27 Mar 2014

Enigma : A Tale Of Mystery – Celebrations



Hi Buddies,

Finally, the tale of mystery comes to an end. I am very glad with your support and appreciation while I also feel blue because I am already missing my Enigma days. I express my gratitude to the readers, for journeying with us through the series for little more than 2 long months especially when we tested your patience in many ways.

Today I am in a celebration mood.! It's my parent's wedding anniversary.!

On this occasion I am so happy to release our Enigma E- Book. And no better day I can pick to release my first e-book ever. I felt excited when I was preparing the PDF and I wish I can come up with better ideas & stories and publish more in the future. :P





You can download this e-book for free and enjoy the story in one go. Also I would be happy if you leave your ratings, opinions and reviews in that page. We are looking forward to that. J

Now comes the moment to thank once again to all those who took part in the Guessing Game. The question I asked was -

Who ‘killed’ Arianna and Dr. Ravi?

I don’t want to give any leads through this post to those who haven’t yet read the series. Even though you guys didn't guess the real ‘you know who ;) but the supporting ‘so n so’ - *You know who I am talking about* :P - I decided to give you only half of the prize.

Wishes to the Guessing Game Detectives who tried hard to solve the murder mystery within the given period of time and almost reached this close to crack the case -

Ankur, Jyotsna, Khushboo and Akash.

Akash sent me the guess in mail cos he was not able to come to my blog at that time.

Okay Winners, leave your name, your number and the service provider in the contact box below and get recharged with Rs 50 from me, as a token of appreciation. J

Don’t forget to download the e-book and tell us your experience on the whole. And if you think its worth the read, please do share the e-book link to your friends and let them have the thrilling ride too. :P

Thank you so much once again. Have a pleasant day. J


24 Mar 2014

Enigma : A Tale Of Mystery - Finale

Hello Buddies,

Today we bring you the final installment of the series. Hope you all enjoy reading the story. Do give us your feedback.  Happy Reading

And if you have not yet read the previous chapters, I'd suggest you to read from the start for a thrilling ride... Trailer.


Read--> Chapter 10

Chapter 11

At Leela's Residence

Meera and Jennifer sat facing Leela, who was sitting opposite in the couch. Meera cleared her throat and before she could utter anything, Jennifer spoke out, ‘She knows that you aren’t blind, Leela.’

Meera was taken aback by this. She continued to stare at them while she heard Leela speaking, ‘ah! I knew it back then when that snake tried to crawl into my house. Damn.’

She turned to Leela and looked into her eyes. Leela smiled, ‘What are you looking at, Meera?’

‘She is looking at your eyes, Leela. And still trying to figure out what is happening here,’ said Jennifer.

Meera landed in a totally confused state. She couldn’t believe what was happening with her at that moment. Everything around her appeared to be fake. All she heard and saw were now seemed to be mere true lies. She couldn’t figure out who’s innocent and who’s the culprit nor if at all were these really happening. She wanted to hear nothing but the truth, only the truth.

Jennifer looked at Meera, ‘You really want to know what exactly happened, don’t you?’


* * *

Flashback

It was a sunny afternoon when Leela met a nice lady, who frequently visited the same center for the yoga therapy for her young son who had the same retinal problem like hers that caused a temporary blindness. Being a single parent, raising a son with his sudden illness and pressure from her work place, that lady was in need of a good friend with whom she could talk freely out of her heart and mind. That’s when Leela walked into her life. As Leela was fond of children, she became quite attached with that little boy. As weeks passed by, the two ladies got acquainted. They became real good friends and known well enough to share their personal.

One day, Leela was feeling extremely happy to get back her vision. Six months of rigorous yoga therapy gave back her lost sight and she wanted badly to share it with her husband first. She was waiting for Ravi’s arrival from the hospital. It was around 7 at night when she saw her husband’s car nearing the house. She rushed out to confront him but she hold back as she saw someone else getting out of the car along with Ravi.

