Title : I don’t know whether Marriages are made in heaven but I could experience heaven with her
I hate girls, love, and marriage, but someone gave me a reason to love.
I am a 27 year old guy belonging to a traditional South Indian family. I am an ambitious, at the same time, cool and fun loving guy who loves sports, music, bikes and technology. .
Here comes the time when I need to get married, not for my sake of course, but for my family and society.
Knowing about me that I don’t have any love life, my parents started searching for a bride as in any typical arranged marriage.
After so much of searching through friends, relatives and matrimonial sites, my mom found a girl suitable for me (from her perspective ofcourse).
Before confirming from my side, my parents told me to meet her and gave her number.
I am least interested, infact not at all interested in meeting her as I am doing this marriage because of their pressure but not for me and told my mom that I am not going to do all these.
My mom personally met that girl to know more about her. Both of the families met and finalised the wedding.
My parents told the girl’s family that I was busy with my work and couldn’t attend the meeting.
The girl whom I was going to marry wanted to meet me in person and messaged me.
That was the first text I ever received from a girl, it sounds little annoying but yaa it’s true.
“Can we meet once before the wedding?”
I have no choice that time, I have to meet her for sure.
We met in a nearby coffee shop. I didn’t want to meet her and as I didn’t see her photo even, I just wanted to avoid that awkward situation somehow but couldn’t.
Meanwhile, she entered into, noticed me, came and sat opposite to me and introduced herself and we shook hands. First ever touch from a girl.
I didn’t speak much but nodded to whatever she’s saying.
The only reason I didn’t make her feel uncomfortable by my awkwardness was because, if I do so, I need to meet her again and again which I don’t want.
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We ended it up quickly and while leaving, she asked me one straight question for which I lied.
“Are you happy with this marriage?” she asked.
“Yes” I lied.
My wedding happened in a simple, yet traditional manner with all the rituals and customs without much pomp and show.
Both the families were very happy and the girl broke down while leaving her family after the concluding ritual where she comes to my home.
We reached our home, after some rituals and puja, I went to my room and it was decorated as it’s our wedding night.
I quickly changed my clothes and went out taking my bike keys to avoid the first night drama and all.
She entered the room after a while with glass of milk and finding no one, got little confused. Later after waiting for an hour, she asked her mother-in-law about him.
His mom called him and asked where he was and ordered to come home immediately for which he replied he will be at home in an hour or two as he’s out.
She went to the kitchen and prepared her favourite sweet, kept it in a box, returned to their room and sat on the couch holding the box, waiting for him.
After an hour or so, she felt asleep on the couch itself.
I returned home and my mother started scolding me. Ignoring her, I went to my room and started playing music in high volume as I usually do.
Then I noticed she woke up by the loud music and saw me. She came to me and spoke very nervously.
“This is my favourite sweet I prepared for you. Please have it” she said, giving me the box.
“See, let me make one thing clear to you. I did this wedding on my parents’ pressure. I neither believe in marriage nor do I like girls.
Infact, I hate girls. It’s better for you to stay away from me and don’t try to impress me with such things”
Her dreams got shattered by listening to this on the very first day of her marriage. She doesn’t want to tell this to anyone as it makes things complicated and thought to wait for sometime and went to sleep.
I was back to my world and busy with my work. I never felt the change in my life after marriage. She understood my words very well I guess so she didn’t question me, neither disturbed me anytime.
She used to silently do her work in my premises, after stepping out of the room, she behaves as if everything is going normal and used to spend more time with my mom. They became close to each other soon.
I really hated it when my parents used to send me to temples as I am athiest and don’t believe in God, moreover I should go along with her, which I hesitated.
My mom started doing this on name of some custom or tradition in the first year of marriage and all.
All is going well but I never expected a day like that when this incident happened.
My parents went to my relatives’ town for some function some days ago. I returned from my office and went to my room.
Later, she also came from her office which I least bothered about.
In the night, my parents returned from my relatives’ place. I was with my headphones on, busy with my laptop in my room.
I realised what’s going on around me hearing to my mom screaming when she entered my room.
She got shocked seeing her daughter-in-law lying unconscious on the floor, lifted her up, made her sleep on the bed, trying to bring her into conciousness but all her attempts are in vain.
My father immediately called doctor. He came, examined her and said “She is suffering with viral fever from couple of days, not taking food made her very weak.
I gave her injection to bring into conciousness. Get these medicines and she needs complete rest”.
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It took me a while to understand what’s happening. My father went to get medicines.
