He went looking for her in the pits of the underworld. The place which sucked out all the light and every ounce of happiness. Leaving in its wake a miserable feeling of emptiness. As he descended into the depths, he felt the darkness pressing against him. Feeling the chill on his bones, he lifted the lantern he was carrying with him. The light from it only illuminated so much.

In the beginning he had been naive to think there could be no darkness once it left. But he had learned it wasn’t the way of the world. Recently he had realized a lot of things which he wished dearly he had realized before. It was alright to take a step back and let the things take their course. Sometimes he just had to give some things time to resolve. He didn’t have to take every matter in his hands and push his will.

Choosing a direction in the dark halls, he pressed forward. Whispering her name. It had been a long time since he had seen her, he could feel his heart thumping against his ribs calling out to her. His mind went back to that day when he had seen her for the first time in the ancient palace. He clearly remembered her smile, how her lips curled up. How her voice would make his heart dance. And when she blushed, how her eyes would move to the left and she’d giggle. Even though it had been the first time he was seeing her, it had felt like he had known her forever. And she had felt the same.

Coming back to the present he tried to focus his eyes in the darkness, trying to find his way through the dark halls.

He caught a glimpse of her in the distance. Her dress waving in the air. She stood there as he walked up to her. Raised the lantern up high to shower her in its yellow light and what little warmth it carried.

He stood there besides her, looking her in the eyes. Seeing her after months made his eyes swell. Almighty knew how he had missed her. He just kept looking at her with all the love and respect he had for her.

Even though the darkness could not completely go away from the world, he believed there could be light in it. Unsure of what to do, he stood with her. His queen. His love. He believed no matter what happened, they would find a way out. He didn’t have all the answers, but it was okay because he had found her. She would have the answers which he didn’t have. It would take time. It would take time but he would wait for her. He had been a fool in the past to push his will and thinking the world would follow. He had let himself be blinded by it.

Looking around them, he stood with her. The lantern raised above them. Keeping them in light and warmth. He knew when the time came, she’d hold his hand and lead them out of that place. Till then he would stand there with her. Wait for her. Keeping the lantern raised in the darkness.


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One night in Spring Hill

Hello world!

It’s been a while since i posted. It’s almost midnight here in a quaint, little town of Spring Hill and I am sitting in my room trying to reinstall windows 10 on my lenovo laptop. So, for a past few days I had been experiencing some slowness in booting up and shutting my laptop. It had become quite slow to render my network simulation software worthless. Today as I came back from office, made tea and sat down with the hope of beginning my weekend with binge watching something that I’ve probably watched a thousand times, my laptop refused to boot up. Hence the need for resetting (unsuccessfully) and re-installing OS.

Not long back I celebrated the first anniversary of my first relationship. Sitting tonight, thinking on the last one year, I’ve realized that I don’t really remember the time before Vika came into my life. Of course I do have the memory of my long life of roughly 24 years but I don’t feel the pain, hurt and sadness that had come to define me for the longest time. I have been happy, invigorated and this strength inside me that seeks to bring out the best of who I am. I couldn’t have been more thankful and blessed to have such a wonderful woman in my life. Who holds my hand through the most difficult situations and lights up the dark corners in the world.

After graduating grad school in New jersey and having moved to a town with barely 3 miles of radius, it sure took some getting used to all the quite and (lack) of people. Being used to the hustle bustle of the Big Apple, coming out here was weird at first because of the profound quite that you can feel pressing against you. But now after having lived here for about three months, I’m getting used to the slow paced life of the Hernando county.

Apart from all of this, I am three months into my very first job out of college. Working as a Cisco Network admin has been exciting as I had thought it to be. Designing networks, congiguring firewalls and call managers and routers sure can be exciting and no matter how well you plan, nothing’s guaranteed to work the first time. It’s the networking world after all.

Well, when I started, the install progress was at 2% and now it looks like its finishing up. Time for me to get back to it and then to bed perhaps and for you fine folks to go about your day. I hope it’s good. And to the love of my life, all the warmth, happiness and love in the world.

Christmas present

Honey bunch

I write this letter to you this fine Christmas night. I am roughly 4,390 miles away right now, but know that my heart reaches out to you every second.

You came in my life about eleven month ago and in that time, you have become my partner and best friend. You have given me your heart and all the love and care. You are what I think about every second of the day. Every action that I take is because I am inspired to be a better man for you.

My petal, I love you with every fiber of my being and every breath I take. It is my honour  to be yours in this life and forevermore after and my privilege to be committed to you and share all your burdens in life. To make you happy is what matters paramount to me. Every smile that I see on your face, gives me joy. The fact that I can make you happy, lights up my world. Every concern that you have, matters to me. I would love nothing more than to address any issue that bothers you. Any small question that gnaws at the back of your mind.

I promise you this honey, that my heart will forever belong with you and to you. I will love you till the end of times. So today, on Christmas, as people give their loved ones presents. I give you what I already have. I give you my commitment. I give you my unwavering love for you. I give you all my energy and warmth. So whenever you feel low, my warmth with seep in your heart and rejuvenate you. I give you my services and all my care. I give you everything I am and everything I can be, for all the time till the end of the times. My greatest wish is that you hold my hand and walk with me forever, and I’ll always keep you in the light.

Merry Christmas, sweetheart. I love you very much.





In the depths of her mind

“I’m here now and everything will be alright.”

Here now, and forever

The castle was once again standing radiant and strong. He had held the queen’s heart and infused it with his love.

The trees were rustling against the wind, spreading the news far and wide. The animals had come back to the garden, hopping and trotting under the warm sun. It was as if, the queen’s return had brought the world itself back to life. It wasn’t dark and cold anymore.

