Little Miss Sunshine!!

A pinch of salt, a spoonful of sugar,a mixture of condiments,a dollop of cream... so are my stories, so are my dreams!

Monday, March 31, 2008

Wedding vows...

“Would you like to read your vows now?” the minister enquired

“Yes I would”, said Preeti.

The first time I walked through these lonely roads
I felt lost and scared
A wave of insecurity swept through me
But then I met you
And I came to realize that,
I had a reason to wake up every single morning
I had a reason to remember dates on the calendar
I had a reason to choose what I am wearing
I had a reason to explore the world
I had a reason to LIVE
All I need from you is the promise that you will be by my side every single day….

And then Joe read out his

Sometimes as I look up into the sky
And see the stars shining ever so brightly upon me,
I wonder, “What did I do to deserve such an angel?”
Somehow, “Forever” seems too small a time
In comparison to the time I want to spend with you…

Years later

She was looking through the window waiting for him. It had become quite a routine for Joe to not come home for days together. The only reason she could wedge out of him was work, work and more work. They hardly saw each other during the weekdays and collaborated the week’s happenings only during the weekends. However during the past few months even that had become difficult. Life’s pace had pretty much taken its toll over them.

The papers were on the table and a sign from him was all that was required to validate their legal separation. She had called his office assistant and left a message for him. She just was as scared as she was on her wedding day. She had opposed pretty much everyone she knew to marry Joe and now she was faced with the very same opposition which was ironically stronger now than ever before.

She knew not whether the decision that she was taking was right or wrong but all she knew was that love had become virtually nonexistent between them. Their relationship had become more of a burden that neither was interested in carrying.

As she packed her bags that night to leave for another city, she still took one piece of paper with her; the wedding vows that they had written for each other. Sometimes echos from the past, however distant they may be, keep ringing in your ears for eternity!

29 Comments:

  • At March 31, 2008 at 10:36 AM , Blogger Abhidnya said...

    Hey Anu..
    Good Work..so finally after a long time you got some time to write a blog..good keep it up...
    Abhidnya

     
  • At March 31, 2008 at 12:45 PM , Blogger Nivi said...

    Your last lines swept me away!
    Way to go. This is what I love about the short stories. Beautiful!

    And true isnt sometimes eternity is just a few years away!

    Good going dude

     
  • At March 31, 2008 at 1:37 PM , Blogger Aj said...

    Hey anu...
    I am in love with the poetry part... Marvellous... Just goes on to show how certain people influence our lives to the extent that we change everything for them.. Great going.. do write regularly.. waiting for next one

     
  • At March 31, 2008 at 2:20 PM , Blogger DHIVYA ARASAPPAN said...

    Nice story though it was kinda short... I wish u had developed it somemore.


    I really liked the last line though...You've proved again that u have tat sought after poetic flair!

     
  • At March 31, 2008 at 4:04 PM , Blogger Anu said...

    @Abhi
    thx for the comments!!! that too first one

    yeah i have written one after nearly a hiatus of 2 months... hope u liked reading it

    @nivi
    hey thx dude...somehow i have always been in love with the word "eternity" :-)

    @aj
    hey glad u like it so much da... watta do im not getting the time or the inspiration due to bloody hectic schedule

    Hopefully i should pen one soon.. even i miss writing them :-(

     
  • At March 31, 2008 at 4:06 PM , Blogger Anu said...

    @dhivya
    i don know it was jus a scene in my head... probably thats why it has come out that way

    it was more of depicting jus one scene from a story rather than the story itself

    hope u liked it...

     
  • At April 1, 2008 at 8:31 AM , Blogger chandru said...

    HaiAnu

    It is nice to see you writing a blog after a long interval. The poetry part is wonderful. certain sweet moments of the past always lingers in the minds. It is short and sweet. Wish to read more of your blog.

    MOM and DAD

     
  • At April 1, 2008 at 9:09 AM , Blogger Fishy said...

    hi Anu,

    Worth the wait. Really Good. Liked the lingering thoughts.. left the story to continue.. than an end.

