The Emerald Isle Tales

Magic, Life, Love

Prologue: A Gift, A Curse

on November 19, 2012

March 1996

The waves broke against the sharp-jagged rocks with a silent swish, their sound soothing. So soothing that even the odd gull that was hopping along the water, didn’t find it necessary to fly away, something that would have happened on a different day. On a day when a slight young girl was not walking by the beach, her innocent young face encased in a warm smile, her eyes glowing in the soft evening light.

The thirteen year old hugged herself as she walked along the beach, the sea washing her dainty little feet with a strange reverence nature only bestowed on its purest creations.

The hazel-green eyes looked up as a flight of some seabird species the young girl didn’t recognize, made its way across the orange skies. A small smile crept up upon that serene face. There was something about this girl that spelled calm and peace even as her eyes shone brilliantly, hazel-green glinting off the evening glow.

Another wave made its way to her feet. Khushi giggled as the warm water touched her feet again. And it was almost as if the sea laughed with her, bouncing with each wave, the froth bubbling just a little extra because her friend was content, just like an thirteen year old without a care in the world would be.

As her soft, walnut hair blew all over her face, Khushi’s feet stumbled upon something sharp. When she pushed her hair away from her face, lifted her skirt a little so she could see what she had felt, she saw a small shell. At first, she considered ignoring the little piece, after all shells and conches were dime a dozen in Goa, weren’t they. But then, when had she ever been able to ignore the sea’s treasure. As she picked up the piece, she realized, it was exquisite -  a light fleshy pink, with gradations of nature giving it a texture that only added to its beauty. Unlike most shells she found, this one was whole, no chipping anywhere. She held the shell in her palm, the cold shell warming up as Khushi grazed her thumb over it.

Just like that, the orange in the sky morphed into a warm, loving pink. Khushi smiled.

“Where are you? Mom is already looking for her whip and you know…”

Khushi turned around but she knew no one was there. Her sister’s voice had always been able to filter through to her ears despite distance.

Closing her palm over the shell, Khushi blew the ocean a small kiss and chuckled as she heard the water kiss her back with a low gurgle.

She gathered her skirt and walked away from the water, the sand clinging to her feet as if almost unwilling to leave her company. Khushi shook her head. The things she imagined. No wonder everyone was always calling her crazy and weird. Though it didn’t explain why, the same needed to be extended to the rest of her family.

As if sensing her doubt and the beginning of her despair, darkness crept upon the skies, the sea rose almost dangerously.

———

“Aditi Alannah Gupta, get your hinny here right now.”

Khushi chuckled as she heard her mother shout as she walked out of the small kitchen adjoining the minimally but warmly decorated living room. Out of habit, Khushi first crossed her chest with a small prayer to the Lord and then folded her hands in a tender “Namaste” in front of the idol of her favorite goddess.

“Mom, how come you never call Khushi by her full name? She was missing for hours. Don’t you think you should address that before you go all Kali-Ma on me?”

Khushi looked for the source of the voice but just as expected, her thirteen year old twin was busy staring at herself in the mirror, her contrastingly thick black hair combed with beads that jingled with every bob of her head.

“Have you finished your homework? I don’t want to hear Mrs. Rodrigues complain again about Math.” Gail O-Reilly Gupta dusted her hand on her apron before loosening the piece of cloth that was stained with splots and spills from cooking for what seemed like a truck-load of people.

“Now, now, Gail.” Hannah O’Reilly walked into the room, her large frame and clumsy walk almost making everything in the old, worn out small little house, jangle.  “Leave the poor child be. Plus, we don’t really need Math to do well in life, do we dear?”

Aditi giggled as she turned around to wink at her Aunt Hannah. “So true, Aunty H. Mom is such a bore. Why do we need Math when we have mag..?”

“Aditi” Gail thundered, making Khushi jump. “How many times have I asked you to not say such things?”

The smile on her twin’s face dimmed and Aunt Hannah’s face turned serious, her brows knitting closely. “Gail, it’s not going to…”

“Enough, Hannah. Shashi doesn’t like such frivolous talk, you know that. We’ve talked about this in the past, have we not? I don’t want to hear such things and I thought we had decided to not talk to the children about this? Which part of the fact that I want to have a normal life with the people I love, is Spanish to you?”

