The newest blossoms which was much awaited have finally flourished in the newly made garden, the decorations were on their height and it was all set for a warm welcome to the newest kids to fulfill the touch required for the garden to smile. The atmosphere was so pleasant that the anxiety of any fear was meant to be overturned. The introduction to a new level had to be done by the respective parents who have finally started to fill the seats, the stage is ready, though unknown to each of the small kids.
Yes, I’m talking about that secondary School No. 36, I’m not too sure what the pronunciation is, located in Tver, an administrative area in Tver Oblast, A place not very much far away from my house, an area in the north of Moscow.
It was basically a rainy season, during the summer vacations, in the month of June and the rainfall was always hard at this part of the country all through the year keeping it always cool. Though the forecast said it would rain but I could hardly see any clouds on the sky.
The innocence on the eyes of those little fellows could may have distracted god and the change in its schedule was always on the cards just to give them a bright start ! The phases they have to go through, and the life they would be leading after 20 years from now on, the hardships they would be dealing with, which would eventually take out all the innocence and lastly to get struck in a road which never ends !
God would also have pity on them !
Nevertheless, it was a bright sunshine morning and was time to begin the celebration. The little ones got admitted into the school, and as it happens, the first day, that first class without your mother, a fear always surrounds the mind. But the sisters were very much caring so the primary level of education didn’t have that much of a problem. One of my neighbours’ son, named James, Arvinder James, of Indian origin got to the school to start with a new step.
7 years later….
It was a turnaround. There had been a lot of disturbances between the Romans and the Jews which took a toll on the church. he discrimination for the girl child again started to happen on the intervention of the Jews over Romans. And the effects could be seen in this area too. The drastic fires damaged the whole area, and the school had nothing left except for the unlikely debris which was also a rare to find when most of the people were burnt in the war. The government tried to look for a serious solution but nothing worked in their favour. The possessions grew worse and worse.
A girl from the neighbourhood was also admitted. She was basically an NRI. Her name was Christine Donald, a girl from a well known family of business class and her father was a renowned business man in the states of Maynooth, Ireland. Situation didn’t permit them to live their for any single time. The hearty mother of Christine suddenly found a boy screaming. His house was so drowned to fire and eventually he lost his parents in the war too. He was none other than Arvinder. The education career had to be set up and a person such high emotions was hard to find in that area. The whole family of Christine with the little boy Arvinder moved to Dublin in Ireland. The parents took care of both the children and helped to get the secondary education from the Holyfaith Secondary School in Dublin City.
The friendship developed between the two in the due course of time. Both used to share them their thoughts and beliefs and they happened to be the best friends of everytime. Both belonged to Catholic ethos, so the prayers, education didn’t hinder their normal life style and the friendship.
It was time again to leave for the college days which everyone feels to be quite excited about. New friends, new classrooms, the professors, sensible learning, sense of being a grown up and that feeling of responsibility to the family, to parents, to friends, to lover, to everyone.
The time span of 3 years started to come out as the bachelor at the Trinity University, Dublin and the place where I’m living in now.
Yes ! That is what everyone is interested especially when a bunch of friends are present. Arvinder’ s friend circle had a lot of funny as well as helping characters. Daniel, Ricky, John, Dave, Stirling were some of his friends. So was the case with Christine too. Her roommate Diana, her friends Megan, Josephia, Brady, Gwen were very interested to know about the guy. Christine used to walk with Arvinder, they used to have lunch together. During the holidays they used to travel together. And so went the glorious first year of college.
Suddenly, one night, when everyone was on their bed to sleep, next day was Christmas, arrangements were done for the celebration, after a tiring day, Arvinder started asking about Reshmi, a girl from the southern part of India, from the Kozhikode city of Kerala. Reshmi Edwards was a decent girl and Arvinder fell in love with her. She had a very beautiful voice whose tone just moved him away and his fascination for music was also a reason to fall in love with that girl. He grew more romantic after he met Reshmi after a day’s class.
