Opposites Attract

March 20, 2010 at 12:57 pm 5 comments

This is a law of nature and Suresh & Meenal are a perfect example to prove it, right! I am yet to meet any other husband-wife duo who is that different from each other yet they graduated from being friends to lovers.

Meenal came from a high profile Bengali family and was pursuing Masters in French at JNU and Suresh was a beat reporter with a news agency. There first meeting was in the corridors of a hospital where a common friend was undergoing treatment. The moment she laid her eyes on Suresh, she looked at him from top to toe and wondered how can anyone wear hawai chapels outside home?

Suresh had the most simplistic approach to life but his perspective on politics and other things made him the centre of all conversations. Meenal on the other hand was a beautiful girl with a westernized mindset, in the 1970s when she was still studying she loved going to pubs and sharing an occasional smoke with pals. While he was an introvert & reserved person who only spoke when required and if it was related to work, she was an extrovert whose bubbly smile made many skip a heart beat. He was a strong believer in the philosophy of ‘ live and let live’ while she wanted to know who’s up to what and why!

Friendship grew and soon they hanging out together became like an everyday routine for them. Suresh at that time was dating someone else and Meenal too had her interests elsewhere. Though eventually both relationships could not work out.

It was Suresh’s mother who was worried about his unmarried status and requested Meenal to intervene and make him understand the importance of getting married at the right time. It was during that conversation Suresh’s mother questioned him do you even know who you are going to marry? If no, then why don’t you meet the girl I have selected for you? To which he replied with straight face of course, I know she is sitting right here and pointed towards Meenal.

Meenal didn’t know where to look and was stunned by his answer. Out of awkwardness she said a hasty bye to those present in the room and left. The next day when they met for their regular cup of coffee she questioned him, how could you even say that? And that too without discussing with me?

What’s there to discuss, he asked her, who else will you marry? The same evening they announced their wedding date and put up a notice at Meenal’s hostel inviting everyone. The notice clearly said ‘no gifts will be accepted, please come to be a part of the ceremony’. Meenal’s parents too came down and though were not impressed by their daughter’s choice, still gave their blessings to the couple.

When I met Meenal she was in her prime 50’s and constantly worried about her twenty something ‘boys’ who were working in the US and cribbing about how Suresh doesn’t listen to her and everything has to be done his way. After every second statement, she used to repeat why did I marry this man? And each time it made me wonder, woha! How tough could love marriages turn out to be? It can be so difficult to live with a person you claimed to be in love with! Till one day, when I had a chance to speak with him over the phone. To date, I have not heard a better voice. I just fell for it when the deep husky voice on the other end said, Suresh. He never said hello. It was always his name he said when anyone called.

I announced to Meenal that I have to meet him and I did only to understand why Meenal married him despite all the ‘issues’ which after I got to know him were no big deal stuff, actually!

The only time you could feel the love is so much there between the two was when he called her every day after reaching office and she answered the phone on the first ring and repeated the same words each time in the most sweet voice with her cheeks turning pink ‘ aap pahaunch gaye office?’ (You reached office?) And he would reply, haan, tum apna khayal rakhana ( yes, you take of yourself)


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Prateek  |  March 20, 2010 at 2:38 pm


  • 2. ranjith boyanapalli  |  March 22, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Well written pallavi ! I can recollect times when a complete opposite of me fascinates me…each has their own way of seeing things eh ? The last lines were very nice….

    • 3. delhizen  |  March 22, 2010 at 6:57 pm

      Its a true story of one of my fav couples. You never know when the law strikes you again and works out for good 😉 Keep at it !!

  • 4. Nourish-n-Cherish  |  March 26, 2010 at 3:48 am

    🙂 That is so sweet 🙂

  • 5. josurr  |  April 17, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    This is my first visit here, but I will be back soon, because I really like the way you are writing, it is so simple and honest


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