Throughout school, she was just another girl in class. But it happened so, when Rizul Khanna (24) met Abha Kakkar (24) through a few common friends they knew there was something more to this association.
“We started talking as soon as we met. With time, I realised he wasn’t just a friend. We kept talking and confessed our feelings for each other. I wonder why we never interacted in school,” said Abha, a training coordinator with a multinational company in New Delhi.
As the saying goes, ‘Distance makes the heart grow fonder’, Rizul and Abha also experienced the full force of this saying when Rizul had to leave Amritsar for higher studies.
“I had to leave the city for my engineering degree in Jalandhar and from there I went on to Delhi. It was always a long distance relationship,” says Rizul, a system administrator for an IT support services firm.
Abha says it was the desire to make this relationship work that made everything possible. “He would utilise his weekends to meet me. Apart from that, we would talk over the phone at least six to seven times a day,” adding, “But I would often get jealous of his group of friends. They had him all the time.”
So, finally it was time to inform their families about their feelings for each other. Recalling her formal introduction with her would-be in-laws, Abha says, “Both families were pleasantly surprised and were keen on meeting each other, especially my future mother-in-law. She immediately went ahead and asked me to meet for coffee. I was a little nervous but everything went fine. My mother also invited Rizul home. I was tense but she liked him and appreciated me for making the right choice.”
But the icing on the cake was all the reactions that they got from their school friends when they decided to get married.
“When our friends and teachers got to know, they congratulated us. But all of them said, ‘Yaar tumhara kab se chakkar chal raha tha. Humein toh school mein kabhi pata bhi nahi chala (Since when have you guys been seeing each other? We never got to know in school.).’ But no one knows that our love story blossomed after we passed out of school,” said Abha.
Cracking the Chemistry
Each other’s annoying habits:
Rizul: She’s not very keen on maintaining cleanliness around the house.
Abha: He wants me to learn everything in no time.
Issues you fight about:
Rizul: We fight over food.
Abha: He thinks I’m either eating too less or too slow.
You both agree on:
Rizul: Philosophies like ‘Life is like an ice cream, enjoy it before it melts’.
Abha: And also, ‘If you can’t find love, let love find you’.
Who’s the boss?
Rizul: No comments.
Abha: I think Rizul bosses around.
Rizul: Stay calm and never forget that this might be a tough time, but you love each other.