The Broken Promises…

Meet Avni and Aarush, the lovebirds who had been together for 5 long years. Madly in love with each other, their morning would start with their video calls and nights would end up again on their video calls. Be it Instagram, whatsapp, facebook, snapchat and what not, they were always connected to each other. The weirdos were so much into each other, that they actually had made their own 7 vows (they were a kind of saat janmo ke Saathi)

The VOWS (Which were strictly followed until one fine day)

  1. We will never abuse each other
  2. We will never hide things
  3. Aarush to stop his smoking
  4. Avni to stop her over thinking and be confident of herself
  5. No matter how hard the fight gets, never should one think of leaving each other
  6. We will forever support each other’s dream
  7. The last being, staying loyal and committed to each other for the entire life

Their life seemed to be pretty easy and following such vows made their relationship much stronger. But a relationship is never as smooth as it appears. Before meeting Avni, Aarush had been a chain smoker and it took a lot for Avni to get him rid off his smoking habit. Whenever in stress, Avni would hold his hand and pamper him like a 2-year-old baby. She knew the right way to get him off from his addiction, was to love him as much as she could. And with passing time, with Avni’s constant support Aarush was able to quit his smoking.

The hollow cracks started appearing when Aarush changed his job, the pressure of a new job dragged him into his old addiction – “The Dirty Smoke”. And the worst thing Aarush chose was to hide it from Avni, but as they say, a lie finds its own way to spill out. One fine day, Avni found a box of cigarettes in his car and she chose to confront him. Aarush with shame in his eyes told her the truth. Instead of getting angry, Avni had tears in her eyes, in a flash, she could sense the old Aarush( “The Chain Smoker”) taking rebirth. Aarush consoled her and once again promised her, that he would never do it again.

Avni’s overthinking power had a great impact, she could somehow sense that the pond was getting dirtier. And Aarush would always cover his broken promise saying everything is fine and that he has stopped smoking(The LIE). Aarush most of the times had been under stress, maybe because he had a chirpy boss and that the new workplace was a dirty one. But Avni would always lend her ears to all the chaos going inside Aarush. Avni at times was hurt since Aarush had started confining him into his own space and not letting Avni enter into it. Despite all the odd’s, she supported him until the second warning bell rang.

On one of their evening meet, Aarush pissed off of his work, started venting out all his anger on Avni and even blamed her for not allowing him to smoke. Avni was shocked to see Arush’s dramatic change. The words that he babbled had thumped her heart. Avni was broken and she realized the disaster had already begun. Heartbroken Avni left the place with tears in her eyes. The very next day Aarush called her up and apologized for his bad behaviour, Avni for one last time gave him a chance and asked him to stop it right away. Ever since his second mistake, Aarush had started hiding things a lot and some of the other way Avni would always discover the truth. As they say, Universe has the power to bring out the truth. Every time when Aarush got caught, he would get angry on Avni for spying him and would block her for like days on social media. Day by day, their relationship was falling apart and Avni could no longer get her Aarush back. With every broken promise, Aarush made Avni go a step away, he never did try to get her back instead gave her the pain which she could barely hold off.

It wasn’t just about the bad addiction but every time he did so, he disrespected Avni, and his rage made him do things which tore her apart. The third bell wasn’t just a warning it was a “Runaway” sign for Avni. Avni caught Aarush in a lounge, getting intimate with a girl. To this, he did not seem to be sorry but instead left the place with the other girl. And this was the time, Avni had to finally get out of the shit that Aarush had brought in. Aarush had started heading on a road that seemed to be a dark one. His sky was covered with smoke and ground was covered with ashes. There was no room for Avni in his life, she was shattered and disheartened.

Aarush and Avni, once madly in love were now miles apart. The tale of their love had ended with every broken promise.

P.S: It takes a moment to bind a relationship with a promise, but it takes lifelong to adhere to it. Think wise, before committing one.

