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Twenty-five Love Stories


Hiranya Borah

Copyright 2017 Hiranya Borah

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All these stories are already published in different names on this platform. It is a compilation of the edited versions of twenty five stories published over the years as independent books. Now readers need not have to download many times for reading my books on love affairs separately; instead of that, with one go they can read 25 love stories by downloading only this book. This will help them to keep 25 stories at one place. With this intention I have compiled this story book on clean and wholesome love affairs.

Most of the stories are based on mere imagination unless otherwise specifically mentioned at the top of the story. Therefore, if any similarity or resemblance of any character in any of the stories is observed with any living or dead person, it is purely a coincidence only. The description of the society described in these stories may be also far from reality.

Every story is preceded by a small note for those readers who are very specific about types of stories they want to read.

I got inspiration to write this book from my family members, friends, readers and critiques. I am thankful to all of them.

I am also thankful to Smashwords for publishing my stories as e-book.


Ideal Partner

(This is a poetic description in prose form of much anticipated first night of a couple based on pure imagination. Happiness of a married life is standing on few solid pillars. Some of them are faith, love for each other, mutual respect, physical intimacy, mental compatibility, common goals, children, good communication, resilience, financial stability and understanding between each other. I am not mentioning them in any particular order of importance.)

Both of them were waiting for this day. For Arunabh, Rini is (was) his first love and for him it was a love at first sight. However, in Rini’s case, it was a different story. Initially she said ‘yes’ for the marriage because of her family pressure, as according to the family members, she would never get such a good boy as her life partner. She realised after few days of their formal engagement, her family members were absolutely correct in assessing the quality of Arunabh as a person. She could come to know how much Arunabh was good by heart just after few weeks of their first meeting. A few weeks after their first meeting, Rini was formally engaged with Arunabh in presence of their parents and relatives from both the sides.

But after few days of engagement, Arunabh unilaterally severed the engagement with her when he came to know that there had been an understanding between the two fathers for some financial transactions over the engagement. Arunabh first fought with his own father and told him that he was going to cancel his marriage with Rini. On the same day, he blasted Rini’s father over phone. He categorically told Rini’s father that he is not a material for sale. As the marriage was arranged on the basis of an understanding of some financial transactions, he had no alternative but to cancel the marriage. Rini’s father, Prabir Choudhury tried to explain under what circumstances the understanding was arrived at, but in vain. Arunabh snapped the phone line without hearing any explanation from his ‘to-be father in law’.

For Prabir Choudhury, it was a bolt from the blue. The dejected father, being a high blood pressure patient, sat on the floor to avoid an unexpected fall. The receiver of the phone was kept hanging by the poor father. He was looking to the ceiling fan vaguely and tried to find out where he went wrong. Though Arunabh’s father had not demanded anything for their only son’s marriage, he offered to repay the education loan of Arunabh which was taken for his MBA after coming to know the fact that Arunabh’s father had to pay a huge amount as dowry for their daughter’s marriage two years back.

Arunabh was a crusader of anti-dowry campaign in India. Arunabh’s stand on dowry got a severe jolt when he came to know that his father agreed to take the loan amount which was taken for his studies. To defend his own position, Arunabh’s father told him that he demanded nothing and only on insistence of Choudhury, Rini’s father, he agreed to his offer. This infuriated Arunabh so much that he lost his temper and blasted the old person (Rini’s father). He used such a language in his conversation with Rini’s father, which he never uttered (those words) to a person of his father’s age in his 27 years of life. After cooling down, he felt very bad about his own behaviour.

When Rini saw his father sitting on the floor, looking vaguely to the moving ceiling fan and the receiver of the phone was hanging, she became really worried. She shook his father by holding his shoulders and asked him what had happened. Choudhury looked at his daughter, touched her head and started weeping like a little boy. Then, after some time, he said to her daughter, ‘We are probably going to lose the best boy in the world as your husband! It is because of my fault! I treated a diamond like an ordinary stone!’ Then he hugged his daughter and said, ‘Pardon me my sweetheart, I have spoiled your life!’

In the meantime, her mother also came to room and started crying without knowing any reason. Rini was also about to cry but composed herself and asked her father, ‘Tell me what had happened? Who was on the line? What he actually said?’

After two to three minutes, composing himself a little bit, Choudhury told his wife and daughter, ‘I have already told you that Arunabh was dead against of taking dowry as I was informed by his father. However, when I came to know through a common acquaintance that the father of Arunabh is in debt after his daughter’s marriage and he has an education loan of Rs. 5 Lakh which has to be paid in the next five years, I offered him to repay the education loan taken for Arunabh. As Arunabh was dead against of taking dowry, his father did not want to take the amount. But on my insistence, he agreed to take the amount. Arunabh came to know about the understanding from his mother. Unlike a normal lady, she is also very much against dowry. Then both son and mother first fought with his father and decided to sever the engagement with Rini and look for another girl who should be good but whose family might not be in position to give dowry. Now tell me, did I not the enemy of daughter’s fortune!’ He started again weeping like a school boy.