The situation was not same now. He asked Christine not to disclose the matter in the house. She was never comfortable in watching them together, hard to understand the reason for everyone then !
Arvinder and Reshmi used to live everytime together, for Reshmi started liking him too. Arvinder would compose his new songs and share it with Reshmi which she liked very much from Arvinder. The days went on and so were the studies and everything was so perfect that it never happened to have any blunder or miscue in anything. They were together but never intended to speak anything from their mouth…. Their heart says it all !
During these days, Reshmi and Christine also meant to become very good friends, but the fear of losing Arvinder was always on Christine’s mind. The way he has adapted to her family, the free mentality in him was liked by each and everyone in the family and that sudden ignorance was eating her from inside. The trauma was growing big and big and Christine started showing the signs of abnormality. She used to scream at Arvinder at times and she was never happy being without him too. Arvinder didn’t know how to tackle this. So he switched to Reshmi, asking about the problems Christine had, and slowly he used to follow Reshmi’s instructions to care for Christine.
It was 17th December 1981 and was the birthday of Arvinder which Christine’s family made out after so many documentary verification from the Govt. of Russia. Arvinder’s father was a priest by profession, named Joseph Dawn and his mother was from a migrant family of Punjab in India. Her mother turned to christian to marry his father.
On his 21st birthday, eventually happened to be his 1st birthday celebrated in Christine’s house, she gave him a gift, which consisted of a diary and a card which wrote, “May my soul wrap within your heart and Jesus does I don’t find anyone more handsome than you and one day you find me as the most beautiful lady to hug and kiss, to have me in your arms for the rest of your life, I would gladly accept the proposal to be your only servant”. And that was kind of a shock for him. He never could say this thing to Reshmi, but such a beautiful note was not meant to be drowned to river either.
He started to act so innocent that night as he hasn’t encountered to anything serious and he too could believe that such a heart touching proposal was never said to him by anyone. He looked into Christine’s eyes with a hint of tears and tried to say a lot of things which he could not. Day by day the situation went worse. Christine was getting anxious but Arvinder had no time except for his lunch time, that too with Reshmi. He somehow completed his Doctorate in Music from Trinity University and got a massive offer to produce music for one of a big budget hollywood film in US. Reshmi stood in the Dublin International Airport to bade him a goodbye and to wish all the best, there stood Christine. Arvinder has always feared of losing Christine after he read that note on this 21st birthday and he was careful too not to disclose it anyway, so he kept only that note with him to the trip of US.
It was for a change in US. The social networking sites were no more blocked in US and Reshmi too had a job to do in Cardiff in Wales. They both used to talk to each other, update their progress in work and they lived happily on their part. The only thing that was bothering Arvinder was about Christine. He had no information of her, but anyway he used to send lovely gifts to her, some money to her parents who eventually became his too.
Suddenly, one day Arvinder fell ill. Reshmi was so concerned of his illness that she herself flew to Los Angeles to look after her for a while. Christine who was very good in literature was on that same flight as she was going to receive a award of writing a beautiful fiction. Both did try to make themselves as free as possible but it was never meant to be so. Christine heard Arvinder being ill from Reshmi, but they did somehow landed at Los Angeles. Reshmi had only couple of day’s holiday and it was all upto Christine to look after him. When Christine heard that Reshmi had to leave after 2 days she was so happy that she danced like a child around his bed and that made Arvinder laugh a lot. But anyway he used to talk to Reshmi in skype.
It was 2nd October 1989, and the day was to receive the award, which she didn’t go to receive as Arvinder was ill. But Arvinder still didn’t stop talking to Reshmi. It created a pain which in order to overcome, Christine started doing things and she used to go mad at everything. She used to behave as she was so important to Arvinder which he instead of disliking was surprised to see. He sat with Christine to ask about the parents…. And then…..
Christine couldn’t stop her tears. She wrapped around Arvinder, pleading to accept her, as she has no one left except for him. She explained about the happenings that took place back in Maynooth. Her father was attacked by a group of Romans from the Catholic because of having adopted a child from the street. Her mother was killed and she ran away somehow seeing her parents would be dead shortly. Arvinder experienced a sudden change in his feelings when she heard this and didn’t know how to respond to that.
