How are you doing?
Now that we’ve broken the news of our being in love to our respective families and they have given their consent, we can consider ourselves officially engaged. Sweetheart, I am missing you terribly in this strange land and I wish you could be here with me, but what can I do? My boss does not understand love. He sent me to Australia on an assignment when all I wanted was to be with you. I could have refused, but that would have cost me quite a hefty sum of money. And I wanted to save that money for our future. Darling that you are, I know you will say that we already have enough, what do you need more for? But baby, let me tell you that the world is not what you think. It is a cold, unbecoming place. You are not valued without money. So, a letter is all that I can write to you. I could have called you, but you know, the company does not pay for the personal calls that I make from my cell phone. When I talk to you, I seem to lose all sense of time and place. The call would cost me a hell of a lot of money. And what’s sweeter than a fiancé writing a love letter to his fiancée?
Ok sweetheart, let us come back to brass tacks. We were discussing our upcoming marriage ceremony the last time we met. You wanted to have a quiet temple marriage and a party for our closest pals. I discussed this idea with my family, but sadly their ideas differ. They want me to have a mindblowing grand marriage, with all the works. You know, I am the only son in the family. So, they really want to freak out on my wedding. I don’t blame them either. We have a certain social standing and we have to take care of that too, isn’t it? I understand that it would be rather difficult for your father on his government servant’s salary, but then it is only a one-time affair. Can’t we fulfill this little wish of my family’s? Please talk to your parents about this, sweetie.
And yes, I wanted to tell you another important thing too. You know how much I love my sister, don’t you sweetheart? She has done so much for me. I wouldn’t be here today if it were not for her support and guidance. I want you to do something really special for her on our marriage. Let me tell you one more thing darling, she loves gold. Whatever number of gold necklaces she might have, she always wants more of them. So, a gold necklace would be the best thing to gift her. Don’t tell her that I let you in on this secret, baby, ok?
Sweetie, I know you love talking to people and for that very reason, you are in love with your job as a customer care executive. But you know, your shift timings would make it difficult for you to perform your household duties. After all, you are going to be the ‘bahurani’ of the family. I have been thinking about that a lot lately, and it has been worrying me. I also know you are on your way to becoming a team leader soon, but is there anything more important than a home, baby? Why don’t you hand in your papers? Sweetheart, you have told me n number of times that you hate gender discrimination. You hate having to do certain things just because you are a girl. But please do this for me.
I know you will understand me. Just as I know you would never refuse to make a little change in your attire for my sake after marriage – stopping to wear your regular attire of jeans and T-shirt. I know you hate sarees and all the rigid customs, but that’s the way it is in my family, sweetheart.
You know what, darling? One of my colleagues started for India yesterday. He will be visiting our city. He asked me if I wanted to send you a card or something. But I refused. What is in a card? Just read it and then throw it away? It gives you a moment’s pleasure, for which I would be shelling out hard-earned cash. And I don’t see the need for all those fancy things, sweetheart. You already know how much I love you. And you also know how I hate wasting time. It’s very hectic here.
That’s it for now, my baby. I have poured my heart out here. Missing you loads. Just waiting for the D-day to arrive. I will always continue to shower my unconditional love on you for ever and ever.
Hugs and kisses,