Rini is a soft spoken beautiful girl. At the first meeting, she thought Arunabh is also an ordinary boy with a decent job with a good monthly salary. He is little bit talkative and on the very first day he warned Rini in a polite way that if she is a shopping maniac, she would be disappointed as he is a miser (others say, economic in his own words). He admitted that probably he is suffering from a rare psychological disorder of Chrometophobia (fear for having more money; very rare in the world). If she wants to work after their marriage, it would be perfectly alright; but he would never insist her to work. According to him, as desire for more money leads to unhappy life, one should content with money one has.

Now after correlating with his earlier talk, she realized, Arunabh was not an ordinary young man, as she had earlier thought. At that moment for the first time in her life, she felt something for Arunabh. Later on, she understood that actually she started loving that talkative young man. Suddenly, she felt that she was becoming possessive about Arunabh. Then she took an unexpected and risky decision on her future; she would be his wife only or otherwise would remain unmarried for her entire life.

Next day, without telling his father, Rini went to Arunabh’s office to discuss the matter which was unexpected from a girl like Rini who happened to be a very shy girl. On seeing Rini in his office, he was surprised and felt little uncomfortable. He had already realized that he should not be that harsh with the old man. But seeing Rini, he thought he was going to get a return blast from her. Therefore, he told Rini, ‘I am sorry, I should have been little polite while talking to your father in conveying my feeling and decision. Would you join me in the cafeteria as the office may not be a good place to discuss personal matters?’ He was apparently very calm and composed in communicating with Rini

Rini was surprised to see his calmness. Rini followed him to the cafeteria and all along she was thinking how to start the discussion.

‘I know, your father must be very upset the way I talked. But honestly, I was also very upset with both of our fathers, how they can think that I am a saleable product!’ With same calmness Arunabh told Rini justifying his outburst.

‘I understand your state of mind during the period when you had talked to my father. I understand he might be selfish and arrogant to offer the money to your father; but, will you try to understand the mental condition of a father of a marriageable girl, who does not want to lose a good boy? He can go up to any extent, good or bad; as his sole aim to rope a good boy for his daughter.’

Arunabh kept mum for a while then he started laughing loudly. Rini could not understand how to react to his laugh as she could not find any reason why he was laughing. Arunabh enjoyed her perplexed face and told calmly, ‘You must be thinking, why I am laughing. Have I gone mad? No, I have not gone mad, at least of now. I am laughing because, for the first in my life, a beautiful girl has certified me as a good boy; that too twice!’

However, his laugh could not make her smile. They kept mum for few minutes. Then Rini asked, ‘Can you forgive my father for that ‘one mistake he had committed’?’

Arunabh thought for a while and then asked, ‘After using so much harsh words to your father, I am already ashamed of my own behaviour. He deserves an unconditional apology from me. I must have to apologize to him for my behaviour to an elderly person. So far marriage is concerned; I can consider it afresh, if those terms and conditions are removed permanently.’

After taking a pause he told again, ‘Further, I shall consider that, if and only if you dump your grumpy face and give me a beautiful smile.’

Rini understood, Arunabh was yet to throw her away from his heart permanently. She was little bit relaxed and without any thought a smile surfaced on her face. She asked, ‘Though I am not fully relaxed, I am trying to smile; can you consider now?’

‘Please show me your, left hand.’ Arunabh actually wanted to see her engagement ring. As expected, Rini was still wearing her engagement ring.

‘My ring is still in your hand and I am also still wearing your ring. So we have not broken our engagement so far. Do you want to break it now?’ Arunabh told his decision with a teasing voice. Rini could not stop her tears.

‘Hey, do not cry now. People may think I had done something wrong to you and I may be thrashed.’ He teased her again.

The shy girl did an unthinkable thing for the first time in her life; in full public view, she got up from her chair and hugged Arunabh. While hugging she whispered, ‘Promise me, you will never leave me till my death!’

Realizing that everyone in the cafeteria was looking at her, she became very nervous and went back to her seat. Her face was flushed.

For the next few minutes nobody talked. To ease the situation, Arunabh ordered two cups of coffee.

‘I do not take coffee!’ Rini, with a meek voice, told.

‘You have to take today, whether you like it or not. It is my first gift to you!’ Arunabh told. Having no alternative she agreed to take a cup of coffee, for the first time in her life.

After taking coffee, escorting out of his office Arunabh told Rini, ‘Tell your parent to be relaxed. You may be interested to know, why I have taken a U turn of my decision, subject to my conditions of course. However, right now, I am not telling you the reason. But I promise you, I shall tell you if we get marry in near future. Now go home in a relaxed mood and inform your parent about my U turn. Do not forget to convey my sincere apology to your father for my harsh words.’

His decision, U turn in his words, did not make Arunabh’s father very happy. He was very much annoyed with his son. But Arunabh’s mother was happy to bring Rini as her daughter in law, despite of the hiccup in the process.

On the other hand, as soon as Rini broke the news that Arunabh had agreed to marry Rini with the condition that no financial transaction would take place, all the family members zoomed with happiness. Respect for Arunabh had only enhanced further in the eyes of the in laws.

Finally, marriage of Arunabh and Rini was solemnized on the designated date in presence of all the family members of both sides.

When Arunabh entered to their room, he saw Rini was sitting on the bed with full of rose petals. Fragrance of rose was so strong, even a man of stone might have been romantic. Arunabh was not a youth known for his romantic mood. But on that day, his mind also became somewhat romantic.

