To Love, with Platinum
"You say it flowers
or call it by something other
it remains the same
its love by any other name"
Love is the most sensual thing that hits everybody and very rarely does it leave anybody devoid of it. I too had a love story, a relation that I did not took much heed of until the day which I found to be my
I was doing graduation and staying in a hostel. A lot of my hostel mates had boy friends. While I received few proposals but deliberately chose to stay away from the affairs of hearts and love. I was a fancy free person who wanted to live in her own footloose world with friends. The harp of love though always played in my heart but I chose to stay away from it till I establish myself into a career.
And then this guy came to my life. He was sweet, humorous, good looking and a bright young engineering student and I a plain jane commerce student with big dreams in my eyes, eyes that dream love too but chose to not see them in perusal of career ambition.
The friendship that deem more like "arranged friendship" started on a skeptical note, turned magical and soon I can see a sudden kind of attraction churning out. I was confused if this was a genuine reciprocation of some one's friendly gesture towards you or the fact that you have a friend who truly, madly cares about you, writes you beautiful letters of friendship, embellish your smiles with well picked cards for you or is it just a fad that will fade away soon in face of harsh reality of lives. His simple behavior and actions spoke loud for him and soon we became quite good friends who would often discuss things.
I was an amputee, the fact that he was fully aware of and heartily accepted without asking me much questions on it. I found him little filmy sometime. He had seen Indian version of "an affair to remember" and found that girl in me. I was repelled with this notion though :). In brief, I was not keen for a relation at that point of time and beside I wasn't sure if that was a mere puppy love or whether he is the right person for me.
I went ahead and candidly presented my decision to him and agreed to be his friend with request to park the "Ishq wala love" emotion till we make progress in our respective careers. He agreed but couldn't help himself from suggesting his feeling at times to me. The more he asserted, the more I diverted myself away and became unsure. NO I was not playing any games with him.
I love you, I love you not
A lot of my hostel mates and college friends had boy friends and were pursuing a relationship. They would date outside hostel, shower each other with gifts to express their love. This friend of mine too wanted to gift me but I strictly forbade him to waste his father's money for buying me any gift and rather invest time in his education to carve a career for self . Once he starts earning, he would be free to express his friendship via gifts. We mutually agreed on "no gifts" friendship with an exception for not so expensive cards, flowers, small chocolates or anything worth less than Rs 100 on special occasions only.
We used to meet almost daily during the visiting hours at my hostel or sometime on the gate of a nearby Internet Cafe wherein he would help me to fill my MBA apps. My hostel juniors were very fond of him and often insinuate me to "Kaho na pyar hai" situation. They would say- "Didi, he is sooo sweet, handsome and loves you so much, it is so apparent. Why don't you say yes. He is amazingly good looking". I would discourage them and remain firm on my decision.
Discovering the Platinum Day of loveOne day, he and his engineering friends went to a famous Ganesha temple nearby entailing a day long trip. I was happy that at least for one day I would not get to hear from him. I know you may find it silly but I really needed all the available time to prepare for my upcoming CAT exam. It was around 7:00 pm I got a call from him on my hostel land-line wherein he requested me to come and meet him at the telephone booth nearby. I first refused but he said he wants to meet urgently and hand me "Prasad" from that temple that he offered specially for my CAT Exam success. I couldn't refuse him and came down to meet him.
The telephone booth was a pebble throw away from my hostel and often serves as a big venue for all hostel-ites in days of non-mobile phones serving their telecommunication/Fax needs. As soon as I reached there, I found him standing and waiting. He was wearing a white colored shirt and blue jeans and looked absolutely pristine that day. There was certain grace on his face that day, he looked absolute spell binding. I was speechless and shy and nervous. He profusely handed me the Prasad and asked me if I trust him enough to close my eyes for a moment. Hesitantly, I closed my eyes and wondered his plans. "Oh my God, is he going to kiss me"? I was little nervous and when he took my hand in hand, I got scared.
He apparently put his hand in his shirt pocket, took out something from it and rested it on my palms and closed them into a fist. He smiled at my nervousness and asked me to open my eyes. "Thats it"? I thought. Amazed at his simplicity and thanking internally for "no kiss" moment I opened my eyes and palm to see a lovely small crystal statue of lord Shiva [Shivling] resting their. It was beautiful indeed! I was overwhelmed. I looked at the Shivling once and then at him and smiled.
Often people use to gift expensive gifts incl statues of Lord Ganesha to each other wherein he went furtively over the hill temple to search such a unique, beautiful, divine and precious gift for me. He said that through the lord, he is extending his best wishes for my success and happiness ahead. He also brought a "Tilak" from the temple as Lord's blessing to help me through my upcoming aptitude tests for management entrance.
In that moment, in that gesture, I found - what you call- "My Platinum day of love". A day that is still most beautiful in my memory, a day as precious as platinum, a day as beautiful as the beautiful platinum. If love is Gold, diamond and silver, the day earmarked in my memory as "Platinum" which is the most beautiful metal, most precious thing that ornates the hearts and soul of people who wear them. I wear that day as a platinum in my chest of memory, a platinum melody in my ears and like a platinum ring/ love band that connects directly to my heart. The day, indeed a Platinum day! A Platinum Day of Love!
Preserve your love
like those petals in your book
that fills your heart
with its silken fragrance
Wear your love
like a platinum in your finger
a ring that connects
straight to your heart
Wear your platinum
it is a beautiful gift of love
Divine, mesmerizing and pristine
On your Platinum day of love!
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