10/16/11

All out of love. Well, maybe.

Philadelphia, USA.
Their eyes met and they knew instantly, the search was over. That realization came from within, something just clicked and their hearts found a way together.
Those starting days of being inflicted with the wounds Cupid makes- they are insane. Insanely memorable. Anamika was taking up Psychology, Bilal- Business. They still met, only to immerse and sink deep within each other's eyes. Only to feel the warmth of one sweeping into another. Only to share a kiss or two that left a lingering joy, till almost forever! Life.was.beautiful!
It went on till three years. They realized it was time to go a step further.


Kabul, Afghanistan.
Anamika, covered in a hijab felt rather uncomfortable and shrugged and cringed. Not because of the attire, but because of the piercing gazes. She was sitting amidst Bilal's family members.
She intended to make them her family too but no one except Bilal's younger brother, Razi seemed to approve. She had thought she'd be scared of Afghanistan, but now she knew, she was scared of love. How amusing.The atmosphere only tensed further. Bilal was with his mother in the next room, trying to persuade her, and BANG, a utensil clanged to the floor. She heard loud sobs, and Bilal's mother stormed out and said- "THIS is who you want to marry? Forget her being an Indian or a Hindu, do we have any izzat (respect) in the society?
Bilal and Anamika took the blame on themselves. Maybe they'd been too pacy. Maybe they needed to think over themselves together. Maybe they really needed more time

Delhi, India.
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This must be a joke?! What is this love bullshit?!? You're only smitten with the boy's good looks."
"You must be crazy? A Muslim?!"
"Not even Indian. AFGHANI?!"
"This is what we sent you to USA for?!"
"You bitch. Get over him or get out of my house."
They mentioned him, his religion, his country as if they all spelled out poison.

Repeated attempts.
Kabul.Delhi.Kabul.Delhi.Kabul.
End of attempts.

Philadelphia, USA.
New life. Yes, cut off with their respective families. Yes, still very much in love. Not "madly" or "blindly" in love, mind you.
Their friends joke around and quizzed if their child would bear a Hindu or a Muslim name. Anamika (still Anamika Khurana not Anamika Rafiq) replied, "Its rather filmy, Na Hindu banega, na Musalman banega .. Insaan ki aulaad hoga, insaan banega! "(Neither Hindu or Muslim, he'll only be human)

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This is a true story. I know of an Anamika and Bilal who met. Who didn't care if they'd end up in a land of hijabs, ghoonghats, Diwali or Barawafat !

56 comments:

  1. You witnessed this story :O.

    You're Awesome @_@

    It made me feel like....Something..
    :[

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  2. I think I need to update my dictionary of words so that I can say some words other than just - You're Awesome and You write Awesome o__O

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  3. You witnessed this story :O.

    It made me feel like....Something..
    :[

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  4. Here i am love Eeeeee :)
    This post made me sad :( the picture :(

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  5. @ Daniyal,
    That was SAWEEEET. Thanks :]
    And yes, I did. It was heartbreaking , but they're together now. Joy.

    @ Aman,
    :)
    Thanks.
    And got this picture through a renowned photographer of Afgha, Farzana Wahidy. Google her. She's amazing. :)

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  6. hey I love this post.its beautiful .not hindu not muslim just humans..arent we all belong to the same human race and religion is just one of the way to understand Almighty

    I believe love surpasses all..borders,religion,skin color and everything else doesnt matter at all when it comes to love

    Love makes life beautiful,isn't it?

    First time im writing a long comment here

    take care

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  7. This is such a nice post and you described it so well. Glad to know this was a real story ~ the scenes ran on my mind as I read the post.

    Love is such a strong thing that can make or break anything the world. :)

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  8. Every time I read something written by you, I think that this is it! That you cannot get any better! But, Whoa!! You surprise me every single time!
    Awesome is such a small word for you. How? Exactly how do you manage to write so freaking awesome! Every time I read something by you I am like this -->> :O :O :O
    This one just took my heart away. This story is soooooo *awwww-ish* !
    Love, love.

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  9. Sheeeeeer brilliance all the way!!!!!!!:-)

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  10. TOSOM.
    Ultimately, you marry a human, one who has hair growing on his head, blood running in his veins.
    I just wish everyone took an open-minded view to all this. Its such a taboo.
    Thank you SO much. Long comments make me happy :D
    Much love.

    Daniyal,
    I wish I have that conviction to stand up for my love and fight for it when i need to! Inshallah. And unfortunately, no, Anamika lives in Edinburgh now. :) And her name is Nayan.


