“I moved to Bombay when I was 11. I didn’t have a lot of friends. My family was my everything–I knew they loved me, no matter what.
One day, I heard that my sister had eloped. We were shocked! My parents started worrying that I might do the same. So at 19, talks of my marriage began. I understood their worry & would do anything for them.
I saw Divya’s photos & loved her smile. Our families met & we got married. It was awkward–2 teenagers who’d never met had to spend their lives together. But slowly, we got to know each other. Countless dinners & movies later we became best friends. I fell for her. I even got her name tattooed as a surprise!
In 3rd year of college, I finally made friends. I felt young with them, I was only 21 after all. I felt my own age for once. I started having doubts about my marriage. My wife & I were expecting our 1st child. She was at her parents’ for her delivery while & I began worrying about taking care of my family once she came back.
My newfound freedom would be taken away. I called her & told her not to come back. And before she could say anything, I hung up. I knew my family wouldn’t let me separate from her. No matter how much I’d beg–it’d never happen. There was nothing I could do about it.
I’d lost all hope & felt like giving up on life. So I ran away to Lonavala & stood at the edge of a hill. But calls from home reminded me that there were people counting on me. I couldn’t do that to them. I stepped away from the cliff.
In a few days, I called my wife home with our son. When I saw him, I couldn’t believe we made something so precious. He was a piece of me–someone I already loved. How could I have even thought of abandoning him? He was already my life.
As time passed, I realised that I was just scared to never be good enough for them. But my wife assured me that I was perfect for them. They didn’t need me to change & I had nothing to worry about. It was just what I needed to know–that even though I’m 21, I’ve got this. I was going to be the best dad to my son–a deserving husband for my wife. They’re the lights of my life. I’m looking forward to spending the rest of my life with them. Few are as lucky as I am.”