They talked about it again and again and finally decided to stop slogging over the discussion that found no solution.
They left the place when it was almost three hours, sitting there, and as they sauntered slowly, both of them were looking away from each other.
Anju’s mind was on a rove, that night , thinking whether she was taking the right step.
The discussion had grown to be a debate and eventually a cause of worry to both of them. They had spent hours talking on the phone. They had gone out, shopped and dined together and felt good about it all.
But this seemed to define and set limits for their future.
‘May be Ram cannot compromise. May be I am being too adamant to adjust Am I?. May be… May be we both cannot get along well. May be, arranged marriages always have opposite priorities. ’ It was an endless list of maybe’s that tormented Anju the whole night. And she was intrigued by the fact that she was taking the subject a lot more seriously than she would have otherwise and she had to put herself one final question , was she in Love with him ?
‘Damn, No. What the hell. I hate men and I don’t want to get married and I am not compromising on my career . My job means the most to me.’ She concluded and fell asleep, whilst the dawn cracked.
“Papa, I want to talk to you”. Anju said in a mushy voice, the next morning.
Anju’s father looked at her intriguingly.
“Papa, I want to quit my job. “
There was a silence and she was embarrassed by it.
“What are you saying baby. I know how much that means to you”.
“Papa, I hate to leave it , but …”
Anju’s mother walked in, looking at her grimly
“I want to travel with Ram. He would be away on work most of the year and I think it’ll be a dire thing to lead a lonely life, after marriage”.
There was silence again and Anju desperately wanted it to be shattered as she was astonished by her own words and the smile on her parent’s face.
“You don’t need to, dear”. Anju’s mother helped her break the stillness.
“Ram had called up in the morning and he told us he has decided to switch his workplace that would keep him here for at least a couple of years. He said, he does not want to be flying around the world, while you are here .”
Anju could not deem what she was hearing. Her eyes were wide open and she wore a surprised smile.
“Anju dear, we are proud to see you both ready to compromise for each other.” Her father patted her.
Anju ran to give Ram a call.
“Hello, Ram here”, came the answer.
“You changed your mind ! “ , Anju’s voice was still mushy.
She could not wait for an answer but Ram kept mum.
“I did not want this relationship to be tested too much”. He said, finally.
“Neither did I, But you said you wanted to go”.
“That was until the moment, I fell in Love with you “ , came the reply.