Santa Claus is Coming Tonight


SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 1) - Introduction

Diya was desperately waiting for the postman to arrive. Nisha was stunned when she received an email. Diya's grandma was happily chatting with her friend. Diya's father had taken out a bundle of cash and was handing it over to someone. Diya's mother was busy in making the rangoli while Diya was continuously pacing around the room. She accidentally spoiled the rangoli and...... Before you start getting confused as to what is happening let me explain. Its Diwali in Shanta nivas, the...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 2) - My heart knows best

"Are you out of your mind?" Diya's father screamed at her. "Maybe", said Diya, "I maybe out of my mind but my heart knows what is best for me." "But Diya do you even know what you are doing? I mean you have such an excellent job as a manager at the state bank and now you want to give it up for some fun hobby?" "Dad, please. Its not some fun hobby. Its my passion which I now want to make it into my profession." After a heated argument, Diya's...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 3) - Trouble begins

"What does all of this mean? How can they fire me like this?" Nisha Dhar was reading an email her close friend had sent her. It read, "Dear Nisha, come back quickly. I don't know the whole story but Mr Ramola has made up his mind. God knows what he has against you. I have heard that he has ruined your progress report. The committee may take a decision to fire you today. We have sent them a request to delay the meeting till you return. Come back quick." Nisha was in...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 4) - Trouble and Pain

"We did so much for you and now.." Diya's mother was screaming at her. She had tears in her eyes. She had always dreamt of her daughter of becoming a strong, independent woman and when Diya got her job at the bank, her mom felt that all her prayers have been answered. "I know maa that you did so much for my happiness, but the thing is that I am not happy. I don't know why, but I feel that I want to do something else." "Come on Nisha, you aren't ready yet?" Juhi...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO NIGHT (Chap 5) - I have the right to be myself

"Take it easy, its all going to work out. Just write an apology letter and..." "An apology! For what?" Nisha screamed at her friend Meghna. "Come on Nisha, you know what I mean. Mr Ramola has ruined your progress report because of your attitude. If you apologise to him on time, then maybe something can be done. And you know very well know that the committee is going to listen to him and not you." Attitude? Apology? What was wrong with her attitude? What should...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 6) - Santa to the rescue

Pain in her eyes, hope in her heart, madness in her mind, with fear and faith at war, Diya proceeded towards the train. She had booked two tickets hoping that her father would accompany her. But why would he? She had already ruined their Diwali, now she did not want to mess with their lives. It was her struggle, her journey and she had to travel alone. Alone she had to face her fears. The night was dark and so was her life. Darkness clouded her mind and every second moment she had thoughts...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 7) - Wish granted !

Diya stepped out of the train. The morning was cold and so was her heart. The chilly wind swept past her face. Diya stood there for a moment, examining her surroundings. Nothing special, a simple railway platform and another cold winter morning. She caught sight of two kids happily stepping out of the train with her parents. A lone tear escaped from her eyes. She badly wanted to call her family, but could not gather the courage to do so. She had texted them that she was fine and had...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 8) - Santa's dilemma

Diya stepped into the luxurious hotel room. God knows why she chose to stay here. One day would cost her almost half her savings. But she had no option. She did not know anything about this new town, it was a highly reputed hotel and safe for her and above all she wasn't feeling too well. A lot had happened in her life lately. She felt tired and her head was aching badly. She needed rest. But sleep seemed to have no mercy on her. As soon as she closed her eyes, images of her returning back...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 9) - Continuation of Chapter Santa's Dilemma

"Dad, why don't you relax! Its not as if we have to compete with everyone. I will get married only if I feel that its the right time," Nisha assured her father. Not wanting to engage in this conversation anymore, Nisha excused herself by saying that she had to speak to the manager regarding certain arrangements. Diya woke up from her sleep with a sudden jerk. She had been unable to sleep due to the constant worried voices screaming in her head." Have you gone out of your mind?...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 10) - Confusion

​Nisha saw the old man disappear into the hallway. She looked at the envelope in her hand. No name, no address, not even a postage stamp! Surprising it was. Who would have sent it? And that too by an old man dressed up as Santa? Confused and amazed, Nisha quickly opened the envelope. Inside it, lay a neatly folded letter with a red ribbon tied on it. Nisha hardly ever received any letters. All her family members and co-workers always sent her e-mails. She wondered who could have sent it....

