Till Death Do Us Apart- 1944 to….. The affair is still on ;)

March 2, 2010 at 3:19 pm 9 comments

Love Story-I

This is a new series that I have decided to start in which I plan to share with you some of the real-life love stories I have seen around me. Not the just boy-met girl kind of stuff but the ones that gives you a feeling that ‘I want to have one of my own worth sharing with the world’.

Preet, a naive 15 year old girl from a small village in Punjab and Sarjit a handsome 25 year old with a ‘Govt Job’ ( a big thing). He was a widower when he met her at a relative’s place while her parents were looking out for a suitable match. Preet’s parents didn’t have to worry much a suitable match was right in front of their eyes. That’s how the two got married. They had not exchanged a word and had barely seen each other; I am told this is the way people got married back then!

Preet now had to be a dutiful wife to the young lad she hardly knew. Skeptical about what was in store for her she followed Sarjit. Surprisingly, life turned out to be better than she expected. He was a caring husband who did everything he could to make life comfortable for her. While she looked after his big family and 5 children of their own. From a coy girl who had received no education, she turned into a strong woman who understood that she needs to be a strict parent to give the right bringing up to her brood. Life never gave her a reason to complain.

When I met them, they were growing old together. I asked Sarjit so what’s the secret behind 60 odd years of companionship? And when was the first time he expressed his love for the lady. He winked at me and replied, ‘observe it for a few days and I will tell you.’

After a few days, Sarjit asked me what did I gather, Well, here is the foundation of their relationship, the duties were fairly shared. If she made tea he washed the cups. If she dried the clothes he picked and neatly folded them in a pile. Not a day when he raised his voice or lost his temper. Even though Preet was not educated he never thought it was a deterrent for him in having discussions with her. He even read out the news from the paper to her. While he believed in being extravagant she counted every penny that came out her purse. He plucked flowers every morning from their garden to give her for the prayer room. It was a pure joy to seem them together!

He summarized it for me, ‘love is expressed through actions. I can’t do without her even for a day. She is a reason that I want to live on and I know she waits for me to call out to her, need I say more.’

Sarjit suffered a heart attack when he was 95. While he was being shifted to the hospital, Preet announced to the family he is not coming back. The next day after seeing her husband in coma, she went up to the doctor and told him, ‘I would prefer to let go off him peacefully than to see him in a vegetable like condition’.

Close to 90 now, she has accepted that Sarjit is no longer around, but she still blushes when you refer to an old story from their first few days together.


Entry filed under: COL- Circle of Life!.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ray of light  |  March 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    real nice babe, rly sweet.. hopefully u’ll mk me meet preet soon 😉

  • 2. Prateek  |  March 2, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Interesting. Love grows stronger with time. Are Preet and Sarjit related to you?

    My own grandparents (both maternal and paternal) had a somewhat similar story.

  • 3. Gaurav  |  March 2, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    A very nice story.

  • 4. Mayur  |  March 2, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Nice story. Would love to hear (rather read) from the small incidences they might have had during their 5-6 decade long story. I’m sure you must have heard them right? Very nice.

  • 5. tangyorangesour  |  March 2, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    It’s wonderful you take time to visit an old age home (sorry if my assumption took the better of me)

  • 6. R. Ramesh  |  March 4, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    hey thanks ya friend…nice of u..do stay connected:)

  • 7. Smita  |  March 5, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Wow.. this was such a beautiful story 🙂

  • 8. Milana  |  March 11, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    What a touching story!!! Loved the way you have narrated it.

  • 9. Sapna  |  March 13, 2010 at 10:09 am

    A sweet story…


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