‘Ayesha!’ Ayesha! It’s already 5 p.m. he will be here anytime. Get ready’, Mrs. Arora shouted at the highest pitch of her voice.
‘Mom, I am not sure about an arranged marriage. How can I stay with someone I hardly know? I can’t marry him’, saying this Ayesha slammed the door of the bathroom.
After half an hour Ayesha was sitting in front of the mirror applying Kohl to her eyes. She looked stunning. ‘Why am I doing this? I can’t spend the day with a stranger? Why are we creating all the fuss? Look at his profile pic mom. He looks so formal. He doesn’t even smile.’
‘You have talked to him over the phone thrice. You will get to know him once you meet him. He is a nice guy. You both will make a perfect pair’.
Ayesha gave a disgusted look. Arguing with her mother was pointless.
The doorbell rang.Mrs Arora rushed to open the door. Ayesha glanced at the mirror and sauntered towards the living room. She was too nervous to take fast steps. It seemed like a door to fallacy. She did not want to regret.
He was sitting on the sofa, dressed in black tees and blue denim. He had the kind of face that could make one stop in one’s track and turn around to have a second glance. His infectious smile never left his face. Any woman having him in her life would consider herself fortunate. His eyes caught Ayesha’s attention. They were light brown in color. His face had the innocence of a child. Dhruv Malhotra, the guy who was supposed to be Ayesha’s date for the evening, whom Ayesha’s parents had selected for her.
Dhruv looked at Ayesha and smiled.
‘Aunty I’ll definitely have a cup of tea the next time I visit you all.’ Ayesha’s mother smiled and blessed Dhruv.
‘I’m waiting for you outside’ saying this Dhruv moved out. Ayesha closed the door behind her. She could feel her nerves tingling like being tickled with a small feather.
He stood there leaning against his bike. He looked calm and composed.The moment their eyes met his infectious smile caught her into its grip.Dhruv engaged Ayesha in conversation
They went to a cafe. He was interesting, someone you could spend the entire time with and not get bored with. ‘I want to take you to my favorite place in Banaras’, Dhruv muttered.
Chattering around endlessly they came to a halt.
The majestic magnificent holy River Ganga stood ahead of them. People had gathered at the ‘ghat’ for the evening ‘aarti’.It was serene and blissful. Ayesha had spent almost all the evenings here but today was special. The place had never looked so beautiful before. The beautiful ‘diyas’ floating in the water had lit up the entire place. The rustling of the leaves and the cold breeze added to the beauty of the place. Dhruv moved the strand of hair that had fallen on Ayesha’s face and tucked it behind her ears. Ayesha told Dhruv about her dreams, her ambitions, and her childhood fears. She narrated everything with the innocence of a child and maturity of an adult. She was at ease. They sat under the starlit sky for hours. The silence was soothing.
‘When I was a kid I used to come here almost every day. After moving to Delhi, I missed this place the most. Today after so many years, I feel the same. .Ayesha, your presence makes all this even more beautiful.’ Ayesha glanced at Dhruv.Her beauty roared into his life. She moved towards him and moved her hand to hold his hand.
Dhruv brought tea for both of them from a nearby tea stall. He looked up at her from his cup of tea only to reflect the affection that he had for her. It made her blush.
Dhruv dropped Ayesha at her home. ‘Thank you so much Ayesha. I have never felt like this for anyone before. You have given me the best evening of my life. I want to become your friend first and then your husband. I want you to do everything that you like. I want you to walk by my side always. I hope to see you soon.’ He waved at her and left the place.
Ayesha felt someone nuzzling her neck. ‘May I have the pleasure to take my dearest wife out for dinner?’ Ayesha came out of her thoughts.
The velvety sough of the spring breeze mingled with his voice. His voice has become the favorite track of her playlist. She turned towards Dhruv and kissed his lips.
‘I’ll be ready in five minutes.’ muttered Ayesha
Dhruv and Ayesha have been married for two years now.
Sometimes the unexpected turns out to be the best thing. Love like faith is a marvel. It’s the unexpected that changes our life. At times you don’t know someone and then all of a sudden that someone becomes your life. That’s how it is!!