It’s the Final Countdown!

As we take the leap from 2020 to 2021, let’s take a moment to reflect on the wild roller coaster that was this year.

Now, deep breath… and let it all go.

New Year, New Beginning, New Adventures.

While Khushi & Arnav have their Rabba Ve, let’s ring in a fresh start by sharing “21” Fun Facts.


Top 5 Favorite Arshi Fanfics

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The Book that Made Me Fall in Love with Reading

6.

Top 3 Favorite Published Authors

7.

8.

9.

Favorite IPKKND Character

10.

This Year, I Was Most Grateful For

11.

12.

Favorite Midnight Snack

13.

Favorite Drink

14.

Top 3 Dream Destinations

15.

16.

17.

My Favorite Person

18.

Favorite Movie

19.

Favorite Drama (cannot be IPKKND!)

20.

My New Year Resolution

21.

Don’t be shy, you’re among friends. Let’s do this!


*gorgeous gif by ajeeb-ho-tum*

156 thoughts on “It’s the Final Countdown!

  1. Going first ^^

    Top 5 Favorite Arshi Fanfics
    1. Emerald Isle Tales by Meera (Oh the tales she weaves… shear magic at those finger tips. My heart, my heart.)
    2. Before the Last Sun Set by Munchy (Gangster Arnav.)
    3. Perfection by Napstermonster (Doesn’t even matter that it’s not complete…. utterly gorgeous PERFECTION.)
    4. Khushi by Maya (If there is one fanfic that can and should replace the original- it would be this tale crafted with tender care and imbrued with delightful insight into the very soul of Arnav and Khushi.
    5. Love~Life~Labyrinth by Eccentrica (Poignant writing with one hell of a plot carried out my a specular cast of characters. Delicious.)

    The Book that Made Me Fall in Love with Reading
    6. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. As English was my second language, I used to struggle and dreaded reading. But after my 3rd grade teacher read this to our class, I was so enthralled; books became the most treasured of friends from that point on.

    Top 3 Favorite Published Authors
    This is soooo hard….
    7. Nalini Singh – Gah. Her Psy-Changeling series owns me.
    8. Penny Reid – I’m a sucker for smart humor and no one delivers that better than Penny.
    9. Anna Zaires – If you like your heroes w/ a side serving of pyscho… 😛

    Favorite IPKKND Character
    10. Arnav. 😛

    This Year, I Was Most Grateful For
    11. My health. As cliché as it may be, you really can’t do much if you’re not healthy in mind, body and spirit.
    12. Zoom. Being so far from my family and friends was especially tough this year. This allowed many of us to connect and spy on each other’s questionable décor :p

    Favorite Midnight Snack
    13. Haagen-Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice-cream with a Bowl of Berries

    Favorite Drink
    14. White Chocolate Raspberry Mocha Latte w/ an extra shot of espresso.

    Top 3 Dream Destinations
    15. Lapland, Sweden
    16. Eastern Plains of Mongolia
    17. The Fjords, Norway

    My Favorite Person
    18. My hubby… 90% of the time 😉

    Favorite Movie
    19. Braveheart. It’s the one movie my Dad, my brother and I can all agree on. I’m pretty sure I can quote the entire movie at this point. 😛

    Favorite Drama (cannot be IPKKND!)
    20. The Untamed (this changes every year, but a Chinese drama depicting the epic love story between two gorgeous heroes captured my heart and kept me sane this year. *On Netflix should you be interested*

    My New Year Resolution
    21. To be more patient with myself. We are definitely too harsh on ourselves and if this year taught me anything… one’s mental health should always be a high priority.

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        • Kaleb. Hawke. Lucas. So many good ones. Her heroines are lovely too. I’m on Nalini Singh kick right now and making my way through her backlist. Started Guild Hunter too. I’m still forming my opinion on Raphael but man Ilium needs to have his own book. Hopefully soon.

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          • Holy hell Kaleb. I enjoyed the entire series, but I’ve read Heart of Obsidian front to back 3x at this point.

            Heh heh, what can I say? I like my heroes with a huge side serving of asshole 😛

            If you’re a fan of PNR – Suzanne Wright’s Dark in You series is a must! Followed closely by Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series. So much Y.U.M.

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            • I love HoO. Kaleb’s devotion to his love (trying not to put spoilers) was absolutely beautiful. I love how Russian scientists in that world are often confused about the sudden abnormal seismic activity in the region, oh if only they knew hahaha.

              I do love PNR. Sadly, Suzanne Wright didn’t work out for me. I did enjoy her first couple shifter books when I was dipping my toe in the genre. I’ll move the Elder Races up my TBR, now that you recommended it.

