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30 Best Places to visit in the US

Are you looking for places to visit in the US? United States, is filled with magical tourist destinations which are on everybody’s bucket list. Our world is filled with exceptionally beautiful places and United States hosts the majority of these destinations.

If you are planning to explore the United States, then read below and know for yourself the 30 Most recommended places to visit in the United States of America.

Top Notch Places to visit in the US

#1. New York City

New York City also called as the “Big Apple” or “The City that Never Sleeps”, attracts thousand of tourists every single day. From the heaven kissing Skyline to the fast paced lifestyle, New York is one of the best places to visit in US.

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You may also want to read: 10 Desserts you have to try before you leave New York 

#2. Chicago

The Next best place to visit in the US, that gives a tough competition to NYC and LA is Chicago. From Top restaurants to museums, to a stunning skyline Chicago is home to some of the best and most significant buildings in the USA. Also called, “Windy City”, you must look out for Unique Hot dogs and Pizzas in Chicago.

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#3. Portland

The Largest city in Oregon and also the third largest US City in the Pacific North West region, Portland attractions include its beautiful gardens, libraries and off-beat shops. The frequent rainy climate and the Picturesque scenery attracts thousands of visitors to this City of Roses.

Must Read: My Cherished Rendezvous in Oregon, USA

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#4. Grand Canyon

A stunning Piece of Natural Wonder carved by the Colorado River, Grand Canyon in simply spell binding and one of the best places to visit in the USA.

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#5. San Francisco

Popular for the Golden Gate Bridge, this iconic city is so much more, than the just the popular Alcatraz and China Town. Discover San Francisco like the locals. All the adventure and thrill seekers must visit the Napa Valley and Sonoma County.

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#6. Yellowstone National Park

Did you know, this is the World’s First National Park, that was kept aside in 1872 to protect the Geysers, Hot springs, Wildlife and Rugged Beauty of the area. Look out for the Old Faithful Geyser, that erupts every 91 minutes. If you are asking yourself that, “what are the best places to visit in USA in December?” then, Yellowstone National Park has to be on the top of your list.

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#7. Los Angeles

The Land of Hollywood and celebrities, along the pacific coast, is one of the most visited US tourist destinations. From popular beaches such as the Malibu Beach or the Venice Beach to the Rodeo Drive shopping to the tour of the Beverly Hills, LA is an extremely popular place to visit. Here are the Top rated hotels in LA as per TripAdvisor.

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#8. Las Vegas

Home to the best Casinos, Restaurants and Blockbuster Shows; Vegas has a special place for you if you are in a mood for ultimate relaxation. Visit the Neon Museum to get the true feel of Las Vegas. Experience Royalty at the best Hotels in Las Vegas such as Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel & Casino or Wynn Las Vegas.

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#9. Honolulu

Waikiki Beach & Pearl Harbor are one of the most popular Travel Destinations in Honolulu. The laid back ambiance and the azure blue waters along with the powdery beaches, shall make this your best USA vacations of all.

Must Read: 10 Stunning Places in Hawaii to Revive You

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#10. Miami

Most gregarious city in America, Miami is insanely popular for it’s Latin Culture, Nightlife and exotic beaches.

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#11. Yosemite National Park

Looking for a quick getaway from regular stressful work, then head to this quick getaway. A scenic national park, that provides hiking options amidst red woods along with river-rafting. Even if you are not into hiking, this is one of the most romantic places to visit in US that you have to visit. With Aroma laden air and relaxing plush greenery around you, this charming place will swoon you.

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#12. San Diego

The Largest coastal city, with fantastic beaches, romantic weather and the typical small town ambiance, San Diego, is primarily famous for SeaWorld and America’s Premier Zoo – in Balboa Park. San Diego is one of the most unique places to visit in US.

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#13. Washington DC

The Powerhouse of United States is brimming with Museums and Monuments that attracts tourists from all corners of the world. Here are some for the Top Places you should visit in Washington DC ranging from the White House to the Popular Museums.

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#14. Boston

Rich in history, Culture, Education and Architecture, this capital city of Massachusetts, turns into a heavenly destination in Spring and Fall and hence throngs of crowd gravitate towards Boston. In fact, Boston is unabashedly the most charming places to visit in the United States.

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#15. Seattle

The Largest city in USA’s Pacific North West Region, Seattle is popular for the Towering Space Needle which hosts a revolving Restaurant and an observation deck. Seattle is also called “Emerald City” due to it’s plush greenery.

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#16. Big Sur

A visual treat across the Blue Pacific and the winding turns of the cliffs on California Highway 1 also called Pacific Coast Highway is a spectacular sight to behold. It is 163 miles starting from Carmel to San Simeon.

