"Lovers forget their loves
and list their love to this
She, a window flower
and he, a winter breeze"
Ashima and Aman, a once upon a time madly in love couple struggles to spend time with each other. Inseparable since beginning, Ashima follows Aman wherever he goes, whatever he wants. Today things have changed. Aman's love for Ashima takes backseat to Aman's priority for his job which Ashima truly respect. In her own words- "You make me proud, Aman". Her undying love for Aman didn't let her go away from him. She understands his pressures and never objects to his haywire schedule which also meant that he left her midway during their Mehendi ceremony. "Don't worry, we will compensate for all his time on wedding day with his presence and off course an exotic honeymoon" she smiled and winked to her doubting guests.
Ashima now lives-in with Aman. He got a special project in hand, deferring their wedding. Days became months and months, year. In spite of everyone's wishes, she moved in with him. "Marriage is union of two souls and I have found my soulmate. Why worry what world says. As long as I know he loves me and I love him. Wedding is just a tick in box which we shall do once his special assignment is over". She replies.
It's their anniversary (dating) and Ashima wanted to surprise him with a special candlelit dinner for two. She came home early despite her busy schedule at work, buys his favorite flowers, cooks all his favorite food, set a table with exotic candles and wine glasses. She politely declines her colleagues' request to not depend on Aman's arrival and celebrate evening with them at newly opened Bistro. "Two's company three's crowd. We will have lot of fun and you are not allowed".
Will Aman & Ashima celebrate their special day together or once again his job will take precedence over his love? Would Ashima's faith on her love will survive or would she get disheartened by his absence? Does absence makes hearts grow fonder or too much availability of a partner, diffuses the spark? Is it a test of love or writing on wall for Ashima to move on or will love conquer all?
What makes this story real- If it's love, its real. A majority of us may relate to this story. The working professionals, the live in partners, the mad in love couples who still hold the charm of old world love- Love happens only once but stays on forever. Anyone who has loved and seen love fading to hands of time, situations and priorities will relate to this story. The story does not preach or judge but may reinstate our faith in love, it's importance and challenges too.
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