Previous parts of this story can be found at part-1, part-2, Part-3, Part-4, part-5, part-6, part-7, part-8, part-9 and part-10.
OK, so welcome to the end of my love story :-).
You must be confused about the smiley I had put at the end of first sentence. I am talking about end of my love story and I am smiling……isn’t it contradictory? Read on and you will understand :-).
After cursing and stressing myself about the mess I created on the name of LOVE, when I got into my room, I was sleepy and went to bed immediately, unknown about what was going on in other parts of world. While I was sleeping with strange dreams, GOD was working hard to present me what I deserved for the rest of life. The story went like this –
After our first kiss in car, Darshil went to the seminar in town hall but could not concentrate. After waiting for years to find love, it was the moment, he experienced it and the charm of love had just started. He left the seminar and got into taxi. While travelling towards home, he sent me that first LOVE SMS. Unable to share everything easily by nature, he did not talk about taste of love with his parents. His parents could see the “tried but not hidden glow” on his face but as usual they wanted to give time. At the other end, Darshil was restless as I did not reply to his SMS. Just in effort of diverting his mind from negative feelings about if I would not respond, he logged into Orkut (the first ever social networking site). Once logged in, a user can see list of logged in friends (in order they logged in). Darshil was really worried and confused about my not-replied behaviour. When he saw name of long forgotten friend on top of list, he started chat with him using gtalk. The conversation went like this :
Darshil : Hey R, after so long…..alive?
His friend : oh, hey D, m here only man. How are you?
Darshil : m good. Really glad to chat with you after so long.
His friend : same here D. I still cherish our togetherness and the fun we had while trekking in Ladakh. I never thought I will get lifetime friend over there.
Darshil : oh yes, I agree. I too never thought that trekking would earn me you. Do you remember those two consecutive nights where we sat under smoky sky and shared so many things about life?
His friend : How can I forget that yaar? I have been missing that kind of friendship here. I have so many friends here but I did not find anyone like you. Its been almost 3 years and life has changed in many ways.
Darshil : oh yes, life has changed. I don’t know why we never contacted each other during this time period of 3 years? Everything ok at your end? How is your study going (I presume, you have continued your study 🙂)?
His friend : :-):-):-)
His friend : you are true with your assumption friend, I have continued studying and I am still studying and its going very well. This year I will get master’s degree in aeronautics.
Darshil : That’s really great R, happy to talk with you after so long and happy to learn about your progress.
His friend : Hey D, what about you? You had already completed your study, right? What have you been doing?
Darshil : Yes, I completed my study in Clinical Research and right now working with a top company in India, as a manager.
His friend : Congrats brother, you were meant to be successful, I knew.
Darshil : Thanks bro but success in one area never makes a man successful. You need many other things to live successfully and happily (unintentionally Darshil spoke his heart as he was too upset while waiting for my reply)
His friend : hey brother, everything ok?
Darshil : I hope it would be. I am confused like anything.
His friend : that means you are trying to be in love 🙂 or you have already fell. My dear friend, these are dangerous situations.
Darshil : oh yes, I can understand it now but its too late for me. I have lost myself to her.
His friend : very romantic !!!
Darshil : :(. No, its not.
His friend : why? Did not she kiss you? (guys are always guys. They talk about those things first which girls might think of last)
Darshil : 🙂
His friend : that means you kissed her.
Darshil : I will never forget it, that magic. It was fab.
His friend : good. Now tell me the problem because I am sure, you have not taken her to bed.
Darshil : yes, I did not because that’s not how I see love and I am sure, you too do not see love like that. Btw, tell me about yourself. Whats up with you?
His friend : with me? Well nothing much. I too am confused now a days but I can not do anything about it.
Darshil : don’t create puzzles.
His friend : 🙂. Ok.
