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Hi, I am a software engineer from India. Inspired by others, I wish to share my own long distance relationship story with all of you.
My name is Ankit. And my soulmate's name is Ankita. This may appear strange but names in India are like that. She is all around me even when she is not there just if somebody calls my name. And her name never gets completed without mine.
We were in school together in one class. For almost whole of the school, I never took any particular interest in any female. I was preparing for my engineering entrance examination and she was also doing the same. During the very fag end of the school, I somehow realized that I am being drawn towards her. Making friends with her took some time and meanwhile I became sure that she was the one with whom I wanted to spend the rest of my life. At the very last day of school, I made an attempt to tell her my feelings but somehow couldn't manange to do it.
3 months passed, I got into engineering. The college was in my home city. We used to be in conversation through phone regularly. Just to catch a glimpse of her, I used to cycle 8 km daily in winter mornings. I felt perhaps she had beginning to like me as well. After one year, I told her my heart.
And to my delight, she reciprocated my feelings with equal strength.
But, the day we exchanged vows, next day she was moving away from my city. Her family got shifted. She got admission in other college which was also away from my city. We hadn't even known how lovers spend time together when we were again separated. I didn't get to hear from her for some time. That period was very testing for both of us. We had no time to develop confidence, trust and belief in each other. We lived in two worlds. Letters were the only means of communication for sometime. Each letter was waited for with religious fervour and cherished as the most precious possession.
Even during the hectic studies of engineering we both managed to take time out and communicate regularly. We got to know each other primarily through written words. Months would go together and still we had no hope of seeing each other studying in different cities and no longer having a common home city.
Phone was a gift from heaven for us. I remember thanking Graham Bell for it. But, with long distance calls, also came the issue of long bills. Being students we couldn't afford that long bills. So, we started taking tuitions to cover the expenses. It was a very difficult time. Friends around me would be freaking around and I would be slogging in my leisure hours with tuitions. We had to live with so much restraint; to save money for those calls.
Sometimes peers would even ridicule us for going through all this pain. But, we both knew what it was worth for. This was perhaps the greatest happiness money could buy for us. Not being able to meet, there were so many issues to discuss. But so little time. Our conversations would continue for days through letters and punctual phone calls. It was like living in medieveal age, waiting long days to discuss a matter.
When we could save enough, I went to visit her. The feeling was awesome. Despite being in touch regularly, it felt as if meeting somebody totally new.
How strange was the feeling when we held each other's hands for the first time. Tears rolled down for both of us. We had missed each other so much and the emotions came out strongly. Even simple things like watching a movie or taking lunch together were special moments together. Those couples who see each-other daily might not realise what a I gift they have got. When the time came for parting, it was awful. One of the greatest pains that we went through.
It would be months before I could visit her again. The pressure of academics and finances was too much. Still we went through all that. And 4 years that too. In this time, we saw each-other only few times that too for not even a full day but some 4 - 4.5 hours!! We have sustained the relationship for 4 years with no more than 40 hours together in 4 years. There would be times when we would fight just because we were both upset that we can't meet.
After any special moment, may it be exam results or birthdays, we missed each other like hell. We could never share our happy moments together. What made it worst was that we could not be together even we needed each other most. Once she got badly burnt in her hand, and I came to know of it only after a week had past. How much a cursed myself for not being with her through all that pain. It was damn frustrating to be her lover and never to be able to supprt her.
I passed out of college in 2003 April. I landed up in a job and now my work place is 2000 miles from hers. The distance has increased manyfolds more instead of reducing. The nature of work doesn't allow for more than one week holidays in six months. And in that period, I have to visit both my home and her. Travelling itself will eat up quite a share of that time. Its been 5 years in total to have been in this relationship. And we don't know how long it can be before we can sit together saying that finally our wait is over. Time and again we have been tested. We both have lived up to our committments. The pain and sufferings have been immense, but they have only strengthened our love. We just look at the couples when we are alone and imagine what it would be like when we will be finally together. Each and every small thing will be so so special for us. We remember even all the dates when we have met in the last 4 years.
We thank God that he gave us both each other, even if it has been for handful of moments, which are so full of love that we are ready to wait till the end of the world to be together. Several girls crossed my life during my college and several boys showed interest in her during college. Only if they had known that only death can do us apart!! She is always with me even if she is thosands of miles away. And one day, its our promise to you all, we will make it..............
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