When Rini saw Arunabh closed the door and approached the bed, she got up from the bed and tried to touch the feet of Arunabh as per rituals prevailing in most parts of India. But Arunabh did not allow her to do that and moved quickly backward. Then he said, ‘You are an equal partner in my life. Your status is not lower than my status in any respect. Never try to touch my feet which only shows dignity of a wife is not at par with her husband. That is against my principle of looking husband and wife as equal in partners in life.’

Rini understood he is a different type of man, albeit in a positive sense.

He put his hands on her arms and helped her to sit on the bed. He removed the veil from the face of Rini and told, ‘Do not keep a veil on your face in future. You are very beautiful. Your face is a visual delight for everyone around. Let all enjoy the brightness of your face. Let others to envy me for having an extremely beautiful wife!’

Rini did not understand how to react to his comment on her beauty. On seeing Rini mum, he started talking again. ‘On our meeting in the cafeteria, you appeared to be very bold; you hugged me and then kissed me.’

‘No, I did not kiss you!’ Rini objected to his false comment.

‘I clearly remember, you kissed me on that day!’ Arunabh insisted.

‘No, I did not. I only whispered on your ear with the request not to leave me till my death.’ Rini did not want to budge a single inch of her ground as she was truthful.

‘That is unfair! You requested me not to leave you. But you keep your choice open ended. By the way, when you are going to leave me?’

‘At my death only!’ She was forthcoming with a strong statement; Arunabh realized from her tone. From his sitting position he hugged her and kissing on her forehead and told, ‘I also promise you, I shall not to leave you till my death.’

Arunabh saw Rini’s eyes became moist. ‘Are you unhappy leaving behind your family?’

‘Yes. But, I am extremely happy to be with you. I must confess to you, I did not fall in love with you on our first meeting. I started loving you from the day when you cancelled our marriage. I can do anything for you and for staying with you for whole of my life!’

Arunabh kissed her again; this time on her cheek.

‘Rini, as a youngster I was always fascinated by one photograph of Lord Shri Krishna with Mother Radha where the God was taking rest putting his head on her lap. Both of them were so engrossed to look each other’s’ eyes, it appears nothing in the world was more important for them during that period of time.’ Arunabh closing his eyes tried to imagine essence of that eternal love.

‘Would you like to take some rest on my lap?’ Rini asked Arunabh with a low voice.

‘Yes, of course, if you do not mind.’ Telling that without waiting for Rini’s reply prepared himself for resting on Rini’s lap.

He stretched his legs and placed his head on her lap. She looked very beautiful from below: Arunabh thought. With a natural instinct, she put her right hand on his hair and slowly started running her fingers through the thick black hair. He slowly removed her sari from her shoulders and looked at her eyes passionately. Both of them looked at each other for some time. She thought, she had to live with this man throughout her life. He has an ordinary face with an extra-ordinary heart. She loves the inner side of this man, who has a golden heart for which any lady could have sacrificed everything to possess him. She felt lucky to be his wife.

Arunabh thought in a complete different line. She is so beautiful- she had married him due to some compulsion only. Will their marriage be sustainable for a long time?

‘Are you really happy to be my wife?’ He asked.

‘Why do you ask this question? Do you have any doubt in your mind?’ She did not answer directly.

‘You are extremely beautiful! Contrary to that, I am an ordinary looking person. You could have got a more handsome person as your husband. I feel sorry for you on that account.’ He told these words with a tone of full of genuineness.

Rini did not say anything. A drop of tear fell on the face of Arunabh. Sudden drop of hot tear made Arunabh to get up from the lap of Rini. But Rini pushed her head down and wiped out her own tears and tears from Arunabh’s face.

‘Will you keep a request of mine? If you promise me that you are going to keep the request for your entire life, I shall think, that will be the best gift you are giving to me on the first night of our married life!’ She told very quietly.

‘Tell me dear. I promise you, I shall try to keep your request for the rest of my life.’

‘From my heart, I tell you that, nobody has forced me to marry you. There was no compulsion to marry you except one, as I have told you earlier, I started loving you from the day when you refused to marry me. I love you as a person and as my husband. I never think anyone in the world would be more suitable for me as a husband than you. I want to die as your wife only. For me, you are the most handsome person in the world. I am for you, only for you. You can do anything with me, I shall not complain to anyone for any of your actions. I love you so much! I can sacrifice everything for your happiness!’ Arunabh had no problem in judging her honesty in those words.

‘Ok, I understand your feelings about me; but what is your request?’

‘Never ask me, whether I love you or not. Never ask me whether I am happy with you or not. Never ask me under what compulsion I agreed to marry you. Never tell me that you are an ordinary person. You are and you always will be special to me.’ She said with a choked voice.

‘You wanted me to keep one request, but you have given me a list of requests. But I promise you, I shall keep all of them.’ With a pause he again started, ‘I told you on that day, after our marriage I would tell you, why I had taken a U turn on my decision to marry you. Would you like to know the reason now?’

‘If you want to tell me, I shall like to hear it from your mouth. But I know why you have decided.’ She said politely.