Khushi shuddered as her mother’s voice grew louder, the expression on her face so scary that the skies darkened, a strong wind blowing against the rickety windows of their old but large mansion.

“Mom, you are making it worse” Aditi began, her eyes suddenly finding Khushi’s. “And see, Khushi is here now. You could ask her where she was, which was the point in the first place…”

Khushi turned around trying to escape but by then it was too late. “Khushi, where were you?”

Khushi turned back again, not failing to miss her twin’s victorious smile and her aunt’s slightly amused countenance. Her mother on the other hand was just as angry as she had been a few minutes before Aditi had called her presence out.

“By the beach, Ma.” She walked up to her mother, her eyes never leaving her mothers, identical hazel-green looking at each other, as if deciding the course life would take next.

“Have you finished your homework?” Gail’s voice was as stern but something seemed to have changed. Khushi should not have been surprised. People rarely stayed angry with her. It was primarily because, she was a beautiful child – inside and out, just what every parent dreams of and yet, it was the only thing that Khushi knew scared her mother.

Khushi looked at Aditi who was now gesturing at her furiously, imploring her to deny and thereby share a little of the burden of the berating that Aditi knew was going to come her way.

“No, Ma. Not completely.” Khushi lied easily and immediately regretted it. She was not a good liar. Especially when she was not convinced about the need to lie. She saw the flicker in her mother’s eyes.  Gail O’Reilly-Gupta knew that her older twin was lying. To protect her sister.

“Khushi…” Gail began softly but was interrupted by Hannah.

“Oh, come on Gillie” Hannah’s boisterous voice rang out in the large living room and Khushi heard Aditi giggle furiously. A small smile tugged at her lips too. It was always fun to see her mother and her mother’s younger sister interact. The opposite of each other in every which way possible – a contrast that seemed to have been genetically passed on Gail’s twin girls. “You sound like our Aunt Ida, you know the one with a nasal twang and a thick moustache?”

Khushi broke into a giggle at the sudden break in the otherwise serious conversation.  She looked at her twin who was also giggling uncontrollably with a twinkle in her eyes. Khushi turned to look at their mother and sure enough, Gail was also smiling briefly.

“There you are, Gillie. We don’t want Shashi saying that we robbed his beautiful wife of her beautiful smile, do we?” Hannah joked, making Gail shake her head in resignation.

And just like that Khushi was happy again, the brief storm, having passed over so quickly that Khushi even forgot what the root of the storm was. The night was calm again, a cool, balmy breeze fluttered against the large garden that surrounded their house. The stars were beginning to peek out of the navy sky. It was perfect.

———–

“Ma will know soon, Ally,” Khushi said as she plonked herself on her side of the bed. “Lavanya’s mother is going to complain and you know that. Besides, why can’t you just let it go? She doesn’t understand and hence she says what she does. Maybe she is scared?”

Aditi scowled harder than ever. “Why are you defending Lavanya? Did you not hear what she said? She called us, all of us, a bunch of creepy freaks, including Mom and Aunty Hannah. How can you not care?” She pushed herself up to a sitting position and stared at her twin, her eyes blazing.

“I do care but not enough to upset the very people who you think a third person tried to offend. You know Mrs. Kashyap is going to talk to Ma during the upcoming PTA. You called her a whore, Ally. I am not even sure we know exactly what that term means.” Khushi explained, her voice low in the dark room. She could Aditi rolling her eyes even in the dark room, her eyes having adjusted themselves to the absence of light.

“I know exactly what the term means and I think it applies to Lavanya. Have you seen her flirt with every guy in class?” Aditi said flippantly. “Besides she was jealous because she likes Aman.”

“And Aman likes you?” Khushi teased, her laughter tinkling in the otherwise quiet room.

“Ewww no. And I don’t like Aman either. How can you like a guy who was punching you in the stomach a year ago? I like Keith. He is so dreamy.”

Khushi made a face. For the last year or so, Aditi seemed to have developed a crush on every boy in school. Well, almost every boy. “Keith is four years ahead of us, Ally. And I think he has a girlfriend. Plus, I think Aman is a million times better. Keith looks like a hippie, the kind Ma warns Shay to stay away from.”

“Which reminds me where is Shay? I haven’t seen him since this morning. And I wonder why Mom never scolds him. Sure, he is eighteen and everything.”