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#17. Houston

Located in South Eastern Texas, Houston is the fourth Largest US city that attracts thousands of visitors due the popular NASA Houston Space Center, sprawling and diverse neighborhood, dramatic sky-scrappers and much more.

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#18. Niagara Falls

Horse Shoe Shaped spectacular Structure, between New York and Ontario, the Niagara Falls is incredibly famous amongst every tourists visiting USA for the first time.

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#19. New Orleans

Festivals like Mardi Gras- New Orleans’ biggest Party to Jazz fest, there are lots you can do to spend a day in the Big Easy. The legendary French Past has given this city the charm you always dream of. Visit the Bourbon Street, Frenchman Street and Popular Restaurants to truly enjoy your Visit to New Orleans.

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#20. Savannah

If you are looking for a place to visit in America, which is devoid of noise and crowd, then head straight towards the Tourists Hometown, Savannah.

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#21. San Antonio

A Place that has the amalgamation of history and modernity, this South Central Texas City, is popular for the Alamo and the Riverwalk along the San Antonio River in downtown area.

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#22. Atlanta

The Capital of Georgia, with a Picturesque skyline, Pine forests, and Magnolia Trees, Atlanta is the leader of New South. From the world of Coca-Cola, to the world’s largest Indoor Aquarium – The Georgia Aquarium, here are the best places to visit in Atlanta as per TripAdvisor.

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#23. Philadelphia

“Philly”, is popularly called the birthplace of America. It is here that the declaration of Independence and US Constitution was signed. The legendary Liberty Bell and Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich are what you must look out for when in Philadelphia.

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#24. Sedona

Every Shoppers Paradise, this beautiful town in Northern Arizona is famous for spellbinding range of Red Sandstone formation.

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#25. Denver

Also called Mile-High city, because Denver is exactly 1-Mile high above the Sea Level. The Capital city of Colorado, is a wonderful place to visit in US and especially a popular destination for winters.

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#26. Asheville

The treat for every nature lover hikers and music and food lovers, Asheville on the Blue Ridge parkway is the most beautiful place to visit in America at any time of the year.

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#27. Phoenix

Capital of Arizona is one of the best places to visit in the United States. It’s popular for the year-round sun and is hence called the “Valley of Sun”. Hugely popular for the high-end spa’s, dazzling nightlife and the Desert Botanical Garden. Discover Phoenix at its best. The Thrillist says, that “March is the weather sweet spot in the Valley of the Sun”. So, when you’re looking for best places to visit in USA in March, then visit Phoenix.

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#28. Arches National Park

This is one of those surreal places in America you need to visit before you die! It has plenty of hiking trails and over 2,000 arches. It’s a must-visit place in Utah.

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#29. Dallas

A modern city in North Texas and the Commercial and Cultural hub of Texas, Dallas greets you, to a wonderful warm weather, and a number of places to visit such as the Reunion Tower, the Sixth Floor Museum at the Dealy Plaza which is the site of President JFK’s assassination.

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#30. Jefferson City

Beautiful capital of Missouri with captivating landscapes and the majestic Missouri river makes Jefferson City the most adorable places to take a vacation in the United States. From the Missouri State Capitol to the Governor’s Mansion to exceptionally stunning parks, delightful cuisines and exotic boutiques Missouri welcomes you to a gem hidden in the heart of United States. It’s also chosen as the “America’s most beautiful small town”.

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Hence this was the list of Best Places to visit in the United States. If you liked this post about best USA vacation ideas, then please share it with your friends and family. Until Next time…

Happy Travel to you!

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The Lion and the Cobra and the Leo-Scorpio Square

Jeremy Neal's Chirotic Journal

Lion and Cobra

There are often profound insights to be found in scripture. This has nothing to do with religious belief either, it merely states a clear fact, because it states in the bible that you really don’t want to be stepping on the Lion and the Cobra if you can possibly avoid it. (Actually it says that you can tread on the Lion and the Cobra, providing you trust in the Lord thus: “No evil will befall you, Nor will any plague come near your tent. For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, That you do not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and cobra, The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.” From Psalm 91). Clearly though the wisdom contained therein suggests that unless…

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Cosmic love decoded- Tides

The Earth and the moon are like twin flames who can’t live without each other. But the Earth is quite shy and stubborn. It is extremely reluctant to give away everything he has to the moon, except a part of him which composes more than half of its volume, water! The restless and frisky water is extremely enthusiastic and rebellious and is the only thing which disrupts the calm, logical and sensible demeanour of the mighty earth.