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              • Heh heh, yes those poor scientists. 😛

                Wright’s humor either works for you or is a total turn off. HOWEVER, I promise the Dark in You is a completely different animal. Just give the first book a good college try. 😀

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    • Hello all 2020 was my season of reading loads of HR now had my fill so back again to my fav FF stories – So here goes
      Top 5 Favorite Arshi Fanfics
      1. A late spring by Jenny
      2. Gravity By Rockbarbie
      3.Emerald isle tales by Meera
      4.Farewell winter nights by S&K
      5. The filigreed sun by SJ
      The Book that Made Me Fall in Love with Reading
      6. Sweet William Richmal Crompton
      Top 3 Favorite Published Authors
      7. Judith Mcnaught
      8. Susan Elizabeth Phillips
      9. Lisa Kleypas
      Favorite IPKKND Character
      10. Khushi Kumari gupta
      This Year, I Was Most Grateful For
      11.Good health of all near & dear ones including me
      12.We are still doing good compared to so many others
      Favorite Midnight Snack
      13 Bhujia or chocolates
      Favorite Drink
      14. Margarita
      Top 3 Dream Destinations
      15.Peru Machipichu
      16.St Petersburg in winter
      17.Tibet ( someday)
      My Favorite Person
      18.My husband & me
      Favorite Movie
      19. The Godfather watched it all over again
      Favorite Drama (cannot be IPKKND!)
      20.Suits & Kurt Seyit ve Sura ( howled my heart out at the end ) highly recommended
      My New Year Resolution
      21. Travel once again

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  2. Top 5 Favorite Arshi Fanfics (There are so many stories I am currently reading which are wonderful, so, I can’t pinpoint just 5. But I will mention the ones I read long time ago which made an impact as soon as I read them)
    1. Colors of the Wind my Meera
    2. Mohabat Door Jaane Na De by doe eyes
    3. Khushi by Maya Hill
    4. Letter box by Forgivemydevilishmind
    5. Unforgettable by Vann

    The Book that Made Me Fall in Love with Reading
    6. That was actually a comic book based on Phantom.

    Top 3 Favorite Published Authors
    7. Robin Cook
    8. Ranganayakamma
    9. Dan Brown/John Grisham

    Favorite IPKKND Character (this is hard and I did “Eeny, meeny, miny, moe” and ended up with)
    10. Arnav

    This Year, I Was Most Grateful For
    11. My father’s teachings. He taught me how to embrace change. It helped me in dealing with COVID19 better.
    12. For the warmth spread by family, friends, colleagues and IPK fraternity.

    Favorite Midnight Snack
    13. Nuts and coffee

    Favorite Drink
    14. Almond Milk/Salt Lassi

    Top 3 Dream Destinations (I don’t have any dream destinations. I casually say something out loud and my husband makes it happen. He is waiting for borders to open for tourists)
    15. Cruise to Alaska
    16. Go as close as possible to Antarctica
    17. Southern or Northern lights

    My Favorite Person
    18. My husband. He spoils me and my daughter equally. I can depend on him for so many things.

    Favorite Movie
    19. Mayabazar

    Favorite Drama (cannot be IPKKND!)
    20. Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai

    My New Year Resolution
    21. As usual, lose some pounds and get a pat on the back from my doctor after getting my blood test done.

    Don’t be shy, you’re among friends. Let’s do this!

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  3. Top 5 Favorite Arshi Fanfics – I’ll warn before I list that they are going to be pretty sparse because I have been a terribly inconsistent reader this year. Also I’m considering these top 5 of THIS year only because otherwise we’ll be here forever.

    1. All the OSs by Bingala (Is this cheating? Yes. Do I care? No 😛 Also I bugged her into coming back to write for IPK so I feel it’s only fair)
    2. When the Curtain Falls by Palaayan (She puts up with my constant needling on where this story is going because I am too impatient to wait for her to write it :P)
    3. Second Chances by Mirabell (She’s rewriting this story and I have insider info you don’t, muhahahaha)
    4. Traveller by Jigs (Currently on-hold but it’s a story I lived through vicariously)
    5. Mohobbat Door Jaane Na De by -doe.eyes- (I reread this one this year when I first fell back down the rabbit-hole and it still hits just as hard)

    The Book that Made Me Fall in Love with Reading

    6. Beartown by Frederik Backman (This man’s writing is magic and I broke my own rule of never marking up a book and started highlighting my favorite quotes and scribbling up notes on the page edges when I read it)

    Top 3 Favorite Published Authors

    7. Frederik Backman (See above)
    8. Leigh Bardugo (Fantasy done well. I love her pacing and how she weaves humor into stories.)
    9. Mariana Zapata (Best romance writer imo, focuses more on characters and relationship building and less on unending sex)

    Favorite IPKKND Character

    10. NK, do you even have to ask?

    This Year, I Was Most Grateful For

    11. Friends & Zoom Calls – I would not have survived the year intact without them (Special shoutout to S and Bingala)
    12. Rediscovering IPK Fandom – It gave me back writing, reading, brought me new experiences like podcasting and just made me remember being young again

    Favorite Midnight Snack

    13. Jalapeno Chips

    Favorite Drink

    14. Plain Water, lol

    Top 3 Dream Destinations

    15. Toronto – I want to go to a hockey game there
    16. Paris – I want to visit all the museums
    17. Someplace in a beach house with friends

    My Favorite Person

    18. Ri Jeong Hyeok….you’ll see why below (Psych…but I can’t between all the friends!)

    Favorite Movie

    19. Tu Hai Mera Sunday – I watched it for the first time this year!!! And it’s one of the few things that can make me smile so fucking goofily every time. And in 2020, that’s a miracle in itself.

    Favorite Drama (cannot be IPKKND!)

    20. Crash Landing on You – When I say this show had everything I want in a show I am not even exaggerating: found family, sexy second pairing, perfect comedic timing, romance, drama, amazing costuming, production, writing and direction and ACTING. I finished watching it last night and I am already thinking about a re-watch. One of the main protagonists, Ri Jeong Hyeok, has ruined men for me forever because no one else will ever measure up.