Khushi could see the scowl deepen on Aditi’s face. “Why are you always at war with Ma, Ally? Isn’t it enough that she has enough to take care of with Papa being away at sea for eight months in a year.” Khushi turned on her side and pulled her duvet up to cover herself. “You answered the question by the way, Shay is eighteen, Aunty Hannah’s son, plus, he is working almost eight hours after college to help us out with money.”

“God, do you ever let up? Talking sense all the time is boring Khushi Kathleen Gupta,” Aditi said superiorly. “And I don’t think Shay is working tonight. I heard him talking to a few friends that they are having a party by the beach today.” Aditi’s tone was almost envious. “I can’t wait to grow up and stop have Mom bugging me all day about school. I can take all the time in the world, to do what I really want to do.” Aditi sighed.

“Don’t say…”

“And that is, to discover my very own magical power.” Aditi clapped her hands together. “I can’t believe you beat me to it, by the way. I started talking first, Mom says.”

Khushi giggled. “You are crazy. And no, I don’t think I’ve found mine.”

“Oh yeah, is it a coincidence that your mood seems to reflect exactly on the weather in Palolem? Just like Mom’s?” Aditi challenged. “Thank you for a perfect evening, by the way. I think I could see the Orion clearly today.”

Khushi shook her head and said seriously, “It makes us weird, Ally. You heard Lavanya. And the others. Except Payal, we have no friends. The digs are becoming more pronounced every day.”

“It makes us unique and powerful, Khushi. Lavanya is a bitch. If she calls you or Mom names one more time, I swear I am going to finish what I started today and chop her “oh-so-lovely” hair away.”

Before Khushi could reply, they heard the wooden stairs just outside their bedroom creak.

“That is Shay.”

“Ally, wai..”

Before Khushi could stop her, Aditi had jumped out of the bed and walked over to the door, pulling it apart softly, revealing a dark figure outside their door.

“Shay,” Aditi pulled their eighteen year old cousin in, almost wrenching his arm apart in her enthusiasm. As soon as the lanky, young man was inside the room, Aditi shut the door behind them and switched on the lights, the brightness blinding Khushi for an instant before her pupils began adjusting to the change.

“You girls should be asleep by now. Isn’t it a school night? Does Gail know?” Shyam Shay Gupta chuckled, his dark eyes twinkling at both of them.

“How come you call Mom that instead of Aunt Gail?” Aditi huffed and then immediately changed the topic back to what was bothering her. “Answer that later. First tell me this. How was the party? Was Keith there? Did he play the guitar?” Aditi swayed on the ball of her feet dramatically.

“Hey little sister, talking about boys a lot older than ourselves a lot, aren’t we? I always knew those girlie books you read are not a good idea.” Shyam shook his head and walked over to the bed and plonked himself. “Hey Midget” Shyam patted Khushi’s hair lightly. “Thanks for the wonderful weather. Though there was a slight chill towards the late evening? Gail and Mum fight again?” Shyam asked softly.

“As always, Shay. Ma doesn’t want to hear the word in our home…”

“And Mum and Ally don’t want to talk about anything normal.” Shyam smiled and shook his head. “We are a crazy family. I miss Shashi at such times.”

“You guys, I am right here you know. Or wait, am I invisible? Is that my power?” Aditi almost squealed.

“Aditi, why are you still awake?” Gail’s voice made all three of them jump and then burst out into silent laughter.

“Now, don’t say “I’m not awake” and ruin everything like last week, OK?” Shyam chuckled, winking at Khushi.

“No, she’ll say what she said last month, Mom – I’m sleeping and force Ma to send us to the market to buy vegetables as punishment for staying up late on a school night. And then she’ll complain the whole way to the market and back, as if it was my mistake.”

Aditi slapped both Shyam and Khushi on their backs as their hi-fived with each other amidst more silent laughter.

The leaves rustled outside, the sound of the waves weaving its magic on the people of the small sleepy town of Palolem.

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106 responses to “Prologue: A Gift, A Curse

  1. binthjasar says:

    You know what?

    I think I am going to start again from chapter one. I can be more concise that way. I took a look at some of the half typed comments in my email drafts folder and none of them made any sense to me. They are all addressed to you, so I do know that it was my unfinished effort at typing out a comment.