     
  • At April 1, 2008 at 9:55 AM , Blogger RAM said...

    hey anu,

    why u always go for a sad end why don't u think of something +ve when it comes to climax ha.. next time u blog make sure it's really +ve one.

    but it was a nice one.

    Ram

     
  • At April 1, 2008 at 6:17 PM , Blogger CM-Chap said...

    Excellent...

    And I came to realize that,
    I had a reason to LIVE
    - Emotions at its high.

    Somehow, “Forever” seems too small a time - That's masterpiece

    As I read the end, the feeling in me was.... ho come on dnt leave it that way, there needs to be solution for it.

     
  • At April 2, 2008 at 2:39 PM , Blogger Karthik Balasubramanian said...

    Oh my god.. writing like this requires quite a bit of inspiration.. dont know whats making u write, but its doing a pretty good job..

     
  • At April 2, 2008 at 4:09 PM , Blogger Anu said...

    @dad
    thx a long... yeah i have received some complaints regarding the blog being short :-)... but this is exactly the way i wanted to paint it. glad u liked the conciseness of it

    @fishy
    yeah it was not an ending... u have understood it really well... it was jus a phase from which preeti had to move on

    @Ram
    life is not always a bed of roses... We should never regret the fact that it got over, we should be happy that it did happen and gave us happiness while it lasted...

    i belive this story was not negative. it was jus somethin she had to do in order to find happiness... but she dosent regret for having married him... she cherishes it!

     
  • At April 2, 2008 at 4:11 PM , Blogger Anu said...

    @cm-chap
    Sometimes in life, moving on is the best solution.... i don think we need to live in the past or be tied up to somethin that we don care about anymore but fortunately or unfortunately "memories always linger"....

    so there goes the solution....

    but i am glad you liked it!! :-)

    @b.k
    hey glad u liked it da... thx :-)

     
  • At April 2, 2008 at 4:14 PM , Blogger germinal dreamer said...

    again beautiful...
    I must confess i love ur blog... esp ur short stories... blog rolling u :)

     
  • At April 2, 2008 at 7:45 PM , Blogger barb michelen said...

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  • At April 4, 2008 at 1:57 AM , Blogger Raksha said...

    Hi Anu

    Read yr blog and loved it. Dear Mr Abhilash


    This is Raksha Bharadia. I am compiling Chicken soup for the Indian Teen soul and am still about 10 stories short. Would you like to send in something?
    The themes are:

    1. Issues dealing with self esteem
    2. Peer pressure
    3. Issues dealing with drugs, money, smoking etc.
    4. Relationships with parents, friends,
    5. Tough stuff
    6. Making a Difference

    7. Going for it / Reaching for Goals

    8. A Learning which has helped you in life

    9. Overcoming obstacles
    10. Dealing with exam tension
    11. Dealing with suicidal thoughts
    This title would consist of stories, poems, and cartoons of life, love, and learning every teenager can relate to and learn from without feeling criticized or judged.
    In"Losing the ‘Us,'" sixteen-year-old Lia discovers the difficulties of finding one's individuality after ending a long-term relationship. Actress Jenny Garth describes her concept of home in "I am Home." in "Be Cool…Stay in School," Jason describes a program his school developed to prevent students from dropping out. Frank, a high school student, performs a selfless and random act of kindness in "Reaching Out to a Stranger."
    Written in common language with a non-didactic tone, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul offers stories that cover common teen emotions and problems. These emotions cross all ethnic, socioeconomic and gender lines.
    The write-ups need to be true life stories and can be anything between 300-1200 words.

    We carry a 4 line profile on the contributing authors along with contact info. Chicken soup for the Indian Teenage soul will be an international release. We take up blogged work and published work too.
    The stories need not be just by mothers and teenagers. Anyone can contribute.
    One can even write anonymous or in the third person.

