Meet Nikhil



With the latest Point of Distraction release coming up in a week, I thought we could get to know some of the characters a little better here on Playground Mystique. Welcome my guest today, the sexy psychologist, Dr. Nikhil Khan!






Brighid: It’s wonderful to have you here Niki—may I call you Niki?


Nikhil: Of course, Brighid. And thank you for having me at Playground Mystique.


Brighid: It’s my pleasure. Let’s start with a quick intro. Tell is a little bit about yourself.


051nikhil1Nikhil: Well, I’m thirty-nine years old. I’m a licensed psychotherapist. Since college, I’ve also studied Tantric Buddhism and yoga. I’m of Asian Indian descent, but I was born in McClean Virginia…hmmm what else. Oh! I love apple pie.


Brighid: [grins] also hear that you’re a vegetarian. Ana loves to tease you about that, doesn’t she?


Nikhil: Indeed she does. In fact, we have a ritual, every Thursday I take her to a new vegetarian restaurant. She moans and complains through dinner, but since she continues to show up each week, I think she secretly loves it.


Brighid: You and Ana are pretty different, but you seem to complement each other. How did you two meet in book two, The Second Collection?


Nikhil: We literally ran into each other. A mutual acquaintance had a cocktail party, she wasn’t paying attention to where she was walking and barreled into me. I had to catch her, which neither of us seemed to mind. [grin]


Brighid: That sounds about right for Ana. And speaking of right for Ana, how do you feel about the platonic relationship you two have formed?


Nikhil: [chuckles] Ahhh, well, given my choice it wouldn’t be so platonic, but I do respect Ana’s decision very much. She has a specific way of interacting with men: either as adversaries in the boardroom or as lovers. I’m honored to be her first platonic heterosexual male friend, though it’s tough to maintain at times.


Brighid: Ana’s confessed a time or two that she finds you attractive, too. Do you ever see the two of you casting aside the ‘just friends’ attitude and giving in to that attraction?


Nikhil: [clears his throat] I plead the fifth.


Brighid: [leans closer] Really? Does that mean in the third book you two consummate your relationship? C’mon you can tell me, just whisper it to me.


Cindy: [popping into the Champagne Room at Playground Mystique] AHEM! You know better than to give out a spoiler in one of these interviews, Brig.


Brighid: Party pooper.


Cindy: [hugs Nikhil] Nice to see you again, Nik. Sorry to interrupt. I’ll be on my way. But no more spoilers you two! [Cindy exits]


Brighid: I suppose we have to wait until the Point of Distraction the Third Collection comes out to find out. Sheesh. So, along that same line of questioning, how do you feel about Dr. Jordan Christiansen?


Nikhil: I’ve never met him, but from what Ana’s told me about him, he seems like a good guy. I give him props for the charity work he’s doing with Doctor’s International. Very commendable.


Brighid: Always the diplomat, aren’t you?


Nikhil: [laughs] I try to stay positive. If he’s meant to be with her, so be it. I only want to see her happy. I guess we’ll have to wait until he returns from his sabbatical to find out.


Brighid: And that happens in book four, The Final Collection?


Nikhil: Yes, it does.


Brighid: So La Jacks won’t flip out again, I won’t even ask how that turns out. Back to book three, I have an excerpt here from ‘Friends with Benefits.’ You go to extraordinary lengths in this story to help Ana out with a personal crisis. Let’s take a look.



I left the hospital around four in the afternoon. Dad volunteered to take Mom to her various

tests and exams around the hospital, so I headed to the house with a list of errands.


By six, I’d packed some toiletries, underwear, and a change of clothes in Mom’s overnight

bag and started a pot of spaghetti sauce, the only dish I knew how to make. I left the sauce on

low while I delivered the bag to the hospital. Unable to convince my father to leave Mom for the

evening, I made another round trip with a plate of spaghetti for Dad and his toothbrush.


Finally at seven-thirty, I was back at the homestead for good. Just as I’d closed the garage

door, my phone sounded. Without checking the caller ID I answered.




“Ana? Hi—Can you hear me. I’ve awful reception here.”


“Niki? I can hear you.”


“Good. I’m here in Tampa.”




“Yeah, I have a bag of clothes for you and well, I’m here for moral support. Whatever you



“I’m stunned. I don’t know what to say.”


“How about directions from the airport?”


“Of course.” I proceeded to fill him in on the route from Tampa International. Twenty

minutes later he was at the front door.


“Your parent’s home is beautiful,” he said when he entered the foyer.


“Thanks. Dad does a lot of gardening—excuse me, landscaping. He’d kill me if he heard

me call it gardening.”


“Got it. Is he here? I’d love to meet your father, though I wish it were under different



“No, he wanted to stay with Mom at the hospital. She’ll be there until the end of the week.

I’m going to relieve him tomorrow morning.”


“How are you holding up?”


My bottom lip quivered. “Okay. Under the circumstances.”


He engulfed me in a hug.


“Stop, you’re going to make me break down,” I said.


“I think perhaps you should.”


My eyes welled up, but I fought to retain my composure. Nikhil stayed quiet, stroking my



“I don’t know how to do this. I don’t know how to be this person,” I said, sinking into his hug.


“Yes, you do. You’re doing it.”


“What if she…”


“Don’t think that way. Only good thoughts, positive thoughts, okay?” He placed a kiss on

the top of my head and wiped away my tears with his thumbs.


“I’m scared,” I said.


“I know. That’s why I’m here.”




Brighid: Wow! You flew all the way from Washington, DC to Tampa just to provide her with emotional support?


Nikhil: She would do the same for me. Her mother had a heart attack. Thank goodness Mrs. Welsh was okay, we were all worried about her. And Ana is very much used to being in control. In that situation, she had no control over the outcome so I knew she’d need someone to lean on.


Brighid: She’s lucky to have a friend like you, Niki. I must say, I’ve got the biggest crush on you, so you know if things with Ana don’t work out, keep me in mind.


Nikhil: [smiles] I think you’re too much goddess for me, Brig, but thank you.


Brighid: Sigh. I just can’t get enough you and that silver tongue. Well, that wraps up our time together. Thanks again for visiting with us.


Nikhil: You’re most welcome.


Read more about Nikhil in Point of Distraction the Third Collection coming to Lyrical Press March 16th


3 Responses to “Meet Nikhil”

  1. March 9, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Oh, that Ana is such a lucky girl! I enjoyed learning more about Niki an look forward the next POD release, Cindy.


  2. March 9, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Thanks so much, Rita 🙂 And congrats to you on the print release of Ancient Inheritence!

  3. 3 jambrea
    March 18, 2009 at 8:38 am

    *sigh* I just love Niki! He is SO dreamy.

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