-Sudarshan Neupane, Khumaltar
Rakesh was guy who believed very much in true love and decided to take his time to wait for his right girl to appear. He believed that there would definitely be someone special out there for him,
but none came. Every year during the Dashain
festivals, his ex-girlfriend Arati would return from Hong Kong to look him up. He was aware that she still held some hope of re-kindling the past romance with him. He did not wish to mislead her in any way. So he would always get one of his girl friends to pose as his steady whenever she came back to Kathmandu. That went on for several years and each year, the guy would get a different girl to pose as his romantic interest. So whenever Arati came to visit him, she would be led into believing that it was all over between her and Rakesh. Arati took all those rather well, often trying to casually tease him about his different girlfriends, or so, as it seemed! In fact, she often wept in secret whenever she saw him with another girl, but she was too proud to admit it. Still, every Dashain
, she returned, hoping to re-kindle some form of romance. But each time, she returned to Hong Kong feeling disappointed.
Finally, she decided that she could not play the waiting game any longer. Therefore, she confronted him and professed that after all those years, he was still the only man that she had ever loved. Although Rakesh knew of her feelings for him, he was still taken back and had never expected her to react that way. He always thought that she would slowly forget about him over time and come to terms that it was all over between them. Although he was touched by her undying love for him and wanted so much to accept her again, he remembered why he rejected her in the first place-she was not the one he wanted. So, he hardened his heart and turned her down cruelly. Since then, three years had passed by and Arati did not travel to Kathmandu during Dashain
. They did not even write to each other. Rakesh went on with his life... still searching for the ‘right one’ but somehow deep inside him, he missed Arati.
During the Dashain festival of 1995, Rakesh went to his friend's party alone. "Hey, how come all alone this year? Where are all your girlfriends? What happened to that Hong Kong babe who joins you every Dashain?", asked one of his friends. He felt surprisingly warm and comforted by his friend's queries about her. Then, he stumbled upon one of his many girlfriends whom he had once requested to pose as his steady when Arati was around. He wanted so much to ignore her ... not that he wanted to be impolite, but because at that moment, he just didn't feel comfortable with those girlfriends anymore. It was almost like he was being judged by them. The girl saw him and shouted across the floor for him. Unable to avoid her, he went up to acknowledge her.
"Hi! How are you? Enjoying the party?" the girl asked. "Sure.....yeah!", he replied. She was slightly
tipsy...must be from the whiskey on her hand. She continued, "Why...? Don't you need someone to pose as your girlfriend this year?" Then he answered, "No, there is no need for that anymore..." Before he could continue, he was interrupted, "Oh yes! Must have found a girlfriend! You haven't been searching for one for the past couple of years, right?" Rakesh looked up, as if he had struck gold, his face beamed and looked directly at the drunken girl. He replied, "Yes...you are right! I haven't been looking for anyone for a few years now." With that, Rakesh darted across the floor and out the door, leaving the lady in much bewilderment. He finally realized that he had already found his dream girl, and she was Arati…she had been all along! The drunken lady has said something that awoke him.
All along he had found his girl. That was why he did not bother to look further when he realized she was not coming back. It was not any specific girl he was seeking! It was perfection that he wanted, and yes.....perfection!! Relationship is something that both parties concerned should work on. Realizing that Rakesh had let go someone so important in his life, he decided to call her immediately. His whole mind was flooded with fear. He was afraid that she would say that she had found someone new or no longer had the same feelings anymore. For once, he felt the fear of losing someone.
Rakesh desperately wanted to talk to her and after trying for hours got through to her cell. He confessed his love for her…how wrong he was in denying it all along and the Arati was moved to tears. It seemed that she never actually got over him! Even after so long, she was still waiting for him, never giving up. He was so excited to meet her and to begin a new chapter in their lives. He decided to fly to Hong Kong to join her. It would be the happiest moment of their lives when he would hold her in her arms and confess all their love for each other! However, two days before he was supposed to board the plane, Rakesh received a call from Arati’s father with shattering news. She had had a head-on car collision with a drunken driver. She had passed away after six hours in a coma.
Rakesh was devastated as his world had come to an end. Why had fate played such a cruel game with him? He cursed the heavens for taking her away from him, denying even one last meeting with her! How cruel he cursed! How he damned the Gods!! How he hated himself for taking so long to realize his mistake!! That was in 1996.
The moral of this story is :
Treasure what you have...
Time is too slow for those who wait;
Too swift for those who fear;
Too long for those who grief;
Too short for those who rejoice;
But for those who love...
Time is Eternity.
For all you out there with someone special in your heart, cherish that person, cherish every moment that you spend together with that special someone, for in life, anything can happen anytime. You may painfully regret…only to realize that it is too late.