Nishant was taking a walk with Dipanita on the long stretch of marine drive. The drizzle added to the moment a little more feel of romanticism. Nishu, as Dipanita called him, was in love with Dipu, but was scared of telling her that she might misunderstand him and they will not remain friends thereafter. But, today was a different day and he had planned to tell her everything and convince her that they will make a good life together.
Dipu was copywriter with a firm, which took most of her time and priority. She came across as an extremely career oriented, cut-throat and smart lady, who fitted in the no-nonsense slab perfectly. She has the reputation of being to the point, rude and sarcastic at her workplace and amongst her friends. But, she will be there to help anybody at any time and will do everything possible under the sun to help her friends out of troubles.
This was what attracted Nishu towards her. Nishu and Dipu were classmates since school and were best of buddies. He would have let things go on like this without saying anything to Dipu, for some more time if he would not have known that her parents have started searching a perspective groom for her.
Nishu had always been the reserve and shy types and in school, he had been the target of girls for fun and pranks. He was brilliant in studies so his parents wanted him to be an engineer, which he did. He topped the university and got the best of job offer in the Campus interview. All this while, Dipu has always been there for him. His fight with parents, study tensions, work pressures, and all. She took care of everything for him.
So, now Nishu had to ask her the most vital question. He started to weave a stage for the real show.
Nishu: Dipu do you believe in love?
Dipu: Yes, I do.
N: Have you been in love with anybody?
D: Ummmm, I don' t know how to put it. If that would be love or not. i feel things differently but I never had sleepless nights, no hunger, or other stupid things they say that happens when you are in love.
Nishu felt lost that she is already in love with somebody. How will she feel when I tell her that I love her?
N: Who you feel that much for? Or what exactly do you feel?
D: I never knew I was capable of loving someone so much that the love would grow into me to be me. He made me realize that love is not only taking or expecting, it giving as well. If I love you, I have all the rights to expect things from you, but I need to fill in your expectations as well. If not then I do have the right to love you. I can not ask for your love. It comes naturally, it flows from within effortlessly, it can't be ordered or begged for. You beg for pity and sympathy. Love taught me liberation from pain, hatred and envy. It made me pure. I feel like an angel when I love, and when feel loved in return.
N: So, he loves in return?
D: Who, the person I love? I don't know, I have not told him. I had not even realized that I loved him for so long, if you had not asked me about it. I think I will tell him that I love him now.
Nishu felt that the whole world was spinning around him. He had always considered Dipu as a part of him. His life would be so incomplete without her. He would be devastated. He then pondered over over what Dipu told about how she felt about that person. He realized that he had never felt anything close to that about her. He had always demanded her attention, her presence, her time for himself. He never asked her how were things going in her life.
Nishu was at loss of words. He did not realize that he was shivering and that Dipu had got hold of his hands. He was just just cursing himself for being so selfish. People always thought him to be sweet and shy, wherein they assumed that Dipu would be selfish and self-centered. They said that she will never be able to be a good homemaker, but here she is absolutely a perfect person to be with. I am not worth her. I will not tell that I love her. I will try to become what she has been for me. And, if not that, then I will help her to be with her love.
N: Dipu, will your parents accept the person you love, as a part of your family?
D: I suppose, they have already accepted him more than me as a family. I was me who was taking so much of time.
N: Does he love you the same way you love him?
D: I don't even know if he loves me or not. I will tell him and then it is up to him to decide what is to be done. If he accepts me, well and good, if he does not, then lets see.
N: So, when are you planning to tell him?
D: May be now.
Nishu realized that Dipu was planning to go and see her beloved. So he said to her “Listen if he hurts you ever, tell him he has to fight me before that.” And, he found Dipu staring at her. She said, "Did you not realize that I was talking about you for this long. You have taught me how to love people. You are a part of me and my family. They have accepted you long before we knew about it. Now I ask you, do you love me and want to make me a part of your life?"
It took Nishu a moment to realized that Dipu loved him and was asking him to marry her. It was about him that she had been talking about for this long. He was flying over the clouds. He got the joys of heaven. He pulled Dipu in his arms and started to kiss her all over her face. He said, “Oh Dipanita! I love you so much.”