‘Oh my darling, you can read my mind also. Then tell me why I took a U turn after meeting you. Remember, if you are wrong, I am going to punish you.’ Arunabh smiled.

‘There may be two reasons for that. First you have a golden heart to understand that if you refuse to marry me after our engagement, my family will have to face a humiliating situation. In the worst case, even I may not get a groom for the next few years or I may have to die as a spinster. Though I guess the second reason, I am not going to tell you.’

‘First reason what you have said is wrong. Second reason, you are not telling me. So you are going to be punished twice!’ He said with a mysterious smile.

‘I know that I am hundred percent correct in my answer. But still I am ready for any punishment you would like to give me!’ She said teasingly.

‘The only reason I took a U turn is, I love you from the day when I met you for the first time. Now you should be ready for your punishment. Are you ready?’ He got up from her lap and he pulled her near to his chest.

She did not utter anything expecting a strong hug or something more. But he did not do anything except patting on her cheek lovingly.

‘What is your expectation from our marriage? Only love from me or something else?’ Arunabh wanted to hear something from her, which might be exciting for both of them.

‘Every woman wants love from her husband at all the time. Then she wants to be a mother, every woman wants to carry a child of her husband in her womb; but for that she needs blessing from the God and elders and true love from her husband. To be a mother, a wife has to make sacrifice her shyness of a girl to her husband, the first male who is allowed to see and touch every part of her body after attaining her adolescence, by offering her soul, mind and a bare body without any cover. She has to sacrifice her chastity forever. I am no exception, I want to be the mother of your children and from today my body, mind and soul are for you only. I am going to sacrifice my shyness and allow your hands to touch every part of my body. I allow your eyes to see every part of my body. You are allowed to pierce my body and mind through your love and spirituality. You are allowed to be master of my body and mind. My thought will start from you and end with you.’ She stops here.

‘Do you want to say, I have a win-win situation all the way? As husband what role do you expect I should play?’ Arunabh asked playing his hands on her arms.

‘Every husband also wants to impregnate his wife to become a father. For that, he has also to make a supreme sacrifice, may be more than a wife who has to sacrifice only her shyness; but he has to make himself free from his ego. He has to come down to the level of his wife in the bed to make her a mother. Normally, a wife is less educated, less in age and experience, less in exposures to the outside world, less physically powerful and above all, always less in stature in almost all the societies of the world. The husband has to expose everything to his wife what she has to expose to her husband, both physically and mentally. He has to share everything he has, physically, mentally and emotionally. He has to take solace in the arms of his wife when he is rejected by the whole world due to his failure. Both husband and wife have another moral duty, if anyone is ill, other should not take any outsider’s help except of a medical person; he /she has to nurse his/ her spouse thoroughly. I am promising you, except doctor, I shall not allow any nurse to touch your body except for the para medical works. I shall also not allow anyone touch my body parts except for surgical or delivery work for my baby. My body is only for you and for my children, up to some extent. Your body and mind are the most revered temple for me, where I want to be the only priest. My every offering of my body and soul to you is going to be an offering to the God.’

Her explanation about the roles of husband and wife made him closer to his wife both physically and mentally. He pulled her to his arms and started pressing her back tenderly. He could hear her heart beat clearly. But he wanted to hear something more from his wife as hitherto he did not hear anything from a young lady. He loosened his grip and kissed her forehead and told, ‘I want to hear something more from you on love between husband and wife. Your talks make me closer to you. You know I am very talkative. But I have a feeling now that, I am always talking nonsense only having no depth in my talk.’

‘Do not say that, my love. I am telling you only my feeling as wife of a person who is superior to me in all respect. Not only I respect you, but also I love you. I am offering my body and mind to you with happiness like a woman delivers a baby with happiness forgetting the pain before the delivery. I want to be happy with you forgetting the pain of leaving my comfort zone. I was a happy as a daughter with my parent and as a sister to my brother. My whole world was revolving around them. Within a day everything has changed. Now for me, everything revolves around you. For everything, I shall be dependent on you. It applies to you also up to some extent. I am leaving everything behind me, including my surname and my identity. Till yesterday, I had filled up every form as daughter of so and so, but from today, I have to fill up any form as wife of Arunabh. By doing so, I am not becoming unhappy, rather I shall be proud that I am sharing everything with a person of the stature of Arunabh who is not an ordinary person in the society.’ Arunabh was surprised to hear those words from a lady who was known for her economy in words.

‘I heard that wife starts talking after one year, but you have started from day one.’ He laughed.

‘Are you teasing me? I am not going to say anything from now.’ She showed artificial anger.

‘You are the first girl whom I dare to tease. I hope you will not going to stop that also.’ Arunabh asked her with folded hands to tease further.

‘Ok, permission granted, my dear hubby.’ She retorted with a beautiful smile. Arunabh could not resist himself from kissing her on her cheek. His kissed flushed her face red. She looked more beautiful. He placed another kiss on her other cheek.

‘Do not love me so much! I may have a heart attack right now!’ She told coyly.

‘Yeah! If you die, I shall be arrested for murdering a newlywed wife!’ Rini put her hand on his mouth to stop him from saying further.

Instead of removing her hand from his mouth, he again kissed her, this time on her hand. She immediately removed her hand.

