I have taken great effort to keep my personal stories away from this travel blog. The urge of sharing my daily life toiling, opinions, rants was too big to ignore, so, one day I gave birth to another blog under a pen name. The adoption of the pen name reveals something about my character- I am really not comfortable sharing my non travel related life discoveries with the world, yet, I yearn the world to read it’s documented version.
This post however is necessary and inevitable as from now onward all my travels will be couple travel focused- my blog transitions to the couple travel blog niche.
Me and Sayan — The Different City Horror
On the 22nd of January 2017, I tied the knot with my long time boyfriend Sayan Banerjee and shifted my base to Mumbai where he lives since the past two years. The last time we lived together in the same city was way back in 2012.
Surviving all the seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years with him living in a different city was definitely not an easy task. Also it was those years when the smartphone culture wasn’t in vogue in India. Even with all the technology in place, no amount of whatsapp can replace a real hug; no amount of skype can defeat the joy of watching a sunset together.
When Destiny Decided We Should Meet
The World knows India to swear by 33 crore Gods and Goddesses but in the state of West Bengal the urban natives, Bengalis, most of them swear by WBJEE. The West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) rank determines if the candidate will get a chance to study engineering — a profession revered by the Bengalis.
We were strangers when our path crossed for the first time in an April morning; 19th April 2009 to be precise. In the centre of the revered WBJEE. Back then I had no idea beside me was sitting one of the finest student of India. Teenage hormones had successfully ruined my academic performance so I had no great hopes attached to my own grades.
Is bonding possible right in the middle of an academic examination?
Hell yes! Often people don’t believe me when I say we bonded with each other while giving an all important academic exam. Well but that’s how it is. You better believe the cliché ‘when you meet the right person everything just falls in place’.
In this fiercely competitive examination this stranger actually helped me at the cost of getting his paper cancelled. Since that day he had been helping me from teaching me college mathematics to helping me doing the dishes; from supporting me in the worst of my time to encouraging me to fight back.
I admit of going into depression from the day he left the city. Though I have many friends it is only in his company that I can show my vulnerability. This constant camouflaging of my weakness in front of the World finally had me drained of all strength. The only good that generated out of this several yearlong depression is the travel blog which I am incredibly proud of.
Finally we got our finances sorted, families involved, and shortlisted a suitable date for the ceremony. Since then my mind had been preoccupied with wedding planning so much that often the groom felt ignored!
We had a proper Bengali wedding in the presence of all our family and friends. The amount of attention I was getting for being the bride was monumental.
I am neither religious nor superstitious but I thoroughly enjoyed the rituals. I don’t know their significance but it went on for 4 long days. Yes it was very hectic but absolutely fun.
Imagine spending 4 long days surrounded by people you love who are in the best of their mood, how can someone dislike such an occasion?
With the wedding over, relocation over, I miss those moments on a daily basis. But I love the fact that finally I and Sayan are now living in the same city again, we can hug each other, we can enjoy the sunset together and most importantly we can travel together.
Cheers to our new life!
Wedding Photographer: Bablu And Anisha Photography (Phone: +91 9830199046)
Bridal Makeup Artist: Munia Ghosh (Phone: +91 9836174706)
Day Makeup Artist: Mithu Bhattacharya (Phone: +91 9088417567)
Saree: Priya Gopal Bishoyi Gariahat, Adi Dhakeswari Bastralaya Gariahat, Adi Mohinimohan Kanjilaal College Street
Gold Jewellery: H.K Dutta & Co. Bowbazaar, Senco Jewellery House B.B Ganguly Street
Costume Jewellery: Shree Hari, Random shops of New Market
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