Dear Friends, I was just going through some of the old stories of Varalotti in this forum, when I came across the story “ The Investigation” which, surprised me. I had not read any investigative story written by him so far ! Ofcourse, I am not a great fan of “ criminal stories” as well. But since I like his absorbing style, I started reading the story. I have now a confirmed opinion that Sridhar is fascinated by the life style of “the rich & the famous” ! His present serial “ The Beauty & The Brain”, “ The Bosom Friend” & now this story - they all have a film actress “ tucked in” ! Ofcourse, I don’t deny, it makes interesting reading for a person like me . You prove, Sir, that you are good at analysing a woman’s mind in a perfect way, with just this sentence “ some thing in his eyes & the way he talked, broke through all the defences that Rekha had built around .”:.This is what makes a girl hopelessly fall in love with her man. Surprising, that more than fearing a separation from her husband, Rekha is worried about who will marry her next , a divorcee of the famous Raj – it sounds odd & very unnatural.Is she worried about the “ fire”, when she is still in the “frying pan” ? We see in movies that cancer is always a “ God sent” disease to mercilessly ( or sometimes gracefully ?) put an end to the life of a hero or heroine, specially to glorify him or her or sometimes to eliminate from the story line, also. Here it is “ breast cancer” – a second time in your stories Ofcourse by this disease perhaps you signify that the heroine has lost “ her assets” !.So now she becomes a plain Jane like anyother girl. An ex soulmate of Neha, asking her to look out for a new soulmate – that is a cruel punishment of a thought ! The words & expressions are very beautifully given, where Raj explains, why he cannot remarry Neha. A plus & a minus may be in general, neutralising factors – but not in life, always. This idea is explained enjoyably by Raj. You very often glorify women in your stories, atleast in a few that I have read. But in this, the true glory goes to a man & rightfully. Suspicion of a husband ? – how can a film star’s wife be free from it ? Ofcourse you rightfully point out that Raj’s life style gives Rekha plenty of occasions to think on those lines. I think, any woman cannot be completely free from such nagging thoughts, when the husband is professionally surrounded by “ buxom beauties” – I am repeating your word here! The man’s emotions are bound to go through upheavals ! It needs extreme will power & caution, not to let oneself go. I did enjoy this story thoroughly, Sridhar, eventhough it is almost “ hiding” in one of your earliest threads posted atleast 8, 9 months back! Love & regards, Chithra.