After that day, the condition of Christine’s health started to deteriorate. She acted like she was very fit to work on but Arvinder knew her from the closest. He knew something was wrong. She started behaving like a child, started having hardcore makeups over her face, would give a loud scream whenever she visited any party with Arvinder. Arvinder was so broken inside that he felt for the girl whose family actually saved his life in his childhood and now he couldn’t do anything for them. He talked to some of Christine’s friends to ask how she had been in the past few days, and surprisingly everyone said it was all about him. “I love Arvinder, and I would live my life to be for him and with him”, Megan explained what Christine used to say everytime she was upset. She started showing signs of a mental disorder where she was not fixed in her works, she was no more able to identify things, distinguish things and would act as if she was the most important lady to have known everything in this world.
He took her to the doctor to have a regular medical checkup. He secretively asked the doctor about any problems and explained the symptoms of any she used to show in house. After a CT scan, doctor discovered the disorder and told it to be a Narcissistic Personality Disorder which she was suffering from. And it was meant to be cared for. A certain volts of lightning fell over his head when he thought of resolving this triplet – Profession, Relationship and the Protection. He had to be determined in what he was supposing to. The next day, Reshmni called him to know how was he doing. But it was not the same Arvinder she used to meet to. She enquired whether there was any problem or something. She used to love him so much that she could not resist to live more in Wales and thought to shift to Los Angeles. When she turned up in Arvinder’s house, she saw Christine sleeping on the bed. There on his table Reshmi found that note which Christine gave him on his 21st birthday. Reshmi thought Arvinder cheated on her and she was not interested to listen to anything what Arvinder said. The noise woke Christine up and seeing Reshmi she grew so violent that it was difficult for Arvinder to control her. Then Reshmi understood the fact why was she caring so much for Christine as Reshmi did understand Arvinder a lot. The tears of being separated started to flow down and it was all on Arvinder’s choice that she had to leave though Arvinder never wanted her to. Somehow he stuck to his job to serve Christine. The time just flew away and he stayed always with Christine to save her from being destructed.
He was transferred and moved to Delhi, where some great grandfather of him was born and was a nice time to spend in a more homely looking country. He celebrated Christine’s birthday, used to take every care of her, and those regular medical checkups.. He was spot on to the dates ! He provided an open space where Christine could run, fly, do whatever she liked. Arvinder took a lot of care of her foods, medications. Sometime he used to go out with Christine on a long drive and she would do a lot of fun, sometime would fall asleep on his shoulders. “That was the happiest time I have ever had”, says Arvinder.
9 years later….
It was 7th July 2007. Christine was turning 45. Suddenly she asks for a marriage. And the way she told, it didn’t take even a second for Arvinder to say “Yes”. He was to turn 47 later that year, but still those memories of having done something for somebody relieved him a lot that he always wanted to stay with Christine. He was almost crying when she asked for marriage and was smiling too to have children and that too in this old age ! One of Christine’s friend named Steve assisted to be her brother and Arvinder was finally getting a chance to get married. The doctor came to check Christine and he told to Arvinder, “It was almost difficult to treat her if you were not by her side. It was important for someone who understands her well to stand upto the task, and you have done it quite sincerely. Thanks for that ! Have a happy life. Wish you a very fruitful life ahead. I’m no more required for your service. Never ever leave her. She loves you a lot.” Arvinder could take a breather to find himself in the space. And what happened after was all left to the mercy. But their love have stayed so big from nowhere anyone could have imagined to.
They did adopt a child. Arvinder was transferred to Wales again where he eventually worked with Reshmi as one of his colleagues. She too was married to the boss of the company and had two beautiful daughters. But the memories also remain intact. Christine, a Doctorate of Philosophy, got a chance to teach literature in Cardiff High School, a Secondary school. They had their son to grow up, had a happy family and the last time I met him was on his 50th birthday in 2010.