He is again late, like most of the days or it would be better to use like every day. He knows how crucial is for him to be there at nine. She waits for him there…. every day.
He is paddling his bicycle to get the maximum speed, it’s already ten pass nine, he is not concerned that he is already late by ten minutes, but wondering that he would get ten minute less today to look into those beautiful big eyes, he is concerned about her coaching class to which she will reach late today & will get the mordant taunt of his teacher on that.
He reached the intersections from which he has to take right to that lane where the majority of people avoid going, because of an old graveyard which is there on the right side of that long stretch, whose long boundaries cover that entire road.
General public avoid taking that road even in daytime, its dense trees and its long branches mingle two sides of road in a way that sometimes It looks less of a road and more of a channel with open spaces in the skies which make the light penetrates from that gaps which make people see each other.
They both however loved this road, because in their small city everybody knows everybody and they do not want to be famous, they wanted their affection to be limited to themselves. So they chose to meet their every day where they walk together to a long stretch of nearly two km and then she goes to her coaching class and he return back to be ready for his school.
Amba, was in her senior secondary and the same was with Samar, they lived in the same locality and their regular seeing each other, when he used to play cricket on the roads or when she used to water her plants in the balcony, and often meeting on the local shops lead to a infatuation and they both themselves do not know that when this accidental seeing each other became the thing which their hearts craved for, it was a solemn adoration, which they perkily called their own love story.
They loved each other and these regular meetings in the complete quietness of the people who are lying there & are no more for the world give them a sense of security, they were not judged there. They laughed, talked and embrace hands while walking, there was no one in that stretch who stare & murmur them while they are lost in their own beautiful world. They were doing this for more than a year and their feeling have become stronger while each day passed.
The Results were out she passed her examination with good grades while samar had to satisfy himself with marks which were not good for his parents and as a result he was forced to go to his aunt and complete his further education from there. A persistent denial could not move the decision of his parents and as a result he has to reach a decision, what else he could do…
He was there and she was there too as usual waiting for the only person whom she loved more than her life, she smiled looking at his tensed face not knowing that it was not due to his being late like always, today the matter was serious and he has to break this news to her. After few minutes as they were walking towards the end of the stretch where she usually rides her bicycle after waving a goodbye.
she knowing that the regular meeting at this graveyard road will not be there now, she knew that he will not be there in the mornings on her side to walk by and she knew that Samar is going, her moist eyes were telling silently that she doesn’t like this news and he was just looking at her without saying anything. Something was there in the ambiance which does not like this news too and the regular silence was growing eerier there.
Her love was true, and she knew that in spite of all the long distances and all the irregularities, one day they will be together forever. The moments passed to minutes and they gave way to hours, finally days to months and slowly months after months years passed. A teen girl has also grown to become a young girl in these years and all these years she just waited for him, her eyes were now dried crying and bearing the indifference shown by Samar.
The pressure from his only parent, his dad was increasing day by day to get her settled, she was not in a position now to deny it; after all she had no ground for it, in last four years he has not called once, not even once. He cannot be that busy if he still loved her. It was four years now he has gone and now she cannot let her dad face the problems due to her anymore she had to say yes!
She was wearing deep red Sari with a green border, wrapped beautifully in it from head to toe. She is looking like a perfect Indian bride, wearing a simple mang-tika on her forehead and a beautiful nath covering her sharp nose, the gold on her body was brimming radiance of beauty and purity of her character. Her hair were not tied, this was unusual, she never does her hair loose but today she was looking different, her eyes were a wider penetrating the soul of the person in front of her, knowing exactly what is in other person’s mind. The armlet was complementing her attire the bright green stones combined with little stones in red. He was astonished to see her in this attire, she did not say a word and it was like he is standing in front of her from ages.
Her eyes were not furious, but they were also not forgiving. She was looking like a goddess today. She was not saying, but the unspoken words were loud and thumping on the membranes of Samar, She was coming closer & her broad and heavy anklet was making the sound of water lashing with the stones on the shore. She came close to samar just on his face, he was now feeling the complaint in her eyes and her heavy breath was cooling the perspiration on his forehead. She was looking directly into his soul and said gently to his ears. I was waiting for you Samar.
