Inspired from this pic I clicked on 18 June 2020, I wrote a poem. Read it below…
You may forget me, dearest,
And I may forget you too.
Our children, friends
Have all slinked away
And we’re the only ones
But don’t you worry, dearest.
We’re going to stay.
Grow old, dearest.
Through torrid rain,
And the chilling winter.
Till death pulls us apart…
For the birds, everything is as real as ever. Yes, even love…
Virtual interactions and social distancing is meant for humans only.
And no love story is complete without a third element, the third point in a triangle. Well, here is the second photo…Just for you, dear Readers…
Once upon a time, there were two sisters, Beant and Guddi. The photo on top was clicked some time in around October 1966, when Beant was 26 and Guddi around 22 years of age.
Together they survived through the horrors of India’s Partition in 1947, life as young refugee children in Delhi, braving Delhi’s extreme weather conditions of winter and summer, taking care of younger siblings while their parents scraped and saved to give their children a better future.
With strong determination and blessings of their parents, they grew up, studied hard, and turned into bright, strong, talented, and extremely good looking ladies. Beant became a Nurse while Guddi a Maths teacher.
A few years later, being the elder one, Beant got married first and soon after, Guddi too settled down.
Like in so many other stories, the ruthless, callous wheels of time, however, pulled the two sisters apart. With hardened hearts and separated by thousands of miles and many oceans, caught up in their peculiar circumstances, they never imagined they would meet again in their lifetimes.
But as fate would have it, Beant and Guddi met again in around 1985. What they said to each other when they were alone, we, their loved ones would never know. Or perhaps their feelings were so deep that they just remained silent…
Since then till 2017, the two sisters met often in Delhi, always at Beant’s home, as Guddi had to keep shuttling between her home in Delhi and USA where her children lived. It was almost like the old times…
Well, like all stories, this one too ended. Beant expired on 16 November 2017 in Delhi and Guddi on 17 March 2020 in USA…
Rest in peace, Mom and Guddi Aunty…Your families miss you.