May 17, 2009

Love is not Blind ...

Sandhya just could not believe that she too was smitten by this LOVE bug, if she has to rewind her life 3 years back, she is one activist who is dead against love marriage and she has instrumented so many cases in her life where she has convinced her friends in not falling into that trap, but today her world is different, she just could not imagine a life without Vinay, this love too has its own default ingredients, both of them are from a different caste, both of them speak different languages at home, both the families are very orthodox and particular about horoscope etc. etc, but Sandhya is determined to convince her parents and get their nod for her love for life ...

It all happened when Sandhya met with an accident, yes; their love is just by accident. Sandhya was knocked down by a speeding truck and she was thrown out of her scooty, Vinay who was driving his brand new Honda City car which he took just minutes before from the showroom, it had those lovely beige interiors and even the ribbon was not cut. Vinay noticed that Sandhya was left unattended and the truck which dashed her was not to be seen in the sight, as usually our society was more than happy to watch and give their sympathies to the victim and their families, but Vinay is a bit different, he knows the pain of accident, coz in one such accident he lost his dad, so he made sure that he is going to save her and not let her die. Vinay with the help of some on-lookers, lifted Sandhya who was terribly bleeding by her nose and ears, put her on his back seat which is now filled with blood and flesh, drove like crazy to a nearby hospital and got her admitted, he stayed there till her parents came and all his attitude showed that he is a goody goody boy.

Sandhya once she recovered out of that accident invited Vinay to home for lunch, Vinay though was not so keen to visit, but still agreed to go. The entire family of Sandhya welcomed him like a hero and they all showered their appreciation and gratitude, Vinay is a very simple and humble personality, he does not want to be in a spot whatsoever, he replied all of them with a mild smile on his face. One of Sandhya's relative asked him, how come he had the heart to take blood and flesh on to his new car, lot of people might not like that as there would be sentiments attached to that, Vinay replied back saying, if I would have found one such person who does not have those sentiments like me, probably I would have saved my dad, as he too was knocked down on the road and there was no one to help him. Sandhya was brought back from all these flashbacks which she was playing in her mind, by a sms from Vinay - Hey dear, what about Barista @ 6 in the evening.

They both met that evening and Sandhya opened the topic, "Vinay its time we break the shell and we disclose our love to our parents, I know there would be lots of noise created around this, but I think it’s all worth it to take that step and make our marriage happen", Vinay too nodded his head in signs of agreement to her words. He was at least confident that he could convince his mom and he was worried about Sandhya's parents. At Sandhya's place they know their daughter very well and her aversion towards love marriage and falling in love on someone, they were totally blinded over the fact that Sandhya is still in touch with Vinay even after 3 years from the date of accident. Sandhya was waiting for the right time to come to open the topic, and one fine Sunday morning, she called her entire family to the dining table and asked - "Do you remember the guy who saved my life?", and her dad replied, "Oh yaa, some guy by name Vijay rite ?, Ya we all remember him, very kind and a shy type person, Did you meet him somewhere ?", Sandhya replied, "He is not Vijay, he is Vinay, yes, I am meeting him daily and we both are in love"

There was a sudden freeze in her family, and everyone on the dining table just could not believe what they just heard, her dad has to replay that dialogue many times in his mind to come to senses that it was told by his daughter. Her mom just did not know how to react, so she stood still with the pose of serving a scoop of sambar to her husband, Sandhya's sister sensed that there is going to be a storm that would soon be brewing in her house and just pushed her chair and walked off in a flash as if she is done with her lunch, but Sandhya was pretty calm and cool, she just asked her mom to server her that rasam and also appreciated her for making such wonderful rasam. Sandhya decided to break the freezing scene and continued saying, Vinay is a very nice person as you all know, the only fact is he is not from our caste and he does not speak our language, apart from that there is no problems with him.

His dad usually does not over react, but at the same time he values his family's traditions and said in a very low tone, "If you decide to leave us, I don’t mind, I think I can still live" and washed his hand on the plate and disappeared into his room, as usually what we can expect from a house wife apart from few drops of tear, Sandhya's mom did not speak even a word and she too walked into the kitchen. Sandhya expected such reactions and at the same time she did not lose hope, she is a person who does not give up when it matters. Vinay on the other hand opened the topic at his place and his mom gave him a green signal saying, whatever he decides is final, Vinay just could not believe his ears, he just hugged his mom and lifted up in the air, he rushed to his bedroom, picked up his mobile and dialed Sandhya's number to convey the good news, but at the same time he knew that Sandhya too would have opened the topic at her place and not sure how they would have reacted. He just called her up and said "My side it’s a green flag, how about you?” Sandhya replied with her usual sense "Its the same expected reaction, but don’t worry, I think I can convince them". Vinay gave the phone to his mom and Sandhya spoke to her would-be in-law for the first time and Vinay's mom just liked her very much.