‘I am feeling thirsty. Do you?’ Telling this Arunabh got up from the bed and took a bottle of water and offered the water bottle to Rini. She was also feeling thirsty. She took the bottle and drank some water and then said, ‘I am sorry! It should be other way round. I should have offered water to you. I should know when you will be hungry and thirsty. I should also know when you want what!’

‘Yes, being my wife, you should know!’ With a heavy voice Arunabh told. Rini’s face became pale.

‘Hey darling, I am joking. Do not be upset. Both of us do not know each other very well. It is only our first day. Further, I do not believe that wife has all the responsibilities to satisfy her husband and husband has none. We have talked for a long time. You might be hungry also. Let us find out if we find something to eat.’ Arunabh got up from the bed to find out some light food for them.

This time Rini was also in his tow. But nothing was found in the room to eat. Arunabh told Rini, ‘Stay back in the room, I shall bring something from the kitchen.’

When, Arunabh left the room Rini went to the wash room as she was suppressing her feeling for a call of nature due to her shyness. When she was relieving herself, she heard a commotion in the kitchen. When she came out of her room, she realized that all the lights of house were on and a few pairs of eyes are making a thorough scrutiny of her whole body. She became nervous. However, Arunabh’s mother Madhuri, rescued her by saying, ‘Oh, my sweetheart! Go to your room. By the time you must have understood, what a fool you have married. You have to take care of him like a grown up child. He is still having a childlike quality!’

His sister in law (cousin’s wife, who came for the marriage) commented, ‘after doing so much hard work, Tintin (Arunabh’s pet name) must have been very hungry!’ When everyone looked at her, she said, ‘I am talking about the reception party.’ Everyone could understand what she actually meant.

Rini wanted to run from the corridor to her room, but her legs stuck to the place where she was standing. Again her mother in law came to her rescue and led her to the room, though she did not enter to her daughter in law’s room. By the time, Arunabh returned to the room triumphantly with some fruits and a packet of biscuits in his hand.

Closing the door, he smiled to his wife innocently and said, ‘Sorry, it took little time. Do you like to take biscuit first?’

Rini could not control her tears. She embraced Arunabh tightly and started weeping. Her tears mixed with vermilion made the white kurta of Arunabh reddish. He patted her back to comfort her, but that made her weeping more profuse. Arunabh led Rini to the bed but did not let her sit her on the bed. Instead he forced her to sit on his lap. However, that did not deter her from clinging to the neck of her husband. Every breath made her cling closer to the chest of her husband. Now instead of patting her, he also embraced her tightly. Slowly her weeping was substituted by heavy and short breathing. Arunabh removed her face from his chest and for the first time he pressed his lips on her lips.

How long they were in that position, they could not remember, but hunger got better of them again. The moment Arunabh reminded about biscuits, she released him from her arms, and so did Arunabh simultaneously.

After taking two biscuits and an apple each they gulped some water. Then Rini asked, ‘what happened in the kitchen?’

‘Nothing great! I was looking for some snacks in the fridge when I accidently dropped the container of the chicken curry which made a noise. As usual, Mom came there after hearing the sound. But, for the first time in my life, she did not scold me, what she usually does. The commotion attracted the rest of the family members and all of them looked at me as if I murdered somebody. I also did not care of their presence and took a packet of biscuits and those fruits and made my way to my room. While on the way to my room I heard my father was telling to Mom whether I shall gain some maturity or not in near future. What Mom told him in reply I could not hear but I heard my father as saying that he was much matured at the time of his marriage. Anyway, why you were crying?’

‘Ok, let me go to the kitchen first to clean up the mess you have created.’ When she was about to go, Arunabh caught her from behind and told, ‘Do not create another problem for me. They will think, I am sending you to the kitchen and they will kill me! On the very first day you will be a widow!’

Rini tried to get out of his clutches; but in vain. ‘Release me, you are hurting me. It is painful.’ Arunabh released her immediately.

Rini giggled and she showed her thumb and her tongue indicating that she be fooled him. This time, Arunabh pulled her and embraced her tightly and told, ‘This time I am not going to release you even if you cry for your release.’

‘Do not you like to hear, why I cried for so long?’ Arunabh realized, he had a bounden duty to know why his newlywed wife cried so intensely. He released her from his arms and sat on the bed.

Rini was standing before him in such a tantalizing way to tell him what happened half an hour ago, Arunabh could not but pull her to sit on her lap again. She was actually waiting for that. She again put her arms on Arunabh’s neck and told what happened.

‘Are you feeling sleepy?’ Arunabh asked Rini.

‘No. Are you feeling sleepy?’ Rini asked the same question.

‘I want to give equal share of everything of my life, property, comfort, sorrow, happiness; that means anything and everything of my life with you. I rested on your lap for some time, now I want to reciprocate. You put your head on my lap.’

Before she could say something, he pulled her head to his lap and started running his finger through her hair. She looked so beautiful from above; he thought. Her big eyes are like petals of a lotus; her lips are red and soft, her black curly hairs are very much seducing. When Rini closed her eyes, he looked at her beautiful eyebrows. Her colour, compared to him is quite fair and her skin is very smooth.