    Please write to me on rakshabharadia@gmail.com. Last date of accepting submissions is 15th April 2008

    Regs
    Raksha Bharadia
    p.s. You can Google search my name and know more about me.
    P.S check this out…. Chicken Soup for the Soul, Indian ishtyle!
    http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20070036604Got

    --
    Raksha

     
  • At April 6, 2008 at 12:35 AM , Blogger Sesh said...

    Nannaitu undu :)

    Continue posting such nice ones man..

     
  • At April 6, 2008 at 10:53 AM , Blogger N!kh!l said...

    Nice post. Most of the times its true that more than the destination whats fascinating is the journey. So once we get what we want we no longer want it. Thats life. Oops no more philosophy :-)

     
  • At April 7, 2008 at 10:42 AM , Blogger navien said...

    Hey it was nice but felt it was a dab short. Nice to see your blog after a long hiatus!!

     
  • At April 7, 2008 at 3:52 PM , Blogger Prakash said...

    Hi Anu...

    Am able to feel the sorrow and the pain that carries out in a heart of a parting luv... gud one!!! expecting more !!! Keep rocking Anu..

    Cheers
    Praks.

     
  • At April 9, 2008 at 3:02 PM , Blogger ash89 said...

    its a beautiful story... touching

     
  • At April 14, 2008 at 9:26 AM , Blogger Destination Infinity said...

    The over expectations of immature minds swept over by the hard sense of REALITY? Good one.

    Destination Infinity.

     
  • At April 16, 2008 at 12:00 AM , Blogger BKa said...

    hey nice post An... felt it was short but was really good.. am sorry for my laaaaaaaaaattttte comments.. Was konjam busy An .. thts y !! c u sooooon

     
  • At April 17, 2008 at 10:02 AM , Blogger Anu said...

    @sesh

    thx da :-)

    @nikhil
    its ok... philosophies are welcome on my page :-)

    @Navien
    thx... glad u found time :-)

    @prakash
    thx dude

     
  • At April 17, 2008 at 10:04 AM , Blogger Anu said...

    @ash
    thx... welcome to my blog and keep visiting!

    @destination infinity
    beautifully worded!! thx again

    @bka
    dei dog... appadi enna da velai??? anyways thx. glad u cud find time!!

     
  • At June 17, 2008 at 2:05 PM , Blogger Ashish Sharma said...

    Hi Anu,
    Liked your blog, and its touchy and kinda reality in todays world..it seems like the story of some big metropolitan city where everyone is just running behind more materialistic things compared to love and togetherness.

    Ashish

     
  • At June 18, 2008 at 10:54 PM , Blogger Anu said...

    @Ashish
    hey thanks a lot!! glad u liked it!

    welcome to my blog page and do keep visiting!!

    in a sense u r right... the cities have raised huge buildings but humanity by itself has shriveled out into minute insignificance...

     
  • At June 21, 2008 at 7:46 PM , Blogger adithya said...

    THe Vows were awesome.... and i always used to wonder how people can ever come up with great vows... and i am pretty sure i cant.. Anyways now I know which vow to steal if at all i have to say it :)... hope there is no copy right on usign it...

    "Sometimes echos from the past, however distant they may be, keep ringing in your ears for eternity!"

    WHAT A LINE!!!!... very very true... and sometimes i dont think we can let bygones be bygones... they justt end up echoing somewhere in that corner of the brain where you store them in a trash bag and it keeps jumping out and not getting recycled eh?

    Very neat and subtle.. I think you know what exactly and precisely to write...something which i just got to learn....

    not a very happy ending!!That makes me like the story all the more :)

     
  • At June 28, 2008 at 2:40 PM , Blogger Anu said...

    @adi
    of course u can use the vows :-) u have got my special permission...but i wanna be there to c u read it :)

    yeah howmuch ever we try to forget some things, we may not be able to... Alas our brains are not formattable whenever reqd... but in a way, we learn.. it helps put a foot fwd in the future

    im not a huge believer of "endings"... and hence i don believe in "happily ever after" either... The story just goes on... it never had a beginning, it may never have an ending

     

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