My mom came to me angrily and asked furiously on top of her voice.
“What are you doing if she’s having high fever and not taking any food?”, my mom asked.
“Maa..how do I know that? I am not interested in what all she’s doing as you know…”
“She’s your wife. It’s your responsibility to take care of her, at least when I am not at home”
“All these don’t work with me. I can’t do that”
“Don’t you see that she’s lying unconscious here in your room?”, my mom asked.
“I am busy with my laptop, I didn’t notice her”
“What would have happened if we came late and something serious happens to her?” my mom asked.
“Who cares if she’s alive or dead..I have no time to…”
Before I complete, My mom slapped me very tightly…
“Shut Up…SHE IS YOUR WIFE…Even if it is not your wife, caring someone when they are sick or ill is act of humanity.
Did you have minimal sense before uttering these words of her being dead? Do you know the value of a life? Are these the manners I taught you while raising you?
Will you think in the same way if I am in that position? I am ashamed of you to tell that you are my son…”, my mom said and left.
My mom is the person whom I loved the most in my life. I never imagined that she would raise a hand on me but that day she slapped me…and every word she told pricked me in my heart and echoed in my ears.
She was shifted to her mother-in-law’s room, her in-laws took the utmost care for her, once she got recovered, her mother-in-law brought food to feed her for which she refused to have.
“See what you had made for yourself? Why are you not having food?”
“Maa…I am on fast from the past three days and I cannot have food”
“I know you are very religious but don’t be so stubborn. You are not feeling well and you need proper food”
“Sorry Maa…I am doing this fast for my husband and I can’t break it in between like this.. please understand”
“You’re doing all this for him? I am not able to convince him to accept you as a wife. He’s not considering you as a human even.
I am very sorry for ruining your life by marrying you with him” she said and started weeping.
“Maa..please stop crying.. you’re the best mother-in-law a girl can ever get in her life.
You’re like my own mother and coming to my husband, he hates girls as a whole…not that he hates only me and have another girl in his heart..we can’t completely fault him. I should face this challenge.”
“I hope things will get better soon. Take care of yourself dear..”
I went to my mom but she’s angry at me even after two days and stopped talking to me. I went to her room when she’s alone, she looked away as she doesn’t want to talk to me. I sat beside her,
“Maa…slap me once again but talk to me please…” I said.
“Why should I talk to you…I didn’t know that you are so inhumane about your fellow person..”
“I am sorry for that..I shouldn’t have told about her like that..” I said.
“I am not asking you to pamper her like a Queen. If you have any due respect for your mother, show some respect to her too and treat her as a human being at least..”
“Okay” I said.
My mom used to involve me in discussions and conversations with her on family dinners, get togethers and all.
They were very uncomfortable and awkward for me, I just used to give short replies, to the point, used to walk away from that place if possible, avoiding the situation.
After some time, I got relocated to another city for my job purpose and she also got her job transferred to there.
My mom was the one who got so worried that time, not about me, but for her daughter-in-law as she knew that I was least bothered about her. She took promise from me before leaving.
“Don’t ever hurt her, talk to her once in a day for at least 10 mins, take care of her health, help her in household work.
I will not spare if something inappropriate happens to her” she almost warned me this time.
I started my new life in this new place with her. I kept reminder on my phone to talk to her 10 mins daily at one particular time like alarm.
I did settings on my phone in such a way that a message will be sent to her once in a week saying “How is your health?
Call me if there is any emergency”, another message once in a day every morning saying “Any household work to do for the day?”
On the first day, I went to her in the evening while she’s unpacking and asked to come and sit in the hall for 10 mins.
She felt very happy that I talked to her for the first time, came and sat before me. I told briefly about my promise with my mom and asked her to cooperate with me to keep my promise.
She nodded yes. There were 6 mins more so I asked if she has anything to say.
“Since I know you hate girls, but still we have to stay together hereafter, so I want to say this. Keep your mom’s promise by doing as she said, I will help you with that everyday.
No need to change yourself for that. We both will feel comfortable if you can only be able to think that YOU ARE STILL UNMARRIED AND A BACHELOR STAYING HERE WITH ANOTHER GUY AND NOT A ‘GIRL’.
ASSUME ME AS A RANDOM GUY WITH WHOM YOU ARE SHARING YOUR FLAT. Just be with me as your flatmate.
We will stay in two separate rooms of this flat and no need to feel awkward and wierd around me.
No expectations from each other and so no regrets. You can ask me any help If you need and I am ready to do”.