Moreover the soothing and soft water with its skittish nature literally celebrates and relishes the fondness of the moon. Water or large lakes or ocean being a vulnerable part of the somber Earth playfully immerses itself in the most gorgeous romance of nature. In the logical words of science, the gravitational pull of the moon causes the water in the ocean to rise. Its not that the Earth doesn’t pull back its waters but because the gravitional force of moon is so much more than the gravitional force of earth, moon gets the advantage. The sun also jas gravitional force and pulls the earth but as a fact it is 46℅ lrss than that of moon. So when the moon and sun are perpendicular (in its first or third quater) to each other or to the Eart-Sun-Moon line, their forces cancel each other out and we see weaker or neap tides. Everyday twice we all see these tides and on special days like full moon and new moon, when the sun, moon and earth in a straight line, the gravitational pull of the sun and moon maximises and that’s when we see spring tides which are strong tides. In my words those are the special days.

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The Circle of Emotions

We all want complete control of our lives but do we actually have that control?

Sometimes I wonder what’s the point in staying positive or keeping a check of your thoughts or trying to control your anger or trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle? what’s the point for doing all of this when we know everything is gonna end? what’s the point in trying to censor our words and actions in front of others when they are actually gonna think whatever they want to? what’s the point in being so honest and dedicated towards your friends when they are actually gonna leave you at the end? I might sound extremely cynical, negative, pessimistic to some of you but here is a question, what’s the point in being positive, optimistic when we know life is unpredictable and it may take a reckless turn or make us go through excruciating pain whenever it wants!

Hypothetically saying that if life was ever a person, it would have been the most selfish and most evil individual alive. It is hypocritical, it has no sense of justice. It is so annoying that it has no idea of the grief and misfortunes it causes to us. It is blind to the reality of love that universe holds and it is deaf to the painful screams and longings of the weeping heart and fearful mind. The restless heart craves stability, while the mind tries to sieve through the options alluring us. Moving ahead through life irrespective of the worries, doubts, pains, countless negative and self-deprecating thoughts is not easy and certainly hard.

Have you ever wondered how the heart takes on so many shapes while the mind wanders rudderless through the endless streams of the ocean? As painful it may get but thanks to us-humans who are so adjusting. We always blame ourselves for the degrading conditions of nature and how in spite of our being cruel nature nurtures us. I am not denying that fact. It is unabashedly true. But have you ever wondered or pondered upon the cruelty and animalistic nature of nature of life? And, how we adjust or cope with life in spite of it being such ruthless. We, humans, know how to stay alive in spite of knowing the easy way to give in to the cruelty of life. We have learnt the art of coping with the deception and harshness of life while we were in our mother’s womb. So being in charge of our life is not a choice but a duty. It a responsibility to stay awake and alert irrespective of the meaninglessness and illusionary nature of life. It’s looking boldly eye-to-eye to the evil nature of life and saying “I am stronger than you. You can seem powerful but I am powerful.”

Honestly, there are millions of reasons to give in to the melancholy or the depressing nature of life but there is just one reason to live and that reason is what we need to find out. It can be anything for anyone. Maybe for you, it is your child, or your spouse or your passion for writing or whatever. It is this reason that lends us the power to fight through the turbulence and the agnostic nature of life. We might be unaware of the next move of life but we can be absolutely sure about our real reason to live!

This is the game of life. It is a game that will surely keep the spectators on the edge of their seats. All the best wishes to you and your mighty soul that attempts to fight through this confusion of life. Fight out this battle and live your life like a champion!

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Total Control

We all have been through those times when we are deeply scared of the upcoming crisis. we try really hard to prevent ourselves from those awful moments of agony. But most often, no matter how hard we try we can’t really save ourselves from the turbulence of the loss.

The funny part is that this distress happens especially when we least expect it. The melancholia and the heartbreak of the catastrophe gnaws our spirit and leaves us hopeless. we feel the emptiness of this time.

But we try really hard to see the light of hope through our heart when all our eyes see is the darkness.

Well, being through a chain of such emergencies there is something which I’ve learnt and wish to share with all you readers.

  1.  Be prepared to go through these times by not being afraid, because you have to move ahead of this.
  2.  Do not allow your pain to wash all over you.
  3.  Get ready to run swiftly and not walk through these troublesome journeys.
  4.  Do everything you can, as soon as possible to find quick a solution to the emergency.

 Don’t wait for things to happen, go out and make it happen. 

An anonymous person once said Good things happens to those who do not wait. 

