Tuesday, 27 November 2007

10 years - like a dream



27th November 1997. A young man , escaping from the clutches of ULFA and trying to establish a foothold in the City of Kolkata, and a young woman, cheerful, ever smiling and optimistic, decided to give social recognition to a relationship which they had nurtured over the last three years.

Enter the fanfare brigade-- conch shells, streams of relatives, seven days of song and dance, unending good wishes, 36 hours of Honeymoon in Puri. It was a dream start and the hangover is still there in the the deep recesses of the mind and available on easy recall.

Reality struck. Financial strain, hard corporate pressure for survival, changing of three rented apartments/houses, buying of essential amenities - ONE BY ONE , moments of anger and frustration, occasional fights, health related complaints, occasional accidents creating permanent disabilities.

The two weathered the storm. Arguments were never carried on for long, the smiles, the laughter added the zing to the fight, supportive parents provided a base to work on, growth happened, assets grew, and the dream carried on. A trip here, a film there, a car and a music system -------- the roots have grown and continue to grow and bind the relationship in a bond which grows stronger with time.

27th November 2007. The now not so young man, pot bellied and balding and the woman still charming and smiling and maturing with age like some rare vintage wine, sit back together and look back on the past decade with a proud grin and say to each other -
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WE HAVE DONE IT AND WE ARE LOOKING GOOD FOR A FEW MORE DECADES.

2 comments:

Oreen said...

i know how it feels . . . we have weathered many storms too, but some things shouldn't change . . . and am glad we are indians after all . . .
for us, certain things are sacrosanct and bound with the smell of the first rain . . .

ARPITA said...

Anida,

You have penned it so beautifully, etching the memories and the associated feelings so finely in black and white that the wonderful moments lived by you seem to come alive and touch all those who have done what both of you have done, giving them courage to hold on and dream along.....