She was a young woman and Leela witnessed Ravi kissing her after they got out of the car. The lady then noticed Leela standing outside staring at them. She then stepped away from Ravi but he pulled her back close and whispered in her ears, ‘Ssh, don’t panic. She can’t see us. She is blind.’ Leela could easily sense what he was whispering to her and stood there heartbroken. Meanwhile Ravi asked Arianna to wait at the woods and then he walked to Leela.

‘Why are you waiting here?’

Ravi hugged Leela and pecked on her cheeks. He also signaled Arianna to walk faster to the woods and Leela noticed the same. She felt disgusting and did not speak a word. *How could he do this to me? How could he pretend to be nicer while stabbing behind my back?* She couldn’t withstand that betrayal of her loving husband. Her heart was heavy and her eyes were filled with anger. She was in a rage to kill him that very moment for cheating her, but she couldn’t do so as she loved him.


* * *

She did not reveal anything about her vision to him. Instead she decided to continue to stay blind to him and to the rest of the world. She kept the truth to herself not letting anyone know about it, except her best friend, Jennifer. She went to the Yoga Center the next day as per her schedule. There she met Jennifer and explained her situation. Jennifer was her well-wisher and the only person whom she could rely on now.

She hugged and consoled Leela as she burst out with tears and in anger. She could not withstand that heartbreak experienced by Leela after all she knew how it would feel. It reminded of her past when her husband left her for another woman. So she wanted to help her and teach him a lesson. Hence she came up with a perfect murder plan.

‘What? Murder?’ Leela was shocked when she heard her speaking of her plan.

Jennifer tightened her grip, ‘Don’t panic. I will take care of it. Somebody has to teach a lesson to such perverts.’

‘What if we get caught?’ Leela asked in a shivering voice.

‘Let us make the plan such that we kill them both and at the same time stay away from getting caught. For that we have to leave no evidence that would trace back to us. But first we should get rid of your maid.’ said Jennifer.

‘About the maid, I can send her away when the time is right. But how can we do that without tracing back to us? Is it possible?’

Jennifer lost in her own thoughts thinking of how to make it possible. That’s when she came to know through her department about an agricultural engineer, carrying a toxic pesticide, entered the village. She was curious to know about the pesticide and why it was only legally allowed for use. She found some staggering truth about the chemical. When exposed for a short time it could damage the entire nervous system of human beings leaving them dead in seconds.

Jennifer then realized Meera’s trip was a short one. So before she leaves the town she needed to get the right moment to execute her plan, that too before her snoopy assistant Ayesha returns back from her week long holiday.

For almost a week, she followed the agricultural engineer, Meera. She studied about her completely. She noted everything – when she wakes up, where she goes, what she does, and whom she meets. She made sure that she knew each and every move of hers. She found out from the Police records that Meera stored the toxic material at her lab inside her house in a most protective way. She even managed to gather the details of the Code to enter into her lab. She gave all the details to Leela. 

That day Leela was watching Meera's house from her window. Once Meera drove away, Leela sneaked in and stole few grams of the pesticide and a sample sprayer from the lab. Now they were all set to execute their plan.


* * *

The wind blew heavily that night. With darkness engulfing the area, Jennifer, wearing a mask and gloves, hid in the woods without getting noticed by anyone. Ravi arrived early and he brought Arianna along with him as expected. Getting off from the car, he asked her to wait at the woods while he walked into the house. Jennifer saw Arianna entering the woods. She hid behind a tree and was waiting for her to get closer. As she walked closer to the tree, Jennifer confronted her. Arianna was shocked to see someone at that hour and before she could yell, Jennifer closed her mouth and wrapped her arms around her neck tightly. She then twisted her neck and strangled her to death. Arianna spluttered and coughed as she couldn’t fight back. She then fell on the ground motionless. Removing her mask, she took a deep breath and sat there next to the dead body, waiting for Ravi.

