loved the update, brilliant. Simple date became complex, however ending on a happy romantic note. Eager for the next part. I hope I’m one of the ones included for passwords when the blog is made private.

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  13. chocmoc

    That was lovely. The whole banter between Buaji and Khushi and how welcoming her whole family is to the “Happy Khushi” with Arnav by her side. How the possessive side comes out Khushi to pull out the eyes of all the “elephants”!

    Lovely Shaadi Special! :))

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  14. shilpa12345

    Hi as I hv been reading this amazingly wonderful story since you started it at forum n again after so long found it again ….so was very much happy n felt likefallen in love with this love saga again but my luck you made it persnol ….pls can I get excess to it blog

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  15. radhikavelineni

    Thanks for this wonderful story jigs .we are going to miss this fabulous journey and once again thanks for giving access to this story.If it’s possible please can I get the access of private blog.I love this pair (Arnav and Khushi) .They never ever get bore.

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  16. hailstorm464

    Well what do I say….., Enjoyed reading it again, as much as first time around, if not more.
    I love the way you handle all the emotions.
    I would like to request you for access to Stripped, I am one of your old fans, hope you recognise me😀. My email is hailstorm464@gmail.com

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  17. buchianu

    This shows the contrast between their first date in new York and delhi….loved the asr streak in him..dominating,possessive….and y do these ex come in between wen couples are happy??this happens in real life too…..nice update. .
    Its a good idea tat u r protecting ur hard work in the best way..all the best..

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  18. Hiraeth

    Sorry for sounding stupid but how would I know if they have been made private? And also I’m so sorry that I haven’t been reading your stories! It’s just Uni got me swamped and finals are this month. And I’m really hoping that I get to read and catch up to all of your stories this month after my exams!

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  19. ravalilovely1923

    Beautiful update di.
    Arnav and khushi had shared so many situations but media is different when it comes to states and India.
    Khushi now will be prepared to face anything. Arnav anger is justified.
    Elephant.. That to for a model great name.
    It may be overwhelming that the journey of stripped is completing but one heck one. I love it.
    As always we are with your decision as it is your work. I hope I will be there further thank you for making me part of this journey.
    Love you and take care 😃
    Waiting for next update

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  20. nikrit13

    Elephant bula diya skinny model ko 😝 nice to see a J Khushi….😘

    Can’t wait for the shaadi, the ceremonies and the honeymoon at ……. Arnav is packing for Khushi don’t we know 😜
    Well, I wanted to catch the epilogue again, I will before going private.

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  21. xyzsm

    loved it…this never gets old….loved khushi’s comment to buaji as well as about elephant in the lobby…lol…respect your decision to protect your work…hoping to read more arshi stories from your end…waiting for the next chapter 🙂 ❤

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  22. gprs

    Finally they got each other for themselves..I love khushi-buaji banter..like she said he will carry her around even for the entire life..
    They came a long way from the first date na..what a lovely journey It is..♥♥♥
    That was unexpected, I mean the paparazzi..till reading these issues on ff I didn’t realize how it will affect the celebrities privacy..the way they handled this issue is amazing..they cleared the issues between them with so ease that shows the compatibility and trust..and the elephant thing was hilarious and I enjoyed the aftermath too..♡♡

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  23. mdtharun

    Courtship period is very precious . The Dinner Date is quite eventful .
    Marrying ASR has its own pro’s and cons . Arnav – Khushi somehow managed to spend few peace moments . Arnav’s Ex landed at the right time to spoil that little peace .
    I admire Khushi’s way of handling the situation .

    “Elephant?!”

    “Yes it makes me feel better to call her that… and there is nothing to discuss. All I know is that you are mine. And, I swear if anyone ever touches you, I will… um… pull their eyes and hair out.”
    This lines from Khushi is hilarious . Loved the possessive to be Mrs Raizada .

    Loved it
    Thanks

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  24. muskaansobti4

    Aww..dat date was really awesome wid d surprises dat came der way..it was fun seeing arnav tackle d media n after dat khushi in d private…..my babies really knw d best way to make d mood of oder; after dinner wen anita met i am sorry “haathi” its a perfect name gvn by khushi arnav was really tensed wid d capital T I would say dat; but the way khushi showed her dat he is mine only mine was best n handshake moment too😂😅 so babies can’t leave widout der meetha..i also loved der honeymoon talks😄😄💓
    Lokking frwrd to all rasams..
    Ps hope arnav surprises her wid his dance performance juz fr khushi in der sangeet..it will be a treat to watch💓😗😙
    Overall mindblowing update Thanks jigsss….. 😚

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  25. theincandescentlights

    I know I haven’t been commenting for a while now but I have my final exams in a couple of weeks and I just don’t have the time to read and comment on your stories. I have been banking them up though and I know exactly where I left off.
    Please know I’ll come back to your stories soon. (Probably by end of December)
    I hope you’re doing well.
    Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a happy new year in advance.
    I hope you understand my plight and will let me back in when I can afford to take a break from my taxing AD.