    My New Year Resolution

    21. Try to worry a little bit less about what will happen tomorrow so I can live today in peace (and also, finish ITM but shhhh)

    This is such a fun idea, K! Thanks for putting it together ❤

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  4. Top 5 Favorite Arshi Fanfics

    I will only include completed ones –

    1. One day at a time (ODAAT)

    2. A river runs through it

    3. Unexpectedly Expected

    4. Farewell Winter Nights

    5. Something about you

    The Book that Made Me Fall in Love with Reading

    6. Not much of a reader. Only read Arshi fanfics and few that friends recommend.

    Top 3 Favorite Published Authors

    Will stick to Arshi, since that’s pretty much what I read –

    7. Fe-en-dios

    8. Smita Ramachandran

    9. Anony_mous/AnamikaGK

    Favorite IPKKND Character

    10. Arnav, Duh!

    This Year, I Was Most Grateful For

    11. Everything that I took for granted

    12. SKD

    Favorite Midnight Snack

    13. Almonds & Walnuts

    Favorite Drink

    14. Ginger ale

    Top 3 Dream Destinations

    15. Kashmir

    16. Switzerland

    17. Bahamas

    My Favorite Person

    18. My Dadi

    Favorite Movie

    19. Jab we met

    Favorite Drama (cannot be IPKKND!)

    20. Recently watched Korean series – Start up

    My New Year Resolution

    21. Focus more on AD than SKD. Resolutions are meant to be broken, no?

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  5. *Top 5 Favorite Arshi Fanfics*

    (These stories brighten up even my worst of days and I still continue rereading them)

    1. The Emerald Isle Tales (Meera)

    2. Careless Whispers (Meera)

    3. A River Runs through It (Meera)

    4. Addicted to You ( Raspberry and Lilac

    5. One Day at A Time ( Sohini)

    *The Book that Made Me Fall in Love with Reading*

    6.As a child it was Enid Bliton stories ☺️

    Mystic Skies (Anne, Head over Heals) made me fall in love with Arshi Fiction stories

    *Top 3 Favorite Published Authors (IPKKND)*

    7. SJ (The Filigreed Sun)

    8. Anamika G K (Making Khushi Mine)

    9. Fe-En-Dios ( RENDEZVOUS – BEYOND THE SKIES)

    *Favorite IPKKND Character*

    10. Khushi

    *This Year, I Was Most Grateful For*

    11. My Family

    12. Every thing

    *Favorite Midnight Snack*

    13. Ice Cream

    *Favorite Drink*

    14. Hot Chocolate

    *Top 3 Dream Destinations*

    15. Himalays (Kailas Manasarovar )

    16. Greece

    17. Spain

    *My Favorite Person*

    18. My little bundle of joy, my daughter

    *Favorite Movie*

    19. DDLJ

    *Favorite Drama (cannot be IPKKND!)*

    20. None (haven’t watched any after IPKKND😂)

    *My New Year Resolution*

    21. Read more than Arshi FF, venture onto book reading 😍

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  6. Top 5 Favorite Arshi Fanfics
    This is so tough..half the time I will forget the names. Assuming these are completed stories. 5 is unfair.::I have too many of fav..including fwn(I know cheating)
    1. River runs through
    2. One day at a time
    3. Stripped
    4. The fighting fate
    5. Addicted to you
    The Book that Made Me Fall in Love with Reading
    6. Let’s say books by Lisa kleypas
    Top 3 Favorite Published Authors
    7. Lisa Kleypas
    8. Judith Mcnaught
    9. Julia Quinn
    Favorite IPKKND Character
    10. Khushi
    This Year, I Was Most Grateful For
    11. Family
    12. Intro to pranic meditation
    Favorite Midnight Snack
    13. Chocolate if I have to eat
    Favorite Drink
    14. Coffee ☕️- I am a very picky coffee drinker. It has to be right! I don’t even know what that means anymore…I love Indian filter coffees and Starbucks dark or medium roast..as you see it has to be strong for my taste buds!
    Top 3 Dream Destinations ( assuming I am yet to see them)
    15. Northern lights
    16. Australia..now jigs has me there from one of her upcoming stories!
    17. Scotland – all these damn historical fictions want me to visit these places!
    My Favorite Person
    18. My children
    Favorite Movie
    19. DDLJ – the movie that made me write poetries 🤣
    Favorite Drama (cannot be IPKKND!)
    20. The crown – I like anything historical! And I also like like Korean drama start up(Gauri recommended)
    My New Year Resolution
    21. Focus on myself!

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  7. Top 5 favourite Arshi fanfics :
    1. Emerald Isle Tales by Meera (It had to start with this.. I love anything and everything that Meera pens down)
    2. A River Runs Through It by Meera
    3. Dawn Noon and Dusk by Aquasandhya
    4. The Same Coin by Semanti
    5. Of Reins and Reigns by Eccentrica

    The book that made me fall in love with reading:
    6. Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Secret Seven and Famous Five books.. can’t name any one.. these are the books that made me fall in love with reading as a child.. and I can’t still let go of my love for fictions.

    Top 3 favourite published authors
    7. Agatha Christie
    8. Satyajit Ray
    9. Rabindranath Tagore

    Favourite IPKKND Character:
    10. Arnav 😍

    This year, I was most grateful for:
    11. I still have the my most precious people and things with me.. The year where lakhs of people have lost their close ones, Covid has not affected me in that worse way.. and for that I’m grateful.
    12. Technology.. As cliché as that sounds.. A year where people had been forced to be indoors for a major part of the year.. had it not been for technology, I don’t know how I’d have survived these long months..