    Anyways. Let me not digress.

    Do you want to know what is the thing that attracts me to this story? The way you describe beaches. It reminds me of home. Or what used to be home for me once upon a time. Incase you are curious, take a look at what home used to look like for me when I was 2 years old –

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sunset_at_Varkala_Beach_Kerala_India.jpg

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Varkala_beach.JPG

    Love Aditi. Such a dreamer. So strong, protective and loyal. Never gave into peer pressure, was never interested in blending in and embraced what set her apart from others. Sigh. I wish all youngsters had that in them.

    Will be back again, Meera.

  2. Prpk525 says:

    Started reading again.. Last chapter made me… :)

  3. I don’t think I can wait any longer for the story to reach that ending phase.

    Also, You’ve almost completed one year for the story!!! Woah!

    And, I hardly thank the writers for their work so I do want to take thus opportunity and thank you for weaving magical stories! Sharing it with all. I absolutely adore your work, aditi and Authors note especially.
    Though I’ve never read yours actively it doesn’t mean I don’t like them or feel the need to comment. I’ve said it before too…your stories have a very calming effect on me and I prefer to read it in its final stages… Waiting for updates does ruin the magic for me. So i do apologies for that.

    Well off to reading now…

  4. I am in this chase to read more and I have been hearing of you for a pretty long time. I am boarding in on this journey. However, do give me ample time to read but you must know, you have my word on not being a silent reader. I am now a kid on a sugar rush. 3 books, my life’s suddenly looking worth it.
    -Amal

  5. Oh wow that was interesting… Just read the preface n chap 1 (in the reverse order though) it was awesome… Will catch up with the rest soon… Thanks for sharing :)

  6. hitashi92 says:

    Luna’s musings (because life is too short to not eat enough corns):
    As I come back to read the prologue again, I can’t recall a single word of it..its almost like I missed it the first time around.
    The march of 1996 seems like a long long time ago, untouched by storms..bubbling with joy and laughter..an almost alternative universe. I loved it, and I hope we will come a full circle..this time after weathering all the bad storms and really appreciating the calm that will settle at the isle, because one thing I have learnt from reading your stories M, things do get better.
    Anyhow I am blabbing about everything but the prologue..sorry!
    When I read the first scene with Khushi and mother nature..it renewed my faith in the belief that khushi is the embodiment of the beauty of magic. Her gentle, innocent nature…so sensitive to almost everything around her. She is wise in the way of the world..but her sensitivity makes me kostin..how does someone like her survive in the real world? I didn’t realise her and Devi Maiya were tight here also?!
    I love that for a Khushi you gave us an Aditi. Opposites always do make for a good sisterhood no?
    Take me back to the simple times when all there was to worry about was homework. Not just in Asli Duniya but also at the Isle. I loved the scene the way you easily established whom you answer to, whom you go to for chocolates..and who is the goody two shoes and who is the brat!
    BTW how did I miss nasal twang and thick moustache reference?! HARRY POTTER..the weasley’s and the Gupta’s are related then? EPIC. Why aren’t Khushi and Aditi in Hogwarts, I think Indian postal system is to be blamed ya?
    Aditi has spunk, and is a PROPER teenager, there really is no other way to describe her.
    Shay sounds like the older brother everyone would want!
    So there is a hint at the kind of problems they face at the isle magic, money, social outcastness…M, I cant even begin to imagine how hard it must be to write a story with a magical theme and still make it all relatable and believable. Yet just in this one prologue you convinced me..that this journey is going to be more familiar than not.
    M whatever praise I give your for your poetic writing is insufficient..and you know that I have tried for 2 whole books now! But it is because of that..every emotion, every picture you create through your words..give me the pheelz that almost always overwhelm make me incoherent, but yet bring me back again.
    Oh by the way, the title sets the tone for the whole story doesnt it..the dichotomy of magic, life and love.
    Thank you Meera for indulging me and my weirdness, hamesha.
    Hitashi

  7. avcmyd says:

    I have set my ship ready and the sails are secured, lets hope my journey to reach then Emerald Isle be easy., I can expect stormy days and some gloomy days but I always count on my sunny days. If I feel tired and worn out on my deck may be will take rest by anchoring for few days but my voyage will be continuing till I reach with my fellow voyagers. Bon voyage!