So keep these pointers in mind and make sure to apply these the next time you face a catastrophe. Take charge of that situation. Do not sit back and think that if you tolerate it by not finding a quick solution or making an immediate change you’ll learn something. We do not learn anything by sitting back and tolerating our pain.

Let’s understand that by allowing our adversity to extinguish us, we are giving it total authority over our life and just staring helplessly into its face. We ain’t no martyr. Let’s be brave and wise enough to go through this swiftly and smoothly keeping the above pointers in mind.

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Train called Life

Moving at a constant but steady rate,

The train has got billion people boarded on it.

Each one of us are passengers

Going incessantly where this train is taking us.

The destination of this journey is totally unknown, 

Many passengers believe it is better that its this way, while others strive to find the meaning journey.

We all have boarded it alone and we all know sometime someday we’ll be thrown out of this train all alone.

Its magical as well as frustrating to know yet not know the mysteries of this journey.

The agony of failing to control or be in charge of this mysterious ride is gut wrenching.

The conscious mind inside us forces us to throw a beacon of light into ourselves

And know who we are? What do we want or need? 


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Moving on

Moving on always seemed as easy to me as a child’s single-handed play. I knew exactly how to get over someone with absolute ease and smoothness. All the steps, all of the logics with lucid details were imprinted on my mind with proper reasons until I had stumbled upon someone my heart was not ready to lose.

I had clasped onto her as tightly as a bee would hold on to a man’s finger and had ironically stung myself with the poison of my love. I was astounded by the vehemence of my love. My reasons and logics were battling day in and day out, how could a thing called love, which is supposed to heal people, make them feel alive could hurt me so much and make me dead within? With the heavy weight of my empty heart, all night long I would sob before the Almighty, cursing myself for chasing a dream that would shatter itself and make me feel distraught. As the night approach, the fear and doubts of my soul started encroaching. All the Truths that I once believed in stood under the piercing scrutiny of my reasons. Is everything that I have ever wanted a poison for me in disguise? All the dreams I dream, all the visions I see, all the hopes I hope are they all manipulators in disguise? Was I being led astray by my own self? The innocence and ignorance of my soul were weeping profusely over the mess it had created unknowingly. But, deep down I knew, There was someone else who was a mastermind. There was someone who knew I would fall prey to my own self and had conspired this situation in advance, behind the scenes. My mind hungry and hurt wanted answers. Gradually I picked myself up from the never-ending whirlpool of love and lies, wiped my tears and let my reasons pave way for me.

My carefree and cheerful demeanor had taken things so seriously that it had morphed itself into vengeance and skepticism. Gone were the days when I would wake up every morning and dream of helping and healing the world through the power my true love. Looking at the dead body of my true love covered in the shroud of lies, betrayal and hurt my heart froze completely. I felt like I’m dead with the death of my unfulfilled love story right in front of me. The word Love, Hope, Truth, and Dream could not cast even it’s shadow on me. My sincere heart was brimmed with disparity, distrust, and disdain.

The only person to whom I confided all my secrets and my truths, the God had challenged his existence in my life. My contemptuous heart couldn’t afford to trust him any longer. I detested him more with every breath that I took. All my reasons and logics had zeroed down to him being the conspirator of my tragedy. I would look at him in the eye and ask him million times why would he do this to his most honest and sincere disciple? what did he get out of my misery? Does my broken heart make him feel happy? What wrong did I do to him that he hates me so much? He would blankly stare at me and let me scorn him. When he would not answer any of my questions and stare at me like he has heard nothing and seen nothing, I would grow even more annoyed at him.

One day while driving home from the office, I narrowly missed a little puppy on the road. But, the two words I uttered the next moment were, ” Thank God”. I was shocked to see myself unknowingly utter those two words. My reasons started scorning me for being grateful to him but my heart sank there at the mistrust of my mind and ego. I drove myself to the riverside and sat on an empty bench reflecting on my life.

Yes, it’s true I was hurt when my dreams didn’t materialize. But, today while I saved the little puppy and saw it running back to his mother, I thanked God. This simply means that deep down I still believed in love. I still had faith in God. I kept my hand on my heart and thanked him for this day. Had he really hated me, or conspired against me, I would have never been able to see the daylight of another day after my beloved had cheated on me. I thanked him for saving me from the deadly dream that I was blindly following. I thanked him for letting me know that I deserve way more happiness, love and loyalty than that love story could ever provide me.