Despite of her best efforts she could not stop herself from sleeping and she did not know when she fell into deep sleep. Seeing her gone into fast sleep, instead of disturbing her, he ran his finger through her hair more passionately. Looking at her innocent face, he promised to himself, ‘I shall always love this girl and never ever hurt her physically, mentally and emotionally. I shall give her everything I have. I shall share my happiness and pain with her equally. I shall never hide anything from her. I shall never cheat her.’

While sleeping, it appeared her blouse tightened her bosom considerably which gave some discomfort in her breathing. He removed the button of her blouse to ease her breathing. The moment he unbuttoned her blouse she became comfortable in her breathing and her sleep. But that put Arunabh in discomfort. He could see some portion of her bosom. He could not stop himself from touching that part of her body. It was very soft. He wanted to press it further. But he desisted himself from doing so; he did not want to disturb his lovely wife in her sleep. At that time she looked like a fairy.

He felt a pain on his legs after half an hour or so. He silently put her head on a pillow and sat comfortably on her side. The more he looked at her, he became more and more close to her emotionally. He put his hand on her head and started patting. He lowered his head to kiss her; but he restrained himself from doing so, fearing her sleep would be disturbed. Her body fragrance made him wild; but again he did nothing which might have disturbed her sleep. Finally, he went to the bathroom and took a shower.

When he came out of the bathroom, dawn of a new day arrived silently. He looked at the clock. It was five minutes to five. Normally, his parent gets up at five in the morning. So he had no alternative but to make her awake before others in the family knock at the door.

‘Rini, Rini please get up’ He tried, but in vain. She was in fast sleep. He felt guilty for giving her trouble. He thought for a moment and decided not to disturb her again, no matter what others would think about them. But to his surprise, she got up and asked, ‘Did I sleep?’

‘Yes, for an hour or so you were sleeping. Now go to the washroom and take a bath so that we can join Morning Prayer with our family members.’ Arunabh told his wife.

She was about to cry again for sleeping. ‘Shobha Aunty, the lady who dropped me at your, oh sorry, my new home, told me categorically to give my everything to you on the very first day itself. But I did not submit my body and mind to you as I should have submitted as your wife. She said, I should submit my body to you for our future generation. The submission what she referred may be the basis of our happy married life. But what a fool I am, I did not submit my body and soul as I should have. All these happened because of my sleep. It is my fault.’

Though, Arunabh understood what she wanted to convey, he pretended not to understand and asked her, ‘How you are supposed to submit your body to me, I cannot understand. Would you explain?’

At first, she wanted to explain; but on the very next moment she realized, Arunabh was teasing her. She kept mum. At this Arunabh told, ‘Do not be upset my darling! You have given me everything. You have already submitted me your soul, your mind and your beautiful body. You have not submitted a part of your body which you can submit to me at any time. Whole life is waiting for us for doing all those lovely things. So far happy life is concerned, physical relation is an integral part of a married life. But that is not the only thing which is the foundation of a happy married life.’

She came forward to him and embraced him tightly. Arunabh also embraced her tightly. Forgetting that a new morning had already arrived, they were about to start a new chapter of their life but for the knock at the door, they had to abandon the idea for the time being. Abandoning her inhibition, she finally smacked a kiss on his cheek before running to the bath room for taking a bath.

While taking shower, she recapitulated all the events of their night. She felt, she became one of the happiest wives in the world despite of the fact that she could not offer her body fully to her husband on her first night with her husband. She thanked God for giving her the most romantic and honest man as her husband. She promised to God, she would follow her husband blindly wherever he goes without an iota of confusion and doubt.

Roller-coaster Love Affair

(Situations may change drastically within a span of few years. Human relations are also changing over time. It happened to Manish’s family with few twists and turns. However, final U-turn of relation between Manish and his wife, Priya is the icing on the cake.)

Manish is an intelligent engineer, having an excellent job in IT sector located in Delhi. He married to Priya who happened to be his childhood love. Both the families of Manish and Priya are staying in the same locality of a suburb in Delhi. Priya is also modern working lady.

However after their marriage, they took a rented house near to the working place of Priya. In the process, Manish had to travel almost 20 KM daily for his duties.

One day during breakfast, Priya told Manish that she wanted to leave her job as soon as Manish would get his first promotion. She showed her optimism that after Manish’s promotion even with one salary of Manish, they would be able to manage their daily needs. Manish appreciated her wish.

Considering those issues like promotion of Manish and leaving of job by Priya, they decided to have a baby only after few more years; that is after attaining their financial stability and sufficient time for their child etc. In other words, they delayed their decision to have a baby because they were not mentally prepared to have a baby immediately after their marriage.

They were a happy couple till misfortune struck the couple like a thunderstorm on a day with clear sky.

On that fateful day, Manish had a near fatal accident in the early morning when his bike was hit from behind by a dumper while he was returning home from his night shift. He would have died in that accident on the spot itself had he not been picked up by a PCR van and admitted to the nearest hospital. Priya was also immediately informed by the police.

When Priya reached the hospital, Manish was undergoing an emergency operation. Within an hour, the families of both of them reached the hospital.

After fifteen days, when Manish was discharged from the hospital, he was no more the same Manish, who used to be. Lower portion of his body had been permanently paralyzed.

