Monday, August 17, 2009

So much to live for...



How many times does life offer you free shows of real-life romance? Well, I am talking about couples who are connected by this most-overused-word-in-the-world, love. It must be prompting to think ‘all the time’ because you see couples everyday who hold hands, kiss, laugh together, rub against each other, or the worst, make out outdoors. But how many of them make you feel life is indeed worth living?



For the first time this year, we had a rainy evening and I stopped by Taco Casa to see what’s that people so love about watching downpour from behind closed panes. I waited for a planned thirty minutes for my husband which stretched onto another thirty, sitting by a window table, trying to enjoy the rain which I honestly couldn’t. There was this guy who I don’t want to describe physically because he later proved to be more good looking by heart than by his looks. We had something in common. Both of us were waiting for our partners but unlike me, he was sipping on a drink. No ring on the left finger. I was sure he wasn’t married coz as far as I have seen, it’s considered a sin in the US for married men and women to be not wearing rings. I doubt if he thought about me the same way because I wasn’t wearing my ring either or my wedding chain but I am married. After a sore hour of wait, Aravind texted me saying he’s stuck in traffic. I thought I should just go ahead and respect what my tummy wanted. So I started on my sandwich occasionally looking around to keep myself entertained. That guy was on phone. Another thirty minutes later, I wanted to leave the place coz waiting for Aravind does not always give me planned results. On one side, there was me, impatient and wanting to leave and on the other side, there was this guy who not for once from the ten to fifteen times that I noticed, wore an impatient look. Okay, 10 more minutes, I thought and looked over at the other table again. He wasn’t there. Before I could assume that he could have left, I saw him walking over to the entrance of the restaurant which by now was fully occupied. When he came back, he had his hands on the shoulders of a very, very pretty girl. So he wasn’t mad at her for being late. He couldn’t have been coz she just was so pretty. She smiled but apologetically seemingly for having had him wait for long. He smiled in return but with apparent love. They walked back to their table and the sight of them together made me smile. They were the prettiest couple in the restaurant but sadly no one seemed to notice, except for me. I pretended to be occupied with my phone but that minute only the corners of my eyes worked. They made such a lovely pair, I wanted to tell them. I was tuning up my ears to eavesdrop on them but it was way too noisy for me to even get close. Finally, I shoved my phone on the table and with a deliberate gut, turned to boldly look at what seemed to be the most beautiful couple I had seen this season. They were talking. Like they say, love is beyond words or languages, this couple really didn’t require either. They were talking but with their hands. I think they call it the sign language. He was capable of speaking, of course. She was not and he used a language she understood. For the next one minute, I sat there, gazing at them, unmindful of the point that I was intruding their private space. But I just didn’t care. I couldn’t find a word to describe these two people who sat right across me, so in love, so beautiful and so much more beautiful because of what they had and what they hadn’t.


I wanted a gulp of water to tone down my emotional flow that moment. I turned away to the window though I didn’t feel like and may be for the first time ever, the rain outside seemed just perfect.

16 comments:

Shadow in the Moonlight said...

Observing people is always tremendously entertaining... and at times heartening too.

s4n705h said...

loe makes the world go round but seeing love around you surely give it a totally different meaning

PurpleHeart said...

Karen, yea, specially when they are not conscious and are just themselves ! :)

Santosh, I think that's a compliment ! :)

readersdais said...

Dear Purple Heart,
witnessing the most beautiful emotion-Love,and in a background of rain..hmmm...should have taken u too, back to memories and looking forward for something special.Prettiness alone may not be the reason for him ,not to be mad at her for being late,pretty or not,if we are in love, then the moment u have her beside you,how can someone think of any emotion other than love.When u watched the rain with love in mind it became perfect..so wishing u all love and a perfect life with aravind.

PurpleHeart said...

You summed up the beauty of my emotion, readersdais. Thank you!

anupama said...

dear purple heart,
your post simply rekindled the love in me as right now i'm waiting since hours from morning,for him,my dream!
it's cool if it rains as both of us love for the perfect background.i still don't mind waiting,as the wait is worth......
that is love which gets stronger even in the absence of your dear ones!
it's beautiful,the most beautiful feeling......LOVE.
thanks as i felt good....
sasneham,
anu

JollyRoger said...

Nice post! Love makes the world go around!

Sid 'Ravan' Kabe said...

Superb post...awesome...

Daisy Blue said...

Wow.. I believe the scene would have made you calm down before the storm :)

PurpleHeart said...

Anupama, I am glad you are enjoying the wait and hope the wait stays sweet for ever ! :) Thanks for visiting.

Jollyroger, Thanks !!

Sid, Thanks.

Gomz, hmm..I wasn't mad about waiting because that's something I have learnt to enjoy ..:)

Ocean Girl said...

Your story, in the words of Kimora, brought tears to my mascaraed eyes. (I use this a lot lately, I'm not sure why I get emo so easily).

I just came from another blogsite that asks what love is and your story describes it.

Chriz said...

wow... such love ... i could picturise the sign language convo... touched sandy

Nishant said...

the world go round but seeing love around you surely give it a totally different meaning.
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Readers Dais said...

Hello!
wr r ur new posts...busy.??

Daisy Blue said...

No updates for long? Busy girl?

Ankita Ghosh said...

The world is not that bad after all.

For a faithless soul that once had immense faith in this emotion, the mind first wanted to scream and ask, "Purpleheart! Did you make it up, or did this actually happen?" Then I realised how I have turned into a skeptic.

There are moments when one looses all faith in love and all that we grew up believing it were true, but a blogpost like this one rekindles the faith; makes us think that the world is not that bad after all and we start to believe in love. Once again.

Thankyou for writing such a beautiful post. In ways, you might not know, you have helped a faithless soul get reacquainted with (as you call it) The Glee of Light.