Thursday, May 26, 2011

My Marriage

I married when I was barely 18. We were young and madly in love. He was from a very rich family and showered me with gifts. His parents were happy thinking that marriage would make their wayward son settle down and promised my parents to take care of me. I knew he was on drugs, but thought our love would make him give it up as he had promised. I stopped studying, but he continued. He went back to Delhi to do his graduation. When he was in the second year, one day, he was found dead in the toilet due to an overdose. Already, I was like a maid in that house, with him studying and not staying with me, and my situation worsened after he passed away. I came home to be with my parents.

My parents sent me to Bangalore to do a BSc course in Biotechnology to keep me away from the talks of the neighbours and relatives. During this time, I met my second husband. This was my second chance in love and life, and he stood by me through thick and thin. He was disowned by his parents when he decided to marry me. He started working for a BPO to support me. I had two children in quick succession and decided to be a house-wife. After a couple of years, he started his own business. We have come a long way from where we started.

Things however, did not turn out as good as I expected. He started having an extra-marital affair. He hired her as a Manager and people started telling me about the late night dinners and client meetings. I fought and confronted him and it became very ugly. He said he picked me up from the ditch, severed ties with his family and married me, and now, I doubt him. I managed to get the girl fired. Now, there is another management trainee and I heard the same things have started with her. The business trips are getting frequent, and he is coming late very often. I am in my late thirties now. He is a good father to my kids, and I have decided to live in this house for them. I am past questioning.

13 comments:

Meenakshy said...

:) I think you will write a suspense thriller one better. This one is way close to reality.

abhilasha said...

a high voltage drama for mortals like us... but a heavy dose of reality for some..
.no police no laws no articles for 'love'...
marriage is too safeguarded.... police all around.. lawyers.. courts.... judges...laws...
it happens.. and it ll keep on happening... thr was nvr a start to it.. so thr can nvr be an end/... marriage is too overrated superficially.. but too under rated wid respect to its essentials...

austere said...

what a grim and sad tale.. too common, I suspect.
are you entering the unisun contest this year?

amusingveracity said...

uh oh.. I wish it weren't real..

Arunima said...

@austere: Thanks for the info. I did not even know about it. I have many stories to share. will try. Last date is 31st. The word limit is "wow" :-) i can never think beyond 250 words.

venkat said...

Congratulations on getting Visa.One thing I like about America is the wonderful people I meet from all over the world. Hope you enjoy the world in America.

AmitL said...

The first line was a shock..then,I realized it's another nice piece of fiction from the pen of the mighty one..:)Nice going,Arunima..keep up the writing.:)

claytonia vices said...

the others commentors already said it... this story has happened so often in real life.

BTW, abhilasha is so right!

Mizohican said...

What a truly great piece of writing! Simple yet hard hitting.

phatichar said...

Brilliant.

White Magpie said...

Too much in one post..BPO ko badnaam mat karo :)

Arunima said...

@White Magpie: Too much for a post, but think about it happening to one person.

And coming to BPO, BPOs ki Jai! :-)

claytonia vices said...

I read this national geographic article just a couple of days ago on child marriage in various parts of the world (including India) and how rampant it is.

The used a very nice term for those little girls who protested, struck back and went to the police: 'positive deviants' :)

We need more positive deviants.