    Favourite midnight snack:
    13. Ice cream (it has to be this.. I can’t seem to let go of this habit😁)

    Favourite drink:
    14. Hot chocolate

    Top 3 dream destinations:
    15. Any nice quiet place on the mountains (preferably Himalayas)
    16. Switzerland
    17. Santorini

    My favourite person:
    18. My mother

    Favourite movie:
    19. 3 Idiots

    Favourite Series (Cannot be IPKKND!):
    20. The Crown (I’d never thought I’d enjoy this.. but I relished this!)

    My New Year Resolution:
    21. To be more patient with everything..

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    • I keep hearing so much about The Crown! Perhaps it’s time to sneak a peek.

      Tagore has such a beautiful way of connecting words and thoughts. One of my favorites from him is definitely – “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”

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      • You should sneak a peek.. even I was doing just that.. but the first episode forced me to watch the second and by the time the second one got over, I was already hooked.. the set, the actors, everything will draw you in..

        I can’t even pin point on any one favourite quote.. there are so many.. his words are simple and he had a way of putting together difficult thoughts in simple words.. btw I’ve always felt translation snatches some of the magic that the original carries.. if you ever learn Bengali, try reading his original works in Bengali.. his pen was surely mightier than the sword!😍

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  8. Since I’ve spammed your thread (and cursed as it was pointed out to me by a dear friend of mine), am posting my stuff too.

    Top 5 favourite Arshi fanfics :
    1-5. Sorry, haven’t read any.

    The book that made me fall in love with reading:
    6. There is a collection of short stories for children by Tolstoy that my father brought to me from Russia, and I was read to when I was 2-3 years old. Since my parents are weirdos, they didn’t care it was all about life-death philosophy as it is the case in Russian literature. Till this day, I am incredibly attracted to Russian Literature. Blame my parents for my angst writing.

    Top 3 favourite published authors [modified: three new favorites of 2020]
    7. Alejandra Pizarnik
    8. RF Kuang
    9. Martha Wells

    Favourite IPKKND Character:
    10. Laxmi the Goat. okay maybe Payal a little.

    This year, I was most grateful for:
    11. Friends.
    12. WordPress (my blog, basically)

    Favourite midnight snack:
    13. Parle G

    Favourite drink:
    14. Jasmine green tea

    Top 3 dream destinations:
    15. Northern Lights – the sky
    16. Bolivian salt flats – to see the milky way
    17. Atacama – to see the milky way

    My favourite person:
    18. Amma!

    Favourite movie: [of the year, 2020]
    19. I have watched some fantastic ones. Closest to being a favorite has to be The Dark Song that I watched recently.

    Favourite Series (Cannot be IPKKND!):
    20. Okay its very close. I thought this will be Untamed but no. Its OCCUPIED. Sorry. I am loving Untamed and its a personal favorite, but Occupied (Norwegian show) is something else.

    My New Year Resolution:
    21. Nothing.

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      • ooh good luck. I am reading the final one this weekend. I am very hesitant in recommending YA and I generally don’t get along with any YA books but this one is pretty well written (and well researched)

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    • Feed my curiosity, how many languages do you speak? Because I’m seeing an aficionado. I love picking up words here and there whenever I explore new countries via their entertainment or food, but the grammar foundation is beyond sucky so …. 😦

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      • I speak level 2 japanese and level 1 german. Was finishing level 1 mandarin before i had to quit. But tv shows help me revise. I started level 1 russian also but schedule conflicts so I have paused for now. And some desi languages. 🙂
        I realized that I learn fastest by mugging up good songs from these languages or binging tv shows again and again. Remember the dialogues, remember the subs. Go from there. Living in those countries helped too, not gonna lie.

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  9. Top 5 Favorite Arshi Fanfics
    Disc: i am new to ipkknd (1 yr old). I missed many amazing stories written during prime years)
    1. Khushi by Maya Hill
    2. Set Me Ablaze by Chitra G
    3. Valiant knight and fighting fate by Deeptiya
    4. Making Khushi mine 1 & 2 by Anamika
    5. Stripped & Temptation by Jigs
    The Book that Made Me Fall in Love with Reading
    6. Davinci code series
    Top 3 Favorite Published Authors
    7.
    8.
    9.
    Favorite IPKKND Character
    10. Arnav
    This Year, I Was Most Grateful For
    11. Not getting sick 🙂
    12. Family time
    Favorite Midnight Snack
    13. Bowl of cereal 🤪
    Favorite Drink
    14. Diet coke 😂
    Top 3 Dream Destinations
    15. My bed and me sleeping
    16. Greece
    17. Ladak
    My Favorite Person
    18. My dad
    Favorite Movie
    19. Real steel (its our Sunday-night movie)
    Favorite Drama (cannot be IPKKND!)
    20. Friends !
    My New Year Resolution
    21. None
    Don’t be shy, you’re among friends. Let’s do this!