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT - What is it all about?

​Thank you all so much for making a choice to read this article. Well I am writing this article now because I did not write one in the beginning. ​I know that all my beautiful readers have quite a lot of questions in their minds. Some of you might be wandering whether the two stories of the two girls will go on separately or will they come together, whether this story has some suspense element or not, how will it unfold in the upcoming chapters. ​I am writing this article to clear...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 11) - Love knows best

​Nisha could not understand what that feeling was. She felt confused and frustrated. And then, all of a sudden, she began to sob. Tears rushed down her eyes uncontrollably. She felt as if she could no longer hold it all together. On the outside, though she pretended to be all good but on the inside she was screaming or rather longing for relief. ​"What is wrong with me?" she cried out aloud, "It should all go as I have planned. I shall soon get a new job and then all will go...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 12) - The suspense begins

​ ​For an unknown reason, Nisha did not re-send the e-mail. She felt as if this message had some hidden meaning. But what could it possibly mean? The words kept echoing in her mind - LOVE KNOWS BEST. ​Her thoughts were disturbed by a loud knock at the door. She felt scared. It was 1 a.m. at night. Who could it possibly be? All her family members would have been asleep by then and why would the hotel staff disturb her at such a time? ​She went near the door and shouted, "Who...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 13) - The mystery deepens

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event or person, living or dead, is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"Great excuse! He escaped? Or you let him escape?" Nisha angrily yelled at Mr. Raghav. ​"Mam please try to understand, we......", Mr. Raghav tried to calm her down. ​"I come here this morning with the intention of speaking to Mr. Nishant regarding this incident...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 14) - Care and concern

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event or person, living or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"Are you really staying back?" Diya asked Nisha over the phone while adjusting the plates of her saree. She had finally decided to attend the wedding and thanks to her luck, she was able to find a beautifully netted saree among her clothes. When she had left home, she had...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 15) - Hidden messages

​Nisha sat down in the huge sitting area occupying a seat at the very end of the room. She wrapped her shawl tightly around herself. She loved sitting close to the fireplace. In this moment, nothing could bother her, nothing, except her thoughts which were racing in her mind. The wedding had been great, Juhi was blissfully happy, the entire family was looking so bright and cheerful. But despite of all their happy moments together, Nisha was glad that they had left. She wanted to be...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 16) - New arrivals

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event or person, living or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​The stormy winds and the thundering sounds, the chilly weather and the approaching darkness, it all looked evil and scary. But these two beautiful souls, Diya and Nisha, felt as if there was something magical about it all. While Diya simply loved the winds and wanted to dance with...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 17) - Enchanted messages

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event or person, living or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​ ​"I guess this is the most unique celebration I have ever seen," said Vivan as he was happily admiring the beauty of the place. "Twenty five years of this hotel and they are celebrating it well. Luckily we got a chance to attend this." ​"Yes", replied...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 18) - Reflections

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​ ​Nisha sat still for a moment. Her eyes were brimming with tears and she could hardly utter a word. It was all true, her heart had known it the whole time. But she had always pushed it away. But this time the universe was in no mood to give up. A simple message which led her to...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 19) - A new perception

​ Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event or person living or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"As you see Nisha its all clearly laid out now. We have almost made our choices," said Diya. They both were having a conversation at the dinner table. ​Having felt confused and troubled this whole time they were finally feeling relaxed now. Okay they still had matters to...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 20) - Trusting the universe