  8. Frizzy Busy says:

    Hi Meera,

    I am sorry 6 months late to the party..but glad the party is not over yet ;).

    To be brutally honest I was little hesitate to start reading this story and kept postponing: 2 reasons:
    1st Work and personal life have been crazy for past couple of months and wasn’t sure if I will be able to take time to read the story and do justice by commenting.

    2nd I read the title and assumed this probably a fantasy story set in the backdrop of history el la Harry Potter. (I like Harry Potter but I would take drama, romance with real characters and emotions over anything).

    I know this story has fantasy but I found it very real!!

    But given this story is from the author of “A words worth” I couldn’t resist and boy oh boy….I have no words to tell you how hooked and consumed I am with this story!!
    The prologue reminded me of one of my favorite movies “Practical Magic” with two of my favorite actresses Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. It was such an intriguing movie.

    This story is really casting magic on the readers, I am loving it!! Will try to comment on every chapter!!

  9. Jessjazz says:

    Wow, another story by you!!! Am ready for a blast ;).

  10. Farwa Ibrahim says:

    the previos comment was mine and I will comment as I will proceed chapter after chapter

  11. Farwa Ibrahim says:

    OH JUST Loved it and I missed it ghoshhhhhhhh will read it alongwith careless muahhhhh

  12. Chenis says:

    Story seems to be interesting and supernatural.After reading CW ,I am sure u will have lot of twists. Eager to read what’s ahead.

  13. readingmypassion says:

    Flash backs with the background of a beautiful sea city of Palolem, interesting.

    Khushi and Aditi twin sisters with pole apart personalities, and the way you wrote the scene of their teens is fabulous.

    I liked the way you stroked Khushi’s character.

  14. msayshao says:

    hahahah loved the last bit
    ooooo magical powers cant wait to read more

  15. khusiarnav says:

    wish U a very very Happy New Year Meera….. may 2013 brings u lots of joy and happiness!! And lots of wonderful updates for us… :D
    update soon…. take care and enjoy new year!!

  16. shai says:

    hey meera ! Just came across this story and i’m glad i did ! This is really cool ! I just love Goa and the fact that the story is based in Goa makes it more appealing ! As for the characters i will write about them after we welcome arnav in the story Waiting for u to continue the story !

  17. hi meera. i came across careless whispers only after it ended .it was a beautiful piece of writing. i specially appreciate your bold attempt of pairing lavanya with arnav. for the first time i fell in love with the character just because of arnav ‘s love for her . and arnav!!!!! i just can ‘t put it into words how much i have fallen in love with the” character .he is just perfect starting from his sarcastic manner,the humor, his love for both lavanya and khushi i can go on and on. then khushi strong headed moral upholding khushi. i love for portraying her as a reflection of all women.always giving, selfless,forgiving and loving infinitely. how can i forget aman and aditi. they were adorable. i enjoyed reading them as much as arnav and and khushi. shyam,anjali,gaurav,nk. they were all absolutely perfect. the setting of bollywood was intriguing. all in all you deserve a hats off.i m sorry i am commenting here but i wanted to make sure you will not
    miss this.
    emerald isles is already looking promising. the setting, the characters and the concept. khushi and garima ‘s calm nature,aunt h and aditi ‘s streak of mischief, shyam, aman all fit in very well.waiting for the entry of arnav. :)

  18. aishugokul01 says:

    this story seems like supernatural and fantasy.Good one .looking forward for something interesting twists.

  19. Bim says:

    Hmmm…apologies for not commenting as often as I should have!

    Am enjoying the pace of this story and love the way Aditi and Aman interact…love the sparks flying!

    Khushi is stubborn…..I hope they find a way to make money! I hope their mum is better…..The Halloween Ball actually sounds kind of exciting! Love Shyam’s character!

    Cannot wait to see when Arnav makes his appearance…

  20. khushiixoxoarnav says:

    i had just gone back to careless whispers & guess wat???? i found d link 2 dis ff!!! super happy :-)
    i love da colour of da blog ..luking @ it makes me smile,feel happy…just like khush’s mood reflecting d weather!!! ;-)
    twins!! totally different… like chalk & cheese….
    .ohhhh!! shyam is cousin Shay!!** dancing*** thank u 4 dat…i loved shyam in CW ..as he was not like d serial…instead supportive ,caring abt arnav-which was nice!!
    got some catching up 2 do!!!

