Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Love Letter

My Dearest Darling V

I had the choice of giving you flowers or greeting cards or bouquet...but don't know why I chose to write a love letter to you instead.

I am not a poet and so I cannot write sonnets embellishing your beauty. I am not an eloquent writer and so cannot compare you to moon, sea or stars. But there is something special I have which a poet or a writer cannot express for you....my true love for you from my heart.

Do you remember the first time we met? It was at a party and one of our friends introduced us. By some sheer magic my first words uttered to you were "Where are your wings? I thought angels carried them all along wherever they went." I still don't know how did I say that, but it worked. All I remembered about you that day was that you laughed beautifully to all my stupid jokes and anecdotes. Truthfully most of them were copied from Woody Allen's stand up act video I saw somewhere. I told this to you only years later fearing that you would reject me as unoriginal.

It took me six months and eight days to realize that I had been suffering from your love and the only potion that could save me was your acceptance to marry me. 3 days and 121 drafts later I managed to write a love letter to you explaining why you could marry me and still be happy. I had not even been nervous for my grade exams than I was when I waited for your response to the letter. It seemed as if that day the hands of clock refused to move apart and as if I was in a time warp. I must have opened my mail box once in every five minutes and kept looking at my phone as if my life depended on it...and yes it did. Thank god, you saved me. The moment you said yes, I yelled loud enough to be heard from the other side of the Atlantic.

I thought that perfect marriage existed only in romantic novels...until we had one. Each day was wonderful waking up looking at you. Some people tell that marriage is boring because the sheer prospect of waking up to see the same face near day after day is horrifying. Unlucky chaps...they were not married to someone as wonderful you. I loved those wrinkles under your eyes even though you hated it. Do you remember how you cried when you lost my birthday present in the shop and couldn't surprise me? Why would I need a gift when I had you for me?

But it all crash landed one day when we discovered that you were suffering from Brain Tumor. I thought that I loved you more than anyone, but seemed that even the gods loved you a lot. Being a mortal I hardly stood a chance fighting them. The hardest thing is living in the fear of death of someone you love more than your life. By sheer misfortune I could not share your pain and instead watch you suffer from it. Five months later the gods summoned you and snatched you away from my possession.

They say that life has to move on. Maybe it does. People ask me if I remember you often. You have to forget something to remember it back. So I guess it doesn't apply to me. As I write this, I am at the same place in the beach where you asked me "How much do you love me?".

I will never understand why women need to be reassured of the vows of love. But as a well read man I answered something that I read somewhere "I love you more than you love yourself."

Your loving husband
J


He rolled the letter and inserted it inside the bottle and threw it far into the waters. Sometimes people say that he is a mad man...but does it matter to him?

P.S: Inspired from the movie Message in a Bottle

37 comments:

Heidi Kris said...

:D first!

Heidi Kris said...

had not even been nervous for my grade exams than I was when I waited for your response to the letter.
The most horrifying moments in life would be this.. waiting for a response from ur loved one.

The hardest thing is living in the fear of death of someone you love more than your life.
Cant agree more about this :(

People ask me if I remember you often. You have to forget something to remember it back. 100thula oru varigal!

I will never understand why women need to be reassured of the vows of love. :-) because we feel a lot insecured in life..

Aditi said...

beautiful... absolutely beautiful

Nivi said...

"Where are your wings? I thought angels carried them all along wherever they went."

Wow.. what a line??? any girl would be floored :)

"3 days and 121 drafts later I managed to write a love letter to you explaining why you could marry me and still be happy"
lol super funny!!!

Super really awesome...REally romantic and really straight from the heart...Even though there is sadness in the man's heart what stands out is the man's love for his wife..

Asusual beautifully drafted..extremely well written...teemig with emotions...loved it!!! :-)

Aparna said...

Excellent one!

//People ask me if I remember you often. You have to forget something to remember it back. So I guess it doesn't apply to me.//
Loved these lines a lot!

Janani said...

Good one.. I am re-reading it again and again. Fascinating one.

Usha said...

andha dialogue was too good "where are your wings", loved it a lot!

Syam said...

ada paavi ivalo kastapattu inglees la love letter eluthi atha thooki pottana...
:-)

brute said...

cool love letter... can u draft one for me plz.. :P

Hell's Angel said...

tht was interesting.. but it also sounds more like Love Story by Eric Segal

Nithya said...

This is a combo of 'Message in a Bottle and Walk to Remember and Erich Segal's Love Story(I didn't like this book tho :P)' too..

Lovely ! Simply too good..

Read 'A Walk to Remember'(Nicholas Sparks) if you like such stuff..It's a good book..Btw A Message in a bottle(Nicholas Sparks again !)- the book is great too..Have you read that ?

Dreamzz said...

adada! supernga! touching story!

Dreamzz said...

@heidi
// :-) because we feel a lot insecured in life..
//
LOL.. who told u men are so secure feeling?

Dreamzz said...

mm... wish all stories have a happy ending.. but man proposes..god disposes!

KK said...

Nice one Nanba!!
The story was flowing smooth just the way the message in the bottle floated in the sea...

only one clarification....

//"Where are your wings? I thought angels carried them all along wherever they went."//
does the wings here refer to Chicken wings or really the wings of an angel??? Illa since it was a party I thought Buffalo wild wings were served :D

Arunkumar said...

man i luv ur narration. grips the reader. ***applause***

//
I yelled loud enough to be heard from the other side of the Atlantic.
//
//
The hardest thing is living in the fear of death of someone you love more than your life
//

gr8 words. very true

great post harish. awesome talent !!!

