Every day, there’s at least one conversation in my chat box, a post on social media, or in random discussions that talks about how relationships are hard these days. About how people don’t have time to dedicate to each other, and a little whining that how they want the old-school romantic relationships back. There is not even 1% exaggeration above.
Whenever there’s a discussion about love, commitment, relationships, and the way new generation deals with them, one of the very few couples that come to my mind is Aniket & Shraddha.
Plato, a Greek philosopher had said that according to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.
If you want to know the people who have actually found their other halves, meet Shraddha & Aniket!
Some friends are almost like your family and this couple is one of them. I met Aniket in my first year of degree college and while everybody was discussing their crushes and affairs (Well, because teenage, and because what else do you talk about!?) Aniket was the only one who said – I have a girlfriend! Later he introduced us to her – Shraddha. Turns out Shraddha stays very close to my home, and after a few years of our introduction there came a point when I used to be more in touch with Shraddha rather than Aniket.
They say that the God plans the best for the people he loves. That perfectly fits for Aniket & Shraddha. They were in same college, live in the same town, have a common group of best friends, and same taste in many things. However, it is not just about the ideal conditions that they had for their relationship.
What I like the most about them is the fact that they complement (and compliment) each other. They have grown up together, as teenagers with a puppy-love to responsible adults who know that a fruitful relationship needs efforts from both the sides. They didn’t fall in love, they have risen in each other’s love. They complete each other, so much so, that whenever I meet either one of them, I feel like I’m missing something.
I am all for PDA, but many couples fail to understand their limits and nauseate people around them. Aniket & Shraddha know where they are and how to maintain the decorum, so even before they’re married, they are like this Adarsh couple that all the elders in the family love. Though because of this, it was very hard to click their pictures. I call them Vanilla couple! 😛
Even though they are this cool couple, there are a few old-school rules they follow that I am fan of – Never wash your dirty linen in public. A lesson that is taught to everyone, yet seldom followed. Aniket and Shraddha are very particular about it. In spite of being close to them, I’ve seen them fight only once. They know the meaning of never go to bed angry, the thing I’ve seen in my Aai-baba, and many couples from their generation!
I like them for the way they care for each other, the way they make each other happy, the way they plan little surprises for each other, they way they complete each other.
True love makes you do crazy things, which you wouldn’t even imagine doing in your wildest dreams otherwise.
I remember this incident when we’d been to Khed together – We went for swimming in a river nearby and water was running in full force, the rocks in the riverbed were slippery and though it was not deep, walking without footwear was risky. While coming back, Aniket’s shoe got stuck in middle of the rocks and there was no way to see those because of the strong current. Aniket’s dad tried, but he couldn’t find it. Suddenly, Shraddha put her hand inside the rocky crevices and somehow managed to pull out the shoe – A girl who’s scared of even the pictures or thoughts of cockroaches, put her hand in the riverbed to pull out his shoe. God knows what lies inside – fishes, crabs, worms, and even snakes!
I remember another moment when we’d been to Hyderabad for our college IV. We were out for site-seeing. Aniket was trying to call Shraddha but couldn’t get through because of the network issues. He was restless. I said – “It’s okay, call her tomorrow!” He said – “I can’t. I’m so used to talking to her on phone everyday, it has become part of my routine now. I need to talk!” Fortunately, it got through and he spoke to Shraddha! And that was not just during the college, it is still the same! ^_^
They are the best couple I’ve seen in my generation. They’ve been together so long that I feel this wedding is just a ritual for them; they’re a couple long before that, and more importantly – Soulmates of the real kind!
One fine day last year, they called me and Mayur to a coffee shop and announced the news. We were happy, but also felt that it’s too early. Mayur suggested that they should get married in 2018. But they had already told their parents and they were okay too.
While Shraddha and I had been for a walk one day after work, I asked her – “I hope you guys are not getting married because your parents want you to.” She said – “No, no! Now we actually want to get married, we don’t want to meet and then say bye anymore, we want to go home together, live together!”
I’m sure their married life will also be as amazing as their dating life, they will lead the path of their life together. Even if rocky and hard, they’ll make it a cakewalk.
My best wishes & love is always with them. I know they’ll make this journey beautiful and full of memorable moments that they can cherish for their lifetime.