Tangerine Dreams

This story is part of a novella – A girl was born

Do check out the first and the subsequent chapters – https://firsttimemommy.net/category/a-z-blogging-challenge-2018/

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How she behaved normally before her students and colleagues the whole day, Tara had no idea. But, no one found anything amiss which was a good sign.

As she took a warm bath on reaching home, Tara tried to come to terms with what had happened in the morning. She couldn’t believe at the turn of events. Not only did she meet Himanshu, but she also promised to see him again.

Should she tell Nikhil about it? She immediately refuted the idea. Nikhil was a dear man, but no sane husband would like his wife to meet her ex-boyfriend. She wanted to meet Himanshu again. She didn’t know why. Maybe for old times’ sake. Maybe because she was still attracted to him. Maybe he was the only exciting thing in her otherwise steady and dull life.

When Tia came back home in the afternoon, Tara was completely her normal self again. Her heart beat had come back to normal and she had regained her composure.

Tia wanted to have a sleepover at her best friend’s house the next night. It was a Friday night. On a normal day, Tara would have asked her a thousand and one questions and still taken up a long time to decide. But today, she didn’t take a moment to say yes. Tia could go to her friend’s house. Her daughter was taken aback. She stared at her mother.

“Mama, are you unwell?”

“No, why?”

“No, just like that. You usually never allow me to stay at a friend’s house.” She answered honestly. Tara felt a little guilty over this admission.

“Yes, but I have now realized you are a big and responsible girl.” Tia hugged her and gave her a peck on the cheek. Her daughter was already taller than her and so beautiful.

That night after Tia went into her room to sleep, Tara took out the visiting card. She ran her finger on the name embossed in silver on the charcoal grey card.

Himanshu Mittal



She dialled the number on her cellphone. It rang a couple of times before Himanshu’s deep voice answered it.

Without preamble, he said, “I knew you would call.”

“How did you know it was me?”

“I could sense you.” He said. “I hope you are calling me to say we can meet again.”



“Tomorrow evening.”

“I will let you know the place. Good night.” Himanshu disconnected the phone.

She couldn’t wait for tomorrow to come.

Would Tara visit Himanshu? Find out in Utopia

About Anshu Bhojnagarwala

Fiction Addict. Agatha Christie Fan.
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34 Responses to Tangerine Dreams

  1. syncwithdeep says:

    When we want to hide things, when we know we are guilt we tend to be abnormal like Tara.. This happens in almost everyone’s life for different reasons. Waiting to read Europa. T us ten commandments. https://syncwithdeep.wordpress.com/2018/04/23/t-ten-commandments-blogchattera2z-atozchallenge-atoz/

  2. Aesha says:

    Looking forward to the meeting or should I say ‘Date Night’

  3. Akshata Ram says:

    of cos she would. And I cant wait to see what happens. I think it would make her realise that its a good thing they did not get hitched

  4. Shalzmojo says:

    Oh I do want to beat her up now. This is nerve wrecking Anshu 😦

    T is for TimeTravel #atozchallenge

  5. Neethu says:

    Grrrrr👿 Tara 😒😒😒

  6. I love the way this is going… but i can sense a twist coming…because of this title and the next – Utopia. Unreal stuff. Hoping not….fingers crossed.

  7. SeemaMisra says:

    The title is lovely and very unusual. You’ve described Tara’s thoughts and reactions so well. Enjoyed reading the story and really waiting to know how its going to end.

    All the best for the last week of the challenge 🙂


    • mammaspeaks says:

      Thank you Seema! I feel so happy and sad at the same time to think that only 6 more chapters are left before the story gets over. I will miss this daily interaction with you and my other lovely blogger friends! All the best to you too! 🙂

  8. Meha Sharma says:

    She is treading dangerous terrains. Can’t wait to see what happens next. Lovely title..

  9. Anagha Yatin says:

    Finding it difficult to read Tara’s mind with each passing day. She appears nothing less than a puzzle to me. At one point of time, I thought may be she has some ace up her sleeve to give back to Himanshu his dues. You never know…
    Curious to know what happens next…

    • mammaspeaks says:

      I don’t think Tara is vindictive. She is a simple girl who fell in love, got ditched, got married to another man, but is not happy in her marriage. So when her earlier love returned, she is just flowing away with the emotions. Only 6 chapters left, she will rise soon. 🙂

  10. Shilpa Nairy says:

    (Un)Knowingly she is entering the danger zone!! Wake up Tara!!

  11. Don’t like the sound of it. but she is a mature woman I’m sure she would choose the right path. for herself. But again right and wrong- who decides?

  12. Balaka says:

    I am so excited. I am getting butterflies in my stomach on behalf of Tara. Can’t wait to read the next episode when they meet.

  13. Dipika Singh says:

    Honestly, if I would have been in Tara’s place I would have said yes to meet Himanshu again. Not for old time sakes, but to close an old chapter which never met its conclusion.
    Not mentioning this to Nikhil is little ‘something’ hidden deep in her heart. Need to read U

  14. Rashmi says:

    I think her past is attracting her towards itself. Would be going through the next post to see what’s coming next.

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