When he arrived at the restaurant, Siddhant was happy to
find that he was a few minutes early. The last thing he needed
on a first date was to be late and have to make excuses.
Besides, he liked this girl, and wanted to make a good first
impression. Just as he pulled out his phone to check on her
ETA, he saw her walk in through the door.
When Akriti caught his eye, she smiled a smile that
reminded him why he’d asked her out to begin with. The
kind of smile that was in equal parts genuine and childlike.
Her eyes widened slightly as he walked towards her. When
he reached her, she rose on tiptoe and hugged him lightly,
her earrings jingling happily as she pulled away.
Siddhant had a strange out-of-body experience: he
watched himself greet her by accepting the hug she offered,
as if they were in a movie. When he pulled away, she was
still smiling, which brought a smile to his face too, until
he realized that he should probably say something. They
couldn’t just stand there indefinitely, grinning at each other
like lunatics. He’d never done the formal dating thing,
and his only frame of reference for what to do next was
Hollywood movies. He racked his brain for something
funny or interesting to say, and finally came up with a
‘Hi, Sid. You look very handsome,’ Akriti said, with
another one of her smiles.
Right. A compliment – why hadn’t he thought of that?
She did look extremely pretty in her flowy dress with her
wavy hair framing her face, but now he felt like the window
of opportunity to compliment her had passed.
‘Thank you,’ he said. ‘Should we go in?’
‘Yes, let’s,’ Akriti said, taking his arm and purposefully
They were definitely in a movie.
About The Reason Is You
Siddhant meets Akriti during their medical residency in Delhi. Their connection is instant, blossoming from the many similarities between them. So, when Akriti faces a devastating loss, she leans on Siddhant for support. In the heat of an emotional moment, the two decide that this must be love. But as Akriti’s depression begins to take a stronger hold over her, she spirals out of control, sinking deeper into an abyss of fear, insecurity and rage. And while Siddhant struggles to help her, it seems like everything he does is only making things worse.
Meanwhile, Siddhant’s life gets further complicated when Maahi, his ex-girlfriend, whom he never stopped loving, re-enters his life.
Nikita Singh returns with a stirring story – exploring emotional health, the boundaries of traditional relationships and second chances.
About the Author
Nikita Singh is the bestselling author of eleven novels, including Letters to My Ex, Every Time It Rains and Like a Love Song. She is also the editor of the collections of short stories 25 Strokes of Kindness and The Turning Point.
After working in the book publishing industry in New Delhi for a few years, she got her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) at The New School in New York. Invested in the fight against climate change, she handles marketing for a solar energy company based in Brooklyn. Nikita is a digital nomad, currently obsessed with travel, tea and thrillers. You can follow her adventures on Instagram and Twitter (@singh_nikita).
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