"Kashmir main tu Kanyakumari... North-South ki kat gayi dekho doori hi saari!!"
This song lyric from Chennai Express more or less sums up my and Ariyan's love story. Two basketball players- one from Jammu, the other from Goa- meet in Pune. Sounds like a Bollywood story? Well, wait until you hear the rest of it!
Our first date was like an undercover operation. We instantly clicked because of our shared love for basketball. I had a hostel curfew at night and was scared of being caught sneaking out after-hours. Our date inched past my curfew timing. Despite the beautiful date, my anxiety got the better of me. I started crying and immediately had a runny nose. To my surprise, Ariyan offered me to wipe my face on his t-shirt! It was then that I knew that it was going to be more than just another relationship.
One time, Ariyan was planning to fly down to Goa. On that day, I was at my native place, far away from Goa. I told him I wouldn't be able to pick him up at the airport. But it's not true love if one doesn't do everything in their power to try and meet their S/O! I crafted a wicked plan, bringing my friends onboard to tease Ariyan about how his girlfriend won't show up to welcome him. It was now a race against time. I rushed to catch the last bus, which would take me across the Maharashtra- Goa border. Upon reaching Panjim, I went to the airport and set camp until he arrived. The look on his face was priceless.
Long-distance relationships are complicated. It's hard not being able to hug them tight, so you end up hugging your phone instead. It takes time, effort, and true love to stay truly connected. Fortunately, we humans have invisible heartstrings. Heartstrings are so flexible that they stretch across cities and states and bind tightly to a loved one. The memory map was an added support to my and Ariyan's heartstrings.
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