Sandhya knows that she just cannot allow this matter to settle, so she opened the topic the next the in the same dining table, and the situation was even worse, his dad just gave her a blank stare and pushed his chair to get up, Sandhya stopped him saying "I know, I don’t want you to starve, just because of me, but at the same time you have to understand that it’s my life, so think about it and let me know, I will not do anything against your wish and I too expect the same behavior from you". Sandhya's dad and mom have to call up for an urgent family meeting, they all sat together and discussed about the pro's and con's of this marriage, the discussion mainly revolved around the reaction of the society and their distant relatives and they just did not bother how their daughter would react is this does not happen, well that is the typical mentality of an orthodox middle class family. The meeting did not bring any clear resolution; instead it added more confusion to the matter. Sandhya was not aware of this meeting.

One fine day after Sandhya left to office, the door bell rang and to all of the house members surprise and shock there stood Vinay the guy who saved their daughters life 3 years back and the guy who was given a hero's welcome, but today there was not even one soul who welcomed him, he was made to stand at the door step for a long time, but Sandhya's sister felt its very bad, so she invited him to come in, he went straight to Sandhya's dad and told him, "Uncle, I might have saved your daughter's life, but that does not mean that I can hurt your feelings and sentiments and see you suffering, I am not a personality who enjoys hurting others, myself and Sandhya took a conscious decision that, we are not going to get married even if one person is not happy about our marriage, so I promise you that I will not come into your daughter's life again, and take away the happiness of your family, I am sorry for creating this upset in your family", saying this, he walked back to his bike and disappeared in a flash.

Sandhya came home that day evening, and Vinay did not tell her that he visited her place, Sandhya's dad too did not tell her that Vinay visited home, but Sandhya's sister leaked the discussion and Sandhya was very much tensed, she knows that Vinay would have done this to please her parents, she tried calling him but his cell phone was switched off. Sandhya's dad called her to his room and after a brief silence for 10 minutes, he said, "Sandhya, I think you folks are matured enough to decide on your future, if you feel that Vinay would be the right choice for you, please go ahead, but you have to prove me that he is a person who can take care of you at any situation, I know he is a nice guy, but I just can't trust a person just because he is nice to others", Sandhya just could not believe her ears, there was mixed emotions in her, she went near her dad, hold his hands and said, "Dad, Vinay has saved my life even before he was not knowing me, so I don’t think you need to have any doubt in that and I am you daughter dad, I will not make such a mistake by choosing a wrong guy for me"

The next day morning was really a "Good Morning" to both of them, she called up Vinay and told him that his dad agreed to their marriage and the only concern he has is, whether he will take care of her or not. Vinay too could not believe his ears, he told Sandhya that, "Tell your dad that I will take care of you, more than the way I take care of myself", and they decided to celebrate this by going for a long drive, Sandhya loves to go in bike that too by hugging tight around Vinay's rib-cage, Vinay took his bike after a long time and picked her up from her office, both of them were terribly excited about their future and set off to ECR for a lovely ride. Sandhya told Vinay,

Hey man, just do it slow,

No I am so happy ....

Even I am, but you can drive slow ...

Tell me that you love me ... I will slow down ...

What non-sense, did I ever say that I don’t love you ...

But tell me now that you love me ...

Ok ... Ok ... I Love you ... screamed Sandhya

OK then you have to kiss me ...

Hey you naughty ... you first slow down the bike ...

No you kiss me first ...

Ok take it ... Sandhya kisses him hard on his cheek ...

Ok ... you should now wear my helmet ... then only I will slow down ...

Vinay, I think you are going crazy and gone mad ...

Just do what I say ... wear my helmet ...

Sandhya did so ...

The next day morning the papers read, "Couple met with an accident on ECR, the guy died on the spot, and the girl since she was wearing a helmet, she was saved, there was a sudden break failure in the bike which caused this accident"

Hope Sandhya's dad now realized that Vinay has taken care of his daughter, for some actions in life, GOD does not give us a reason, it would just happen and we have to accept that. Sandhya's love life ended the same way it had started

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