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  10. Top 5 arshi ff
    1. Revealed by jigs
    2. Khushi by Maya
    3. Charade by phatti sari
    4. Song based One shots by Bingala & Set me Ablaze by Chitra
    5. Second chances by Meera & Farewell winter nights

    Book that made me fall in love with reading- Nandan🙂

    Top 3 Authors
    1. Dan Brown
    2. Enid Bliton & Nancy Drew coz childhood was all about them
    3. J K Rowling, have to put her in😉

    Favorite IPPKND Character
    Arnav🥰

    This year most greatful for
    1. Family & frnds
    2. Books & ffs
    3. Being safe, healthy & happy

    Favourite Midnight snack
    Cake, without cream, any type

    Favourite drink- Coffee, kaisi bhi kahi bhi

    Top 3 dream destination
    1. Greece
    2. England, want to see those palaces & history
    3. Paris- have to see this capital of Fashion

    My favourite person- Hubby & lil one❤️

    Favourite Movie-
    Chupke chupke, Golmaal, Mili, Khoobsurat (old)- can & have watch these movies n no of times

    Favourite drama other than IPPKND
    1. Dekh bhai dekh,
    2.Sarabhai vs sarabhai,

    My new year resolution- to b content with myself & what i have🙂

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  11. Top 5 Favorite Arshi Fanfics
    1.Shaadi by Expel
    2.Emerald Isle tales by Meera

    3.unforgettable by Van

    4. Khushi by Maya Hill

    5. Temptation by Jigs ( too many more but couldn’t fit in all of them)

    The Book that Made Me Fall in Love with Reading

    6. The little house on the prairies series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I simply love this and the Anne of seven gables series

    Top 3 Favorite Published Authors

    7. Indu Sundaresan

    8. William Dalrymple

    9. Tarquinius Hall

    Favorite IPKKND Character

    10. Arnav without a doubt

    This Year, I Was Most Grateful For

    11. Zoom for allowing face to face and a connection to the world.

    12. Thankful for health of near and dear ones, though we have suffered some bad losses
    13. Would like to add pottery and ceramics , my obsessive hobby which gave me sanity in these crazy times

    Favorite Midnight Snack

    13. Brownies with ice cream

    Favorite Drink

    14. A virgin Mojito and fire and ice

    Top 3 Dream Destinations

    15. Santorini , Greece

    16. Florence, Italy

    17. Istanbul Turkey

    My Favorite Person

    18. My Husband, I know it’s cliched, but sorry he still remains so after 30 odd years of marriage

    Favorite Movie

    19. Without any doubt Roman Holiday, and Sound of Music

    Favorite Drama (cannot be IPKKND!)

    20. Rangrasiya

    My New Year Resolution

    21. To stay calm and healthy and loose weight

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    • Would also like to add two more in favourite Arshi ff 1, is His Gardening , her Jalebi, I simply loved this and the Second is the Games we play by Bingala. I wish the authors would come back and complete both they are simply fantastic. Waiting to read Farewell Winter Nights to add to my favourite list

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  12. Top 5 Favorite Arshi Fanfics

    1. The Love story on Page 3 by Napster monster
    2. Fate Mate by Karmachameleon
    3. Farewell Winter Nights by S&K
    4. Hearts A Mess by Trisasak
    5. Desert Heat by TINA!

    The Book that Made Me Fall in Love with Reading

    6. It’s a tie between Enid Blyton’s books and R.L Stine’s Goosebumps series.

    Top 3 Favorite Published Authors

    (Just including my favorites of 2020. Too hard to choose all time favorites)

    7. Kennedy Ryan especially her Kingmaker duology.

    8. Nalini Singh. Her Psy Changeling series (Kaleb 😍)

    9. James Markert.

    Favorite IPKKND Character

    10. The Poolside.

    This Year, I Was Most Grateful For

    11. My family’s health

    12. All the stories that comforted me.

    Favorite Midnight Snack

    13. Ramen. It’s oddly comforting.

    Favorite Drink

    14. Tea

    Top 3 Dream Destinations

    15. Kyoto, Japan

    16. Hallstatt, Austria

    17. NYC

    My Favorite Person

    18. My mother

    Favorite Movie

    (Of 2020)

    19. Weathering with You

    Favorite Drama (cannot be IPKKND!)

    20. The Office. Just binge watched it earlier this year.

    My New Year Resolution

    21. Learning a certain language.

    Thank you, K. This was fun.

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  13. Top 5 Favorite Arshi Fanfics
    1. Careless Whispers by Meera
    2. Mystic Skies by Anne
    3. Farewell Winter Nights
    4. One Day at a Time by Sohni
    5. Let’s Fall in Love by Pink

    The Book that Made Me Fall in Love with Reading
    I wouldn’t say I’m in love with reading. But the book that made me want to start reading more was
    6. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
    But what made me fall in love with reading Ipk ffs is ‘Mystic Skies’. One of my first ffs.

    Top 3 Favorite Published Authors
    Again I haven’t read a whole lot, until ipkknd ffs that is. So from my limited reading
    7. Jane Austen (just for Pride & Prejudice. Have read it so many times.. Wish someone wud write an ipk ff based on this)
    8. Jeffrey Archer
    9. Nicholas Sparks

    Favorite IPKKND Character
    10. Khushi

    This Year, I Was Most Grateful For
    11. Everything.. My health, my family and their health, my friends, our safety, security
    12. The technology thats keeps us connected even when we are unable to meet and that enables kids to learn from the safety of our homes

    Favorite Midnight Snack
    13. Cornflakes (Just coz its the easiest)

    Favorite Drink
    14. Anything of coffee flavour

    Top 3 Dream Destinations
    15. Kashmir
    16. To see an Aurora
    17. Maldives/ Mauritius/any such beautiful beach location

    My Favorite Person
    18. My Mom who’s also my best friend

    Favorite Movie
    19. The Blind Side

    Favorite Drama (cannot be IPKKND!)
    20. Friends

    My New Year Resolution
    21. I don’t make new year resolutions anymore. I know I’m not gonna follow them..