Anonymous said...

Should say (Getting down from my ego ladder since I never appreciate people so easily :-)
U really know the tactics to write and to convey what exactly you want people to understand..
Good job..Keep it up.

Krithika said...

ahhh! beautiful..now this one was very touchy n dint expect that twist too :)

Hell's Angel said...

"Where are your wings? I thought angels carried them all along wherever they went"

tht was superb!!i can ask my friends to say tht dialogue 2 me..;-)

"The hardest thing is living in the fear of death of someone you love more than your life"

u speak my mind!!!

im totally moved!!

Revathi said...

hey!!very very well written..thats one of my favorite movies and book..have u thought about writing dialogues for movies??:):)

Hell's Angel said...

Now i like ur post so much that i keep reading it everyday!!now this is the 3rd time im commenting & hope next time when i log in therez a new post cos i jus cant stop expressing my views abt this post!!:-P

mystery said...

harishhhh...enna pa ithu..when did u start writting romantic stories...its very very sweet....:D...
intha maari nejamave ethavathu ponnukku ezhudhi kuditheena..kandipa success than...:P

liked the twist in the end..and the pick up lines in the beginning..super po

s0ul said...

loved it!

Marutham said...

Ayo...Pinneetenga ponga..
First a big sorry for the late attendance :D

Sooper story..lovely flow ...
Manasa Thotuteenga ponga...

Orey senti dhaan :)
Narration- pottu pinni eduthuteenga!!

A cute romantic story!!!
Loved it TOTALLY!!

ambi said...

nice writing harish! as usual of course!
ellam ok, intha message yaaruku?nu oru vari solli irukalaam. :p

sorry, long time no see!

also read your prev posts. kalakals.

எலேய் என்னலே பாக்க? போய் பின்னூட்டம் போடுலே!
apdinu sollatha! :)

Tohou Lidia said...

Hey that's great :) I actually thought it was real when i first started reading this and i was thinking - this guy has got to be one of the most romantic people i've ever seen :) Hehe - you could be the next Nicholas Sparks :)
-Amy

Padma said...

enda posta madhiri oru email padicha nenaichu.. aana kadai nadai nanna erukku..
//People ask me if I remember you often. You have to forget something to remember it back //
Even i used to say this often:)..
//Where are your wings? I thought angels carried them all along wherever they went//
edhu ella pasangalum adikara dakalti than:)..

Harish said...

@Heidi
Insecured? Wha do u think we feel like :-)

@Aditi
Thanks yaar

@Nivi
Wow. teriyaama ezhuditen. Now i cant practise the same on anyone. But hey wait...inda bloga padikiravanga yaarum adutuvaal ta solladeenga :-)

Harish said...

@Aparna
Love it eh? I too loved couple of lines...

@Janani
wow...mesmerizing eh? Love letters are like that....

@Usha
Nalla velai anda ponnu saadu. Vaayadi ponna irundirunda "Doda..vandutaaru Romeo Machchan" nu nakkal pani iruppa...

Harish said...

@syam
Naatamai...inda kuthatha kandupidicha ore magaan neenga daan. Ippo puriyudu en thangamani ungala kaavu vaangaraanga nu :-)

@Brute
Perhaps I should try a consultancy...

@Brindha
After u told me i too realized it. But truly..it was insired from Spark's novel.

Harish said...

@Nithya
I saw the movie yaar. Impressed by Notebook and this movie i have got one novel of Sparks. Ada padichutu inspire aana oru mokkai post podren ;-)

@Dreamzz
nanba..naan ninaichen..nee solitta...
Anda kadai la avar apdi daanpa mudichaaru...and infact thats what elevated it...

@KK
nanba...irundaalum unakku lollu konjam over daan.

Harish said...

@Arun
Haiyo haiyo....yaravudu enna kizha irukunga pa. man...really that feels good..

@Anonymous
Welcome yaar. I try my best to make people happy.

@Krithika
Thanks a ton yaar ;-)

Harish said...

@brindha
Dont force yaar. Ponna paartha peikku kooda kavidai varumaam :-)

@revathy
at that the rate at which my work is getting boring...i guess that is going to be my best left option :-)

@Brinda
Totally flattered. I think at last I have given in to ur wish :-)

Harish said...

@Kavitha
ada paavegala. Ida mudalla solli irukalaam illa...ini oru punniyamum illa :-(

@Soul
Hey..look who is back after a loooong time...

@Marudu
Ennamo teriyala. anda padam paarthu sema baadipu. As long as u like it...i am happy :-)

Harish said...

@AmbiJi
aalu yaarunu terinja naan en blog la podaren :-)
Rommmmmba naal aachu unga mouse click en blog la pattu. Marandudaadeenga :-)

@Amy
"this guy has got to be one of the most romantic people i've ever seen"- hmm...possibly yes.
Next Nicholas Sparks? I would give my left arm to write like him..he is SIMPLY SUPERB.

@Padma
hee hee...edo ennala mudijadu. Ini inda blog padicha ponnu kitta ida yaarum try panna mudiyaadu :-)

Vg said...

dei hari,
Thought many ppl commented on the statement of angel wings, what i loved most is the last punch..
"He rolled the letter and inserted it inside the bottle and threw it far into the waters. Sometimes people say that he is a mad man...but does it matter to him?"..
Really that sentence alone makes the true feeling of love, though she is not there now..
Those words explain her ques "How much u love me"..
Wonderful Hari.. Hats-off..
Reading ur blog after a long time.. :))
Viji@TCS..

Harish said...

@VG
Welcome yaar. Keep coming again and again :-)