It was a cold, windy evening, Natasha just landed at an Indian airport. Although she was returning from the USA after 10 years but she did not seem excited. Her big, hazel, almond-shaped eyes showed deep sadness. The joy while coming back to her motherland, the place where she was born, was not anywhere in her face. She was lost in her thoughts deeply.
While walking at the airport, she heard a voice from the back, “Excuse me!” She looked back and replied, “Yes?”
“Your notebook slipped off from your bag.” She recalled the time when her friends surprised her after the classes and gifted her that colourful notebook, with scrumptious rainbow-coloured jelly cake with ‘Happy Birthday Tasha’ written on it. She was obsessed about these kinds of notebooks and diaries and had a collection of them. It was one of her favourite diaries. She wrote all her good memories which she spent with her close friends. Those times rushed into her mind while picking up the notebook.
She wanted to cry so hard but suddenly Mr. Suresh Batra shouted, “Stop wasting our time and hurry up!”
It was her father who was so angry as he was exhaust due to delay in flight and they had to stay at the Dubai airport two more hours. He wanted to reach to their apartment as soon as possible, take a hot shower and go for a dinner at her sister’s place who was waiting for her brother and his family desperately. Natasha wiped her tears off with her handkerchief immediately and moved on with her luggage.
“Oh Suresh! It’s been so long since I’ve seen you people. Oh my God Tashu! You’re so grown up and pretty. And look at these handsome boys, especially the youngest one. He resembles you a lot, Suresh. And Neha, you have lost a lot of weight. Don’t forget to give me tips dear.” This was Mrs. Priya Arora, Mr. Batra’s sister.
She was so happy to see her brother and his family after a long time. After settling at America, it was the first time Mr. Batra came back to his motherland. And Mrs. Arora, being the wife of one of the richest and handsome businessman, Mr. Ankit Arora, never got a chance to visit to her brother’s place. Although, Mr. Arora often goes to different countries every month for his business trips but never took his wife along with him. He had no time for his family and was busy in his office day and night. They had no kids, lived in a 3-storey bungalow and were totally strangers to each other. Mr. Arora had a very healthy and luxurious lifestyle. He wakes up at 5 a.m., goes for jogging, performs yoga, eats healthy breakfast and leaves for his office at sharp 7 a.m.
After coming back home at 5 p.m., he remained busy doing business deals, then goes to parties and clubs. He returns back home at 11 p.m. and goes to sleep. Mrs. Arora adjusted her life according to her husband’s. She had no complains. She used to feel lonely but then she decided to continue her education, instead of sitting alone at her house all day. And today, she is the managing director of the multinational company. She is an inspiration to all the Indian housewives who have been tortured by their tyrant families and in laws for years and years. Two years ago, she also received a ‘woman of substance‘ award by Indian Women Organisation and this news was published worldwide.
“Which college you are planning to go, Natasha?” Mrs Arora asked. Natasha was so lost in her thoughts that hearing Mrs Arora’s voice startled her.
“Well aunty, I’m thinking to continue my college studies privately as my two years are already wasted, so I’m thinking to complete them within a year.”
“You won’t study privately. I’ve already looked up some few good colleges for you. Better to take admissions in one of them,” ordered Mr Batra.
“But I don’t want to waste any more years,” claimed Natasha. “Why don’t you understand? Studying privately will affect your grades and you won’t be admitted in any of the good universities,” Mr Batra said angrily.
Natasha shook her head. She had no more courage to argue with anyone, because she knew she’ll lose again. Before coming back to India, she begged her parents not to leave USA before her graduation. But her parents thought if she’ll stay even one more month, they’ll lose her.
She fell in love with her dearest friend, Ethan and wanted to marry him. When she told her parents about him, they refused to meet him. She knelt down on their knees and begged in front of them but they disagreed. And when she blackmailed them that she’ll run away if she didn’t get married to him, her parents planned to settle back to India, without telling anything to Natasha. She came to know this by listening to her parents’ conversation, during the flight but till then, it was too late for her to run away.
Next day, early in the morning, she went to the kitchen to make a cup of hot chocolate for herself and decided to have a walk at the garden. While she was wandering around on a soft grass, she saw a piece of paper lying near the main gate. She leaped towards it to check what it was. It was a letter from the USA to Natasha. There was no name written on the envelope. When she opened the letter, it said:
I hope you have reached India safely with your family. And I know that you’re not happy with their decision. But it’s better to accept the truth as soon as possible. I know it’s difficult for you, but it’s also difficult for your parents to accept a guy who is from different religion and culture. They are not wrong at their side, they took this step because they love you, care about you and don’t want to lose you. They are afraid that if you marry me, you will lose your religion and culture forever. But believe me, I’ll never force you to do that so, because I love you and I don’t want you to sacrifice anything for me. Love is not about doing sacrifices, it’s accepting someone with all the flaws and differences and loving them perfectly. And don’t worry about our future. I believe that we’ll meet one day. Maybe after 10 years or so, but we will definitely meet. And your parents will also understand our love, trust me. Just give them some time and concentrate on your studies. Forget whatever happened and take a fresh start. And do take care of yourself. OK?
P.S. Do not forget to give me your number, I’ll call you whenever possible.
After reading this, she got motivation and a new hope and felt herself very close to Ethan. She decided to join college once again as she wanted to prove to Ethan that his love had a power to change her and make her achieve what she can in her life. She folded the letter and went into the room to get ready as she was getting late for her interview in college.