Ten years back, sitting at the corridors of my college, I was arguing with a classmate that “love at first sight” is a cinematic theme – can’t be a reality. He argued: Doesn’t this happen to many! I retorted: Oh come on! That is physical attraction and nothing else! The argument didn’t reach any conclusion. He stood up and walked away in anger.
I had this strong belief at heart that to fall in love with someone, you need to know the person well. You should know his nature, tastes, choices and beliefs. And obviously, they should match with yours! I was firm in my belief.
Years later, in 2006, my cousin was looking for a suitable girl for marriage. I played the match-maker and arranged my colleague (a nice homely girl) for this cousin of mine. I fixed a meeting for both of them at a CCD, in my presence. I was of the notion that they would meet, and if they liked each other, they would court for a couple of months and then decide to marry.
To my surprise, we met, and over a cup of steaming Cappuccino, they even decided how they would decorate the sitting area of their “would-be” home after marriage! OMG!! I sat with my jaws almost touching the ground. I asked myself: What on earth is going on? Are they crazy? How can they decide that they are a perfect match for themselves?
In two months time, they were engaged and were coochie-cooing together. 🙂 I kept asking myself: Ye kya tha? What was it? Love at first sight? I smirked! Never did I know that cupid had all plans to injure me…very soon.;)
In their wedding, I met this guy – my cousin’s best friend. I was a school teacher then – shy, introvert, serious-looking, small-town girl. And he was tall and handsome, extrovert, metro-guy. My cousin introduced me with him. He smiled at me and greeted, just like a gentleman greets a lady. I liked his polite gestures. I liked men who displayed respect and care for women.
It was a social gathering, so there was a huge crowd always around.
We always interacted in a group discussion, with all elders of our family being a part of it. It was great fun. We sang, danced and joked together.
It was my cousin’s wedding day. I was dressed in a rose pink silk sari, waiting for the rest of the baraatis (groom’s folks) to get ready!. I saw him walking towards me, my heart skipped beats, didn’t know by then, what was going wrong within me. He came and stood beside me. He looked at me, smiled and said: You look pretty, lady! And, he smiled. My heart almost stopped! Then we chatted for about an hour and exchanged our phone numbers.
Later in the evening, he disclosed: Tomorrow I shall be off to Kolkata for an urgent work. He smiled. I don’t know what exactly happened to me, but I felt extremely sad. It was, I guess, evident from the frail smile I returned.
Next day, he left for Kolkata. Whole day I sensed a vacuum within my heart. I kept asking myself: What is wrong with you? He was just another guy you met last evening! What is bothering you? I couldn’t answer my “self”. I knew very well by the sunset that I was in love – love at first sight. I had fallen in love with this guy whom I met only for a day, chatted for a few hours. It didn’t take me much time to realize that “love at first sight” does happen. It is not physical attraction, necessarily.
I felt sad at the thought that something that I always despised, has finally happened to me and I stood helpless. It pained to even think that I had almost lost the love that I found in a few hours of togetherness.
That evening was a reception party at my cousin’s place. All were getting ready for the “much-awaited” ballistic party. But I felt lost. Why on earth the realization hit me so late? I asked myself? Have I lost him?
Then, all of a sudden, I heard my cousin talking over his cell phone. He said: Yes, tell the cab driver to take a left turn, and then straight and then right again. Yes, we are waiting, come along!” As some far off relatives were still pouring in for the party, I knew there was another gang of cousins on their way to the venue. I felt irritated. I didn’t want to smile.
Another cousin of mine was decorating the main gate with flowers. He asked for my help. I couldn’t say “no”. I pulled a chair, stood on it and started decorating the entrance with flowers. While, I was decorating the entrance with flower garlands, I sensed someone stood close to me from behind. I turned back and almost fell off the chair. It was the same guy – My cousin’s friend. He smiled and said: I have come just for you! 🙂
I stood motionless, unable to believe my eyes and ears. He said: Hello! Won’t you say a hello? My heart jumped in joy. I was shy. I stepped down and the chair and said: Hello! I thought you wouldn’t come. He said: Lady, I think you do not check you SMS-es. Please check your inbox. He smiled profusely.
I checked my cellphone. There was an SMS from him that said: Monika… I had my tickets to Udaipur from Kolkata. But while I flew from Guwahati to Kolkata, I realized that I couldn’t leave a priced belonging back. So, I came back. I left my heart over here, with you. Just came to exchange it with yours. Will you give me?
We both smiled at each other. We knew, cupid had injured us at the first sight – we were in love.
Years rolled by. We became great friends, lovers and today, we are married for three years. Yes, today I believe in “love at first sight”. I now believe that the meeting point, place and time are all pre-decided. Two people are just brought face-to-face. Same happened with us also.
Hence, I learnt: Love just strikes! It never knocks at your door. That is why you may find strangest love stories on earth. That is why you don’t fall in love with every person you meet in your daily life. You fall in love with that “one special” person, for whom your heart skips beats. Do you have a love story to share? 😉