They walked together in the castle’s courtyard, Queen Vika and Jay. Hands held together and pulled close to each other. They talked about their journeys, their adventures, their story of life.

It was evening now,and the sun had set beyond the horizon. Leaving the sky with orange and purple hues. The breeze was pleasant and smelled of wet earth. Birds chirping and returning to their nests.

They reached the courtyard which opened up to the lush green garden. It had a pond at the center, where ducks swam. Beyond the garden was the forest. It was dense and populated with tall pine trees.

They sat on the settee. She sat cross legged facing him and he was on his knees, facing her. She looked in his eyes , put her hands around his neck and kissed him. He pulled her closer, kissing her back. Both deliriously happy and madly in love with the other. For them it was everything they had ever needed. They had become each other’s world.

As they talked, he noticed a tremor in her hands and her eyes unfocused. He knew immediately it was the demons from the past who were haunting her deep in her mind. He inched closer, put his arms around her and buried her in his warmth. Softly calling out to her. He placed his hands on both sides of her head and entered her consciousness. Determined to beat her demons and guide her out of her nightmares.

He entered the depth of her mind. Followed the corridors which led deeper inside. All along, he kept hearing the howls and footsteps of demons that haunted her. He came across a hallway and stopped at the entrance. It was dark inside and he waited for his eyes to adjust to the darkness. Scanning the hall, he found her.

She was crouched in the center of the hall. Bent over and lips trembling. Her eyes fixed at something in the dark and her breathing was fast

He rushed to her and held her face in his arms. In here he could see that the wounds hadn’t completely healed, and the demons were still hurting her from inside. He whispered to her, rubbed his hands along her arms. She finally focused on him and smiled in relief. Tears streaming down her face.

Suddenly, the howling that had been coming from the corridors stopped. He slowly turned around, holding her hand. Aware that the demons were here in front of them. Knowing how they had hurt his precious love, a lever flipped and let loose a dark and terrifying force inside. He saw blue.

He recited a spell that concentrated all the force towards the demons and fired away the bright burning aura, blowing the demons away into the void and destroying the place.

He felt a soft touch on his shoulder, immediately quelling his anger and calming him down. He turned to his side and saw Vika standing besides him. She said, “Just don’t hurt yourself.” Pulled Jay down and hugged him. He lifted her up in his arms, her head resting on his shoulder. Walked towards the light, leaving the nightmares behind.

As they stepped through the light, they were back on the settee. Jay breathing hard, still feeling the force swelling inside him. Vika smiled and hugged him tight, calming his storms. She said, “You needn’t get so angry. They are gone now. It’s just you and me, and I’m always safe from anything in your arms.”

Hearing her, Jay smiled. Kissed  her and held her in his arms. Together they watched the garden and the stars, the sky and the pond. They had fought off the world and their love had prevailed. They knew they belonged together and there was no force in the world that was going to tear them apart.

Always and Forever


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A Rainy Day Epiphany

If you are an avid book reader and looking for some honest reviews for the book you’ve been thinking on a rainy day with a warm cup of coffee. Check out The Quaint Reading Nook by Varnika Jain.

The Quaint Reading Nook

I believe the very first post on any blog should signify the reason for its being and the path it’s bound to take in the coming days. So here’s how, why and what for The Quaint Reading Nook came into existence –

[Now, I’ve already explained the rainy day epiphany that I had on my personal blog. So, I’m going to reproduce the same down below because this blog is the culmination of what started there, so please bear with me and read on.]


​​Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.” ― Bill Watterson, The Calvin and HobbesTenth Anniversary Book. 

And that is exactly what I did today. Because, obviously, I’d trust a Calvin and Hobbes advice with my life! (Does anyone else think that the comic strips cover a lot of deeply profound, existentialist issues, or…

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It was dark and cold. The earth was moist and the air heavy with fog. I walked through the trees, not knowing where I was going. In that darkness, I heard your voice. I followed the Stars and they guided me to you.

As I came closer, I began feeling your presence. Your warmth irradiating, seemed to bring the forest to life. Imbuing with a new sense of vitality.

Finally, I reached you and then there was always light. In that moment, I knew that it was you, I had been looking for. For your consciousness felt so familiar. Your smile and your voice, your strength and your love began nourishing and putting me back together.

I found you, and then there was always light. My lightbringer. My Aurora 💙

Candle in the room

He sits in the room, shrouded in darkness. He sits cross legged in the centre. The room lays barren, with no wall hangings or furniture in sight. Blinds pulled down and the doors shut.

 He sits facing a candle in the room, his eyes catching the gleaming aura it emits. 

He watches the candle burning bright but his mind flies away alight. Taking him away to a world faraway, free of the pain and sadness he’s experienced. 

He shuts himself from the world around him, for he fears he can’t take no more.

Afraid to feel, hesitant to think of the world around, he watches the candle burning bright and flies Faraway. 

Whence he feels the world smiling and happy, the sun feels warmer and welcoming. People around him embrace him for who he is. 

He watches the candle burning bright and flies faraway.

I recently came across a series of articles written by Varnika Jain at about Mental health awareness and how society considers it a taboo. 

It’s unfortunate that people suffering from such ailments aren’t given proper help or don’t even have anyone close to them to talk about what ails them. 

What I’ve written above, hits close to home as I’ve experienced sadness for a period in my life. But there came a person, who pulled me out of it and I was reminded how it felt to be alive. To be real. 

I implore upon my readers to look around and offer a shoulder to anyone dear and close who needs it. For some really good posts on Mental illnesses and awareness, do visit the above mentioned blog page.

If you see someone down, talk to them. Let them share. Let’s make the world a happy place one smile at a time.

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