Kalyana Samayal Saadham


 

I recall my wife asking me to watch this one quite some time back. She emphasized on how much it resonated with our life. I finally got my hands on it this week and watched it today.

It was in many ways a trip down memory lane. A lane I had so recently traversed. It made me stop and think of all the small memories that we innocently created out of nothing, and it was amazing to see something so similar in reel life.

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It also makes me miss you even more. <3. Can only thank the big fellow up there wherever he is, for offering the biggest gift I could ever have in my life. It is nearly becoming a year since I for some stupid reason decided to pounce on a new job opportunity. And to be honest, I feel like it’s been ages! No matter how much virtual ‘connectivity’ seems to bring us together; nothing equates to the joy of being beside you, to laugh with you, to hear you crib, to go for a late night drive and crash at a CCD, to do nothing all day long on the weekend and just lie beside you.
To our next reunion, real soon, mwah.

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Friends… to live for.. ever.


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The buildings where I lived have been demolished and replaced by towering 9+ storeys. The school has been upgraded. The road traffic has thickened. The only part that continues to remain the same is friends. I met a very good friend of mine, two days ago. We haven’t been in touch at all for a while, but meeting him made me feel very good. Some people have become a part of our lives, touched us, influenced us, made us into what we are, and no matter how long we have been apart, when we reunite again it’s a matter of great inner joy.

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As we commemorate another Friendship day, I would like to thank each and every person with mutual well wishes, from colleagues, to school friends, to relatives, to total strangers, who intentionally or inadvertently have been supportive.

Joining the anniversary club!


It was a day of mixed emotions turning up a day before my travel abroad for an exam, nevertheless a day kept aside to cherish and reminisce the coming together of two, the becoming of one and the celebration of love.

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to a companionship of lifetime and beyond!

to a companionship of lifetime and beyond!

you are the first and last thing on my mind everyday

you are the first and last thing on my mind everyday

 

Eternal Love..


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Taking a day out to celebrate love is seeming to be more of a religious and political issue that it doesn’t deserve. With time constraints, self inflicted, thanks to trying to make a living, makes us seem insensitive and plagued by ‘going with the flow’ clichés. So many things nowadays happen with the flow in my life as time stands testimony to a new life we are scripting together.

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Spending a time away for a couple of hours.. not answering calls from work (yes, being an irresponsible doctor) just to take some time for your loved one is exactly what I did on the 14th evening. First visit to the Momo Café at the Marriot Courtyard near the Kochi airport, we were allowed to enjoy and savor each other’s company for the evening.

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As we timelined the events building up to our first V day post marriage, we giggled and reminisced the little moments of joy we bundled together in the last year. To another year of love, love and love. Love this Tamil Cover by Jonita Gandhi

Retrieving files from archive..


Was very happy for once to actually be free to attend a dear friend’s engagement today. Sharing a few moments from the day. Picking a leaf out of our memory and reliving it is a wonderful feeling whenever we catch up with our friends after a while and that was exactly what this day was all about. A  2-3 hours spent worthy.. All the best Jono and Parv

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Turning the clock back..


366 days = 31,622,400 seconds = 527,040 minutes = 8784 hours = 52 weeks

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Exactly a year on after meeting the love of my life, I take a moment to roll back how exponentially our relation has developed over a span of one year.

It all started on that very day when it had to be a make or break visit to meet the girl on Vishu, the auspicious beginning of the Malayalam calendar. I had chosen to be as frank as possible on that day, after all putting it all out seemed a much better option to let the other person assess than later regret.

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I still recall very well the way I talked for almost two hours to this girl whom I had not met before. As a person who does not strike a comfortable conversation with a total stranger, I found it a way of relieving the anxiety to keep talking to keep the scary silence between two strangers away.

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What started as a casual conversation between two strangers, traversed through numerous phases throughout the year from one liner text messages to pulling all nighters on the phone. The period was one of anticipation, curiosity and an overwhelming desire to know more of each other.

As the hours grew in, we kept finding common grounds to rant on, and soon we were becoming friends, very good ones. The slow but steady manner in which we let both of us to settle to be an integral part of each other’s lives were most evident when a day without hearing from her made me feel incomplete.

I grew into my relation so much so that I can state with assurance that she is my only confidante* on earth right now (*God is of course included in all the deeds 🙂 ).

VBOctober 30, 2013When we met so early last year, I feared whether there would be too much time, as I had mentally prepared myself for a 2014 wedding. 10 years after getting out of school, and still ‘studying’ thanks to being a medicine student, KILLS ME! So I wanted to make sure that when I marry my lady, I am standing on my feet (even if it’s just one foot, hell I just wanna stand dammit!)

But it panned out way better than we both expected. Apart by distance, there was an element of excitement tinged to all the isolated limited times we got to spend together and those made the few hours we got together in a few months time, all the more precious.

As I stand at the end of one year of meeting my lady, I must admit, I am thankful to God for sprinkling our relation with the right amount of salt and pepper, not only spicing up but balancing the journey together.

As unfortunate as it is that we are unable to spend our first anniversary together, it is a befitting representation of our relation. I came across this quote online,

A part of you has grown in me
And so you see, it’s you and me
Together forever and never apart,
Maybe in distance, but never in heart.

Happy first anniversary sweetheart! ❤

Life.. is all about love.


A couple of months after I joined my postgraduate training, mom encouraged (more like kicked me into) listing my ‘availability’ on the ever growing bharatmatrimony.com portal. The idea was so that I could find someone by the time I finish my training.

For over a year and a half, luckily all interactions with parents of potential ‘would be’s’ were solely limited to internet and phone conversations. Things beefed up as I approached the beginning of my final year of training. I was no longer a free member. I became CLASSIC PLUS, i.e., now I get to personally contact potential candidates online. I was getting more and more immersed into my residency and the responsibilities it carried.

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In January, the online meets led to an actual pennu kaanal chadangu. I had seen the pic of the girl online. Petite with bright eyes. Rest all had to be deciphered once I met her.

Boy meets girl. Boy nervous. Girl very nervous. First time for both. Boy tries to blabber rubbish to calm her nerves. Moves into common areas of interest. Discussing MBBS (thank god there is 4.5 years and shit load of subjects to bring up!)

Meet – from an academic perspective is a success.

Our astrologer enters the scene – Stars do not match. Chapter closed.

Outcome: Tasty roasted cashews the best part of the visit.

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Mom invites me for round 2 a month later. This time I manage to convince her to fly back home. Decide to focus on studies and work.

Our astrologer, girls astrologer – give the green signal.

Pressure: See girl before May, else no girl walks into your life for the next 365 days 24/7.

Boy sees picture of girl.  Sharp features, captivating smile. Boy meets girl.

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On April 14th, we met. We spoke, for almost 2 hours. I was blunt, trying to portray all the dimensions of my personality that might drive her away from me. She sat there, listening, smiling, acknowledging. She was bright, confident, mature. A good student of experience, I found it difficult to find fault with her. I went back home, having failed to find anything that could turn me away from her.

BSNL, Vodafone and IDEA made the distance between us disappear. Whatsapp kept us on our toes.

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Official: On September 6th we vowed to take the plunge. Her coming into my life was apt in many ways. She brought color to the grayscale routine I have been in for the last two years. It is an inexplicable genuine feeling knowing you really matter to someone out there, that there is someone to share the fruits of your success, to support you when you need it most.

Last one month has been crazy. With family around, I managed to spend some quality time at home and I take this moment to thank each and everyone from family and friends to colleagues and teachers who have kept us in their prayers and wished us. This is a journey of much excitement and I hope to savour every moment of it.