Family in Crisis – Chapter 3

The Spy At the end of the second semester Zaid prepared to escort a batch of exchange students to Vanderbilt University in consultation with university administration and those who’d been student escorts in the past. He’d made copious notes as this was to be a venture, he had no prior experience with. The past months had been discouraging with no communications from his love Galisha … Continue reading Family in Crisis – Chapter 3

Family in Crisis – Chapter 2

Family Retribution “You want me to travel to the US?” Zaid sat in the chair with his mouth open in surprise processing what had been said. His friend smiled in recognition this would have been the last thing Zaid expected and waited patiently for Zaid’s response. “I’d welcome the opportunity sir though this being my first trip to the West I’m naturally nervous.” “All part … Continue reading Family in Crisis – Chapter 2

Family in Crisis – Chapter 1

Zaid’s Secret Attraction Zaid Gamal was in the valley of decision as he reflected on his life journey to date. His parents in Egypt had been reluctant to send him to Jordon where he wanted to complete a master’s degree in Information Technology, but Zaid had been insistent, and his parents eventually came around to his point of view when they considered some cross-cultural experiences … Continue reading Family in Crisis – Chapter 1

Life After Grief – Chapter 2

Happy Reunion “Cyn this is Pat Dermody. Your resort administration has directed me to your home, and I’ve been ringing the doorbell but no answer. Are you inside or out walking? They could not find you at the administrative center.” Cynthia laughed. She was pleased to hear Pat’s voice. Pat had been her bowling partner for several years before Pat’s husband was transferred to another … Continue reading Life After Grief – Chapter 2

Life After Grief – Chapter 1

Cyn’s Unhappy Retirement Cynthia had moved to the retirement resort soon after the death of her husband. They’d been married for fifty years, and that celebration had been graced by the attendance of family and friends they’d worked with and known for most of their married life. Knowing her husband Steve was soon to enter the final stages of cancer had cast a pall over … Continue reading Life After Grief – Chapter 1

Aadi – Chapter 5

Shadi at Last Chandra bade a tearful goodbye to the London branch of the Reddy family and returned to her father’s home in Chennai. A great celebration took place to welcome her home. Hameer had been in contact with Chandra’s father and all the formalities were complete between the two families. Chandra’s father consulted a priest to determine the most auspicious time for a wedding … Continue reading Aadi – Chapter 5

Aadi – Chapter 4

Chandra Gains a New Family There seemed to be no softening of Hameer’s attitude, but Dakshana had learned through the London Reddy family Chandra had been a frequent guest in their home through her studies and realized there would be an eventual confrontation on that issue. Dakshana wanted to see her son Aadi happily married to a woman of his choice and she liked this … Continue reading Aadi – Chapter 4

Aadi – Chapter 3

Chandra Meets the Extended Family The green VW flicked its lights as it approached and Aadi recognized that was the signal for her arrival. He quickly removed the orange traffic restraints and beckoned her to park. She backed in expertly and his heart swelled with pride at her skill. Chandra emerged flushed and clutching her purse. She stood briefly and looked at him. She was … Continue reading Aadi – Chapter 3

Aadi – Chapter 2

The Reconnection Chandra had already been in UK staying with relatives for six months. Aadi had missed their clandestine meetings while he waited for formalities of UK visa and school acceptance and Dakshana had watched her son with sympathy as he shut himself away from usual pursuits. She guessed her son was missing this girl, Chandra. Dakshana had liked the girl and felt Chandra had … Continue reading Aadi – Chapter 2

Aadi – Chapter 1

Forbidden Relationship Captain Hameer Reddy sat pondering the future of his children at his home office in Delhi. He was on leave from his battalion. Posting in the mountains for the duration of his last assignment had been cold and uncomfortable and he was happy to enjoy the comforts of home for a time with servants to answer his beck and call. He reflected in … Continue reading Aadi – Chapter 1