As the sun was setting, I saw it’s reflection on the river flowing by me and recalled a phrase that I had learned way back in childhood. It said, when a river flows, it stumbles across many stones, pebbles, and rocks but It never stops it’s exuberant flow looking at it. It takes a way around it, under it or over it but, at the end of the day, moves past it. This thought struck a chord in me. Perhaps I was underestimating myself, my love and my dreams and my hopes. So what she came in my way? What on Earth had told me that I couldn’t move past that one tragic love story? When did I start believing so less in myself? When did I think myself and my love to be so small that I would cease the flow of my love? I felt that childlike cheerful and exuberant smile return on my face. I had actually moved on and healed myself through my wisdom and God’s love. Now so prepared I was to sail on the verisimilitude of transitioning times with a renewed sense of courage and freedom.

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The Gamble of Stars

You have broken me. You have let people grow out of love from me and you have still loved me. You take things away from me, that I feel like I cannot live without ever in my life only to make me realize that I came here all by myself. There have been days, when I felt like I am in the wrong place, when I felt out of my skin. There are moments in each day, where I feel like I’m left alone, and just cannot fathom the reason why did these diagnosis ever come into my life. I’m just left with the why’s and the tears in my eyes, and I look up to you. you still in your composure, as if like this big blow didn’t hurt you at all and you are not even happy as my enemy would have been right now seeing me in this state. I am left baffled. Are you really there? Are you seeing everything that I’m seeing? Are you feeling everything that I’m feeling?

And then I close my eyes for a second. I try to eradicate the images of hurt, images of pain, images of loss battling with my subconscious to catch a glimpse of you.

Now my heart starts crying. There is not a tear-drop in my eyes. But with every breath that I take, I feel my heart gasping for more breath. It’s sobbing uncontrollably!

I quickly open my eyes, and look straight into your photograph hanging on my wall. I start seeing your eyes has started to well up. I start noticing your lip’s movement.I feel as if there is a hand on my back, and you trying to hug me. I quickly close my eyes, and bury my face in my palms. You hug me tightly, I start shivering. You don’t let me go and there is silence every where as if the clock has also stopped for few seconds. I don’t need to articulate you anything. It’s just the instances of the deepest pain, hurt, betrayal, lies, judgments, loss and embarrassments that I have ever felt till date. And I feel as if you take away all of these things on your shoulder and release my back from these burdens and hug me even tighter.

Then I start hearing your words in my voice. It’s as if I am articulating your thoughts. I am the bridge that connects your mind to my mind, your soul to my soul. I keep asking petulant questions to you like an ignorant child. I ask you why did I feel the pain? I ask you why did somebody hurt me? Ignore me? lie to me? betray me? embarrass me? And you patiently keep answering all my questions like a master to his melancholic dog after a long day. I keep sobbing and you keep patting my back for all the times I try to tell you, that I had the trust in you, so I went this far.You say you know that.I feel a pang of relief somewhere deep in the recesses of my heart with the thought that you, at least you saw it.I had known it then.Now I’m sure of it.You did see me when I thought that I am all alone.You explained me with reasons the purpose of people betraying me- so that I do not betray anyone and keep trusting myself always. The purpose of people hurting me- so that I keep forgiving them and do not hurt anyone ever.The Sharp situations that shaped my character.The hard nights of labor coupled with faith in you that made me from a boy to a man.

I say I miss you. I do not want you to go, fully aware that you will leave in just a fraction of second any moment, and then your departing words starts!  But unlike the pain and the tears, I feel when people say these departing words in airports, prisons, stations and hospitals, I feel as if your words start forming a halo of self-determination around my head.

I am mesmerized by your games. How I came to you few minutes ago disengaging from everyone and everything, and how you’re parting from me engaging me in everything and everyone with rekindled hope and brand new heart full of faith. Do you really live in hopes and faith? And you answer by saying, I live in everything and everyone. I

Do you really live in hopes and faith? And you answer by saying, I live in everything and everyone. I say I miss you. And, you say, you live in every little speck of dust to every tall tower,  from a fly to a being, you’re everywhere. You’re omnipresent. I don’t have to miss you. If I love everyone and respect everyone just the way I do you, I will honor your presence in me, and that is what my Karma is here..

And then I open my eyes and look straight into the sunlight with voices ringing in my ears saying, “Be the Sun and light up everything!”

Amen.

 

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The Perfect Match

It was the 10th of March. The Tenth marriage anniversary of Abhijeet and Seema. Their life was as happening as a fictitious couple’s life would be. Both of them went to work together, though they worked at different offices. Abhijeet would first drop her and then go to his office. Their only daughter Maya was a genius at 6 years. She was excellent in studies and dancing was her only passion. Abhijeet and Seema were exceptionally proud of their daughter. Their family was a typical fictional happy family. Today being their marriage anniversary, Abhijeet wanted to take Seema somewhere away from the hullabaloo of Mumbai. After extensive research, he zeroed down to go to Mahabaleshwar. He was a frugal man who believed in spending less and achieving more. It was not that he didn’t want to go somewhere far, nor was he into cash crunch. But, just the fact that his friend Alok had his home there and going there he would have been able to save some cash for future.

