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Love at First Sight

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By Hiranya Borah






Copyright 2017 Hiranya Borah


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Preface



This is an uncommon fictitious love story which has nothing to do with reality. So if you find any resemblance with any character in the story, it is pure coincidence only. Hope you will like the story.

Thanks to my readers and friends and above all my family for their constant support to write something usual and unusual. I am also thankful to those readers who review my books and give few encouraging words. I love them all.

Thanks to Smashwords for publishing this story book along with my other books.


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Chapter I: Mother Insists


Mrs. Arunima Choudhury, a widow of fifty five yelled to her son, ‘this time, before going to Delhi, you must tell me whether you are going to marry or not.’

Arunima had brought up her only child, Arindam single handedly after death of her husband in a scooter accident when Arindam was only two year old. She still recalls the day vividly when she lost her husband twenty five years ago. On that day, her husband, a school teacher in a local high school went to the market to bring vegetables as his sister was to come to their home on that evening. He was knocked down by a speeding truck from behind just in front of their home. He was declared brought dead on arrival at the local hospital.

Arunima was advised by many to remarry; but she did not marry again. She brought up her son with lot of difficulty, as anyone came forward to help her, came with a demand of high premium. She refused to bow down to any pressure. She realized, though there is no dearth of thugs in her society who wanted to help her with an expectation of physical favour, there are few good people are also around. One such person was Hrishikesh Barua, the school inspector, who helped Arunima to get a teacher’s job on compensatory ground. After getting the job, she could dictate her fate in her own terms.

Her efforts to make her son a good citizen of the country, did not go in vein and in due course of time, her son Arindam became a mechanical engineer and joined a leading automobile company as an Assistant Manager at Guwahati. After three years, he passed executive MBA course from a leading Management Institute of India. After four years of his joining into the service, he was promoted to the post of Deputy Manager and posted in Delhi.

Since last year, Arunima is looking for a suitable match for her only child. She got lot of good proposals, but Arindam has not shown any interest in his marriage. Therefore, she is not happy and yelled to her son from the kitchen while preparing breakfast for her son.

Chapter II: He Confided


‘Ma, I love a girl. But I do not know, where she is now. I do not know, whether she is married or not. I do not know where she lives right now.’ At the dining table Arindam told his mother.

Arindam’s confession about his love affairs gave his mother more trouble than a solution.

‘What is that answer? How can I find the girl, if you do not know anything about that girl?’ A perplexed Arunima asked her son.

‘I can give a clue about the girl. Can you remember, we attended Varun uncle’s niece’s marriage, ten years ago? At that time I was in the Engineering College. I saw that girl with a red coloured dress. I fell in love with the girl at the first sight. I know nothing about the girl. That’s all.’ He confided to his friendly mother.

Chapter III: The Old Video


Arunima is an old war horse. She had faced a lot of problems in her life. She knows her son very well; he is always truthful to his mother. She also understood very well, without that girl he would not be a happy man, though he might marry another girl of his mother’s choice.

When after a week Arindam was leaving for Delhi, Arunima told him, ‘I am going to find out the girl whom you love. I shall find out her marital status and if she is yet to be married, I shall meet her and her parent with a proposal to bring her as my daughter in law.’

Arindam knew, her mother never gives a false promise. He also felt a pain in his heart for giving his mother a real tough task.

Next day, Arunima talked to her classmate Varun Saikia, brother of Barnali Saikia, the marriage of whose daughter was the first and last meeting point of Arindam with the unknown girl. However, Varun could not recollect any girl with a red dress. He might be very busy on that day to notice any girl with a red dress; Arunima agreed.

But whenever, there is a will, there is a way. Varun told Arunima, ‘Probably, my sister is still keeping a copy of the video of her daughter’s marriage. I shall ask my sister about the video and inform you.’

Chapter IV: The Girl Was Identified


As expected, from the video, Apoorva could be identified easily. She is the daughter of the doctor who was posted in their town, when the marriage of Barnali Saikia was taken place. She was in class X at that time. Her father was transferred to another town, just after that particular marriage. Again, Arunima faced a road block. There is no clue whereabouts of Apoorva and her family after their transfer to the other town.

Arunima was not disappointed with the information so far she had gathered about Apoorva. She contacted the doctor posted at the town where Apoorva’s father was transferred from her own town. The doctor presently posted at that town provided the required information about Apoorva’s family to Arunima.

With few attempts, the girl, Apoorva was tracked down in Guwahati by Arunima. Her father, Viramjeet Barua has settled down at Guwahati, though his present place of posting is at North Lakhimpur, a district HQs, almost four hundred KM away from Guwahati. In the meantime, Apoorva has completed her masters in History from Guwahati University.

However, there was a bad news waiting for Arunima. Apoorva had already been married to a doctor three months’ ago.

Arunima did not dare to inform Arindam about Apoorva’s marriage as she was worried that her only child would be heart-broken at the news of Apoorva’s marriage.


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