In beginning, I felt worse at heart as I my heart ached for the glimpse of Ashwin but gradually I came out of the gloom as Ashwin talked to me over phone for long hours and his humors added glow to my life & his loud cackling laughter soothed me from deep inside & now I didn't miss him much ...after my study hours, I used to wait anxiously for his calls & we enjoyed each other’s company...without any inhibition & guilt he used to kiss me over phone & I thoroughly enjoyed his gesture though never disclosed this in the days of our courtship.
I shared the reason why Ashwin didn't visit our place with Mom & she was full of pride for her would be son-in-law & she exclaimed,
"Divya, you are lucky to have such a guy in your life who thinks for you first unlike many men who first thinks of their self and I heartily thank God to bless me with such a guy for my daughter & my respect for him has grown manifold. I pray that he remains the same throughout the life & you both share a beautiful relation."
Her facial expressions were remarkable, she seemed more relaxed and no worries regarding her daughter's future. Even I felt the same for Ashwin & I had accepted the fact that he was the Right Person to be my Love, Hubby, and Friend....& I could rely on him. What else a girl seeks from her Life partner...a true person whom one can trust & who can protect her with all his love.
With the passage of time our love bloomed in the showers of trust and care. My father & Ashwin were able to convince my in-laws for the alliance & they agreed upon in spite of caste difference & they were made to understand the fact that his son identity will be the same in his society & I will accept their traditions & follow the same without any prejudice. So, finally they approved our relationship & when I came to know of it through my parents & Ashwin, my joys knew no bounds.....I can't express in words...it was a wonderful feeling.
A get together of both the families were fixed up at my place on Sunday…an invitation was sent by my parents for the get together so that all of us could meet & know each other well. Again my Mom tried all her best culinary skills to cook for them & I helped her in laying the tables and home décor. I made a bouquet of beautiful roses from our garden for my Love Ashwin & kept in my room, it was a secret plan to surprise my love. We were going to meet after four months…a long gap though in between we met at college campus for few minutes & the minutes passed by in gazing each other. But today with the approval of all, we had time to spend in company of each other and my heart planned a lot for our meeting….the after effects of Love...I believe…people says , “ Love is blind, “ now I felt how true it is said.
I dressed in a sari of my mom’s choice ...blue with pink and mom did my make-up, light make-up and hair do to suit on sari…She embraced me and her eyes welled up…it was tears of happiness as well as a feeling of separation…I too felt the same…On one hand, I was getting my love but the thought of been away from my parents made me emotional….
At 1 pm, Ashwin arrived with his parents & we all sat together and had great time. It was a first meeting of my mother with his parents & but soon they mingled…Ashwin’s mother hugged me tight and showered her blessings & she appeared to be satisfied with his son’s choice & her eyes reflected her feelings which eased me because it is a matter of great concern for the girls who ties the knot with the groom and leaves her family to start a new fresh lease of life so acceptance of the groom’s family matters a lot.
After lunch, Ashwin father asked us to go in another room and spend time with each other & it was the longing of our hearts and we were waiting for the nod. His Father was very practical and understood the feelings of would be’s & even my parents gave the nod.
I took him into my room upstairs and as soon as we reached inside, I greeted him with the bouquet and he took me in his arms …I too was longing for the same…I felt at ease & protected in his strong arms and I closed my eyes & his soft caress kindled my soul…and there was deep silence between us ….still close proximity satisfied our soul …we were speechless. ..For the first time in our courtship, he planted a kiss on my lips which sent tingles all over my body and we parted.
In late evening, my mom asked us to join them for tea & I myself prepared tea for all & my in-laws appreciated my skills & my mom-in-law gifted me a gold chain accepting me as her daughter in law.
Both the families were happy with each other & they planned to get us hitched once my exams were over...so there were two three months more to wait for the D day & the preparations for the marriage picked up in both the families. All four were busy in bookings, marketing for their son and daughter and other arrangements and in fulfilling their dreams that they had woven for their children & we too were busy in dreaming of our lives in the company of each other.
"LOVE IS NOT MEASURED BY THE NUMBER OF TIMES YOU TOUCH EACH OTHER...
BUT THE NUMBER OF TIMES YOU REACH OUT TO EACH OTHER"
to be continued.....