    Loads of love
    M.

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  26. Felix felicis

    Ha ha elephant !!!
    ROFL
    A lovely chapter ..
    Hey it’s totally understandable that you want to protect your hard work totally with you on that. Stay blessed always and write us some more stories to read . Thank you for reindulging us with stripped. Waiting to read many more stories.
    Lots of love and best wishes
    Safia

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  27. Broknangel

    Oh ho.. date gone wrong… and but khushi s concern are genuine.. Bcs they are coming from different world.. yet they show how they mean to each other.. 😍😍😍

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  28. arshilicious.M

    That was helluva chap!! My 2nd fav chap of shading special..1st one being the Shaadi epi!

    I know I have not commented anything on any of ua stories for a long time!!
    I m not even getting tym to read ua temptation transmuted!!😭😭Being in medical profession as 2b docs is very time consuming…

    Well congratulations on TT journey…heard from a friend that it has come to an end! (Btw..I told them to read it😝)

    M getting a Chotu sa Christmas break after my xams finish…thus I vl read and cover up that tym

    And yup I m selfish!!! I commented only wen I came to know that stripped is getting password protected!!😜

    Have a great journey…I wud catch up soon and wud comment soon😘😘

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  29. aranya19

    Finally they managed to sneak out some private moments admist all the wedding rituals.. But that somewhat fot spoiled due to the media intrusion 😡 But through that incident, Arnav got to know abt how much is his love trying to fit herself in his world.. He is so understanding 🙂🙂 And Khushi, as always is not intimidated by even his fiance’s ASR avtaar and she firmly held her ground..👍👍
    It seens it was time for Role Reversal on this date…. A jealous Khushi!! Sounds cool. Coz she is one bold and confident girl who won’t allow anyone to eye on her fiancee.. And the way she handled the ‘elephant’ in the hotel and then admist their conversation later on just showed how sensible and matured she is…
    Lovely update!!
    Waiting for the next part.

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  30. abaszayer

    As usual beautiful … I like the way Khushi shows trust towards his ex appearance … no sex on honeymoon hehehehe … respect ur idea of protecting ur story but pls I have a request if u can provide the password so that I can read the story again as I like it tooo much and want to read again thank you god bless

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  31. thefirstrays

    Phew! Finally caught up with the Shaadi Special.
    Stripped is one of my most favorite ArHi stories. It was fun reliving the journey.
    Khushi has come such a long way. I love the confident woman she is.
    “Elephant in the lobby” cracked me up si much. 😂😂
    They are so good at playing the game of challenging each other. No sex for not revealing honeymoon destination. 😝🙊
    Waiting for the next part. 😊

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  32. ritubansal

    Once again Jigs you leave us speechless.
    The song the environment everything is apt for their date.
    Finally the two made for each other are going to be tied in a sacred thread known as marriage.
    According to me they both are perfect.

    You are exactly one of a kind
    There ain’t no other I will find
    You are eternally on my mind
    We’re so completely intertwined
    And in a perfect world as this.

    Some specific things I have to do for permanent blog access ??

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  33. Anitha

    The chapter had so many things that piped as surprises!

    First Shashi feeling his daughter’s change and Arnav being so loving in standing by her..

    Then their date and reality check of him being popular in Delhi and like suddenly wondering if this a new story and ofcourse that would be his past before stripped 😂

    And their lovely date with so much romance in between..

    And finally the haathi and wished the elephant had a different name 😂

    It was full dose of the sweet couple and can’t wait to see what he has planned for their honeymoon..khushi is definitely more confident and having arnav completely attuned to her!

    Note: it took me forever to read this in Peace..so many interruptions and we can’t afford that can we? It is written such marvelously. So sorry for the delay!

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  34. sharuag

    The date night. Hiw they start it, but in the end, they made it up for everything. A good way of portraying the reality of life.

    We argue and fight a lot with our loved ones, but the beauty of life is the way you sort out your differences or clear out the misunderstanding.

    What i loved about Arnav and Khushi is they sort out their differences and clear out the misunderstandings while it is raw and fresh. I guess thats the way to healthy life .

