“Do you believe in eternal love?”, Shail looked at Varsha and asked.
“No, True Love doesn’t exist in today’s world?”, Varsha replied, as she painted her nail with her new nail paint.
“Why do you think so?”
“Because no man would stay loyal to one woman”.
“What if…?”, Shail stopped herself…
Varsha stopped doing her work and looked at Shail’s damp eyes and said, “He has moved on, he won’t come for you. He is not your Devdas, and neither are you his Paro, forget his fake promises, just remember how he used you so that you won’t make the same mistake again.”
After a heavy conversation at night, both sisters went off to sleep in their respective rooms. At midnight Shail had a vivid dream of Abir. He was in her village, in her area, and was searching for her in the scorching heat of sun, but suddenly he fell down.
Shail sat up, she tried calling Abir but his phone was turned off, as usual, she remembered his last words to her. She disregarded it as a nightmare and went back to sleep.
The next evening in the entire village of Sirsalsalgarh everyone was mumbling about a man who died in the afternoon. Shail couldn’t go out due to her viral fever but had heard a little bit of it but didn’t know the entire story until her Varsha came to Shail’s room.
“I heard someone died in the village?”, Shail asked out of curiosity.
Varsha looked at Shail for some time and replied slowly, “A man, he looked as if he was from city, came to Sirsalgarh by train and was searching for someone, during the afternoon he fell on the road, the onlookers took him to village hospital, but by that time he was already dead. The doctor said it was due to a sudden cardiac arrest.”
Shail started feeling uneasy yet she asked, “Did they get his name or did anyone get to know why was he here?”
Varsha stood up hurriedly and started walking outside the room yet she replied, “He was mumbling a name Shel… and from his wallet, an id card was found which said Abir Mukherjee, from Delhi.”
Shail was dumbfounded, it was her Abir, the man she loved when she was studying in city. It was the same man who promised her during their last meeting, “I may not be able to marry you but before I die, I will definitely come to see you, one last time.”
Shail couldn’t sit anymore but by the time she could run out Varsha had already locked the door of her room from outside.
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True love exists. One has to believe and nurture it. Your subconscious knows you have met your true love even before your mind can comprehend it.
This is such a sad love story. I still do believe in true love, and I guess everyone should too. The thing most people don’t realise nowadays though is that love comes with a lot of hard work as well. Love comes with trust, respect, compromises, and a lot of patience. I think this is the reason why most don’t believe in love as they forget about this responsibilities that entails true love and only focus on love as a feeling which is usually a bliss.
Excellent piece of writing. The characters of Shail and Abir are so real. Love is confusing sometimes.
Manisha Garg says
True love does exist in this world. With so many changes in lifestyle and thinking, true love does find its way.
Kaveri Chhetri says
I believe in love n everything romantic Moni… I love reading n watching romantic stories… but i dont like sad endings
Sandy N Vyjay says
What a lovely and poignant story. Your narrative keeps the reader hooked till the end. Very well written indeed. Adds so much meaning to true love. Sandy N Vyjay
Neeta Kadam says
Heart fell story. Yeaa! True love exist but you never able to get that love for full lifetime. It is in dream only
Flavia Cutinho says
Breathtaking, sometimes u actually r seeing something in dream what happens in reality.
Madhu Bindra says
Such a sad story. I liked your take on Devdas. True love does exist but not like how the movies want us to believe.
Apt reference to Devdas and him dying at her door. Curious to know why she is locked in her room…..is there a part 2?
She was unwell
Ritu Bindra says
A contemporary version of Devdas. This was an interesting take. Didn’t quite get the last bit though. Is Varsha trying to save her sister from more heartbreak?
Yes, may be…
Dear Friend I told you many times that I am in love with your nano stories and now after reading this I want to ask when you will be releasing your nano story collection as book… I wish to have it in my library
I will. May be someday
Anjali Tripathi says
Heart fell story. True love does exist in this world, and despite of all odds, true love does find its way.
Shail Thosani says
The first thing I noticed was my name “Shail”. I thought I read it wrong first. And coincidentally my mother in law’s name is Varsha. I just finished watching Seeta Raman and fell in love with the concept of eternal love and reading your story was equally powerful. The world of love and promises are so beautiful.
Anuradha Sowmyanarayanan says
Good attempt of short retake of Devdas and Paro.
Harjeet Kaur says
I am a die-hard romantic and watch only romcoms. I read only romance but sad endings? Why? Let love prevail. True love can conquer anything, isn’t it? The story you have told is fantastic. The narrative is deep and crisp at the same time but I wish the ending was happy 🙂
Jhilmil D Saha says
Such a heartfelt story of true love. It definitely is of modern day Devdas.
Nikita Jhanglani says
Okay, that ending!
Swati Mathur says
True love exists, if you believe in. Loved the way you have knitted the story. Happy ending is always good but life is not that simple.
Love your writing style. Loved the characters as well.
Noor Anand Chawla says
Such a heartbreaking story.