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  14. Top 5 Favorite Arshi Fanfics
    These are some of the ones I have been lucky to savour. I am sure there are gems out there which I have not yet discovered. I wasn’t really active on IF. So, here goes….

    1. Emerald Isle Tales – Meera weaves magic with her words. I would read anything and everything she pens (or taps on the keyboard). She could post her grocery list and I would read it with sighs and dreamy eyes. EIT to me is one of the best pieces of fiction ever written. Not to mention the music, which is so integral to Meera’s stories.

    2. Temptation and TT by Jigs – Such an emotional journey. Khushi overcoming a painful past and her insecurities, reaching out for her happiness, growing as a person. One of the best-designed blogs. Jigs has a way with choosing her banners. And the vocabulary. Gosh, the woman made sure that I had the thesaurus handy while reading every chapter.

    3. FWN – My Captain and Professor and their beautiful tale of Love, passion, seduction, bromance, my Parrot, Robbie …. Wonderful character build-up. The story grips the reader with every night. Plus, one of the best epilogues. Am I waxing poetic? But, their story is that brilliant. Sending hugs, Capt and Prof ❤

    4. Finding Khushi by Smitar – The story that marked my foray into the Arshi fanfiction readership. And, this story has Anamika. And, it forged a hamesha wali friendship with the author. Love you, Smi.

    5. Khushi by MayaHill – The way the redemption track should have been. Arnav finally using his Harvard groomed shaatir dimaag and figuring out Khushi’s innocence. Khushi growing both as a person and as an entrepreneur.

    The Book that Made Me Fall in Love with Reading
    6. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Doyle ❤ I was ten. Couldn’t quite comprehend 19th century English but was enamored by the vivid characters of Holmes and Watson. Conan Doyle's writing, direct, philosophical. Who can forget, "when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth". And, Watson's narratives. Aah, the way they try to unravel the many layers of Holmes' character.

    Top 3 Favorite Published Authors
    7. Conan Doyle and O Henry (Classics)
    8. Elizabeth Kolbert (Non-Fiction)
    9. Kristen Ashley (Earlier works of her, Contemporary Romance)

    Favorite IPKKND Character
    10. Khushi

    This Year, I Was Most Grateful For
    11. My family’s health…cliched, but so, so important and definitely something to be thankful for.

    12. Being able to visit Stonehenge, during the brief period that the lock-down was eased. Built over 5000 years ago, these incredibly huge monoliths, rising from the Salisbury plains… Uff majestic. Glad I could strike that one off my bucket list.

    Favorite Midnight Snack
    13. Hand full o nuts, peanut butter

    Favorite Drink
    14. Pina Colada

    Top 3 Dream Destinations
    15. Lapland, Northern Lights, baby!!
    16. Glowworm Caves, New Zealand (Been there. It’s otherworldly…. magical)
    17. Machu Pichu

    My Favorite Person
    18. Lucky to be surrounded by so many of the best, most fabulous people. Can’t pick one. In which case, I am my most favourite person 😛

    Favorite Movie
    Again, I have to pick only one?!?
    19. Schindler’s List (E) and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (H)

    Favorite Drama (cannot be IPKKND!)
    20. Outlander – one word – Sam Heughan … ok that’s two words, so kill me 😉 Sam in a kilt and I am dead anyway 😛

    My New Year Resolution
    21. Not to make any resolution. I don’t follow them anyway… 😉

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    • Awww where would our FWN ship be without such wonderful first mates? I feel your impatience on FWN, will definitely deliver several nights this week for one of very favorite readers. 😀 *squeezing hug*

      Glowworm Caves, New Zealand – Gah I’m so jealous! What else did you get to explore in NZ?

      What happened to Kristen Ashley?! S and I had a ragey fest after reading the ending to the Chaos series. I can’t even try any of her new series, all the quirky vs alphaholeness is no more, we’re left with this soulless drivel that chiseled away at all the good memories.

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      • IKR, I mean she is the same author who gave us Tack, Tate, Mitch, Joker, the Hot Bunch…. But I guess it happens when one has 50-60 books published. Creativity maxes out…

        In NZ, hiked to the crater of a dormant volcano, walked across a glacier, parasailed, cruised on the Milford Sound and sheared a sheep 😀

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        • I’m drenched in some envy. That sounds amazing!

          Leaving KA’s world is forcing me to discover some wonderful new writers. One of my favorite has been K.A. Tucker’s The Simple Wild. You will adore that one. Another is Anna Zaires’s Wall Street Titan. The hero shares many shade of our favorite Mr. Raizada. ^^

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  15. Top 5 Favorite Arshi Fanfics
    1. Emerald Isle Tales
    2. A river runs through it
    3. Of lemons and limes
    4. Valley of flowers
    5. Careless whispers

    The Book that Made Me Fall in Love with Reading
    It has to be Enid Blyton’s books. It was cemented by reading Jane Eyre when I was 12.

    Top 3 Favorite Published Authors
    This is a tough one. And its in no order
    1. Jane Austen
    2. Amitav Ghosh especially the non fiction
    3. Ian Rankin

    Favorite IPKKND Character
    Hello hi bye bye!

