Today’s love story on How We Met teaches us about the sacrifices that love requires. Here it goes:
They said that marriages are only made in heaven, they said that only two compatible people with similar interests can match up and they said that soul mates don’t exist. Well I guess ‘they’ were not as lucky as Avinash Agarwal because he experienced it all!
Avinash and Priyanka’s eyes first met on 31st May, 2015. They were arranged to meet each other in one of the Leisure club’s of Kolkata. It was all a part of a traditionally arranged marriage set-up, by their respective families.
So here they were, surrounded by people with a constant fear in their minds of being judged by each other’s family. While their families were looking at their faces, amidst the short formal conversation that they could afford.
Avinash’s sister in law, translated their awkwardness and subtly requested both the families to allow them some space. And so they were ushered into a private space wherein for the next forty minutes they lost in touch of time and space. They ensconced into a conversation.
He had no idea of what the criteria of an ‘ideal partner’ is but meeting her seemed to tick all the boxes. These 40 minutes formed the crux of their whole story. A couple of days later, he was told that her parents had refused to the alliance. He was flummoxed by their reaction.
With a heavy heart and a hurt ego, he continued his daily routine. He tried his best to forget her. Little did he know what the destiny has planned for them. They met again, at a marketing campaign. And later, he found out that her parents disapproved of him because of a well-meaning close relative’s report that he was not earning enough.
Well, it was true that he did not own a limousine or a lavish bungalow like some of her potential suitors, but he was ready to do anything to keep her happy.
Amidst the trauma of a heartbreak, a wounded ego and immense pain of separation, to him it seemed like their story had met a dead end. But once again, destiny unfolded its new chapter, the most beautiful one. It was 8th December, 2015, when they finally got engaged.
He is now a staunch believer of love stories and is ready to hold a placard in any lovelorn desert professing that.
Check back later for a new story of a real-life couple on How We Met.