Thursday, April 30, 2009

"Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet"




I came across this quote and I saw Aaji Dada‘s image flash in front of me.
My grandparents. A super cool couple. Terrifically romantic. Blissfully enthusiastic. Adventure lovers. They had the energy at the age of 60 that we don’t even dream of having today! They enjoyed their life together, like no one I know.
Firstly, theirs was a love marriage, in the 1950’s it was a great achievement! Their stories of courtship are so cute, I mean there were no telephones, no vehicles (not everyone could afford vehicles then) no mobiles, no internet and yet they had the most magical romance! I mean today without the help of all this can we be romantic enough?? Technology has ruined the essence of romance! When I think about the thousands of times heard stories of their courtship, my belief that we aren’t even half as romantic as them gets stronger and stronger. The attitude with which they did everything was so miraculous!
Can you believe, dada used to accompany aaji to college every single day, not only this, he used to gift a Cadbury to her every time he met her…..I used to ask him, “Every time dada??” and he used to smile and agree! Once, while saying goodbye to aaji, dada gifted her a red rose, they were standing on the first floor corridor of her college, she coyly accepted it, but by mistake dropped it on the pelmet! Dada without a second thought jumped and got it back for her!! I mean in today’s world, a guy would feel embarrassed to do so, or he will be too lazy for this! (Only SRK or Imran Khan can do it in films.)
The balconies of their homes faced each other, and they would wave out to each other secretly with a red kerchief, that was their sign for love. They knew what love was, they knew how to glide in it, they knew how to let go and not be embarrassed.
After their marriage, they travelled so much, almost all of India and a few other destinations. Also every school vacation they would take us on trips. (The gang of grandchildren and also our friends)We used to climb huge mountains together, we used to stop by waterfalls and get drenched, jump in the rivers , enjoy a swim and stay in temple quarters with awesome simple meals. We used to travel by S.T. buses, because they wanted us to learn and explore the true world, not because they couldn’t afford it. They tried their best to show us the world through their eyes.
Theirs was a magical era. I would love to be born in their period and experience things the way they did, amidst tall shady trees, huge courtyards, the days without café coffee days, the days without internet cafes, and the days outside the window instead of inside it.
We have forgotten the real essence of love somewhere. I want to go back and find it.
My aaji dada, a couple who lived each day with passion and gusto!! I know life was easier than it is now (with the increasing population comes the immense competition and blah blah blah!!), but is it so impossible for us to discover the true realm of love and embrace it with an open heart, innocent laughter and secrets which only love knows!

38 comments:

Arv said...

I echo ur sentiments :(

I want it too...

take care da...

Aditi..............:) said...

Thanks Arv,

I wish we were lucky enough to be born then :(

Suyog said...

hhhmmmm...............unke pyaar ko kisiki nazar na lage !!!!

first u temme how is AAJJEE now ??
she is fine and fit na ?

really well written ......btw i also have a T shirt with the same slogan as in the begining of ur post :P

keep smiling ADITI

AS said...

haiiiiiii

soo cuteeee :D

Harshada said...

Wow Aditi, you made my day. I read your blog first thing i come to work :). I loved reading it. I could imagine how it would be and i admire them so much. Thats what i call LIVING!

Vinnie said...

Hey Adits...so cute yaar..i'm amazed at this 'beautiful' love isshtory..rather i'm touched!
cant imagine dada doing so much all the time..where r such guys now?? :(

n hows Aaji?

Phoenix said...

i so love the quote as the title.. its beautiful

Aditi..............:) said...

Suyog,

Aaji is doin better!! :))
Thanks so much!!! :))

Aditi..............:) said...

A S,

Haaaaiiii....haan yaar!!! :)

Aditi..............:) said...

Harshada,

Thanks sweetie!!! Your comment means a lot to me :))
Hope our better halfs leanr this art of loving too ;)

Aditi..............:) said...

