Sunidhi and Anil were classmates. Their friendship was as thick as thieves. Both came from middle-class backgrounds and they had a lot in common. When they started high school, Anil had asked Sunidhi out and she had accepted.
After two years of blissful courtship, graduation day arrived. Sunidhi was the first to reach the venue, but Anil reached soon after. Noticing him entering, she walked up to him and they sat next to each other in the auditorium. Sunidhi noticed Anil wasn’t his usual self and asked him what was wrong. “My father has been transferred to another city,” he said with sadness in his eyes. “But I will keep in touch,” he added.
Sunidhi was stunned at the revelation. She was not prepared for such a situation. With tears rolling down her eyes she asked, “Is there any way you can stay back?” Slowly shaking his head, he replied, “No, I explored all options, including staying in a hostel, but my parents are unrelenting.”
Just like any teenager would, Sunidhi lost all hope. Anil reassured her with a glimmer of hope in his eyes, “I will come back after finishing college and ask for your hand, meanwhile we can maintain a long-distance relationship.” Sunidhi wasn’t convinced. Devastated by then, she just shrugged and told him that the relationship would have to end before he leaves.