  21. shweta1691 says:

    Magic !!! Wow…..really really awesome
    Loved the prologue
    Aditi is such a firecracker……loved her….
    So khushi can manage the weather it seems….niiiiceee…..loved her walk on the beach….the way you described the beauty of the nature was sooo beautiful

    Will read the rest first thing in the morning….

  22. tata_tata says:

    Meereshwariiii.. Aap aaye bahaar aayi.. Life is sooo much happier when one is reading ur story… and this has magic!!!!!! :):):) Muahh!!

    Ok now let me go read it again!!!!!!!!

    I love Aditi.. do i even need to say it.. She has black hair with beads.. damn.. when will i ever have the guts to do that… I like Khushi too.. this Khushi is more like Gunjan na.. silent types… now wait.. which sisters do i know like that :P:P:P:P

    And Shay!!!!! he is the perfect Steven.. ofcourse… this has to has to has to remind one of Sweet Valley Twins and Friends…hahaha.. i Love it!!!!!!!!!!!

    Muah.. i am off to read the rest..

    PS: One thing I miss about IF.. no text formatting in comments!!!

  23. nici0306 says:

    wow.. this is beautiful.. i couldn’t read was busy.. so sorry for delay.. but what a come back girl.. just beautiful.. all the characters.. and Aditi again is hyper and witty in this one too..

  24. bluemystique says:

    Found it! Will come back as soon as I am done with uni for the sem! :D

  25. Siva says:

    I so need an update. Why are you not updating?

    Very bad! I want Ally! Shay! everyone. Give one, please?

  26. sari.love says:

    Hi Meera,
    I am regular reader and well wisher of ur writing..
    I am really loving and enjoying ur tale so far..
    Just to let u know that I’m flying back to my country cause of some family issues. I’m coming back at new yr (Australia).
    So, I may not be able to access online but please if u didn’t find my comments on ur updates don’t assume I am not interested anymore…
    I am not in buddy list with u in IF so i’m leaving this message here..
    Hope u will read.

  27. disha7 says:

    Meera I just loved the blog…it is so happy and sunny!
    and wow! they have superpowers!!!!! :D :D
    the whole family set up and the background of the story is really awesome

    Let the magic begin!

  28. vasantib2012 says:

    Sounds like an interesting story…….very Irish and magical!!!!! Many thanks.

  29. lulumarjan says:

    Woow!!…a new story…waiting…waiting

  30. nts2012 says:

    this looks so interesting!!! Waiting for the next chapter.
    N

  31. swat says:

    Cant wait for next chapter!!

  32. Neel says:

    Awesome Story. very nice concept

  33. sonia says:

    Big hug to u for starting a new one and this ff is quiet different than the last ones here I am seeing young khushi and shyam
    Waiting for the story to begin and read lots:-)

  34. Gareema says:

    Hi Meera,
    First of all congratulations on the start of a new story. Read the prologue & must say I’m really intrigued and am all set to read more about this magical & ecentric family. Looking forward to read chapter 1 soon.
    I.F-deepa876

  35. Bim says:

    Really like prologue and the backdrop of the story! And I’m a big fan of everything supernatural – looking forward to the next part!

    moomin4455 on IF

  36. flowers4u says:

    Awesome…..a very beautiful start….keep it up

  37. Reem says:

    A magical story :D I am so excited!! Aditi & Khushi are twins and Shyam is their brother. You are full of surprises. I loved the banter between the siblings and the whole dynamic between the whole family. I can’t wait to see what other magical powers Khushi has and how you introduce Arnav. :D

  38. Ayaat says:

    Hey, great start! I’m really interested to see where you take this :D they’ve got magic! I absolutely love that fact as I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter lol
    I know they don’t have wands and brooms but magic is magic, it’s absolutely magical ;)
    I’m curious to see where Arnav comes into the equation.
    Ayaat

  39. senurita says:

    This feels like fairy tale. Lovely. Glad to catch it from the beginning

  40. I loved the way you started off the story…the beach scene was beautifully written…I could reach out and touch the waves…..and yeah yippee yeah yeah…it’s magic and it sounds brilliant….
    A warm welcome back….
    Jaya (polkadots78-IF)