“2 mins more, anything else?” I said.
“Can I call you ‘Bro’ so that you can feel comfortable around me?”.
“No issues” I said.
After a minute, my phone buzzed indicating 10 mins was done. I left the place and went to my room.
Next day, she replied to my automatic message which says, “Any household work to do for the day?”
“Here is the grocery list, make sure that the TV and broadband connection gets done”.
This became my routine, I used to go to office in the morning, did whatever the work I need to do for the day as my share as per the reply of her messages, talk to her for 10 mins, going out for drive or badminton and go to my room… chilling with my laptop and music.
I used to spend my weekends mostly outside with my office friends and long drives.
Days passed on and I was enjoying my life as if still I was a bachelor.
One day, in our daily 10 mins conversation, both of us were discussing about the expenses of the month for the flat, sorting out all the bills.
The calculation had a mistake and we were missing something. My phone buzzed but I didn’t leave that day at that time.
It took half an hour to sort out everything, make everything clear, share the expenses and planning for next month. It’s the first time that I spent more than 10 mins with her.
It wasn’t awkward but not comfortable even. It was okay. As both did not had any topic once, she told how she was planning to invest her income.
I was very bad at this and had no knowledge about finance and stuff. I was curious to know and she explained everything in detail like a professional, I didn’t notice that it went three hours long that day.
My conversations got increased with her and I stopped looking into time after some days while I was with her. After some days it became comfortable for me.
Our talking mostly used to revolve around office related stuff, politics, new courses, technology, sports and music.
My phone gave a notification showing that it’s time for daily meet.
“Happy friendship day Bro!!” she said.
“Thank you. Happy friendship day”
We shook hands. As she was out all day, she didn’t prepare food.
“I am very tired and not feeling of going into kitchen today, do you mind ordering food from outside? I will pay” she said.
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“No need. I will order for myself”
“It’s my mistake. I would have planned in the morning itself to cook. Anyway my treat on this day..” she said.
That day we had our dinner together. Usually I will have my dinner alone in my room, so I felt somewhat different spending time with her that day.
So from then we used to do household work together, spending time together watching TV and playing chess. I started enjoying with her around me.
Months passed, slowly and unknowingly we became nice friends and then she asked me for a favour.
“Bro!! Can you do me a small favour?” she asked.
“There is a festival nearby and my parents want me to go on pilgrimage for 3 days with you as a couple. Will you take out time for that and accompany me?” she asked.
“This is a big favour. It’s actually wasting my time and makes me involve in the thing I hesitate, temples and stuff….Will you complain about this to my mom if I do not agree?”
“No not like that. Since there is no alternative and I should go only with you so I am thinking…I can do some favour for you in return for this. Okay?” she asked.
“You should also accompany me for any 3 days wasting your time when I ask for the thing which you don’t like at all”
Those three days were the most memorable days I have enjoyed with her. Even though I don’t like temples, pujas and all, her presence made the environment beautiful around me.
In the whole trip, I have gone mesmerized by closely looking her the way she was as a person…she’s a pure soul having kind heart.
Her caring, helping and nature of being Down to earth impressed me a lot.
My respect to her got increased when she gave me preference above everyone including her parents even knowing about me just because I am her husband.
That’s the importance she gave to this relation. I liked it when she held my hand while climbing the steps, walking along the temple premises and I thought that the trip should never end.
I slowly started sharing my personal feelings and all about my life. Also got curious and interested to know about hers.
We talked about our childhood, school and college diaries, friends, families, siblings, studies, career for hours together.
As I wanted to spend more time with her, I used to extend the conversation till late night for which she didn’t deny and stopped her sleep. Sometimes she used to fall asleep answering to my questions there itself in the hall.
After some days while having a random conversation, we remembered the deal where she should accompany me for 3 days for the thing which she doesn’t like at all.
She left it for me to decide telling that I should be comfortable. So I quickly recalled the things from what I knew about her that,
She only likes Indian food and not any other, I planned an evening in a Mexican restaurant and a long drive which she doesn’t like at all.
She can’t wake up till late and hates loud noise, I thought of taking her to a live concert in the late night.
She doesn’t like sports. I wanted to waste her time by taking her to the cricket stadium for a live match right from practice session to ending speeches and make her bored.
The reason why I chose these things was, I want to experience how it goes with her in my world and to know how far she makes herself adjusted to spend time with me about the things she doesn’t like at all.
To my surprise, she completely came out of her comfort zone, enjoying all the way around me and I cherish every moment with her in these days for my lifetime.
