A Decade Later #3


Priya, conscious of her weight and looks feels depressed and out of place. Although she starts exercising and is healthy and fit, she develops a fear of not being accepted by the society. Things become bad when she falls in love.


Thanks to my father’s job I had the opportunity to travel to varied places. After every three years his company would transfer him to a new city, and our entire family had no option but to follow him.

While packing and unpacking the entire house was the difficult part, I quite liked it. Starting a new life always and meeting new people was always felt like an adventure. The constant transfers not only helped me make new friends but also taught me to adjust with different kinds of people. What’s more is that I now have a better understanding of people.

Priya, on the other hand, is very different from me. Adjustment has been her area of expertise. Being the only child in the family and Ms. Popular in school, she always had things done her way. And this nature of hers hasn’t changed despite having been through some troubled times. One would think that ego clashes with her so-called friends would teach her the real meaning of life, but unfortunately it didn’t. And that’s when Rahul came into her life.

Rahul—the man who changed Priya’s life to the extent that she cannot imagine her life without him. So what is so special about this Rahul?

In my opinion nothing!

Yes he has the looks and the brains, but what about a little something called love. I am not saying that Rahul doesn’t love Priya or vice versa, but there is a way to express that love.

“No way babe, you can’t go out for lunch because I don’t like Nihal and Harish, and I don’t want you to talk to them.”

This is Rahul’s definition of love, that Priya should live her life on his terms.

“Are you freaking kidding me?” This is the first thing that came out of my mouth when Priya told me about Rahul, but there is more to this story.

It was during in their fourth year of engineering, Priya and Rahul were getting ready to apply for college placements, but even before Priya could talk to Rahul about the companies she wanted to apply in, he made it clear that she shouldn’t apply in the same companies as him. It’s not that she didn’t have the grades or the capability to get in, but Rahul didn’t want Priya to have a better job than him.

Is this what love is?


“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.” – Neil Gaiman

Shraddha Jandial

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