    This Year, I Was Most Grateful For
    My better half

    Favorite Midnight Snack
    None.

    Favorite Drink
    A glass of Merlot, or a Pinot Noir

    Top 3 Dream Destinations
    1. West Indies
    2. New Zealand
    3. Scandinavia

    My Favorite Person
    My brother

    Favorite Movie
    Tough one, I don’t watch a whole lot of movies.

    Favorite Drama (cannot be IPKKND!)
    Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (the Granada TV production starring Jeremy Brett)

    My New Year Resolution
    I don’t generally make resolutions. I’m 48, will leave the resolutions to younger folk, and take each day as it comes!!

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  16. Top 5 favourite Arathi Fabrics

    1. The River Runs through it by Meera
    2. One day at a time by Sohni
    3. The filigreed sun by SJ
    4. Dawn Noon and Dusk by Sandhya
    5. Temptation by Jigs
    & many many more…..

    The book that made me fall in love with reading
    6. Enid Blyton and Nancy Drew

    Top 3 Published Authors
    7. John Grisham
    8. Jane Austen
    9. Dan Brown

    Favourite IPKKND character
    10. Khushi

    This year I was most grateful for
    11. Having by aged parents and all of my family in good health.
    12. Zoom calls in helping me stay connected with my kids and family

    Favourite Midnight Snack
    13. Assorted nuts

    Favourite Drink
    13. Filter Coffee/ Hot Chocolate

    Top 3 Dream destinations
    14. Switzerland
    15. Turkey
    16. Kashmir

    My Favourite persons
    17. My kids

    Favourite movie
    18. Not a movie person

    Favourite Drama
    19. Friends

    New year resolution
    Don’t make any as I can never keep it

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  17. Top 5 Favorite Arshi Fanfics
    1. …..and then she found me
    2. His gardening her jalebi
    3. Something about you
    4. Farewell winter night
    5. Valley of flowers

    The Book that Made Me Fall in Love with Reading
    6. Hamlet by W.S.
    Top 3 Favorite Published Authors
    7. Khalid Hussein
    8. Jumps lahiri
    9. Harikisan Mehta
    Favorite IPKKND Character
    10. Khushi kumari Gupta
    This Year, I Was Most Grateful For
    11. Health of the family
    12. Work
    Favorite Midnight Snack
    13. Milk n cookie
    Favorite Drink
    14. Mocha frappe
    Top 3 Dream Destinations
    15. Fiji
    16. Bora bora
    17. Ladakh
    My Favorite Person
    18. My baby
    Favorite Movie
    19. Lamhe
    Favorite Drama (cannot be IPKKND!)
    20. Hasratein
    My New Year Resolution
    21. Loose weight 🥺 and be patient with everyone.

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      • Yes !! Mocha frappe .. I start sneezing as soon as I drink one since it’s winter … but can’t do without it …
        Hamlet was my first novel. … my grand father got me hooked on reading since I was a child … he has a huge library in his house that he collected booked since he was child. He once told me that’s how he traveled to different place in the world and knows about their culture is thru his books.

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  18. Top 5 Favorite Arshi Fanfics

    1. Farwell Winter Nights by You!!! 😄

    2. The Impenetrable Heart by Jenny

    3. The Best Laid Plans by Anamika

    4. Love, Life and Labyrinth by Eccentrica

    5. Stripped by Jignasha

    The Book that Made Me Fall in Love with Reading

    6. Sydney Sheldon’s books

    Top 3 Favorite Published Authors

    7. Sydney Sheldon

    8. Dan Brown

    9. Amish Tripathi

    Favorite IPKKND Character

    10. I guess I liked the whole package

    This Year, I Was Most Grateful For

    11. My family recovering without major complications

    12. Our families helping each other and being for each other

    Favorite Midnight Snack

    13. Plain water

    Favorite Drink

    14. Masala Chai

    Top 3 Dream Destinations

    15. Alaskan cruise

    16. Himalayas

    17. Canadian Rockies

    My Favorite Person

    18. My Kids

    Favorite Movie

    19. Day after Tomorrow for showing how life will fight to survive under any kind of adverse conditions

    Favorite Drama (cannot be IPKKND!)

    20. The Crown

    My New Year Resolution

    21. Stay fit and healthy

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  19. My top favourite Arshi Fanfics

    1. All the stories by Smitar as i was introduced into the world of Arshi FF with her
    2. All the stories by Jigs: as her stories made mr go deeper into the world of FF
    3. The Emerald tales by Meera and all the others that I could find as her writing takes you into another world
    4. Addicted to you by Rasberryandlilac as her story between a traditional Khushi and non traditional Arnav Salazar made me weep and smile and sigh….
    5. All the stories by Saucechips…. DND by Aquasandhya….all from Archi…. Of Lemons and Lime by Omerbati…Kavitha’s Arshi Journeys….. Khushi by JalebiJane…..and many more…
    I know i am cheating but I have to pay homage to all of them as this past year has kept me sane and happy with finding and reading stories of Arshi by so many talented writers…..