    Anand,
    You're absolutely right about love making or breaking things. Ten years down the line, you realize how love puts together a relation.
    Thank you so much! That was just the intention. :)

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  11. Anuranjini,
    Loveeeeeey, you know how to make people happy :D Hahaha. Though this day is over, I guess 16th October is remarkable cos I got a heck of a compliment today.
    Keep writing keep commenting and spreading smiles. :*
    PS : Reminded me of love stories are such touches and yet pound our hearts ;)

    Rahul,
    Thank you thank you! :)

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  12. Happy ending. :D

    It wasn't insanity. :D

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  13. Hehe :D
    Yes, we all crave for happy endings, you know. :)

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  14. Loved it as always.
    Sigh! Love truly is hard to achieve and even if you do, it really hard to turn it into marriage, considering the society we live it.

    I looooooved it.

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  15. Okay. The only complain that I have is that you never get the spelling of my name correct! :(
    It is ANURANJANI!!
    Otherwise! I loved the reply! I have an exam in a few hours so I better get lost!
    Keep writing! You are one awesome writer! :* :*

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  16. You are such a great writer. I know that I can always visit your blog for some inspiration. Plus, your personality shines through, which I love.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  17. Ishk it is maaaannn! and only ishk can make such magic happen! :P

    True Love has an immense power, to destroy things and also re-build them. I know of a similar story too. And they made a life in Mumbai. They are 62 now and everytime I see them, I just know that Love exists! :)

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  18. All I can think of is when will all this be over.

    I know of people who went ahead and had a love marriage, after a tussle with their parents over their different castes; but stand against when posed with the question of they'd ever say yes if their kid chose someone outside religion. How hypocritical.

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  19. Wowww all my prayers and wishes go out to this couple that u know :)

    Glad their story had a Happy Ending.....

    U write so beautiful :)

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  20. A very well written graphic account. The last lines summarize so well, 'Insaan ki aulad hai insan banega'

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  21. so love does conquer all!
    b'ful :))

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  22. @ Red Handed,
    I know, love. Its so hard for people to accept lovers. Love marriage is such a taboo in itself. Its hard to accept that a kid found another for themselves.
    Thank you SO much, hun. :)

    @ AnuranjAni,
    Shit. I am SO sorry. I never realized how it is AnuranjAni with an A not I. I am sorrry :( I know it sucks to have names misspelled. I promise to write it correctly now. :P
    And omg, dafaa ho jao, ladki. I hope your paper goes astoundingly well. :D *hug*

    @ Bonnie,
    That was a ridiculously saweeet comment. Thank you SO much, honey.

    :)

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  23. @ Express,
    Jo bhi kahey, ishq hota bada powerful hai. Hai na? :D
    And awww so cute. Such stories only make you go aaawww.
    I agree, true love is very, very powerful. :)

    @ Cinderella,
    Kind of reminds me of Two States, your comment ..
    Its sick when people call themselves modern and don't let their kids marry for love. Hypocrites, indeed.

    @ Aliza,
    I wish all Bilals and Anamikas met a happy ending too, hun. :)
    And thanks a lot lot.

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  24. @ Rahul,
    I wish everyone embedded it in their lives.
    Thank you SO much. :]

    @ Priya,
    True love definitely does. :]

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  25. ahan...i am glad at the end the lovestory was has a happy ending (sort of)... well the problem is not about hindu/muslim, nor about delhi/kabul, even in the same country the same religion the same city these kind of things happen without any logical explination so i guess i will stick to the old idiom...jorey asmaano par bante hai :)

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  26. Too good to be true~ you say it's true, it must be true :)

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  27. ah!!!!! ur play with words is breathtaking!! loved the story...of love beyond any boundaries, religion,communities n horizon...n sumhw the fact that it is.true makes it even more.cherishable:)

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  28. that was quite inspiring! and well written.

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  29. :D now that is something when you share true stories such as this...applaud :)

    SRK and Gauri style :D

    #_#
    The Blunt Blog

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  30. @ Israr,
    Its not a city-specific, state-specific saga. Sadly, its a universal stigma.
    And yes, its a sort-of happy end. :)

    @ A grain of sand,
    Believe me, you. It is. :)

    @ Aakriti,
    Your comments are the sweetest, love.
    Thanks so much re. :)

    @ Anil,
    Inspiring. Yes :)
    Thanks a lot. And you, please blog more often.

    @ TBB,
    Hahah. Yes yes :D Exactly so.
    Thank you thank you. *takes a bow*

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  31. Cяystal, this is another fantastic piece of writing. We live in a world so divided yet love has the strength to break all boundaries. You described the true life scenario perfectly. Your story paired with the beautiful imagery pulls you into the moment. I look forward to your next piece.