With absolute shudder Samar woke up, his room was dark and he was drenched in his sweat. He checked the time on his phone it was 3:30 Am. He was terrified with this dream and at the same time guilty.
He certainly knows today that he was wrong, how he can show such indifference to that one person who loved him from her heart, she was alone from inside and the only companion whom she shares her love and affection was Samar. She told him many times how incomplete she feels when he is not around & how happy she is after seeing him. Love can happen at that age too and that with the commitment for life, but for samar it was just a story from which love was replaced by Katie in those four years of his study.
He was tensed that what if his dream was true & she is getting married. He was embarrassed feeling that he never contacted her from last four years, he loved her but that was just a teenage crush in a way, who get serious in a love in adolescences? But he also knows that for her, he was everything. Her eyes communicated this many times to him but now it is too late. It is over for him she is going to marry someone & he is certainly not that someone. At four he checked the immediate flight to India and was ready to leave at five the same evening.
The only desire on Samar mind was to meet Amba as soon as possible and say sorry before she gets married, the dream other night was so powerful that to him it was a reality and he was somehow convinced that she is getting married, on the other hand his obnoxious believe was making him sick.
He was on a flight to India just because of a dream. His consciousness’s for all these years were on a dreamless slumber.
But this was not the time to think all this; at least he was happy that he will be able to see Amba.
He reached India the same night but to reach his place he had to take bus and be on an hour long journey which makes him reach to his town. He boarded the bus and just at dawn he was walking on the same stretch, where they used to meet every day like earlier times. He was walking and was remembering the time when this graveyard stretch was their only love destination, their rescue road where they were secluded and more over the place where he kissed a girl for the first time.
The morning was about to break, it was not properly dark nor bright so that everything was visible, and as like earlier days the road was filled with absolute silence, as silent that samar was able to hear his own footsteps. He knew that feeling, he was aware of that.
Due to cold weather in India, the fog was dense and visibility was not more than a foot, samar knew the roads so he was confident in that atmosphere too, also the only thing which was running in his mind was to meet Amba. He was crossing the gate of cemetery when he heard someone saying his name, he was not afraid but was curious to find out the person, he kept on walking with the same pace and after few meters he saw someone, due to the fog he was not able to identify it correctly but his inquisitiveness was now growing as he was getting closer to it – while walking he witnessed that the figure was still and that of a girl, her hair was not tied and due to the gentle breeze it was flowing like a stream. She was someone known, though her face was not visible but he knew her and suddenly she was right in the face of Samar. He screamed in disbelief – Amba?
He was confused and somehow not convinced that how she knew that he was coming, She was looking exactly the same she was four years ago, she was glowing white and bright as the sun. It was like the time was stopped and they were exactly at the same place where he informed her regarding his departure.
How do you know I am coming? Sorry correcting himself he asked again now, how are you Amba?
She replied in her fine tone, she is fine now after seeing him, she asked about the flight and Katie.
She knew about Katie too, He was now speechless.
In that absolute silence beside the same graveyard which was the witness of this true love, atleast which was true for Amba. He wanted to say so much to her, he wanted to tell all that how foolish he behaved all these years, how casually he considered her love and how he was regretting all which cannot be changed now. Gathering all his courage he said in a low voice – I am sorry Amba, for leaving you like this, it was entirely my fault. I should have informed you or called you occasionally at least, but you know how I am, I got very busy in my studies and in my new environment. Many times I thought about meeting you o calling you but somehow it got delayed but, now I am here and I promise – I will never leave you, we will be together forever!
She was just looking blankly without saying anything & after few seconds she said
“Now you want to repeat all the mistakes with Katie what you did with me”?
All my life, I loved you from all my heart and you know it, she also loves you very much Samar, I know it. Please do not leave her now.
Hesitant on Amba surety regarding Katie, he said, now I am here for you Amba.