While returning home with Seema from office, he communicated her about his plan. Seema, an even-tempered woman was nonchalant about going anywhere as long as she didn’t had to go to office on her anniversary. She was very meticulous in her job. As long as she was in Mumbai she never missed a day of office. She couldn’t’ rely with her job on anyone.10th was a Friday and it was already getting sultry even in March. So next morning they dropped Maya to Seema’s parent’s place in Byculla and started driving toward’s Alok’s place in Mahabaleshwar.

On the way, they stopped while Seema went into a highway pharmacy to pick up her digestive medications. While inside in the pharmacy getting her bill calibrated she heard, “how are those eyes doing?”

She was perplexed at the sight of Vikrant after about a decade. She noticed that he had grown thinner and his temple hairs had grayed. He seemed to be alone there. He was her first love to whom she had lost her virginity too during the final year of college in Elphinston. He used to call her every day with the same query. Seema had beautiful symmetrical eyes with a twinkle. They started talking.

He began,” Are you the kind of wife who cheats on her husband?”

She replied without a hint of hesitation,” Are you out of your mind! Hell no! I love Abhijeet, why would I cheat on him?”

He interjected,” but you would if I am standing next to your husband, right?”

Seema laughed off at his question and shook her head indicating a no.

They exchanged their whereabouts and bid Goodbye to each other

She returned back to Abhijeet in the car. She was puzzled and somewhat disturbed by this sudden ambush.

She narrated the entire incident to Abhijeet. Abhijeet was damn pissed off, but never showed it to her.

He behaved he was unruffled with her speaking to her ex-lover. He contained his irritation within himself. He knew about Vikrant.Only thing he didn’t expect nor want was him to pop up suddenly out of nowhere and that too on their anniversary. But they still behaved like nothing had happened. all the way, Seema was quiet, creating more restlessness and insecurity within Abhijeet heart.Seema was clearly not interested in the music he was playing or the talks he was talking or the place they were going.

They reached Alok’s place. Alok was a bachelor and he had his own bungalow in the mountains of Mahabaleshwar. he treated them with utmost hospitality and care. but like before, Seema seemed disinterested in anything and everything that was going on. Her mind was busy analyzing some mystery which was a mystery to all. on the other hand, Abhijeet was trying to come up with various possibility to distract her, because he was totally annoyed. he didn’t want or expected his wife to act so weirdly on the day of their decade long anniversary. she was ruining everything he had planned for so long. he was hurt and irritated by her. he begged her to share anything that was disturbing her, but all the things she mentioned had no trace of Vikrant in it.it was office, office, the office she was mulling over.

Abhijeet thought of an idea. he called Seema’s secretary, explained all the work that Seema was worrying about and sorted out her problem, without letting Seema know anything about it.

Alok had compiled a list of places which they could go and visit in Mahabaleshwar. Everyone in the office knew it was Seema’s anniversary, so then began the period of incessant phone calls for both of them. Then they went out to see the strawberry garden. They kept strolling in the beautiful and quiet morning. The beauty around them was breath taking. But Seema was still unhappy. Abhijeet knew something was wrong with Seema. he totally knew that she lied to him about the office issues, she was covering up something.

They both went to a nearby tea shop to have tea and a little snack. Seema was still quiet and not replying directly to anything Abhijeet was asking. Eventually, Abhijeet asked her out directly, “what is wrong with you? have I done something wrong?”Seema was so pissed at Abhijeet for trying to please her all the while that she honestly said, I am pregnant. Yes! That is the truth!”

Abhijeet didn’t expect to hear this. He couldn’t believe that Seema would be pregnant with his baby. he was blown out of his mind with the news. Abhijeet got suspicious with Seema. He didn’t believe that it was his child she was carrying.as far as he remembered he was not in Bombay for past 2 years and it’s just been about a month he returned from Vancouver. Since then they did have sex but he used protections and she never mentioned anything in two weeks about any sickness. His mind was racing with doubts and rage.it was impossible to believe that Seema had been unfaithful to him. He got extremely infuriated at her and started screaming there in the tea stall itself.

