I was foolish in loving a man only for his handsome looks, strong physique and easy camaraderie.It was a case of blind love without knowing the real man.Within three months and after a few dates I could see that he was not the guy I would be comfortable with.I could sense that he was highly possessive and suspicious type and that would just be a torture in a long term relationship.He was sadistic by nature hurting those poorly placed with a fiery temper to boot..I broke away from him before any damage could be done.It was then his real nature manifested.A jealous type, he would not allow me to move away from him.He made a vieled threat that I would regret for life if I chose to leave him for someone else.I had no specific friend then.But I was determined to leave him and stopped seeing him or answering his calls.He tried his best but I stood firm unyielding to his threats.
It was then after a few months I met Rajesh in my cousins’s marriage.She introduced him telling that I would be grateful to her for the introduction.There was nothing extraordinary about his looks or physical structure but his face exuded certain warmth rarely seen.He was a pleasant guy and made intelligent and humourous conversation.He made me feel at home in his presence.True to my cousin’s assurance, he turned out to be the Mr.Right I was looking for..After a short period of friendship, we tied the knot and moved in to our new house.
It was all hunky dory and care free days for a few months..I had forgotten totally the wicked man and had not reckoned with his sinister ways.It was a few months after my marriage as I was coming out of my office around 7pm when there were not many people on the side lane where our exit gate was situated, someone threw a tin can at my face..There was searing pain and intense burning. .I fell down screaming in pain before I lost consciousness. It was only when I recovered at the hospital I knew I had lost one eye and suffered severe burn injuries on one side of my face.I knew I would no longer possess a charming face and would have to live a life of shame and embarassment due to physical scarring.I knew who the culprit was and it took no time to take him into custody.
The doctors and surgeons did their best but could only salvage.My face was disfigured on one side.I left my job.More than the physical trauma, the mental agony was unbearable..Friends gradually stopped visiting me..It was only Rajesh who stood by me through the worst days.But I felt a deep pity for him.Six months after the incident, I was in the bath room taking a shower.When I saw my ugly face that can only cause revulsion, I decided upon the course of action that I felt was right.
Rajesh was lying in the bed reading a book.I went near him and said ”Rajesh, I have made up my mind.I am serious.I would willingly grant you divorce.You do not have to suffer the rest of your life by seeing a despicable face and cowering in shame while taking me out.I would miss you no doubt but I cannot hold you for my comfort.”
He stood up and hugged me as he wiped the tears from my eyes. “Foolish girl, I did not marry you for your beauty alone.True you were charming to look at.But that is not the only thing I like in you.Ours is a life time commitement of love and relationship.What happened to you could have happened to me too.Would you have left me then? Forget it.I am taking a month’s vacation and have already booked our stay at a hill station.I love you with the same inetensity as on the day I first met you.Do not ever raise this topic again.Come on give me a tight hug”
Grateful tears flowed from my eyes even as we were in warm embrace and as he kissed me on the scarred cheek.I could realise his depth of love and the strong commitment for me..The scar on my face may be permanent but no longer worried me and the worry in my heart had vanished. .’How blessed I am” I gratefully acknowledged to God
“The only genuine love worthy of a name is unconditional.”