You won’t believe but it’s true, I saw your dream yesterday and I don’t know what happened immediately I felt the urge to meet you and confess that I love you and want to spend my life with you. It was magical but I was terrified. In that you were dressed as a bride and I felt that I have lost you forever, but see you are here in front of me ….. I held you again!
She smiled, but with the same pain which she was carrying in her eyes, he wanted that she curse him, abuse him or beat him but forgive him for the last time, but she just said Samar I loved you & today I am just here because I want you to realize that my love for you was pure, and with you going away & never looking back was a pain which was unbearable at times, but just believing on my love and on you I waited… waited and waited this long, but time does not stops and now it’s too late.
The day was breaking and birds started to take their flight in search of sunlight …. She came close to samar and said that now she should move and this would be the last time she is meeting samar.
He was not sure that why she was saying when he has already decided that today only he will speak to his parents and most possibly her father too, but he did not wanted to disturb her thought anymore so he just nodded and left, she instructed that he will get the rickshaw from next turn and asked him to not look back while walking.
They both crossed each other, He smiling & she just looking like an eccedentesiast.
He reached home and from the very next turn he got the rickshaw, she must have saw him while coming he thought vaguely. Everyone was happy to see him & was delighted to know about Amba as he has explained clearly everything to them, after lunch he has made up his mind to go to her home and talk to her only parent, her father. He also thought of proposing with a ring, He allowed himself & marvel in thoughts of vorfreude.
He went to her home, nervous to face her father and to the sudden visit for the first time to a girls hand for her hand; he knocked as gently as possible. The door was opened by a man, who looked fragile; his eyes were the same like that of Amba…. “He was stricken with despondency too”.
He was neither surprised nor asked anything and moved back after opening the door, the house looked gloomy and without saying anything Samar followed him back to the room, they sat and with heavy heart he introduced himself and informed the purpose of his visit. He looked at samar only once when he mentioned Amba name and asked the old man that he wanted to marry her and he has come to ask for his permission.
His eyes were deep red and now wet, slowly he rose from the chair and hold samar wrist without uttering a single sentence, samar did not protested and allowed him to pull him from his chair.
He literally was trying to drag samar but his weak inner strength was not allowing him for that, he went to another room which was dark, actually so dark that for a moment samar was felt to run away; he was not feeling good about the situation but he stayed there anticipating what is there for which he is there in this room.
There was a click and the room was illuminated with the pale yellow light coming from the bulb on the side wall, with the sudden light emerging samar looked on its source, while gazing it for a second suddenly his eyes fixed on the photograph of a girl, it was her picture on the wall, looking absolutely the same when he saw her the other morning near graveyard.
But this time she was not alone; her picture was accompanied with a sandalwood garland, which says she is no more in this world.
Amba destroyed herself on day of her marriage, she was ready as a bride but she does not want to marry that groom. She also does not wanted to worry her father who was alone and was thinking of his daughter’s future; he wanted that she gets married & get settled in her life. She think on this matter for days, prayed to god for him to return to call or for any sign, she doesn’t wanted anything else just her love. It was not too much to ask, but it looked like god has planned something else and she decided that she will ask herself when she meets him & like a docile girl without interrupting anyone …. She killed herself.
Her father was crying all this information moaning profusely, like a child.
Samar was traumatized by receiving this sudden outflow of information and in that bewilderment all the thoughts flashed across his eyes one by one, his first meeting with Amba, their daily walks & meeting, their first kiss under the maple tree, his leaving for another country, her crying, his leading a new life snubbing Amba, her waiting without complaining ,his new affair with Katie, her absolute Solitude waiting for him, his dreams of Amba, her coming into dreams after her death in the same clothes which she must have wear as a bride. His unexpected encounter with her alongside graveyard, while her soul asking for explanation.
Samar ignored & half-left promises; Amba true & only Love.
He couldn’t stand on his feet and fell right there, He was only looking on the picture of Amba while the water flowed from his eyes & his mind become thoughtless, while she is no more their love story remained there – Beside that old graveyard!
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