Seema felt disgusted and heartbroken. She couldn’t believe what she was hearing. After ten years of their marriage, this was the truth about “the bond of their trust”! she had never imagined that the man she loved so much would accuse her of infidelity on the morn of their wedding anniversary. This news was equally a surprise to her too. She had found it out just the other day in the pharmacy loo. he had broken her heart. His voices were ringing in her ears. She was stuck in bewilderment amidst the crossroads of agony and tremendous heartache! She tried to hide the anguish and distraught welled up in her eyes and went back to Alok’s place. She did not want to argue with him on the streets any longer and decided to keep her reasons to herself. Her throat had dried up in disparity. She was too wounded to talk to him any longer.

On the other hand, Abhijeet was absolutely certain that it was not his baby. he didn’t want to blame his wife on such a special occasion, but his rationality wasn’t permitting him to believe in Seema anymore. he was sitting on the cold bench of the tea stall alone, smoking the burning end of a Marlboro. In his suspicion, he was recollecting the times he had felt Seema was cheating on him. he could not explain himself that the woman he loves so dearly, the mother of his only daughter, the best thing that ever happened to him ten years ago today had grown out of love with him. She had taken to love another man in his absence while he used to think of her day and night in Vancouver. he just couldn’t get the picture of her in her bridal attire, eyes welled up with tears of gratification after they tied the knot, ten years ago today, out of his mind.  The vows they had taken together with hands on hand over the nuptial urn forward-facing the holy wedding fire. He as guilty for trusting her blindly. He started to calculate the men she used to speak regularly with. But somehow he could only blame Vikrant for whatever happened. He didn’t find any clues about any of her office friends. And then he started imagining that they might have made out while he was out of town. he was feeling humiliated and annoyance at Seema for treating him like this. He was fixated onto taking revenge.

He drove back to 12 Pretoria Street, Powai, alone to an empty home. Seema had left the night before to Byculla. She had taken all her things along with her. Abhijeet drove to Byculla, met Maya and treated her to her favorite blueberry muffins and Mississippi mud ice cream and kissed hr goodbye on her forehead. He dropped her off and returned back to his place.at home, he had no clue what to do. He didn’t have the desire to move a single muscle. He lay lazily on the front couch and started scrolling channels in the TV.

He wanted to go up to Vikrant’s place and bash him up but he ruled out the thought, thinking to himself that he had more ego and respect to do this kiddish act. he thought of living separately, but the fact that Maya was young and she would have been devastated by this incident now he stopped thinking on the lines of separation and divorce. but deep down within him, he was itching with this desire to take a revenge.

He poured himself a glass of scotch and lighted another Marlboro. After some time he dozed off on the couch with the television and shoes on.

Next morning, he wrote a tag,”looking for a strictly physical relationship with a woman of any age for only a week. All expenses shall be taken care of inclusive of living and fooding charges.”He went to the time of India office and passed on the envelope to the classified department with a wad of crisp notes in it. then he did not go to the office. He sat in the park next to his office and finished a pack of cigarettes. After this, he drove back home and took a shower and went to meet with Maya. He particularly visited her before 5;30, making it a point to not catch even a glimpse of Seema.

After two nights, he got a call from someone named Anita who was inquiring him about his address. After Abhijeet returned home from his regular new found ritual he saw her waiting at his doorstep in a white sari. He didn’t even look at her for once and opened the lock and went straight into the bed room. He changed and went t the kitchen, pulled out two dishes a served the Chinese he had got on the way. After dinner he washed the dishes and went upstairs to the adjoining balcony and grabbed a smoke. After he finished his smoke he went in to see Anita sitting exactly on the side of the bed of Seema and undoing her hair. She started to open her earrings. Abhijeet leaned closer and kissed her. She responded coyly and asked him if he would mind switching off the lights. Abhijeet undid her bra and squeezed her ass and kissed her passionately. He rubbed his fingers over her nipples and they hardened. She lay on the bed. Abhijeet opened his trousers and started to kiss her cunt. He started to fuck her and when she started to mourn he had out his fingers in hr mouth. she started to undo his shirt to which he objected and kept fucking her harder and harder. After sex he left the room and went to the loo. he came out dressed and grabbed another smoke and went to the balcony. Anita was fast asleep by now. he went downstairs and put on the television and within ten minutes he was asleep on the couch with the TV left turned on. Next morning, Anita woke up and found Abhijeet sipping his coffee and reading the newspaper. she wished him good morning to which he replied with a hmm browsing the page 6 of finance. He pointed at her cup of coffee kept at the mantle and the keys next to it. Sipping his last drop he left for office leaving behind an envelope stacked with a wad of thousand rupee notes.