    Looking forward for shot 4

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  35. inasaahil

    A much needed breather for Arnav and Khushi – this date was just meant for that. And I believe, it did serve the purpose san those two incidents!!
    First the paparazzi!! I know Arnav is the hot shot business tycoon, but having seen them roaming freely and without getting hounded by media in New York, when they were encroached by the media like that m.. I was taken aback. But I guess you can’t help it. What surprised me though was the fact that is the Indian media still unaware of Arnav getting hitched. I mean the way they spoke about Khushi terming her as ‘his latest girl’ makes me wonder whether they are unaware that the bachelor is taken!!
    I loved the way Arnav sensed Khushi’s mood and how he made sure that she was all okay and he was considerate enough to take her back home. And Khushi m, being the lovable lady like she always is sensed the need of both of them being together, alone, after a very long time and couldn’t just let go of their time!!
    The date went on smoothly. I loved the conversation that centered around their honeymoon!! Wonder who will win the challenge!!
    Everything was going fine but in the end that anita had to turn up. Thankfully, she got the message loud and clear that there will be no picking up from where they had left and that Mr. Raizada was a lucky man to get Khushi as his fiance.. and he damn happy with that. Loved the way she was later addresses as “elephant”!! Hehe 😂

    Waiting to see what happens next and can’t wait to read the reat of the rituals.

    It’s good that you have decided to protect yout work amd get the logic behind doing this. Hopefully this will be accessible when I feel like re reading your works which is more often!!

    Lots Of Love.. 😊😊

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  36. dikilove6

    This was adorable!! I loved when Arnav was waiting for Khushi to come down and when he heard her footsteps he felt relieved and khushi’s answer to Buaji. And the kiss in the elevator and when Khushi tries to blackmail him using sex. By the end of this chapter I was grinning like a fool. Loved every bit of it. Thank you xx

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  37. khushisony

    That was an awesome updated di!!! Finally they get some alone time !! If arnav can go to a asr mode..kushi s no less being bossy,possessive..😍😍 I am really enjoying reading this shaadi special..!!thanks for relaunching stripped Di…it wil always be close to my heart😘😘

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  38. nccrwrt

    You painted such a pretty picture of the function. I could visualize the beautiful ambiance. It is adorable how Arnav even though says no to Khushi still ends up doing what she wants. 🙂
    Eagerly waiting for the Shaadi.

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  39. royalpooh

    Ohhh…i love this arnav very very much..he s loving caring protective jealous possessive a complete blend..and khushi….how far along she had cum frm chapter 1 to this…l love her and they r not letting anything cum between them…wt e er it may b..the asrs image,papparazzi,the exes….their understanding level was beautiful…cant wait to see how the shaadi gng to be and where arnav is taking her…lovely update 😉😆

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  40. cutiepieash

    Seeing Khushi being Jealous and Possessive about Arnav was a really a Meetha treat to watch😉😉
    Jig’s I definitely feel that it was right for u to protect this beautiful story of yours as I don’t want anyone to copy this as well see your hard work go in the drain.

    This story of yours is going to my RE-READ LIST😊😊

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  41. arskus

    I would say perfect song choice for this chapter. Arnav is being so patient that I can hardly believe it is him. And now with the bet! Haha.. will see who wins. Loved this understanding Arnav has regardi Khushi. He realised it was not just his anger burst at the manager haunting her that moment, but something more. But a more brave and loving Khushi understood whom she loves. Loved this bold Khushi in the elevator and then dealing with the Elephant in the lobby. Their meeṭha sessions are always so cosy. 😍😍

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  42. mamtapuri2000

    Sorry
    I am late with responding as well as reading your much anticipated update!
    I just came back after a major surgery, and couldn’t t help going back to my favorite stories that I knew was waiting for me.
    Loved the update! Jealous much hey!? Loved the possessive Khushi! Always have!
    I’ll go back to reading all the other updates I have missed in the last week. I’ll be back with better comments later!💕💕💕

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  43. madhurao1210

    Amazing date…

    Loved khushi’s answer to bua that shiws power of love..

    Arnav once again assure her parrnts wow…

    Oh no this media ppl so annoying for privacy … like the way Arnav protect khushi n respond…
    Khushi never back off to show what she feels thats the key of strong relation…

    Totally love their dinner time..

    Hhaha elephant .. the way she mafe anita backoff too good…

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  44. soharachowdhury

    Sorry for reading so late. December was a crazy month for me. Finally i’m back to read.
    Their dinner date reminded me of Khushi’s first date with Arnav before the remarriage. Khushi was wearing the same black anarkali and looked stunning.
    Hmm Arnav’s exes showed up!! How dare she was touchy with Arnav!! Khushi really should pull of her hair. But rather getting jealous Khushi took it easily, though she showed her possessiveness.
    i loved how Arnav introduced khushi to his ex and praised her. He is a great lover.
    Really enjoying their pre wedding love and romance

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