As usual, everybody near and dear to Manish and Priya thanked the God for saving his life. But---

Everything has changed for Manish and Priya after that accident. Manish who was working in a private firm, had to resign from the job for his protracted disability after the accident. Fortunately, Manish and Priya were able to get a hefty compensation from the Government after a short but effective court case.

Good news for the couple was that on compensatory ground, Manish got a clerical job in the Municipality office, dumper of which made him disable for the life.

In a sense, there was not much difference of financial status of the couple after the accident. Rather, with getting hefty compensation and after getting a Government job, financial condition of the couple had improved in real terms. But both emotionally and physically everything had changed for the couple all the time to come; at least for the time being.

Now both of them want a baby. But how?

Arindam, a close friend of Manish saw Priya after three years. Actually they never met each other after the marriage reception of Manish-Priya. Arindam is Manish’s friend from their college days. Manish and Arindam got their job in the same company after passing out from the same engineering college. However three years ago, just after Manish’s marriage to Priya, Arindam was sent to Australia on an off-site assignment.

During the period when Arindam was in Australia, he got married to a girl from Kolkata. Due to some reasons, Manish could not attend his marriage for which Arindam showed his unhappiness to Manish. However, while still in Australia, when Arindam heard about the accident of Manish, he became extremely upset and therefore, on his return to India, he rushed to his friend’s house to meet him at the very first opportunity.

After few visits of Arindam to Manish’s place, both Arindam and Priya became closer. Initially, Arindam extended moral support to the couple as a true friend of Manish. But slowly Priya and Arindam felt that both of them wanted little more from each other than what a society normally does not permit.

Therefore, within next few months, Priya and Manish developed a relation which is more than a relation between a wife of a friend and his friend.

Priya knows her requirements. She needs the company of Arindam to meet her physical needs. For financial needs she is somewhat dependent on her husband Manish and for emotional support she needs both Manish and Arindam. She could have deserted Manish, had Arindam decided to divorce his wife. Arindam categorically told Priya that he was not going to divorce his wife Anamika and leave their only child for the sake of Priya. Even he told Priya that if she was not comfortable with the ongoing arrangement, he was ready to dump Priya.

Priya is an intelligent girl. She knows, if Arindam leaves her, probably, Manish would not allow another male to enter their home. Therefore, she wanted to continue her relation with Arindam with the existing terms and conditions.

Manish was also noticing the new development with help-less-ness and with lot of heart-burn. He gave a long thought on the unholy development of his wife and his close friend. Still he loves his wife as much as he used to love her few years ago. He was not willing to hurt his wife. He understood her necessity and compulsions. He took few days to take a decision. Then after passing few sleepless nights, he arrived at a decision.

One day, Manish called Arindam and Priya near to his bed where most of the time he had to pass for last two years. Both of them were little bit nervous for hearing something nasty from Manish.

As both came and sat near to him, Manish told, ‘I know, both of you have developed a relation which is perhaps not good for me and Anamika. However, I gave a long thought on the issue. Finally, with a heavy heart I realized, I have to come to the terms of the reality of life. I should not expect, Priya will live her whole life without any physical relation with anyone. It is most likely that I shall never recover to have any physical relation with Priya. Therefore, I decided to allow your relation to go ahead. Only my request to both of you, please keep the whole murky episode as a secret from our families. ‘

There was silence in the room for next few minutes. Both Priya and Arindam became ashamed of their acts behind Manish. They were more ashamed to know that Manish was aware of those illicit relations from the very beginning.

Manish again started. ‘Do not be ashamed of your acts. Particularly, Priya, I understand your compulsions. What you are doing today, may be, in your place every young lady would have done it.’

Priya became more ashamed to hear those words of wisdom from her husband.

After few minutes of silence, both got back to their wits. As requested by Manish, Priya and Arindam promised to keep the relation as a secret to them only.

However, they did not promise to severe the illicit relation between them.

When Arindam and Priya left the room, Manish wiped his tears from his eyes which were coming out of his eyes silently and steadily.

Whether you believe in miracle or not, miracles do happen in our life sometimes.

One day, Manish was lying in his bed with a vague look to the ceiling. He saw a large lizard was chasing a small lizard. Manish thought that the larger lizard was chasing the smaller one for snatching food from the smaller lizard or for some other reason. But his presumption proved wrong when he saw the larger one jumped upon the smaller one and remained on the smaller one for some time. He looked at the lizard-couple continuously till they separated from each other.

After the accident, after more than two years on lying on a bed, for the first time, he felt something, a kind of small spark on the lower part of the body.

Though Manish and Priya had no physical relation for the last two years, they were still good friends and Priya used to take care of Manish properly. Therefore, Manish confided Priya about his experience of that day. Priya also showed interest to know the whole story from Manish.

After hearing the story point by point, Priya saw a ray of hope in the unexpected turn of the event. On the very next day, Priya took Manish to the doctor who attended him last time almost a year ago and declared that there was no hope for Manish to stand on his own feet.

The doctor attentively heard what Priya and Manish told in minute details. He immediately prescribed some medicines and asked Manish to go for some tests.

