14th February, a day when two souls meet, two souls become one, a lover’s day, it was Valentine’s day. The night sky added to its beauty, the clear sky with thousands of stars twinkling and the moon added to the warmth within my heart. The night acknowledged the importance of the day making it even more romantic.
At the stroke of midnight, I was going to meet her at the Gateway of India, near The Taj. I was going around with her for the last five years. Going down the lane five years ago, at the Graduation college N. M., the first day of college, 25th July, 2005. I was chatting with few of my friends and just then I saw a girl dressed in white salwar, straight shiny silky long hair, walking in the campus. The depth in her deep blue eyes, sexy lips with red lipstick, long starry earrings, from her soft ears and chubby white cheeks drove me somewhere out of the world. I was lost in her. It was as if I could here music in the background just like the Bollywood romance. She was the one I wanted. She was the one I would like to spend my life with. Love at first sight was what you could call it!! I decided to approach her, went to her and introduced myself as John and she was Aditi. We talked and we talked… Time passed, days passed, months passed. I don’t even know how the magic between us grew and in a year we started dating.
Experience says that girls can transform friends into enemies. One of my friends Brian also happened to be obsessed with her and could fall to any extent to get her. But then, he realised that she was interested in me and that we were dating. No he could not bear it, he could not let that happen. He tried his level best to break bonds between us, but proving unsuccessful in his anger, fell out on me. Our friendship changed into bitterness. Friendship turning into enmity, I myself couldn’t believe it. Life can take turns within no time. Relations change in no time!
Relation between me and Aditi intensified, we were so madly in love with each other.This relation continued and even now five years later the relation was maintained.
I had made up my mind that this Valentine’s day would be the most wonderful and a memorable day for both of us. Under the romantic sky, I planned to propose her for marriage. We met at 12 midnight at the Gateway of India. Took a cab to Bandstand and there we got down. Sitting on the rocks with the waves gushing towards the shore, hitting the rocks and splashing water on us, we spent two hours over there chatting and enjoying the romantic twinkling sky, the endless sea ahead and the delicious mouth-watering pav-bhaji, panipuri.
Suddenly as if everything became quiet, I looked at her and she looked at me. It was as if her deep blue eyes was calling me. I felt as something was nudging me from within. I just said it, “I really really love you and would like to spend my life with you, will you marry me?”. She hesitated but I could see her joy from within. The two intervening seconds seemed like forever… Yes, an answer was coming! She smiled and accepted my proposal. That was like I was in heaven, I had never been so happy before in my life.
Amidst all this, we had forgotten that it was getting late. So we decided to go back home. We took a cab. After 15 minutes, we were passing through a dark gali in Mumbai. The place was infamous for notorious activities that had taken place there. Suddenly our cab was stopped by a group of three or four goons. The driver emptied the cab, and we were the only ones left there.
Suddenly in the dark a face peeped into the taxi through the drivers window. In the darkness I could see nothing but the silhouette of the face and the shining cross hanging from his neck. It came to me as something more than a shock when that guy started to speak. It was my supposed friend Brian. He had gone down to such a level in his blind love of Aditi…
The next moment I knew I was being dragged out of one door and Aditi was palled out from the other side. In my mad attempt to shove them off what started was a fistfight between two of the goons and me until somebody came and hit me hard on the head with something! I heard frantic cries of Aditi ahead of me, crying out to save her from him, until that faded out and I fell unconscious!
The dizziness gradually wore off, I staggered on the ground, severe body pain troubling me, I rose up walked to a body that a lying at a little distance from the place. I walked up to it… It didn’t take me long to realize that it was Aditi, her clothes were torn apart, several scratches on the body and she was not even breathing. I shook her, called her as if she was the last person alive on this planet. No response! It sinked in… I didn’t want to believe it! She had been raped and murdered! Was this the end of our love story? It ended even before it started… If love made Brian do this then how could he do this to a person he loved? I shook her and called her again, with the faintest hopes that she would respond. But she didn’t!
This story is an original work of us. It would have been impossible without the valuable inputs of my friend Kedar Vaidya. I would like to thank him from the bottom of my heart!