At home, Ravi walked to the door and opened it. The wailing sound of the wind made him to raise his tone against Leela, ‘I’m not convinced and I’m least concerned with what you have decided. We are going tomorrow. I have kept your dress on the bed. I’ll be back from the hospital by morning and I want you to be ready by the time I arrive. I don’t want to hear any excuses.’

After he shut the door behind, Leela got up and slightly moved the curtain. She saw him walking in the direction of the woods lighting a smoke. Jennifer watched his entire move from where she was hiding along with Arianna’s dead body. Leela followed him into the woods. Jennifer wore her face mask again and took the diluted Methyl Parathion from her pocket ready to spray at him.

When he came closer, Jennifer tried to hit him with a heavy twig from behind but he managed to get away from the attack as he stumbled on the ground. Without wasting a moment, she then sprayed the chemical generously on his face. Leela halted where she was standing and did not move until she saw him fell down. Ravi tried to get up and that's when he saw Leela standing there behind him. ‘Leel...? Before realizing what was going on, he began to lose his consciousness. He fainted in the next few seconds. After few minutes, Leela and Jennifer went near and confirmed his death.

Leela helped Jennifer in moving the dead bodies. They carried Arianna’s lifeless body and threw it in the lake while leaving Ravi’s dead body behind the bushes.

They both quickly walked back to Leela’s house before anybody noticed them. Leela acted exactly the way as she was instructed while Jennifer hid in the garden and pulled off the plug from the car tyre. Before entering the house, Leela slammed the door harder in turn producing a loud thud that woke Meera up from sleep. Leaving the door unlocked, she rushed inside removing her gloves and kept hidden in her cupboard. She then sat in the corner of the room wiping away her sweat. Everything went as per their plan.

There was a power cut due to the bad weather and that helped them both to carry out their plan with ease. Later she heard a voice, ‘Hello, anybody there?’ She knew it was Meera and she managed to bear that frightened look on her face even though she was trembling inside. She then saw her stepping inside the house. Meera walked to her and asked, ‘Is everything okay, Leela?’  Meera could sense something not so right, the moment she looked at her pale face under the flash light. With a fixed gaze, Leela lifted her right hand and pointed to the window that lay in front of her.

Meera glanced through that window and found a pair of eyes staring back at her.


* * * 

EPILOGUE

‘I’m sure that you’re stunned with what you’ve just heard. But too bad it is such a story that you never going to prove’, said Jennifer after she narrated the whole incident.

Meera got up with a smile on her face. ‘I really didn’t see this coming. Interesting, isn’t it? Leela and Jennifer; both of you being the answers for everything behind this mystery. But what happens when both of you gets caught? I mean, you both could share the same prison cell. You could even sit there and plot a plan to murder me.’ She then looked at Jennifer and said, ‘but this time, make sure that you leave no clues. Because your perfect murder plan is not that perfect, Jenny’

Jennifer and Leela sat looking at each other as both of them were confused about what Meera was talking. Suddenly the door broke open and Ayesha entered inside holding a gun in her hand.

Jennifer was surprised, ‘What are you doing here, Ayesha?’

‘I have heard everything Jenny. Now don’t pretend. Good that you made your own confession. You made my job easier.’

Jennifer smirked at her. ‘You are a smart ass Ayesha. Trying to help your buddy huh? Tsk. Tsk. but too bad you have no proof for this’

Ayesha grinned back at her and said, ‘Whatever you talked in here has been recorded with the microphone I gave to Meera just before you brought her here all by yourself.’

The scene where Ayesha assured Meera holding her hands flashed before Jennifer’s eyes.



* * *

A few minutes ago

Ayesha, who was seeing the interrogation between Jennifer and Meera from the other room, grinned in relief as she finally found out the missing piece in her puzzle. She dialed a number, ‘Hello Commissioner...’

‘Hey kid, what’s going on? I haven’t heard from you for days. How are you?’ asked the Police Commissioner.

‘I’m good, Sir. I need your help,’ said Ayesha.

‘I’m all ears.’

‘I’m in the middle of a murder investigation and I think I am just this close to crack the case.’

