"Made for Each Other" – my entry to the GetPublished contest
“Made for Each Other” – my entry to the GetPublished contest
The Idea – Just imagine you are an eleven years old guy in the pre-independence era and one day your parents get you married to an eight years old girl. You even don’t understand the word friendship or love; leave alone the concept of marriage. You are far away from what we call as ‘reaching puberty’. There is no facebook, no mails, no texts and not even any mode of communication other than letters which takes at least two weeks to reach a destination. Imagine what it would have been like to get married in these situations, to befriend someone, to love someone and to create an inseparable special bond, the fragrance of which is left in this world long after you are gone.
This story is all about that. It takes place in the pre and post independence era. It is about the marriage of my maternal grandfather and grandmother at the above mentioned tender ages when one is breaking the shackles of childhood and about to step in their teens. The story begins when their lives and destinies decided to coincide. It was after their marriage that they became friends and much later they discovered love – a never ending, never fading love for each other. They themselves didn’t know when this friendship turned into love and later this love became a special kind of bond which you only find in tales and legends, in stories of Romeos and Juliets.
This story is about their hardships, their struggle and all the thicks and thins that they have witnessed but none was strong enough to wither their love for each other. The story portrays how in the darkest of hours she never left him and in fact became his strength and guided him to become strong and successful.
What makes this story real – I would say whatever love and understanding I have seen between my grandmother and grandfather and what my mother has described to me, makes this story very special and real. The unique thing will be that most of the people today, who are in their teens, haven’t witnessed anything like this. The facebook generation doesn’t know what it would have been like to wait for days and weeks just to hear or get a letter from your beloved. This story takes you to those days and what was special and unique in the way people loved in that era. The black & white movies do give you an idea, but it was always about that ‘Hero’ who was very distant from the fact reality. This story is about that common Indian who in the 40’s and 50’s was married before he even understood it. This story is about all the real life events that took place and none of it is fiction.
I would most definitely like to mention that this story wouldn’t have been possible without my mother’s support and verbal narration.
This is my entry for the HarperCollins–IndiBlogger Get Published contest, which is run with inputs from Yashodhara Lal and HarperCollins India.
If you feel that this story deserves to be told and you want to read the complete story then please like it at this link: http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/562/