Monday, November 11, 2013

A Lifetime of Love....

With the changing times, we have every rhyme and reason to celebrate everlasting love.....Valentine's day, Lover's day, husband's day, wife's day and what not!! Couples spend fortunes to keep each other happy...when just a little love would have sufficed.Thinking of love brings to memory one couple instantly. Not for such kind of over-the-top proclamations of love, and I even doubt they know of the existence of such days to celebrate their love. I remember them because they stand for what such days are supposed to signify. Unending and unconditional love for each other.

Twelve years ago, Nitika had been beautiful and young. Just about 35 years of age, bubbly, vivacious, energetic, full of life. They were watching the construction of their dream house. It was almost ready, except for the painting. She had gotten Akash to promise he wouldn't paint it without her choice of colours. It was a long day in the sun, and she felt tired. Suddenly she had collapsed and the doctor later diagnosed it as stroke caused due to rheumatic heart disease. She was paralyzed neck down; their life had come to a standstill.

I had heard about the incident but distances had kept me from meeting them. Now when I was in the same town, I decided to pay them a visit. Akash was gleaming with happiness when he saw me at the door.

“Nitu, we have a surprise visitor for you,” he announced.

For a moment I thought she must have recovered in these twelve years. But nothing prepared me for when I saw her. She was now 47, the prime of her youth snatched away from her.Her beautiful face was now wrinkled and sunken, the lush black mane now all grey, the full of life Nitika lying limp on the bed in an old night gown. I could have cried. But then, I caught the glint of happiness in her eyes and smiled back. She tried to speak but I couldn't understand because of the slur in her voice. Mercifully, Akash translated it for me. I was awed by how he could understand anything at all. As if he had read my mind, he said, “Whatever a child may blabber, the mother always understands what it is trying to say isn't it?”

I simply nodded my head in agreement. We chatted on and I learnt how Akash had been looking after her for the past twelve years, tending to her every need, giving up his high profile job and starting a daily needs shop close by and bringing up his sons who were 11 and 12 years of age at that time. The kids had grown up now and they took turns taking care of their mother. I couldn't help but notice, that all this while, Akash had no regret on his face and Nitika had a slight smile on her lips. It was almost 1 o’clock, and Akash excused himself to feed Nitika .

“She tells me what she wants to eat and I prepare it for her,” he announced as he brought in a plate of chapatti and potato sabzi , little rice and dal and fed it to her with utmost love and devotion and then lulled her to sleep. I couldn't control my tears this time.

We chatted for some more time about what treatment was being given to her and how she was responding, when my eyes fell on the walls. Almost the entire house was still not painted. Akash saw me gaze at the empty walls and told me he was waiting for Nitika to get well and tell him what colours she wanted on the walls. They had moved into the house just as it was on the day she had been paralyzed. I was visibly moved. 

It was almost 4 o’clock and Nitika would be up any time now. Akash excused himself again. He wanted to make some tea for her and keep her book ‘Chimanraoanche Charhat’ , humorous short stories by Chi. Vi. Joshi , ready for reading it out to her. Not wanting to disturb them, I bid them goodbye, leaving them to enjoy their "Platinum day of love", happy knowing that every single day would be exactly this.

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(P.S. This is a true account, however names have been changed to protect identities)


   This has been written for the contest "Platinum day of love" on Indiblogger

33 comments:

  1. The essence of true love so beautifully narrated! :)

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  2. Why did I feel my eyes go moist reading this :) :) :) It's such a beautiful relationship, isn't it !! A well written love saga !

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    1. it made my eyes moist too meeting them..love has that effect on us Sreeja!

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  3. I can feel how you have felt the moment. What if the world is fill up with such mankind? Love it truly from the land of thunder dragon, Bhutan.

    Sangay

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    1. Yes Sangay.....when that happens there will be no boundaries...only love! thank you from the land of the magnificent tigers, India!

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  4. A fine post on the most important emotion....love.Loved reading it.

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  5. A very fine post on the most important emotion.....love. I loved reading it.

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  6. Aah! This tugged at my heartstrings!! Such love stories exist too!
    Good luck for the contest, LP :)

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    1. They indeed do..and a first hand experience of the same is even more overwhelming!

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  7. Its really a well written piece. Great work. all the best
    please read my post too
    http://www.indiblogger.in/indipost.php?post=295492

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  8. such a nice story .. love sees no age and boundary .. what a way to narrate that in form of story .. My best wishes to both of them as you told it's based on true incident .. All the best for contest :)

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    1. love that ages with you is indeed true love. and what better thing than to be able to hold ur beloved's hand in tough times as in good times and be held in return...

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  9. Touched my heart seriously. I almost thought that true love stories do not exist
    :)
    Good luck

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    1. such people make you keep ur faith in true love..

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  10. Awesome story!!! Love the way you narrated it. Good luck for the contest.

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  11. That so wonderfully written Titli, very romantic. All the best for the contest !!
    My Entry

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  12. Knowing that such couples do exist outside Yash Raj films increased my belief in love and marriage.

    God bless them with more love each day :)

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    1. They do! and that's exactly what renewed my faith in love and marriage too!

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  13. beautifully expressed platinum love.

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  14. True love.. What a relationship!

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  15. People like this make you feel that the world is still a wonderful place, Titli! I had read of one such couple in Zephyr's blog and picked that for my Harper-Collins story; a friend of mine just narrated the tale of another such couple a few days back and now I hear of another such wonderful couple. These are the people who have really succeeded in life - to be or become such people is, after all, the only worthwhile goal in life.

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    1. you have put it across beautifully! people measure success in terms of wealth but then these kind of people come around and teach you what success is really all about. They become an inspiration to people like me...making us believe in that magic called love.

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At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person..deep gratitude for those who have lighted the flame within me!! your comments will be appreciated..

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