A long medications and two more operations on the lower part of the body in the next few months made Manish almost normal to stand on his own feet.

One day, after recovery of Manish substantially, when Arindam came to meet Priya, she told Arindam, ‘Arindam, you helped Manish and me when we needed you most. We shall remain grateful to you for what you have done for us in the last two years. Now, I think we do not need your help any more. So in future whenever you visit us, please visit us as a mere friend only.’

Arindam got the message loud and clear. He left Manish house in a huff and he never returned.

Story No: 3. Cheaters

Anupama was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She was extremely beautiful and her friends are also from elite society of Guwahati. She was the daughter of a senior officer of Assam Government. During two years of our association in pre-university (11-12 class), I seldom saw her coming by a city bus. She used to be dropped and picked up by cars, both private and official, like other friends of her group. Any member of that group seldom interacted with us and whenever they used to interact with us, their body language used to say, ‘you people are not of our class. Therefore, you should be grateful to me, as I have spent my valuable time with a lesser mortal like you!’

Many of my lesser mortal friends used to ridicule them. But I never ridiculed them. I understand, friendship always can blossom amongst the similarly placed persons. I used to recall my group of friends in our village. Compared to ninety nine percent of the population of our area, we were richer and more educated. We used to make friendships within a group of offspring of relatively rich people of the society to which I belonged. I, as a son of a rich parent (of that area) used to exploit the sentiments (is it limited to sentiment only- a question I used to hear many a times in my life) poor girls of my age.

Therefore, I never ridiculed them; but I vowed to myself that I shall occupy better position than those elite group of our classmates.

However, I do not mind to admit that I was a fan of her, though, I never ever thought to make her my girlfriend. I put my feet on the ground very firmly always. I was fully aware that as a rustic boy from a remote village of Assam, I was not at all fit in the likable list of boys for Anupama.

In short, she never gave me any fodder to burn my desire for her in those two years. I have never blamed her for that. After growing up two daughters of my own, I come to know that for a girl grown up with a metropolitan background, cannot make friendship with a boy with rural background instantly. Therefore, Anupama had been a mere classmate of mine and certainly she was not a friend of mine during my college days.

Before I shed some of my rustic behaviours, we passed out our twelfth and she left our college. I heard that she had not done well in the last examination. After passing out of higher secondary, we had never met in our college or university days.

In a nutshell, my relation with her can be described in the following lines. She was a beautiful classmate of mine, with whom I did not have any friendship. But I had a crush on her due to her beauty, in general, and in particular I was mad for her beautiful thin red lips. Many a times, I used to fantasise to place a kiss on her thin red-rose coloured lips. But beyond that, I never fantasised.

So I used to recall her afterwards as a beautiful classmate with rosy thin lips on which I used to aspire to place a kiss in my day dreams. For my feeling for her, you have every reason to call me a perverse one and for that I do not mind at all.

One day I heard from a common friend that she lost her husband after prolonged illness. My friend gave her telephone number also. With all my bad habits, I have a good habit; I used to call any friend or acquaintance whenever he/ she is in trouble. I always offer any possible help from my side. But most of the cases, they thank me but never ask for any help. In all practical purposes, my offers for help become just a formality only.

Following that formality, I dared to telephone Anupama to convey my condolence. ‘Anupama, I am Kanak, your classmate in class 11-12. I heard the bad news of death of your husband from Mayur.’

‘Ok, I am fine. Thank you for your condolence. However, I had thousand classmates in colleges, I cannot recall you, by name or by face. Thanks once again for calling me.’ She hung the phone.

She gave me rude answer with her husky voice with an underlying rebuttal that ‘never mess with my personal matter whatever may be the situation’.

I felt something awkward. But luckily for me when I telephoned her none was present around me. This reminded me a joke I read long time ago in Readers Digest. As per the joke, in a military function, when a singer was singing, a soldier commented, ‘What a bad voice, who has allowed this lady to sing.’ On this an elderly person replied, ‘She is my daughter.’ The Willy soldier replied immediately, ‘Oh, sorry sir. She may have a beautiful voice. But lyricist must have spoiled the plot!’ The elderly man replied, ‘I am the lyricist. Do you know who am I? I am the new brigadier of your brigade.’ The soldier asked the boss saluting him, ‘Sir do you know who am I?’ The brigadier replied with arrogance, ‘How do you expect, I shall know your name?’ At this the young soldier said, ‘Thank you sir.’ Then he disappeared from the scene.

My case is also like the young soldier. As Anupama did not recognize me, I had nothing to be ashamed of. But whenever, I remember Anupama, I also remember the tone of Anupama in her reply to my condolence message few years back.

All of a sudden, I met her in a function organized by a local organisation for a dancing troupe coming from Assam. I could not have recognized her, had she not been introduced by the same common friend, Mayur who informed me about demise of her husband few years ago.

In that function when I met Anupama, I could not recognize her as she became very old and she was not attractive as I used to recall her. Probably that applies to me also; I am no more the lanky young boy of 1970/ 80’s. As on today, I am also an old bald man to whom a young lady will not see for the second time, if she does not happen to be my daughter/ niece / adopted daughter/ a lady whom I consider as my own daughter. For our first meeting after thirty odd years was nothing but a shocking one.

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