Vinnie,

I liked you calling me Adits...my college mates used to call me by that name...you reminded me of them :)
Haan yaar...kahan milte hain aise ladke aaj kal...:(

Aditi..............:) said...

Pheonix,

Thanks babe!

Dream'R said...

i ve been 'wow'ed yaar..have always been a sucker for cute lil romances but your aaji dada take the cake...and u r right...all of this technology has taken the sting outta romance...coz its easier now people dont work twice as hard as it...

Ur aaji dada r a lesson for all lovers...and cadbury's - ur dada sure is a smooth operator ;-)

luv
amith

Urv said...

I cannot stop smiling :)

So romantic :)

Thanks for sharing :)

muthu said...

wow.. your grand parents are quite a couple....

cheers to their love.

Prashant Sree said...

Nice one... Iam visiting your blog for the first time. Your quote-unquote rightly summarizes the gist of your recent post "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."

Regards,

Prashant
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neeraj_only said...

hey aditi....i love reading memories from memories lanes. Even in day-to-day talk , i make many references from past.

So cute love-story of gandpa-grandma. U r so lucky to hear such stories from them. Must had been big fun..hearing all these real-stories :P

sawan said...

wow, the description is so magical!! cheers to ur grant parents!!

Aditi..............:) said...

Thanks Amith!! :)

Aditi..............:) said...

Urv,

Yeah thanks mate :)

Aditi..............:) said...

Muthu,

I agree totally!! :P

Aditi..............:) said...

Prashant,

Thanks for visiting and hope you loved reading what I write....do come often and drop in comments...
Thanks again! and yes I agree the quote actually very much relates with my rcent post :)

Aditi..............:) said...

Prashant,

Thanks for visiting and hope you loved reading what I write....do come often and drop in comments...
Thanks again! and yes I agree the quote actually very much relates with my rcent post :)

Aditi..............:) said...

Neeraj,

Same here, I am too attached to memories....and yes it was a lot of fun and amazement to hear their stories again and again and again!! :)

Aditi..............:) said...

Sawan,

Thanks a lot buddy, also many thanks to drop by my blog...hope you enjoyed being here....do keep coming and commenting... :)

neeraj_only said...

are aditi!! do add 'shout box' in your blog.....me missing that on your blog....

Mads said...

wow this is too cute...kinda in the films...but glad to know some lucky ppl have this kind of love in real life..touch wood =)
and i was off blogs and blogging coz of my exams..just getting back to blogs..why will i chuck u off my list one fine day,huh? X-( [-( bad girl che....

sawan said...

ill be back for sure :) din ya see me followin ya :P
so wen ya write ur next post, ill be watching!! :D

Kships said...

Hey Aditi, this is a wonderful post and you've penned it with great simplicity & elegance ... I was really touched ...I remember you used to tell us about them in school days ... felt like I'm reading something good after a long time :)
-Kshipra

Aditi..............:) said...

Neeraj,

What is that?? Let me find out!! :P

Aditi..............:) said...

Mads,

abhi mera blog khil gaya.....your comment adds that spice of mischief!! :P
am sorry che!!! :))

Aditi..............:) said...

Sawan,

Yeah I did notice you in the followers!! Well but not away either...am following you too!! :P

Aditi..............:) said...

Kshipra,

Your comment was really a pleasant surprise!! Do you read my blog? Never knew this re...thanks a bunch for the comment, its always good to get comments from good old friends!!! :)

Velu said...

uff. I think such guys set too high a standard for us regular blokes. I think now girls should give us cadburys everyday. :)

Beautiful post. Very touching.

Cheers,
Velu

Aditi..............:) said...

Velu,

Thanks a bunch :)

Satans Darling™ said...

How sweet :) :)

Vidya said...

This is my first time at your blog!
Wow,beautiful post. :)
You're lucky to have been in the presence of such wonderful love !
Cheers =)

Aditi..............:) said...

Vidya,

Hey thanks dear :)