She was 23.Young and pretty. She had moved to Mumbai. It was from a small town to a large city , teeming with life, a lot like New York. She was enjoying her financial independence and her time, as a single girl. The irresponsible life and a string of good friends. She was finding herself, living and loving every moment of it.
He was 28. Professionally qualified .Chocolate boy looks and a great job. Ready to settle down. He had met tonnes of women who fawned over him. They were good girlfriend material—but not good wife material.(or so he believed)
Then he met her. Reluctantly. And it was only because his dad had insisted. His dad had been impressed by her family antecedents. Unknown to him, she was meeting him, simply because her mother had insisted too. It was easier to oblige her mom than incur her wrath.
Maybe it was the magic of the night. (The time was 9:45 pm when they met. The date was 17th March .The year--1995) Or maybe it was his charm that worked. Or perhaps her wit won him over. Or maybe he liked her laugh. (She was always laughing). Who knows. Strange are the ways of love. And life.
They talked and they talked. They laughed. It was almost as if they had known each other forever. She matched him, repartee for repartee. Joke for joke. They laughed some more and they talked some more.
Three days later, he asked her to marry him. She said yes. He couldn’t wait. They were married on 28th April 1995.Barely, within 40 days of knowing each other.
12 years later, they are still together. He still worships the ground she walks on. She still waits for him and hugs him at the end of the day. (Even if she is sometimes tired and grouchy). They have two lovely children too—a boy who is 9 now and a girl who will soon turn 6.
They just celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary. And so the story goes on.
All because, on that fateful day, two people threw caution to the winds and followed their hearts.
The above is not fiction. We just celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary on 28th April 2007. I’m so thankful and feel fortunate that I have such a wonderful life partner, my friend, mentor, philosopher and mood booster- Satish. I am really proud of him.We have come a long, long way.Together.