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The Awaited Meet

11 am, 1st July

After the long conversation over the phone for the entire night, Rahul and Meera both seemed to be happy. While both were at their respective offices, they kept their eyes glued to the clock. For them, it was one of the longest days of their life. And the anxiety of meeting each other after 1 long year made them leave their offices early.

6:00 PM, Meera’s Home.

While looking at her wardrobe, Meera muttered

“Dam, I don’t have any charming stuff to wear, what shall I wear now? Pink? Blue? Black? ummmmm…. This is one of the toughest choices to make. Let me chuck off everything and just wear the black dress that Rahul had once gifted me.” And for a minute she was taken aback by the memory lane. Been 365 days ever since they broke up, but somehow she was still concerned about Rahul’s likes and dislikes. Within the next 15 minutes, Meera was ready and without any second thought, she chose to leave for her awaited evening.

6:00 PM, Rahul’s Home.

Unlike Meera, Rahul had his mind clear of what he was supposed to wear. Blue being Meera’s favourite, Rahul wore a blue shirt, black pant and left for the coffee-house. On his way, Rahul picked up a bouquet of roses, cake and some gifts. He had made some special plans for Meera’s birthday, there was a lot cooking in his mind and he very well knew how the evening had to be one of the special ones for both of them.

Rahul and Meera down the lane had the vibes of being together, but both were unsure of what the other one wanted. Today’s meet was very special for them as their fate was going to play a major role – Forever or Never Again..!!

7: 00 PM, The Coffee House.

Rahul reached a bit early since he wanted the arrangements to be perfect. He had booked the same table where they had met for the first time before 2 years. Just then Meera entered the cafe and their eyes met. Rahul was awestruck to see Meera in the dress which he had gifted her and he understood that Meera still had a soft corner for him. Meera was surprised to see the arrangements made by Rahul, the table was decorated with cake, flowers and gifts, Rahul hugged Meera and wished her happy birthday. Goosebumps cruised down Meera’s body, as, it had been a year now, that Rahul had been so close to her.

A sense of happiness and a sense of relief spread across their faces. Meera thanked Rahul for all the beautiful surprises and began to cut the cake.

Rahul: Meera, I must say, you are looking extremely gorgeous.

Meera(Blushed): Thanks, Rahul.

—— The silent moments —–

Rahul(breaking the silence): So Meera, been a year now, tell me how it was for you? And even before I hear your answer, let me tell you about myself, Meera it had been the toughest year of my life. I did realize my mistakes and I have since than longed for this day to meet you. Throughout the entire year, I kept on searching Meera in every other girl, I thought I could live without you, but trust me I was totally wrong. I thought love is a myth, but for me, it wasn’t. Every single day I craved for you, I just wanted to hold you tight and never let you fall apart.

While speaking his heart out, a tear rolled down Rahul’s cheek. Meera could not hold herself and she kept her hand on Rahul’s hand.

Meera: You know Rahul, I was so much habituated being around you. The moment we broke up my life paused, had I not just lost you, but I had majorly lost my confidence, my strength. While we were together life seemed to be pretty easy, you always lent me your ears, you were my solution to all the problems. Frankly, Rahul, I wasn’t even sure that we would ever meet again in life. I did try to contact you in between but for some reason, my heart stepped back. Every time I looked upon the sky, I felt (Meera stammered while she spoke) how how far we were, though we shared the same shelter, the sky, the stars and the clouds made me feel you were somewhere there watching me and calling me near you. There were several times when I dialled your number and even before the beep turned into ringer I cancelled the call.

In between, the waiter interrupted and they ordered their favourite Latte

Rahul: Meera it’s not that I did not try forgetting you, I did try my best to forget you and never look back, but that was my ego. My heart was stuck on the paths where we once walked. I realized how badly I needed you, I needed us. Against all the odds my heart still beats for you and only you.

Meera: Rahul even I tried thrashing the memories of the past and starting a new life. But I guess I was immature to understand what my soul wanted. I am sorry Rahul for having doubted your love in past. Maybe that was a test for us, where we did miserably fail but having given one chance I also badly want us to be together.