    The book that made me fall in love with reading

    6a. The green King by Jean-Loup Sulitzer
    6b. The romance writer Julie Garwood

    The top three writers

    7. Robin Cook
    8. Jeffrey Archer
    9. Nicholas Sparks

    Favorite IPKKND character

    10. A toss between Khushi and Arnav

    This Year I was most grateful for:

    11. To have my kids and family healthy and safe and to get to talk to them
    12. To have amazing friends who kept me sane

    Favorite Midnight snack

    13. Popcorn or sourdough toast with butter

    Favorite drink

    14. Single malt whiskey and non alcoholic, Thumbs Up

    Three dream Destinations

    15. Australia
    16. Japan
    17. A toss between the Northern Lights and Alaska

    My favourite persons

    18. My kids and Grandkids

    Favorite movie

    19. Too many so all and none…..

    Favorite Drama

    20.Too many to single out

    New Year’s resolution

    21. None as don’t ever follow through

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  20. Jus a side note;;

    I have been a silent reader for a while now, but then, this year taught me to appreciate, and thus, I am giving all the thanks to you all writers, who has kept me sane and safe, and also taught me positivity…..
    Thank you for being by anchor and support …..

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  21. Alright, here I go!

    Top 5 Favorite Arshi Fanfics

    1. Free by BlueMystique (I know it’s a short story but still)

    2. Khushi by Maya

    3. Colors of the Wind by Meera

    4. Dear Agony by Nmyra

    5. Stripped by Chokri_ASR / Jigs

    The Book that Made Me Fall in Love with Reading

    6. The Golden Fortress (The Adventures of Feluda) by Satyajit Ray

    Top 3 Favorite Published Authors

    7. O. Henry

    8. Ruskin Bond

    9. Roald Dahl

    Favorite IPKKND Character

    10. Arnav Singh Raizada

    This Year, I Was Most Grateful For

    11. Ridz & B

    12. Being safe and healthy

    Favorite Midnight Snack

    13. Maggi!

    Favorite Drink

    14. Ginger Ale

    Top 3 Dream Destinations

    15. Rajasthan

    16. Greece

    17. Switzerland

    My Favorite Person

    18. Real? My mother. Fictional? Arjun from Tu Hai Mera Sunday.

    Favorite Movie

    19. For now, Tu Hai Mera Sunday.

    Favorite Drama (cannot be IPKKND!)

    20. Crash Landing On You!!!!!

    My New Year Resolution

    21. Write. Edit. Do things necessary to build my career 🙂

    Thank you for this wonderful thing ❤

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  22. Top 5 Favorite Arshi Fanfics

    Birds of a feather
    Second chances
    Temptation
    The bride with a doll
    Love life Labyrinth
    The Book that Made Me Fall in Love with Reading

    6 God of Small things by Arhundhati Roy

    Top 3 Favorite Published Author

    7 Arundhati Roy

    8 Bell Hooks

    9 Khalid Hosseni

    Favorite IPKKND Character

    10 Arnav

    This Year, I Was Most Grateful For

    11 for good health

    12 for being safe and sound

    Favorite Midnight Snack

    13 oat and nut bars

    Favorite Drink

    14 water

    Top 3 Dream Destinations

    15 Austria

    16 Bulgaria

    17 Iceland

    My Favorite Person

    18 my sibling

    Favorite Movie

    19 the pursuit of happiness

    Favorite Drama (cannot be IPKKND!)

    20 friends

    My New Year Resolution

    21 to learning how to be way more comfortable in my skin. to continuing to love sunsets, snow, mountains and everything nature.to forever wearing my heart on my sleeve despite the world being harsh.

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  23. Here goes nothing!!

    Top 5 Favorite Arshi Fanfics
    1. Dawn Noon and Dusk – Aquasandhya
    2. One Day at a Time – Sohni
    3. Desert Rose – Charlotte
    4. The Same Coin – Incorrigible Magpie
    5. Stripped – Jigs
    Its so hard to choose a top 5 with so many wonderful tales out there

    The Book that Made Me Fall in Love with Reading
    6. Book of Fairies by Enid Blyton (all her stuff in fact)

    Top 3 Favorite Published Authors
    7. Jane Austen
    8. Ashok Banker
    9. JK Rowling

    Favorite IPKKND Character
    10. Its a toss up between ASR and KKG

    This Year, I Was Most Grateful For
    11. Health – both mine and that of the entire family including parents and grandparents back in India
    12. Technology that helped us stay connected despite distances

    Favorite Midnight Snack
    13. Brownies!!

    Favorite Drink
    14. Lemon ice tea/Filter coffee

    Top 3 Dream Destinations
    15. Greece
    16. Turkey
    17. Ladakh

    My Favorite Person
    18. Depends on which of my boys is being nice to me 😀

    Favorite Movie
    19. Chupke Chupke (the 1975 one)

    Favorite Drama (cannot be IPKKND!)
    20. This year is would be the K-drama Father is Strange – I was really looking forward to the Bridgerton’s though

    My New Year Resolution
    21. Learn some self control when it comes to my addictions – sugar and stories

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  24. Hello. I watched IPK back in the days and sort of lost touch with the show. Recently I met an acquaintance and we got chatting about Indian shows and she mentioned about IPK. And then she talked about the fan fictions and I was like, what is that. That was my first entry into this world. She referred me to your website and I have just begun making my way through the various suggestions. And I have to admit- some of the work really is exceptional- Publish worthy. Thank you for creating this website and keeping the memories of the show alive. Reading these FFs is making me want to revisit the show. And honestly some of these stories are far better than the show itself. A big hats off to these authors who decided to share some wonderful stories with us.

    Happy New Year!

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