His friend : As I told you, I have a childhood friend and I had a soft corner for her. But after coming here in South Africa and experiencing different culture, I was unsure about my feelings for her. It took me 10 long years to realize what I wanted in my life. I would not lie. I flirted with many girls here and tried to find out that feeling which I left behind. Finally, I found someone whom I thought I really loved. Her name was Nikki. As you know about free culture over here, we started living together as we were studying together. Although I purposefully avoided love making, we were very close. But one morning, she packed up her bags and left me. Her last letter to me said that I should forget her and should go back to my childhood friend as I was continuously speaking her name while sleeping tight and it was unbearable for Nikki. And it was a turning point for me. I had to analyse myself and the answer came out from myself was, Go Back to her. There was no way but to go back. I called her up and told her that I had realized that who is made for me but before I could tell her that it was she only, she told me that she had found someone for her. Since last couple of days, I was restless but I think I have to give up as I want her to be happy, whether its being with me or anyone else. That’s what my long story is J.
Darshil : OMG, I am really sorry. I started talking about my little confusion while you are passing through a critical phase. Your childhood friend is really lucky that you have fell for her. I will surely pray for you and her. What is her name, btw?
His friend : what different does it make if I tell you her name?
Darshil : 🙂
His friend : ok, her name is Soha, Soha Mahajan.
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Darshil : Hey R, I need to go somewhere urgently, will connect with you sometime in near future. Bye for now.
After logging out, Darshil had teary eyes. Now he was able to understand why did I pulled up myself from that magical experience and why did not I reciprocate to his love feelings. Why was I always in thoughts and why my smile was fading away? He kept staring to sky like he was asking the destiny about his fault. But being very mature, he decided to join the two dots and create a single line rather than drawing a triangle. In his words,
Within short span of 3-4 days, I loved you so much that at first point, I did not want to leave you. But my guts told me to not follow my sentiments. I knew something was wrong between us, the moment we met for the first time. On our first meeting too, your smile faded for couple of times and I, without help, noticed those minute details because I loved you. I thought it must be some past experience or a bad experience, which you would share with me sometime. I was ready to do anything to bring back that smile on your face. Little bit I knew that I will have to leave you for that. This is really not mu nature as I believe in winning. But here I am winning by losing from my best friend Raahil. Yes Soha, we are best friends. We came to know each other during a trekking trip to Ladakh and connected instantly. The day, I felt first taste of love, I came to know that my best friend was in pain because his lifelong friend was going to be someone else’s girlfriend and that someone was me. I did not want to be that one. I wanted you to be happy at any cost and after observing you, I know that you will be happy with Raahil and he will surely be able to make you happy for lifetime.
I and Darshil were hugging tight to each other with tears flowing down from my eyes. Today I felt myself luckiest. Today I was going to be with my lifelong love Raahil and I had found a best friend in life – Darshil.
The events followed fast. Darshil prepared me to talk with my parents and even helped me in phrasing words. My parents were in shock for the first but agreed upon to meet Raahil. Darshil talked with Raahil and they too had a very emotional conversation where Darshil had to tell the true story to Raahil and after knowing about Darshil’s decision, Raahil kept thanking him. In reply of which Darshil told him something in their symbolic male language and both laughed like anything. I was happy to learn that GOD had sent angel in the form of Darshil.
Raahil talked with his parents and his parents happily accepted his feelings. His mother was really fond of me and she started preparing list about what she will need for her only son’s marriage? Finally, after 3 weeks, Raahil and his family flew down to India and we met.
On our meeting after almost a decade (or even more than that), I could not match eyes with him and he was not ready to take his eyes off from me. When my father asked, whether I needed to do any clarification with Raahil, I just smiled. When there is love (that too lifelong love), no clarification is required.
I and Raahil got married just today and we are planning to fly to SA after 2 weeks. Raahil is on secret mission with Darshil and has informed that he will be back in hotel room within an hour. I utilized that time to write this post to let you all know that finally all is well and I am with Raahil.
Suddenly I hear some noise outside and I run to the hotel room’s balcony. The moment I opened the balcony door and got out, a romantic tune started playing and a soothing voice was singing for me. Oh my God, he is Raahil……….Darshil is smiling while standing in a corner and signed me to get downstairs. I without second thought ran down and hugged Raahil. He carried me to the room and our beautiful life ahead started with end of my love story.
(photo : completewelbeing.com)