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"I feel like crap," said Nisha as she sank down in her bed, "this feels weird. I don't know, but I feel a strong urge not to go back to a similar job. But at the same time I dread the repercussions. I am already in debt and.............." ​"Hold on,"...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 21) - Santa's present

​Diya walked down to the sitting room early in the morning. The staff was still arranging the cushions and the tables were being cleared up. It was foggy and not even a single sunbeam could be seen. She walked upto the receptionist and asked her, "Excuse me, but do you have any idea from where the wood logs are brought? I mean those used in the fireplaces?" ​"I am not very sure mam, but I guess that there is some deserted land a little distance away from from here."...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 22) - Nurture Nature

​"This should be the place the receptionist was talking about. It seems isolated. This must have been a forest earlier. I wonder if its safe for me to go in." ​Diya stood there thinking whether to go in or not. The place seemed deserted and abandoned. She could not see anyone there. It was too early in the morning for anyone to be around.  ​"I wont venture too far. I shall just just go upto that huge tree there." ​Diya quickly made her way in. The place was dark...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 23) - The mess begins

Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​ The fog was still pretty dense but the whole town was awake now. The road was jammed with vehicles and the two girls were having a really hard time walking up to their destination. ​"Did Manager Nishant really say that?", asked Arjun. Vivan and he were having...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 24) - Passions collide

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any place, event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"This is so soft," said Nisha holding a corner of the bedsheet which the salesgirl was showing her," and this colour is so soothing to the eyes." ​"Yes mam, this one is really quite comfortable." ​Nisha selected a total of twelve...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 25) - Whispers of wisdom

​"He told me," continued Nisha, "that what supports you when you broke your heart's true desire. And that was the moment I remembered all those times when I had decorated my apartment with candles and covers and also encouraged my mom to do so, those times when I would take absolute pleasure in connecting with fabrics and colours, that time I was really in bliss." "Universe planned that encounter for you," said Diya, "now lets get going. I don't want to miss...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 26) - Strange happenings

​ Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblace to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​Arjun walked up to the area near the pool. He stood there gazing into the distance though he was hardly able to see anything due to the thick fog. His heart broke down. This was the place where he had planned to put up his first workshop. He felt really upset about it....

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 27) - Again comes the message of love

​Diya sat down on one of the seats in the very first row. She was quite excited about the book launch. She had never attended one before and was eager to learn more. A gentleman came and sat down beside her. She realised that he was the same person who had invited her for the moonology workshop which unfortunately had got cancelled. ​Just as they had seated the young man sitting next to her started feeling dizzy. ​"Are you all right. What happened?", she asked worriedly....

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 28) - Painful thoughts

​Nisha sat in her room close to the fireplace lost in her thoughts. The eerie vibes she was getting from this place, the strange happenings and above all, they just had two more days to spend here. Where would they go? She was in no mood to return to her old apartment as it reminded her of her old life. She was feeling terribly afraid. ​Arjun stood in the balcony of his room looking at the thick fog. It was pretty cold but the pain in his heart was much worse. The shame of being...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 29) - Sinister it is

​The winds howled as the night darkened. The sounds of owls filled the atmosphere. The fog grew thicker as the night descended. The smell of danger lingered in the streets. But still the moonlight made her way through the darkness as the fog slowly began to fade away. ​"Why is that room still occupied?" a gentleman walked upto Mr. Ajay, "how can you be so careless." ​"I am trying my best Sir, just give me some time." ​"Tonight," he said holding Mr. Ajay...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 30) - Someone goes missing

​ Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​ "Are you sure Mam?" Nisha was having a conversation with one of the security guards. ​"Yes, of course. I saw it just a few minutes ago." ​"And do have you any idea who that man was? Is he a guest here?" ​"I.....I really don't know."...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 31) - Soul sisters

​Nisha sat down in the sitting area close to the fireplace. The burning logs of wood were staring back at her. She felt miserable at her own fate. She didn't know what had she done to deserve this. Being stuck in such a place with nowhere else to go seemed like a nightmare. Nothing was safe. It was all messed up and she had no clues on how to sort it out. Why was it that her ordinary life was crushed under the demands of her soul? What was it that was in store for her? What was it that...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 32) - Settling in with the flow

​ Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"I know that you are speaking the truth," Mr. Das was having a conversation with Nisha and Diya. ​"My son is missing and now I am worried for my daughter too," he said and broke down into tears. ​"Is there anything we can do for you?" asked Diya....

