|(Sharing a hearty laugh with my sister)|
In 2008 when I went to Netherlands to study for my MBA, the pressure of arranged marriage was mounting on me. Papa wanted me to get married, after all I was 27 with no signs of marriage in the near future.
That is when my sister whose marriage was getting delayed because of mine stood by me. Poor girl, she had to bear the brunt of Papa’s insistence but she never said a word to me. Infact, she always listened to me patiently and concurred with whatever I had to tell her about my feelings of finding “The One”.
My mum stood by me too and kept telling me that in the end, it would all be okay, else it won’t be the end.
Then there was my youngest sibling – my brother. After I got married and had issues with (however tiny) with Sanjay, I asked my brother if I could look look upto him for a refuge (yeah, I can be quite dramatic at times) and without thinking for a split of second, he answered just what
I had expected him to say – “ofcourse, yes”!
|(Looking alike at Ross & Smith Islands)|
In those troubling times of emotional turmoil, I had friends who, despite their busy schedule, took the time to hear me out. I had the same rant over and over again but they never got tired of listening to me. Atleast they never showed it to me.
|(My three best friends)|
My bestie Chandana. She and I talked for about more than an hour almost everyday. One day she even took an off while I was in Netherlands and we skyped more than four years that day.
And let me know if felt like a big, thorny rock was lifted off my chest.
Then my ex-room mate and a very dear and close friend T (I fondly call her T) who always has the most perfect and concise reply to my questions.
‘Don’t think about it Su. You can’t change it now. You should only focus on the future actions now. Let it be there where it belongs to – your past‘, she would reasonably suggest.
My dearest friend Neha who always shows me the different and a new perspective each time I lose sight of things and people around me.
And why do I even go this far when I have the biggest pillars of support who live with me here?
|(Getting kissed by her)|
Pahal. This tiny girl sometimes says the best things one wants to hear.
‘Mumma, you are my cutuuuuu sa.. ‘ or ‘Papa, why should mumma do all the work in the house?’ and then she calls her papa for things like cleaning her potty!!! ?
And finally, there is Sanjay. My ultimate source of all things nice.
|(Marking five years of togetherness on Karvachauth)|
‘I just want you to be happy. That is all. Stay happy for your happiness is my goal’.
Does one ever need more than such bunch of people to live a good life?