We were going out together very often on weekends and I felt very happy in her company. We helped and cared about each other in every possible way.
I could feel the magnetic currents which attracted me towards her. I discovered new ME with her around. She became one of the top priorities for me without my knowledge.
It was the day which I don’t even dare to forget in my life.
As I was busy with watching football match, she went alone for groceries shopping and didn’t come for a long time.
I called her to know about the same. When the phone rings and got connected,
“How long will it take? I am hungry, come fast”
“Hello Sir ! This is ambulance driver…A lady met with an accident and was brought to the hospital. This mobile is found near the stretcher” he said.
I got the address from the driver and rushed to the hospital. I stopped as the signal turned red and my palms were trembling. I couldn’t hold the bike firmly for the first time.
I managed to reach the hospital and ran inside. After enquiring with the info the driver has provided, I went to the ICU where she was… I couldn’t go inside as it was closed.
I couldn’t see anything from outside as the bed inside was surrounded by doctors. My entire body was shivering.
After waiting for a long hour, I saw a doctor coming out from inside. I asked about her for which he replied,
“It’s a very critical case of serious head injury. We cannot say anything until 24 hours. We will try our best to save her” he said.
“Doctor, can I see her once?”
“No I am sorry, we have just started the treatment and you need to wait” he said.
I called my mom but she didn’t answer as it was very late. I dropped a message to her about the situation.
I sat down on the bench outside the ICU. Tears were flowing down from my eyes and the fear of losing her was extremely excruciating.
All the time I had with her came in front of me…right from our first meeting in the coffee shop, wedding night, her lying unconscious, my mom’s promise, flatmate agreement, long conversations, friendship day, late night talks, pilgrimage, long drive, concert.
Everything which involved her made me so emotional and connected to her while she’s fighting with death.
I was realising her value and how she became my life..I can’t live without her EVER…my thoughts went to the extent where I wanted to end myself if she couldn’t survive.
I came out from my thoughts when someone touched my shoulder from back. I turned around and it was her,
“Hey how come you are here Bro?”, she asked.
I saw that she’s alright, nothing has happened to her. I hugged her tightly and cried hard. It was my first hug..
“Is everything okay Bro? Sit here, I will tell you what has happened”, she said trying to loosen my grip over her.
I hugged her more tightly that time, crying even harder..the thought of leaving her even just for a second is killing me from inside.
I couldn’t control that. I took oath for myself that she’s my life and I am not leaving her ever…at any cost..
After a long time, I stopped crying. Then she made me sit on the bench, brought water for me, made me comfortable and started saying what had happened.
While I stepped out from grocery store, there is a terrific accident on the road, people gathered and after calling ambulance, getting the lady into it, even I wanted to go to hospital. While carrying her to ICU, I forgot my mobile in ambulance being in hurry.
Then I went to contact her family, they are here and I helped them to complete the required formalities. Sorry Bro I didn’t inform you” she said.
I handed over the mobile to her which the driver gave me.
“Thanks Bro, shall we leave?” she asked.
I didn’t sleep that day thinking about her.
My mom called in the morning after seeing my message. I said whatever happened that night..she noticed that still I was not okay and asked both of us to come to my hometown for some days.
We went there soon.
My mom told “Start a new beginning in your life by telling what you feel about her. Always remember truth and trust make your relation forever”
Next day was my birthday,
“Happy birthday Bro!!” she said.
“Don’t call me Bro hereafter..”
“Why? I am used to it” she said.
“I want to be your HUSBAND, not BRO.”
“WHAT??” she got shocked. “Are you sure? Do you really love me?” she asked.
“Our relationship started with a lie before our wedding. Now I want to tell you the truth. I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT YOU. EVERY MOMENT WITH YOU IN MY LIFE IS SO PRECIOUS AND YOU COMPLETE ‘ME’.
If you say this is LOVE, then YES, I AM HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE WITH YOU, you are the only one who accepted me however I am, despite all odds, expecting nothing in return from me. WILL YOU BE MY WIFE?”
She couldn’t believe whatever happening was really true. Tears rolled down her eyes. She couldn’t utter even a word. I could sense that.
I went to her, wiped her tears and asked “Will you prepare your favourite sweet which you did on our wedding night for me today? I want to live from that moment again where I left you alone.”
She hugged me and cried saying “ANYTHING FOR YOU”.
I don’t know whether Marriages are made in heaven but I could experience heaven with her every second of my life then onwards.
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