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Women who are not afraid to love

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It’s no longer just men who are making the first move. Meet the new generation of young women who are unafraid to fall in love and admit it

During my college days, I would often visit my cousin sister’s office at Safdarjung Enclave, Delhi. Soon I realised that one of her colleagues Rajiv would always hang around every time I visited. In fact, he would join us when we went shopping and on other outings too.

A few months later, when my cousin was getting married, he not only attended all the functions, including the mehendi, but also stayed back till the end. Everyone had begun wondering why.
I never thought he was hanging around because of me, I assumed he and my cousin had become very close friends. I realised it only when he began making prank calls to my landline. He wouldn’t talk unless I picked up. Then one day, when I answered the phone, he asked me to note down his number.

He knew I may not be able to talk as my family was conservative and people would be around. After jotting it down, I asked, “What do I do with it?” He asked me to call, anytime 24×7. Surprised, I asked, “Are you proposing to me?” He just said, “We’ll talk”.

Back then, neither of us had a mobile phone, so though I tried connecting with him several times, we couldn’t talk. Finally, about a month later he called on the landline, when he was in the vicinity, and asked me to meet him. We drove to Jumbo Point, then a lovely place to watch airplanes take off and land. He spoke about the wedding, this that and the other, but didn’t talk about me or us. So I got straight to the point, “If it’s what I am thinking, I like you too.”

We went around for three years after that, before finally getting married.

– Reena Nahar

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