    Paul Poetic Sauce

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  32. Wow. This is an inspiring story and you have captured it so beautifully in your words. As always hun, you make me feel great about visiting this space. All the best to the Anamika and the Bilal that this post is about.

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  33. I was SO into this story (thinking it was fiction) as I am with all of your great writing, but when I came to the end and read that it is a true story, it just added to the awesomeness ~ Ahhmazing, once more!!!

    Neither Hindu or Muslim, he'll only be human ~ PERFECT last line! Love doesn't notice skin color or religious preference and it always saddens me (maddens me too!) that we live in a world of too much prejudice and ignorance :'(

    Fabulous post! Loved the images too :*

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  34. @ Paul,
    That was a very elaborate and sweet comment. Thank you SO much.
    Have a great day, bud. :)

    @ Zeba,
    Its a mutual feeling. Always. <3

    @ Finny,
    Happy ending in real and reel life are touches, but I guess, we all love them :D
    And yes, DITTO the second paragraph of your comment.
    Thank you SO much, hun. Take care.

    Much love, all. :)

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  35. Gosh, a true story, you wrote this and you write about love just beautifully :o)

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  36. somethings strike a chord. this did. especially the start. and the end. rather filmy, but all the same we cant all be moviestars right? :)

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  37. @ Deborah,
    Thank you so much.:)

    @ Raj,
    Well, you don't need to be a filmstar to fight for your love/fight for what you root for. :)
    And they're for real. They're still there, standing up.

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  38. Thats why its said that love knows no boundaries...wish parents understood this.

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  39. MASHA'ALLAH! I am going to make nayan read this.. its so freaking bfulll

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  40. at the end its love and humanity...that knows no bounds..
    u r simply awesome...being new to ur space what I can say is m speechless...

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  41. heyyy...
    em precisely out of words
    so this is my reaction
    JOY- coz they met
    a SMILE-coz they fell in love
    countless tears- coz it ended this way
    PRIDE-yes i know and i am very adamant about it that i dont beleive in love but if anamika and bilal exist yes yes yes maybe somewhere this feeling does exist..! :)
    khooobsooorat in words..! :)
    tc

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  42. heyyy...
    em precisely out of words
    so this is my reaction
    JOY- coz they met
    a SMILE-coz they fell in love
    countless tears- coz it ended this way
    PRIDE-yes i know and i am very adamant about it that i dont beleive in love but if anamika and bilal exist yes yes yes maybe somewhere this feeling does exist..! :)
    khooobsooorat in words..! :)
    tc

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  43. heyyy...
    em precisely out of words
    so this is my reaction
    JOY- coz they met
    a SMILE-coz they fell in love
    countless tears- coz it ended this way
    PRIDE-yes i know and i am very adamant about it that i dont beleive in love but if anamika and bilal exist yes yes yes maybe somewhere this feeling does exist..! :)
    khooobsooorat in words..! :)
    tc

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  44. Ria, Indeed. :)

    Tariq, I did send the link to Nayan on FB. Lets see.

    Soumyadeep, Thank you SO SO SO much. You are very kind.

    Nik, Thanks bro.

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  45. yes i confess
    i dnt have words
    words enough to define the emotion within me

    maybe when i say that i shed a tear or two you know what i felt like..!

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  46. This is a lovely story. But it is also my own story. I am married to a Christian and I continue to bear my maiden name. Our child does not follow either religion and we live our separate entities together. It has been happy so far :) ( touch wood)

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  47. Suvaiba, :)

    Meera, Oh, that's amazing to hear. Touch wood, really.

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  48. Is this seriously a true story Crystal ? Looks like you have a gift :)

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  49. It is, love. Thanks pumpkin! :P <3

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  50. ishq jo na karaye wahi achchha..!!

    :)

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  51. Well, too busy I was in my sucking office that I forgot how beautiful and versed you are when it comes to writing :) I started from where I left reading and God ! There are plenty of posts ahead waiting for me. I guess this will be the first time in past two months where I will spend my time in something I like. So be ready for loads of discussion, idiotic views and comments :D

    Love vs cast/religion..ahh ! Better not get into it. But if it is a real story, (which I am sure is !) then kudos to the couple. you can never judge someone based on these things.. As they say, "Bura Insan hota hai, majhab nahi" :)

    Indeed very well written. (Do I even have to say that?) . You are awesome ! Again, a flat comment. No buttering ;)

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  52. You woke up some true feelings within me! I can't write more.. would like to share about this with you when we become friends. I'm looking forward for that!

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