Monday, July 06, 2009

Happy Anniversary to us!

I remember the day when I first met H. He was my senior in college. He was slightly slimmer then, but also looked a lot geekier. Admittedly, there were no sparks at first sight. But my best friend started going out with a close friend of his & we were forced to spend more time with each other. He didn't have a romantic bone in his body ("if its not your birthday why do I need to get flowers?"); but I gradually got to see him for the generous & kind man he was & adored him for his straight-forwardness (which complimented my complicatedness rather well). A previous failed relationship had led me to believe that all men are chauvinists at heart; but H changed my mind about the male species in general :)

And when the sparks finally emerged, they were giant ones. Of course, like all college romances we had our highs & lows, but finally decided that we wanted to suffer monogamy together.

I think we had the potential of becoming a great love-story if only our families had objected to the union, and forced us to elope, but none of that happened. Our parents were over the moon elated. The engagement followed & then the wedding; both the events are a blur now.

The first year of our life together was in Bombay & it was not an easy year. H had a difficult boss & worked long hours. We bought an apartment in the suburbs (which meant an hour of commuting every day); and our then modest salaries were eroded repaying the housing loan. We barely saw enough of each other that year & the frustrations from work were often carried home. That year my dad had his first brain-stroke & it was painful for me (and still is) to see what it had done to him. H was my pillar of strength, hope & optimism then.

Then we moved to Dubai. It was a fresh start & we had a fantastic run -- both personally & professionally. We finally went on our honeymoon (and Istanbul was an unforgettable destination). We felt appreciated at work, H finally got his dream car (& then another one as his dreams upgraded). We travelled around the world together, we watched movies, walked hand-in-hand by the creek, it was all a very long honeymoon :)

We moved to Singapore 2 years ago. On our last anniversary we were in Malaysia & the following month found out we were having a baby. H endured me throughout my nauseous & testy pregnancy & stood by my side during labour without passing out. Kabeer has taken our togetherness to another level; he's been the most important milestone in our married life; he has made both of us fall in love once again -- with each other & with him.

Today, on our anniversary, I look back at our time together & feel grateful that we found each other all those years ago. "Happy anniversary & I love you."


Sneha said...

How sweet! This is such a nice story! How long have you guys been together?

Fighter Jet said...

That soundfs so much like ahappy ending and happy begining :)

Congrats...and best wishes :)

666 said...

Congrats :-) I liked the cruel euphemism of 'suffer monogamy'

And good to have known you for some years now. Hopefully for many many more!


Afternoon Latte said...

Such a beautiful post Radha!
Happy Anniversary guys!
Many hugs,

Jas Bhambra said...

Awwww, such a beautiful, touching post. Wish you and H a very happy wedding anniversary and many many more.
Congratulations, best wishes and loads of love!

J said...

aawww... this is such a sweet post. Wishing you guys a happy anniversary.

On another note, personally I thought you would give up blogging post the baby, but you proved me wrong. Here's looking forward to more from you.

Moi said...

:) sweet!!!! it's a beautiful story and i loved it!!!!!! wishing u several more happy anniversaries....

clickable said...

Lovely writeup. I believe we spoke on your anniversary, but I totally forgot to wish you. Wish you several more wonderful anniversaries to come.

yogsma said...

Congratulations , it was a nice read. God bless.

iamyuva said...

Congrats... Best wishes

and i heard this love story in a movie already.! have you signed story deal with some production house.!?)