‘Which case are you talking about?’

‘Dr.Ravi and Arianna’s murder case. I think our Detective Jennifer has arrested the wrong person.’

‘But she had all the evidence to prove it right.’

‘That’s true, but I have collected some other information which is quite important to this case without her knowledge.’

‘Uh.. What are you saying?’

‘Yes, sir. From the beginning, I sensed something wrong with Jennifer herself. I need your authority to go ahead with my plans.’

‘You mean Jennifer is the one behind the murder?’

‘Possibly, but I need a solid proof to confirm it. Perhaps her confession. And for that I need your cooperation.’

After getting a nod from the Police Commissioner, Ayesha walked to her friend and held her hands and assured her, ‘This is just a usual procedure. I will take care of it. Don’t worry. I trust you.’ Meera found something in her hand. It looked like a wireless voice transmitter. Meera gazed at Ayesha thoughtfully and nodded.

After they left the station, Ayesha immediately assembled a team of 4 members and a minivan, few meters away from Leela’s house. Ayesha sat there inside the van hearing everything that was happening at Leela’s house through the voice transmitter. The team was recording the conversation and was relaying it to the Commissioner through live feed. After Jennifer’s confession, Ayesha stepped out of the van, alerting the backup team and entered into the house.


 * * *

Ayesha now pointing her gun straight at Jennifer’s face and said, ‘The moment you both pretended to be strangers, I sensed there’s something not right, Jenny. Perhaps you were not aware that I once noticed a picture of you and your son with Leela framed in your living room. And to sum it up, I also inquired the Yoga therapist and confirmed that Leela’s vision has improved.’

Ayesha released Meera’s handcuff. Meera then handed over the voice transmitter to her and then turned to Jennifer and Leela, ‘I’m sure that you’re now stunned with what you are seeing, aren’t you?’

‘I’m gonna kill you’ Jennifer hissed as she pushed Meera aside and tried to grab her gun from the holder.

‘Don’t you dare move,’ Ayesha lifted her gun.

Jennifer tried to run out of the house. Ayesha pulled the trigger and injured her knee. She was down with a bleeding wound and could barely move. Leela was sitting unmoved not knowing what to do.

The cops rushed in and handcuffed both Jennifer and Leela, and escorted them to the vehicle. Ayesha then walked to Meera, who was pushed down on the floor, and gave her a hand.

‘Are you hurt?’ asked Ayesha.

‘A little, but I can manage,’ smiled Meera as she got up.

They both stood there watching as the police van faded off from the street as the sun rose above spreading its early morning rays giving them a fresh start.

‘You are free to fly to Mauritius now.’ Ayesha winked and hugged Meera. ‘Enjoy your work alongside a holiday with your Valentine.’

‘Thanks but if not you, the case wouldn’t have cracked this soon.’ Meera then looked at the empty street and said plainly, ‘I never expected this from Leela. But still I pity her...’


The End


* * *




23 Mar 2014

The Kiss




Like a sweet intimate touch
Of the bride and the groom,
My pen kisses the paper.


This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.






14 Mar 2014

Enigma : A Tale Of Mystery - X



Read --> Chapter 9
Chapter 10

A couple of hours earlier

Meera was at Leela’s house after they got the news of Dr. Ravi’s death. Leela was in a shock and sitting unmoved in the swing at the garden. Meera prepared some tea and then went to the garden to guide Leela get back home. After taking couple of steps, Leela halted all of a sudden while Meera startled as she noticed a vicious rattle snake crawling near the doorstep. But she did not utter a word as she sensed something suspicious after seeing her immediate change of expression. Leela refrained from walking as if she saw it coming all the way towards her.

Pretending she did not see the snake, ‘What happened, Leela?’ Meera asked in a comforting tone.

‘Uh nothing.. Just a slight head swing...’

‘Come, let’s go in and have some tea. You’ll feel better’.