  41. Apeksha says:

    Oye! Magic!! Appy likey.. Very much likey! :D Aditi again? Hahah! I love all your Aditis. The Bollywod-dramebaaz CA, the fulltoo dramebaaz theater artist, and here, the dramebaaz (again!) fun loving twin! It’s like a default setting in your stories. You have got to love her! :P

    Very interesting. Would love to read more. But comment-aan thode kam hongey. Bura nai maanne ka, okay? ;)

  42. amv63 says:

    Congratulations on the new story, Meera, and thank you for keeping your promise to return with one soon. And set in Goa. Couldn’t have asked for a more romantic setting!! :)

    Interesting premise…the magical Guptas. A Khushi whose moods affect the weather? With a twin named Aditi? And another “good guy” Shyam? He’s a Gupta too? I thought he was the Gail’s sister’s son. The fathers were brothers as well?

    Looking forward to the next chapter.

  43. toblerone says:

    woow, i love this ff already, very interesting concept!!

    and the blog looks amazing, nice colours :)

    can’t wait for the first chapter!!!

  44. sari.love says:

    Fisrt of all wanna give u congrass and BIG hug for starting new story
    A completely different story and I guess it would be classic…mmmm may be I am wrong.
    Never read twins story of Arshi it is going to be much more interesting I guess…
    Loved it…can’t wait to read Arnav side….

  45. Sachi says:

    I loved it!

    Special talents or gifts… Weather changes with mood..

    Sounds so sweet….

    Thank you!
    Sachi / JerryTheMouse – IF

  46. Preethi says:

    Ohh!! Thats cute!!!

    Nice to have the FF started on Meera…

    I just wish to know what genre would you have this FF based on?

    and whats the infusion in the names? its sounds like a mix of catholic and hindu…the names then the Hindu goddess Idol…. Goa!!

    i understand the whole thing is set up in Goa and Palolem (my Sis’s in laws reside there)

    Nice chars… Shashi – Gail – Hannah – Aditi Alahna – Khushi Katleen – Shyam Shay .. .the best part is the 3 cousins have the same surname – ‘Gupta’ .. How so? Shyam is Hannah’s son… who inturn is Gail’s sis… Now Gail and her daughters having the surname make sense courtesy Shashi Gupta…
    so how does Shyam get the same surname?

    Meera … already waiting for the next update!!!
    dont make us wait …. i know i am being shameless … but i just hope we get a daily update just so that we are able to make it up for the void that IPKKND will create now… (ouh!! how disturbing the thought itself is … i cant imagine)

    Thanks for starting with a new FF!!
    ~P

    • Preethi says:

      ohh yes!! another ques… are they identical twins or they look different?
      i am assuming different as khushi alone shares the hazel green eyes of Gail …. there is no mention of Aditi having the same ….

      am i right in thinking so?

  47. Aparna says:

    Yay!!
    You started a new storyyyyyyyyyyy!!!
    I can’t wait to start stalking. And it has magic.
    I’m squealing right now and my mother is giving me “the look”
    Awesome start..
    Khushi has a twin? So cool.
    Please update sooooooon..
    Thanks for the PM..

  48. ebanerjee2 says:

    YAY! Finally someone is back with yet another beautiful story.

    The theme and overall plot seems interesting and quite magical indeed!
    Will be waiting how the story unfolds. Till then continue writing as always :)

    -Esha

  49. Pixiegirl says:

    Wow, Meera awesome start. Ocean, beaches & magic, all a perfect combination :) Khushi seems very different than the usual feisty one ;) Aditi the same old fire-cracker in this story too. Shyam dunno much will wait & see, seems to be a sensible & responsible older brother. Looking forward to this magical tale, literally speaking :)

  50. w0rdstalker says:

    Meeramoi,

    The Emerald Isle Tales! Nice. I love the colors on the blog. It felt like I was reading something that was written on the ocean waters! Blended very well with the content in the prologue.

    And you do love Goa, don’t you? I’m glad to see that you have journeyed South from Delhi and Mumbai to Goa. Soon, there will be sideways shuffling to sambar pudi land, one hopes. If not here, then in the next FF!

    So it looks like I have to dig out the magic wand and potion recipes! Intriguing start. A family with magical powers…mystifying lots.

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