Rahul (Rahul kissed Meera’s hand): Meera, I am sorry for always misunderstanding you and crashing you down with my anger. I know I had not been supporting towards your life. Trust me, Meera I have changed now. For one last time and for forever I just want you.

Meera: Rahul, so do I want you, but what if we tumble again? Rahul, I can’t ever imagine someone else in your place. Through the entire year, I have been trying to make myself understand that there is a world beyond Rahul. And every time, when I made my mind firm to think so, I crashed. Rahul forgetting the past one year, I badly want our life to be one.

Rahul (with a grin): Meera before meeting you I wasn’t even sure if you wanted us to be together but now I feel I have got my life back, everything seems to be bright and clear. So, let’s just forget the past year, considering it was a test for us. Leaving behind the demons of past, all I want is a beautiful future for us. A future filled with love and understanding. Holding each other’s hand lets walk down the aisle of the journey called life.

Meera(smiled with tears of happiness): Rahul, so do I want us badly to be together forever. Rahul not everyone is as lucky as us, we have been given a chance to be together, so let’s not miss this chord.

Rahul holding a rose in his hand and the other hand on Meera’s hand asked her:

“Ms Meera Sehgal, for one last time can you please accept me? I promise to be your strength through your thick and thin, all I want is you beside me for forever. ”

Meera got up from her chair and embraced Rahul. She sobbed like a child and promised him that no matter what, she will never let them fall apart. I love you, Rahul.

Rahul(kissed her forehead): I love you Meera.

The following night had been a night of happiness, a night where their dreams finally turned to be real. And a knot for forever had been locked in their life.

P.S : Rahul and Meera were enough lucky to get a second chance, but not everyone is. If destiny makes you meet someone then never let that person go away, remember everyone meets for a reason.

Tie the knot of your relationship with love, respect, care and trust.

 

 

 

 

 

The Comfort Zone

June, 2009

Kritika Sharma, a teenage girl with sharp dramatic eyes, innocent face, beautiful brown hair and a smile that never left her lips apart.

She was a kind of girl who would pop up in any random discussion, would easily gang up among a crowd of strangers and socialize with them as if she knew everyone since ages. For her being the star of the gang was as easy as getting a candy from an ice cream shop. A girl with complete entertainment and a comfort zone for every one around her.

October,2013

Kritika had been in a relationship since 4 years and was crazily fond of Rohan. No matter how much they fought the end would be always a happy one. For everyone else, Kritika was a comfort zone but for Kritika her only comfort zone was Rohan. Since a year Rohan had shifted to States for pursuing his masters. And the long distance journey had turned out to be harsh on them, infinite fights, blames, doubts and much more. There had been a discussion going on between them for convincing Rohan’s parents for marriage. Rohan had not been able to convince his parents as Kritika belonged to other caste. Things had fallen apart, as there was a girl whom Rohan had been seeing up on his parents force. Kritika some where had got the negative vibes about Rohan leaving her.

One fine evening, Kritika was at her home, preparing for her final year exams and her phone rang. She was engrossed in her studies and thought of ignoring the call, but when she saw the screen flashing Rohan’s name, she picked it up in a second.

“The Conversation”

Rohan : Hi Kritika

Kritika (a pause) : Hi Ro..!!

Rohan : Kritika before you ask me anything and before we again begin to fight, I want to inform you some thing. Hello? Kritika ?? are you there??

Kritika (The word “INFORM” gave her an adrenaline rush) : Yea..Yeaah.. Ro…Rohan.. I am listening.

Rohan : Kritika I am sorry to bring up this news, but I can’t cheat over you. I got engaged last week. I am sorry I could not inform you earlier, it had been all of sudden and you know my parents just wanted me to get engaged with her. All I can say is I am sorry and All the Best Kritika.

