15 April, 2019

#SpecialFeature :: Read a #DeletedScene from The Bodyguard by Ruchi Singh


*** Special Feature - April 2019 ***

About the Book:
Someone wants Vikramaditya Seth Jr. dead. 

He refuses the Z+ security option offered by the government. With too many variables trust is hard to come by…

Esha Sinha prepares for her first assignment outside of active army service, oblivious to the fact that she has to baby-sit a man who has no respect for rules or protocol—a man who is headstrong, workaholic and a tenacious flirt. As the attraction between Vikram and Esha simmers and sizzles, another attempt is made on his life. 

The killer is resourceful and determined. 
The motive is unclear and perplexing.

Will they be able to nab the assassin before he gets to Vikram?


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Deleted Scene from The Bodyguard:



September
Alibaug, Mumbai suburbs

The elegant bungalow with red-tiled, sloping roof, buzzed with silent energy. There was anticipatory alertness amongst the uniformed guards and elegant servants, going about their duties. 

In the unlikeliest event of anyone getting a glimpse inside the premises, they would notice the guards outnumbered the servants. One would also rule out a family function or a festival, for there were no brightly clad, happy children running around or stylish ladies hurrying about looking important. No music played in the background, and no one could hear any bustle of gay conversation. The two Dobermans, though leashed, patrolled the premises with their handlers.

The owner of the bungalow could be seen chain smoking his health away, in one of the back bedrooms overlooking the beach. Perfect rings of Marlboro smoke floated and faded in the darkened room. A tall man, he stood with his legs slightly apart, in front of the bay window gazing at the sea swirling with evening currents, oblivious of the cigarette ash ruining the expensive Persian carpet. 
Vikramaditya Seth, known as Aditya Seth, carrying the same name as his father's, carrying the same burdens as his father's with consummate aplomb after the old man's death, eight months back. Today's meeting was a culmination of his father's efforts and desire to serve his country and contribute towards a better tomorrow. 

He groundout the cigarette on hearing the hum of a powerful machine.

Seth Industry's helicopter bearing its elegant logo landed on the helipad located between the landscaped gardens, breaking the fragile silence of the farmhouse as the evening sun merged with twilight dusk. In accordance to pre-choreographed steps, someone switched on the living room and front porch lights. The guest and his entourage of three men in black suits stepped out flanking him under their shadow, for he was a small dignified man, in his sixties. 

Aditya Seth stepped from the shadow of the porch as the old man reached the end of the paved pathway. They shook hands and he escorted the guest into the recessed living room of the bungalow.
They remained inside for not more than fifteen minutes, enough time to share a drink and the old man left as he had come. Someone switched off the porch lights and the villa plunged into the dark once again as though the past hour was a figment of one's imagination. 

One could hear the sea roaring in solitude and occasional barking of the unleashed canines.


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About the Author:
Author of the bestselling romantic thriller ‘The Bodyguard’, Ruchi Singh is an IT professional turned novelist. Her other published novels are ‘Take 2’, ‘Jugnu (Firefly)’ and the recent one ‘Guardian Angel’ a spin off from ‘The Bodyguard’. Winner of TOI Write India Season 1, Ruchi has also published short stories under the collection, ‘Hearts and Hots', besides being a contributing author to many anthologies.

A voracious reader, she loves everything—from classics to memoirs to editorials to chick-lit, but her favourite genre is 'romantic thriller'. She has also reviewed many contemporary works of authors. The reviews are published on her website www.ruchisingh.com

Besides writing and reading, her other interests include dabbling in Indian classical dance forms.

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