It was just another day for Shivam as he got on to the Mumbai local from Andheri to travel to his office at Nariman Point. It was a long drab journey and today he was hoping that he would get a place to sit in the crowded local. After a couple of stations went by, he saw a familiar face staring at him. He tried hard to place the person but couldn’t. Then he saw him coming closer to him and he asked Shivam, “Have you studied at Sacred Hearts Convent?” Shivam was a bit taken aback but answered in affirmative. Then it dawned on him that the person in question was his long lost friend Amit. They quickly hugged each other and exchanged pleasantries. They were now flooded with all the childhood memories. They had the reputation of being the most mischievous of kids in the class. They were given various punishments by the teachers but there was absolutely no change in their behaviour. When Amit’s father was transferred to a different city and they have to shift there, then they lost touch of each other. But now both of them exchanged numbers and promised to be in touch more frequently. Shivam’s drab journey had become fruitful today. Not only he chanced upon his friend but he also got a companion with whom he can travel in the local.
Saachi was never conscious of her weight or body image. She used to eat to her heart’s content without a tinge of guilt. And why not? She was just 16. Though students in her class used to call her fatso but she couldn’t care less. But off late, she noticed that wherever she went there was a pressure of being slim and in shape. Even social media wasn’t devoid of that. There were videos of people who were more than 100 kilos and have successfully reduced themselves to 50 kilos. Saachi thought those were no less than horror stories and she was not up to it as she couldn’t even dream of letting of her sumptuous food and tasty desserts. Exercise was last on her list. The situation at home was amicable but her mom used to remark once in a while that she should keep a check on her weight as she has to be married off in few years. But Saachi believed in living life fully. Her father had given her a beautiful watch on her birthday but she could no longer wear it as it did not fit on her wrist. One after the other such incidents brought her morale down but she liked to maintain the status quo. She was happy at the launch of plus size clothing at the nearby Pantaloons which she would go and check out whenever she got the opportunity to do so. Even the retailers were realizing that such needs have to be catered to. Saachi had come to the conclusion that being a little overweight is not the end of the world and she can enjoy life as it is. After all, we should live life “kingsize”!
Janaki was a smart and chirpy 10 year old girl. She had everything in life and wonderful friends and family. There was nothing to be bothered about. Janaki loved schedules as they helped her complete her homework on time and there was lot of free time to spare which she could utilize for play. One day, when she was about to enter her parent’s bedroom, she overheard something and her world came crashing down. Her mother had mentioned that she was adopted. Immediately she thought that she resembled neither her father nor her mother, but was fair like her mother. But she had never given much thought to such things. Over the next few days the chirp in her voice died down and she became much quieter. She thought about all the undue demands that she used to make to her parents who fulfilled them whichever way they could. She decided that she would not ask for things from now on. Her mother noticed the change in the behaviour and realized that something was wrong. That day when she came back from school, she embraced her and planted a kiss on her forehead and asked what is troubling her. At first she was hesitant but then she gathered all her courage and asked her mom if she was adopted. Her mom understood the problem immediately and asked her to sit down so that she can explain. “Yes you are adopted dear, but you are the most wonderful thing that has happened to us and are the apple of our eyes. Don’t think even for a moment that you are any less than our real child. We are blessed to have you with us.” With these words, Janaki’s apprehensions were put to rest and she got back to normal life. She also understood that the bonding between her and her parents was far stronger than that of a real child!
They had recently got married with much fanfare. The house was overflowing with relatives and gifts. Everyone supposedly had some useful advice for Sana which she absorbed without much complaints and arguments. Vikram was noticing everything from the corner of his eye and now was eagerly looking forward to spend some quality time with Sana but it was far from possible as the guests were around. He was looking forward to the honeymoon in Bali which he had booked long back and they were flying in a couple of days when the hullabaloo of marriage settled down. But unfortunately at the nth hour, Vikram’s mother who had diabetes fell ill. When Vikram asked if Sana was ready for the honeymoon, she politely told him that she wanted to be with her mother-in-law and the honeymoon could take a backseat for a while. Vikram finally realized that after all he had chosen a perfect life partner for himself, who knows the value of relationships and would take care of his home and hearth. They do say marriages are made in heaven…