But Leela dared to make a move. The snake then crawled back on its way into the bushes, thus relieving them both. Even though she was not so sure, that particular incident left her to suspect on Leela’s eye sight.

After few minutes, she received a call. She then turned to Leela, ‘I’m sorry I have to go now. I have something urgent to attend.’

Leela nodded silently. Meera then walked back to her house and started packing her things. She was getting ready to leave the town. That’s when she heard a screeching sound of a vehicle halting in front of her house. She was stunned as the police officers barged in with an arrest warrant for her.

Back at the interrogation room

‘Do you really want me to believe your story?’ Jennifer asked after listening to Meera.

‘Believe it or not, that’s the truth.’ she then said to Jennifer, ‘I can prove it. After all I have no motive in this case. Can’t you just see? Give me a chance.’

Jennifer was not happy with this encounter while she was holding perfect allegations against Meera and so she remained determined not to accept this story. She could clearly see that she was trying to divert her.

‘No. I can’t let you walk out of this room that easily.’

Meera then stubbornly said, ‘Okay.. Then I need to talk to my lawyer.’

Jennifer gave a long stare at her and then finally uttered, ‘Alright, come with me.’

She then handcuffed Meera and decided to take her alone while leaving her subordinates behind in the station and instructed Officer Sharma to make some arrangements when they return. Ayesha walked to her friend and held her hands and assured her. ‘This is just a usual procedure. I will take care of it. Don’t worry. I trust you.’ Meera gazed at Ayesha thoughtfully and nodded.

To be continued...

Read --> FINALE

11 Mar 2014

My Limeroad Haul


As I said in my Surprise Giveaway write up, here I come up with this post which I solely dedicated to my shopping experience @ Limeroad. Being a happy shopper let me unpack my shopping bag and show you the items I purchased in a period of past 3-4 months. All the items were pakka genuine and perfectly fitted to the descriptions & the colors they mention in the site. I did not pay a penny to buy all these from my pocket but all through the LR credits I have earned via Scrapbooking. Let me not blah blah instead let the pictures speak today.

 Tribal Wall Hanging


Whole Set Of Bed Spread


Earrings and Printed Scarf 


Done By None Cross Body Bag


Rosey Floral Sandals


All items were couriered and reached me in less than a week from the date of order placed. At the end of the day, I am a Happy Shopper with a big satisfying smile..! :D 

But oops... I was unable to give you the chance of taking a look at their superb and safe packaging as I was too eager to open and see my purchase. :P

Adding to my shopping cart, how could I forget the Kurta I am comfortably wearing now.. Well, its little bit late to click and display at the moment :D

Interested in joining for a delightful shopping ride along with me? Then click here --> to join my First Giveaway. J Offer closes by the end of this month. Don't miss it!


Enjoy Scrapbooking..! 

Happy Shopping..!



8 Mar 2014

Road To Limeroad ~ Surprise Giveaway

Hi Buddies....

Today I bring you yet another surprise element through this post as a Women’s Day Special. So continue reading to discover what I am talking about..! J

Are you a shopaholic who worries about your money management?
Looking for some fresh and fun cotton outfits to cuddle up in this hot summer?
Wanna double check the stylist within you?
Or are you looking for some special gift to buy for your woman?
Do you love to impress others by simply ‘mix n match’ items from your wardrobe?
Wanna make some earnings to shop in the luxury of your home?
Or simply you are the person who’d love window shopping?

Well then don’t hesitate to walk with me while I show you the road to the lovable and the most happening hangout place - one stop destination for all women clothing & accessories – Limeroad.com
                                                                                      
Let me remind you once again about me and ‘My LatestAddiction’ -  I may not be the 'Fashionista' who is so up and trendy but like every woman I too have my own dressing sense to appear good and presentable. Like how I choose my outfit to suit me, how I mix and match my dresses and dupattas, how I pick my accessories... well, now all this come in handy while I explore some cool dresses n accessories to create the look which eventually makes me a designer.

And if you are someone who fits this like me, then I bet this program benefits you much more than you expect.