Anita Sahay was a divorcee herself. She had no kids. She was quite enjoying the company of this lovelorn man and didn’t mind to warm his bed in exchange of some moolah. She wasn’t looking for anything serious either. She started going through Seema’s dresses in her wardrobe and chose one and left for shopping with her fresh salary.

The only reason Abhijeet had her was to prove Seema that if she could have been unfaithful to him behind his back he could bloody well do it in front of her. He tried to fuck his pain away with Anita. But he never wanted Maya to get informed about all of this. He didn’t want her to try and comprehend the complexities of a relationship at this age. He took her to a park with Seema, though they both never took to speaking with each other, but just for Maya they pretended to be happy and together.

Seema got informed about Anita from her maidservant. Apart from this she too had read Abhijeet tag in the newspaper and had torn that page off to hide from her dad. She never talked about the distraught in her heart to anyone. She drove past her apartment and sobbed at the nearby park.

Anita was in the malls most of the time during the day, buying jewellery and dresses for herself. She used to come back home to Abhijeet, with his usual television, scotch, and cigarettes. Gradually the awkward silence betwixt them was evaporating. When she showed him her dresses and jewellery Abhijeet used to give her a blank expression. his mind was fixed onto Seema and the baby who was about to enter the world.

That night, he was too stressed and fatigued to screw Anita. Anita had put on a sexy backless gown and silver earrings and had done her hair into a bun. She was looking stunning. She came down and sat on Abhijeet’s lap. She poured another glass of scotch and sipped it and asked him to sip from her glass. Abhijeet was aroused by her oomph, sensuality and body perfume. He caressed her back .they started kissing. Anita bend down to unbutton his trousers and started rolling her tongue over his erect meat .he undid her hair and kissed her at intervals. Abhijeet made her sit between his legs and started pushing himself onto her. She started kissing his ears and neck and cried in a moan. they had sex on the same porch that Abhijeet and Seema had made love after they first got this apartment 10 years ago.

He was doing everything he could to get out the anger he had against Seema. but, still, the act that he not being able to find out who impregnated Seema was still irritating him. He had to find out the truth.

He went to Seema’s office, to enquire about Seema’s whereabouts to not find any clues.at home, he opened up their cupboard to look into her things but all he his hands into were all his stuff stacked up. He was partially grieved within himself for not allowing Seema to even explain herself. he even started doubting himself if it really was his baby who was probably making its way into this world. He was surrounded with vehement self-doubt. Nevertheless, he stopped his self-loathing thoughts and decided to head to Vikrant’s place. He knocked on his door and when he opened his door he started threating him to tell him the truth. Vikrant got furious at his intrusion of privacy and false allegations at him. he called the police and lodged a complaint against Abhijeet for framing him for a crime, he never committed.

The cops came in and arrested Abhijeet from his home. They took him into custody.in the mean time, Vikrant called up Seema and narrated her everything. Seema was aghast by Vikrant’s decisions of contacting the cops and not talking to her for once. She snapped up the call. She was annoyed at both Vikrant and Abhijeet for turning her nuptial domestic issues now a matter of law and order. Seema drove to the police station in dismay. She didn’t speak a word with him in there and got him bailed out. When they got out of there she screamed at him for once.

Abhijeet was absolutely quiet. His reasons had failed him to see his wife clearly. His doubts had led him to astray. He was stuck in utter self-loathing. Seema was honest with him all the while. She might have wanted to bring up the baby news as a surprise on their anniversary. She never cheated on him ever. He had maligned their relationship. He hated himself for blaming her of infidelity. He hated his decisions of dealing with adultery himself.   He was ashamed of himself. he got desperate. he did not want to destroy the perfect marriage he had.

Seema was in distraught. she did not want to bring up a baby with a man who doubted her. She just could not call a man who denies his responsibilities and who suffers from so much insecurity, her husband. She went back home irrespective of Abhijeet’s imploring.

Abhijeet, broken and damaged sent back Anita and started spending his days in the loneliness and emptiness of his house. He visited Maya every week and beseeched every day to return back home.

He thought of winning her back into his life. He started writing letters to her. he explained his insecurities in the letter. He wrote about his day in detail to her every day and dropped them off at her study. he wrote about his crippling guilt .every day after office, he returned home to check for any replies finding none.

Days passed into months and this routine continued. but one evening he got a letter.it read,” come home to pick me up and your family.”

He was ecstatic and overjoyed. He raced to her place. Seema was there with a baby boy in her arms. Both of them looked at each other with tearful eyes. That look explained the rights and wrongs of each other. Maya jumped into the car and started singing in joy. They drove back home with the baby and renewed sense of love, joy, and faith.