When she said, “Yes”, I had no identity. But now we are something together.
After all these years, it feels like Anjali is not a part of my life. But, instead, she is a part of me.
From being co-workers to friends and then to life partners, we have come a long way. It was planned by God to happen this way, so it happened.
It was the year 2013. I was serving a notice period when Anjali joined my first organisation. One day I saw her sitting at her desk during lunch hour. So I approached her and said, “school nahin hai, ghanti nahin bajegi(we’re not in a school, no bell is going to ring for recess)….go and eat something”. She gave me a quirky smile.
That was our first interaction, and then we casually started talking. How life conspires to help you meet your forever. After further conversations, I learned she commutes from Kanpur to Lucknow every 2nd Friday to go back home.
I had the habit of listening to songs while working. So I would share my playlist with Anjali, and she would listen to the same songs even in my absence. Sooner, both our playlists almost merged. And now her favourite song was my favourite too. I think one can tell a lot about a person just by going through their playlist.
On my last day of work, we decided to travel together as my stop, Unnao, was on the way to Kanpur. Unfortunately, I did not have enough money to travel by bus, so I asked her if we could travel by train. It was embarrassing since it was my plan, and then she had to adjust things because of me.
Little did I know that the train journey was the beginning of our life journey together. All of a sudden, a fight broke up between two units. I stood from my place and leaned towards her to protect her from any mishap. She felt an uneasiness there. So. she deboarded along with me and decided to take a bus from there.
Out of nowhere, it started raining heavily. So we took shelter and waited for some time. But when the rain didn’t stop, I decided to get her to the bus stop as it was getting dark. So then, I boarded her on a bus to Kanpur.
We had known each other for two weeks, but it felt like something was taken away from me when I watched her go.
We got busy with our lives and didn’t even have each other’s contact. So I came to Noida with just 4000 rupees and a laptop to start working on my dreams and passion. That’s all I had.
After a few months, while casually scrolling on Facebook, I saw her profile in my suggestions.
I told you na, the universe and God conspire when something is meant for you. And no one can take it away from you. So we added each other and started chatting. I felt attracted towards her after a while.
So, one night while talking to her, I directly asked her to marry me because I did not want to waste each other’s time in a temporary relationship. I was honest with her about my financial condition. I showed her pictures of my home in the village. I had nothing to offer her except love and care. And then she said, “Even if we have one bread, we’ll live to see another day.”
My heart was pumped up. I wasn’t so determined in my life before I heard those words. Then, I felt a strong desire to work so hard that I could turn the impossible into possible. But that day, I decided I had to be successful in life. And I have to give her every happiness she deserves in life.
And I guess that created all the difference. I never looked back. That thought strengthened her place in my heart and in my life. So after a while, when I asked her to come to Noida and join our little company (Dream Steps Technologies), she left her well-settled job because she had an unshakable faith in me. And then, my dreams became “our” dreams.
We worked together for days and nights. We aligned our visions. And they were one and the same. We never had any differences. Of course, there are always ups and downs in relationships and life. But in no situation we stood against each other. Instead, we stood together against every problem.
She was the first to come to the office. And the last to leave along with me. She handled most of the responsibilities, so I could focus more on growing our business. She started as a PHP developer. She was also our HR. And yes, the familiar figure who conversed with everyone in the team. She remembers everyone’s birthday, even today. Sometimes I forget even mine. Haha.
Anjali has such a beautiful heart, and she’s such a lovely soul that she still keeps in touch with our ex-employees. It’s a rare quality which isn’t found these days.
After working together on our company and our dreams on the go, we got married in 2019. One of the most beautiful moments that has been carved in my heart.
Currently, she is enjoying her motherhood. Our boy is 8 months old now. And I couldn’t be more proud of her. She has always told me that she wants the best for our child and wants to spend every moment with him unless he starts walking on his feet.
From day one until today, she has been my go-to person for all personal and professional advice. We share everything and confine our feelings to each other.
I have the habit of working late in the office because most of our clients are based in UK, US, and Canada. And I reach home past midnight. In all these years, even though I have asked her to have dinner and be fast asleep, she still waits for me. We understand each other even without a word being said between us.
And today, when I look back at everything, I realise this is not how I planned things. I realise that there is a supreme power who blesses you based on the intentions of your heart, honesty in your words, and hard work in your days. A supreme power conspires to help you meet your destiny in unexpected ways.
Although the end result was my objective of working on my business, it wasn’t supposed to happen this way.
With someone holding my hand and never letting me go astray.
With someone walking into my life and never leaving.
It is imperative to find the right life partner. That one person you can say everything to.
Because when you work towards similar objectives with a similar mindset, you start dreaming and doing things together better.
And it’s true, besides my family, everything that I have and I am, I owe it to Anjali alone.
On my last working day, we decided to travel together on a train. And little did we know it was the start of something extraordinary.
I had no idea how important this one person is going to become. Anjali walked into my life when I was least expecting anything like that. But her impact has been instrumental in shaping my life as an entrepreneur, as a husband, as a father, and most importantly, as a human being.