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 33) - A sincere apology

​Diya heard the sound of the raindrops falling on the window panes. The weather was getting worse and it was getting really cold. She was glad that she had packed at least a few cardigans for herself. She couldn't even think of buying one at the moment. ​"Its pretty nice in here. I am grateful that we can now spend some more time here. I hope Nisha is all right. She has been really scared since last night. I still remember the night when I was attacked. It still scares me. I just...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 34) - Believing

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. ​ Ms. Manya went to one of the book sections and soon disappeared behind the shelves. ​"Her aura is so radiant!" said Nisha, "I could literally feel sunbeams radiating from her." ​Nisha picked up the magazine again. Her mind was clouded by thoughts and her heart was loaded with bitterness. Judgement, opinions and above...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 35) - Angel messages

​Nisha took out her diary and turned over to a blank page. She wrote all that was in her heart. She wrote about how she felt, how worried she was, she wrote about all that was bothering her and finally she wrote about how painful it felt to be called a liar and how horrible it felt to be judged. She put her diary away and poured herself a glass of water. ​From her bag, she took out an old harp. It was dusty and a few strings had broken. She remembered having bought it years ago when she...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 36) - Full of light

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. ​Vivan walked into the sitting area. He walked upto the huge window and opened the curtains. The rains had finally stopped and it had all begun to clear up. Finally he could see the world clearly. ​"Mr. Vivan," came a sharp voice from behind him, "is that you?" ​Vivan turned around and saw Nisha standing there with a...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 37) - The new moon

​ Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"How beautiful she looks," said Arjun admiring the moon, "its full moon today Vivan. A really beautiful time." ​Vivan was lost in his thoughts. He was thinking about his job, his life and about the conversation he had with Nisha in the afternoon. ​"Arjun," he...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 38) - Mysterious happenings

​ Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"And now," said Mr. Nishant, "who all are coming with us tomorrow?" ​He was speaking to his team of assistants. The events were finally over and the supervisors of the hotel staff were heading to Mussoorie the very next day. They were going to visit...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 39) - Faith in miracles

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. ​She looked out at the mysterious night sky. The moon was glowing and her sparkle reached her heart. Her heart, which had already shattered into a million pieces. She had longed for happiness, but got punished instead. She wanted freedom but got trapped instead. She was who she was. She loved helping others. She wanted to help the man...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 40) - The foggy morning

​ Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​ The night grew darker and the moon again hid behind the clouds. The stars still glittered and the winds still created sounds of music. ​"You know Nisha," said Diya as they were slowly drifting to sleep, "I am glad that I am not alone in this." ​"We are...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 41) - Giving up the fight

​ Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"I guess that I shall be able to get some nice pictures there. My nature column will be so full of beauty," Diya exclaimed in delight. ​"Well," said Nisha, "whatever it is but I am glad that we get to go. I desperately needed some change."...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 42) - Facing the truth

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"What if I have really been wrong so far?" said Diya as she sat up straight. ​The bus was proceeding uphill and the fog was slowly beginning to show up again. ​"Maybe father was right," she thought, "I left a well-paying job, I hurt my family, I landed up...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 43) - The bitter reality

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​The winds graced the ambiance of the place. Nisha could clearly see the mountains as they drove uphill. It was beautiful. She just wanted to enjoy these few precious moments before she returned. Her journey had been great. Yes, troubles had come up but it had been beautiful....

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