A quick word about this program – First you need to register with Limeroad.com with your FB id / Email id. Have a tour around the shop. Glance through the products on display. Click.. Drag.. Create your own unique style. And most importantly, you will get paid for this. What more do you want while you do all this in your leisure hours? You have a chance of earning free shopping worth Rs.1750 for the first month and Rs.1000+ for the rest.

In the past 4 months of my association with Limeroad, I have created.. shared.. earned.. and of course shopped generously. Yes I mean the word – Generously! I will write a separate post soon to showcase my Limeroad Haul cos this post is not just enough to display my huge shopping bag. ;-) I am also happy to share with you all that I have won Style Council contests twice and also a contest in their Facebook page.








Now I, being an official member of the Style Council Team, have new sets of goals and responsibilities to add up the style quotient while am also entitled to work on some exciting projects.

I’d like to invite you all to join my team to discover the designer in you and to have some wonderful shopping moments that you ever can dream about. Here comes the surprise element along with my invitation - As the First Giveaway in my blog, the lucky ONE out of the first 10 who joins my team and creates most stunning scrapbooks will get a giveaway which could be of your choice worth Rs.1000 from me via Limeroad. Exciting, isn't it?

Now what you have to do is -

Follow my blog A Rat's Nibble here.
Visit  A Rat's Nibble @ Facebook and hit the Like button.
Sign up with Limeroad.com.
Contact me to join my team.
Create 10 interesting looks to impress me and the team Style Council.
Share your scrapbook looks in your Facebook profile.
Then again share with me your scrapbook and your FB links.

Simple as that..!   I'll do the rest..! :D

This offer is open from today till 29th March 2014 and the gift can be sent only to Indian residents. 

Remember nothing comes to you easily but you have to earn it! ;-)

And the lucky ONE will be announced by the second week of April.

So if you are interested to be that lucky ONE or still want to inquire more details about how this works, do drop me a word in the comment section below or reach me via contact form given at the end of my blog page, along with your name and your email ID. I’d be glad to guide you with the program and also assist you to create more stylish looks for the team. J

Get ready to Create. Share. Earn. Shop and have fun @ Limeroad.

Happy Women’s Day!

I have finally unpacked my shopping bag, you can take a look at them here --> My Limeroad Haul. :D

4 Mar 2014

Enigma : A Tale Of Mystery - IX



Read --> Chapter 8
Chapter 9

Jennifer was looking at Meera’s eyes as she was sitting confused trying to figure out what exactly was happening with her.

With so many questions posing in front of her, finally Meera started to talk, ‘Why don’t you inquire Leela?’

‘Leela? Of all people huh...’ Jennifer chuckled and then said, ‘It’s highly impossible that she could have done it. Don’t try to divert me’. She pointed at that empty sprayer and said, ‘We have a clear proof sitting in front of us.’

‘How can you be so sure about Leela after all you don’t even know her before?’

‘Because as we all know, she cannot see. And how could a blind woman commit a murder, huh?’

‘Do you have any latest medical report suggesting that she is blind?’ Meera questioned calmly.

‘No.’

‘Do you have any proof that she couldn’t have executed this murder?’

‘What are you getting at?’

‘I am only asking you if you are sure that Leela is blind?’

Jennifer got confused now but still without showing it to her, she said with a straight face, ‘Yes, I am’.

‘Are you sure?’ Meera demanded a clear answer.

‘Yes, everyone knows that she is blind and so am I. But why do you keep firing me questions when I’m supposed to ask you, darn it?’ Jennifer got tensed and stood up from her chair.

‘Your assumptions have gone wrong, Jennifer. Leela is not blind.’ Meera smirked at her.

That left Jennifer in a state of shock. She did not want to believe her but at the same time she couldn't refrain from listening to her.

Ayesha, who was seeing all this from the other room, grinned in relief as she finally found out the missing piece in her puzzle. She dialed a number, Hello Commissioner..’.

To be continued... 

 Read --> Chapter 10

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