The Unexpected Situation

Young and energetic Anu is very happy to attend her cousin sister Priya’s marriage. She is very enthusiastic and having fun in the function. But she is not aware that the wedding would change her life completely.

The groom has arrived at the wedding venue with all the required arrangements. The arrangements from the bride’s side are also in full swing and all are highly engaged with the environment. As the time for the Muhurat arrived the priest told the bride’s parents to bring her. Bride’s mother discovered that the bride is missing from her room leaving a letter stating she had to choose this path as she can’t marry someone else apart from the love of her life.

The situation and the environment of the house changed within a moment. All the elders – from both bride’s and groom’s side – sat together to discuss as to what could be done to dodge the embarrassment and humiliation both the families would face if the marriage does not happen.

Anu’s mother took her to a room and spilled the beans stating that the elders of the house have taken a decision that she has to marry Vikas, the groom, in place of her sister. Anu was in a shock hearing this. She could not believe her ears. Numerous questions raised in her mind. She feels that all her dream of studying further and making a career as a Chartered Accountant is shattered in a moment. She held her sister responsible for this situation.

Anu could not avoid the situation and marries Vikas. But she has already made up her mind to tell Vikas that this relationship cannot go along as she is not at all ready for marriage yet – that too with a person whom she has already taken as her brother-in-law. She was waiting for Vikas to come and what happens next was completely surprising for her. She heard the exact same thing from Vikas. He told Anu that she is completely free to take a decision to go out of this relationship as he can understand what Anu is currently going through.

Few days passed. Vikas’s parents can sense that the relationship between Vikas and Anu has not yet become smooth. They thought the situation can get smoother if they both go on a honeymoon. Arrangement is made. Both Anu and Vikas knew this would just be a formality. They went to Shimla. Though Vikas was not completely engrossed into the relationship he is very much caring and protective towards Anu. She could notice that. And at the same time there are lot of differences between them – be it choice of food or music or place to travel. She thought is Vikas doing these things to get her attention… actually not. She is discovering Vikas’s nature eventually. Vikas is keeping smallest of the details in mind and ensuring Anu feels comfortable and relaxed. She started to feel respectful towards Vikas.

Her respect for Vikas moved a step ahead after they come back from their so-called honeymoon as he made arrangements for Anu to continue her studies. Slowly and steadily they started to become friends. Anu becomes busy with her studies and Vikas in his office work.

Anu’s father came to invite Vikas’s family for a function. They had to attend a different function that time. But Vikas chose to attend the function at Anu’s maternal home since that will make Anu happy. Anu and Vikas reached her paternal home on the function day. Anu saw her cousin Priya has also come with her husband. Anu felt a jolt of anger seeing Priya. It is because of Priya she is in this situation of life. Anu could not forgive Priya for this and she had decided to curb all contact with her closest cousin.

To her surprise, Anu noticed that Vikas is comfortable with Priya and her husband Sundar. They are talking normally as if nothing has ever happened. Anu felt why is Vikas not angry with Priya and tell her something. On the other side, she thought will she feel good if Vikas behaves rudely with her sister. But it is because of Priya they are in this situation and Priya is happy with her husband. She again thought is Priya really responsible for the current situation. Did Priya ever think anything of this sort would happen when she eloped on the wedding day? Maybe she did not. Many questions and thoughts ran up and down through her mind. She did not have any answer. How is my husband so comfortable with Priya and Sundar? Is it his nature of being polite and humble with others? Wait… Did Anu mention Vikas as her husband? Yes she did! Does Anu started to feel emotional about Vikas? Does she start liking Vikas for his nature, which she actually wanted to see in her husband? Anu is confused.

It’s time for them to return. There was unusually more crowd at the station that day. Vikas asked Anu to be seated in the waiting hall and he should go to check the train timing and their seat reservation status. As Vikas left, Anu, for the first time, felt alone in the crowd. On the other side, Vikas noticed a lot of crowd near the reservation board and it is taking time for him to check their ticket. His mind was in the waiting hall, with Anu. He thinks how Anu is sitting there alone. He started to feel restless and somehow managed to push the crowd to check their ticket.

Vikas started walking back as hurriedly as possible to the waiting hall and saw Anu at the entry of the hall. She is eagerly waiting for Vikas and he too felt happy to see her. They saw each other and felt relieved. It is that day when their eyes and heart met for the first time in an unexpected place and an unexpected situation.

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The Train Reached Its Station

This is the story of young and dynamic Abhi.

He is very ambitious and takes his studies very seriously. His dedication towards his studies and hard work fetch him a seat in a renowned engineering college. But he has to leave his home and stay in a hostel in a different city to pursue his dream of becoming an engineer.

He is in his second year of engineering now and it is the day when his exams are ending. He is very much eager to finish his paper as he needs to rush to the railway station to take the evening train to his hometown. He fished his papers and reached hostel to take his backpack and rushed to the railway station. The train is waiting for departure in the platform. Abhi took out his ticket and checked for his reservation. He boarded the train and settled in his seat.

As the train started Abhi did not even have the idea that it will be a start of something new something special for him. His path crossed the path of a girl in the same compartment and he could not help looking at her. His heart, mind, and soul just want to get a glimpse of the girl every now and then. He has never felt this sort of emotion and restlessness before. Abhi started to think is this Love at First Sight. Every now and then he tries to take a glimpse of the girl in excuse of going to the restroom. He never counted how many times he has taken trips to the restroom. That night is like the longest night in his life. He could not sleep for the entire night.

In the morning, Abhi gets down from his berth and quickly heads towards the seat of the girl. He made up his mind at night that he would talk to the girl first thing in the morning. But where is she? Abhi cannot see any trace of the girl and he felt heartbroken. He thinks she is the first girl who touched his heart in the first instance and he could not take this forward. The train reaches the station of Abhi’s hometown and he reaches home.

It is the final semester of Abhi’s engineering exam. But he has already received a very good offer from one of the MNCs in the campus interview and he is going to join as the intern there till his final result is out. He finishes his exams and joined the job. He started liking the job and getting to learn many things. Abhi’s final exam result is out and he has scored good marks. His job is confirmed and he feels himself as settled in a job.

Two years have passed in the job and Abhi is doing pretty good. His parents are now pressurizing him to get married soon since he is well-settled in his job. He somehow managed to dribble his parents’ talks about marriage as he still has that girl in the train in his mind and he still could not get out of her thoughts. After some days of avoiding the conversation, he could not manage more. Abhi’s parents have given a photo of the prospective bride to him to take a look couple of days back. He had not taken a look at it yet. Now that he has no choice left but to get married he takes the photo out and he is awestruck seeing the photo. He could not believe his eyes what he is seeing. It is the photo of the girl whom he saw two years back in the train. Tears roll down from his eyes. These are the tears of joy and he never thought that his first love would come to him like this. He agrees to the marriage proposal and the train reaches its station.

This is my first post in the fiction genre and I take pride to mention that it is by my wife Manasi. She has written this short fiction story in Bengali and narrated to me. I liked this short story and asked if I can translate the piece and post it on my blog as a part of #MyFriendAlexa campaign post. She agreed to this and here I narrated the story. Hope you liked it.

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