Kritika without saying a word hung up the phone. She was shattered and dumbstruck. Every thing around her seemed blurry, she sobbed for hours and hours, she cursed herself for trusting Rohan blindly and waiting for him all through the years. She even failed her MBA finals.

July, 2015

Ever since Kritika and Rohan had fallen apart, she had changed. Her tricky eyes, her melodrama and playful tact’s no longer existed. For her being comfortable or trusting any guy was no longer on her to-do list. She would keep herself away from a mob and would not open up with anyone.

After few months, on extreme force of her best friend Ruhi, Kritika agreed to go up on a trip with Ruhi and her friends. Kritika had kind of made an agreement with Ruhi saying though she has agreed for a trip but Ruhi should not force for anything once they reach there. They were 8 of them, 3 boys and 5 girls. Kritika only knew Ruhi and everyone else no longer bothered for her. Others were quite friendly since they already had chitchats on the whatsapp group named “The TRIP”which Kritika had muted ever since the group was made.

It was a pleasant evening, they were in a resort on hill-side somewhere near Nasik. Kritika had been silent, reading a book as she was alone on a vacation. Her phone beeped with a quote from an unknown number.

The quote said “The real woman is whoever she wants to be”. Her eyes rose up and she smiled and immediately looked up for the number in true caller. It was a message from karan Mehra, the guy who was sitting right in front of her. It was some thing about the quote or the guy that had touched her heart and she replied “Thank you”. Seemed like in the entire 2 days of trip, Karan had been trying to understand her, though they never spoke with each other and nor did they chat on whatsapp. The trip got over and everyone returned back to the routine with a false promise of staying in contact.

Karan was curious to know Kritika, as if there was more about her which she hadn’t yet opened up. Karan thought of giving it a try, a try for a friendship and a try to know her more.

“Whatsapp Chats”

Karan : Hi Kritika. Its Karan here, Remember me?

Kritika (After 30 minutes): Hi Karan. I have your number. I do remember you.

Karan : Kritika I was just thinking if we can meet, only if you are comfortable with it.

Kritika : Well I don’t know what being comfortable is. But yes I can meet you for a coffee, I owe you one for the amazing quote you had shared.

Karan : Great. Will catch up Friday evening, 5:00 pm, Irish House. Thanks Kritika. Take Care

Kritika: Sure. Bye 🙂

The following night, Kritika thought about Karan. It had been 2 years, ever since she met any guy all alone. But this guy, Karan had some thing. Probably a comfort which she was looking for.

5:00 PM, Friday

Kritika and Karan exchanged a handshake and ordered a coffee. Karan tried his best to make her comfortable and he even made her smile a couple of times by sharing his funny experiences. Kritika was there in the coffee house for a specific reason,she wanted to know what made Karan send her the quote that day. She was amazed when he heard his reply.

Karan : Kritika, the quote is just for a woman like you.  Firstly I am sorry, that I had been observing and trying to study your mind throughout the trip. I would just tell you one thing You are a powerful woman, you might have suffered a lot but don’t let the suffering take every thing from you. You can be a lot more than what you are now. Give your life a second chance.

Kritika had tears in her eyes as if some one had touched her soul, as if it was the perfect comfort that she needed and all that she missed was right here. Kritika was running out of words and she thanked Karan and left for home.

A day after, Kritika called Karan, and once again Karan made her laugh like no one else did. Slowly Kritika had again begun to trust. They met quite often, and in one of those meetings Kritika had narrated her side of the story. Karan who made sure the topic is never opened again. Kritika had found her comfort zone back, her playful tricks, her naughty smile and her love for her life was all on track.

So were they in love with each other?

No they weren’t in love, but they were in a relation stronger than love and it was “FRIENDSHIP”. They shared a bond of trust, comfort, truth and happiness.

Karan and Kritika had found a soul friend in each other.

P.S : Past might break you down, might tear you apart. But, don’t let a single person take down every thing from you. Learn to rise, learn to find the right one. It’s a small world, and there is a comfort zone for every one of us. Not every relation is about love some are above love.