love across time

“But how did you find out my address?”

“Despite solving perhaps the biggest puzzle of your life do you even need to ask this?”

“Hey come on! Tell me? I was definitely shocked receiving the postcard from you but more than that I wondered where from you got my address after having gone for so long.”

“You are such an idiot Ravi! I was the one to move out not you! I always knew you address. You didn’t know mine.”

“Oh! Sigh!”

“Hey Pablo! Fix the mandap pole slightly towards the left and check with the flower man if he has come or not?”

“Ravi! You worry a lot. We still have a day to get married. Everything will be arranged. Till then let me sink in the fact that we are actually getting married.”

A few months back

“Sir, I have a post card for you.”

“Where is it from?”

“I don’t know sir! The mailing address isn’t given.”

“Alright! Give it to me.”

“Son, whose letter?”

“No mom, it’s not a letter. It’s a postcard from..”

“Hey! Mom! It’s is from Radha. My college friend. This is from her.”

Mom comes out rushing

“What! Radha! What has she written? What does she want now? She had refused to marry you and left for God knows where and now this postcard. What has she written?”

“She says she wants to marry me.”

“What? First refused coldly and then marry. She loved her work and independence more than you my son.”

I don’t know. It’s some kind of a riddle. She has written something and signed off with “find me and marry me.”

“What’s with these girls of today?”

“Mom! I still love her and you know that. She must have gone for some reason. I will find her out.”

“Fine! Go ahead. But I will have a word or two with her first.”

“But mom, her address isn’t here. It’s just a riddle instead of that.”

The day of the marriage

“Ravi, you don’t know how happy I am. I will be moving to India after working three years on the Pennine Way and I will go there as your wife. IMF has approved my application for the Leh-Manali route. I will join with them as an assistant guide but very soon we will have our own company.”

“Of course Radha. I am always with you.”

“Mom must have been angry at me?”

“She wasn’t angry. Plain confused. Even I was but then I knew you well and all what you used to write in your secret diary. My man would have to cross the oceans and come looking for me. I knew it would never be easy to get you but I am glad I have you now.”

“Ravi, I have always loved you more than anything else but I wanted to work of my own and your mom wouldn’t approve so I left without a note. I am happy that you found me and glad that mom accepted me despite all my craziness.”

“But as promised tell me how did you find me out. You must have thought I am all bonkers. Isn’t it?”

“Nah! I knew you were a different kind of girl.”

“Now tell me how you solved the riddle? I am sure I had made it tough.”

“It wasn’t actually tough. Google and Wikipedia zindabad.”

The district of first man would be district of Eden and the mention of Tyne narrowed it down to the county of Cumbria. The mention of the hills and the landscape further pointed towards Cumbria.

The picture was of a rail station that served a colliery and u mentioned something of a heritage rail. I did Google and was hell sure that the picture was of Alston station.

The last few lines and your apparent love for adventure assured me that you worked as a daily guide for the trekkers on the Pennine Way. You clearly mentioned that.

“The next flight to London brought me to your doorstep and here we are about to get married.”

“You are such an Einstein Ravi.”

“Nah! I am a lover.”


21 responses to this post.

  1. Wow, nicely narrated, the riddle made it more an interesting love story!

    Are there still man out there like Ravi, willing to google and wikipedea just to find where is the right place their love would be?

    I like your take of the photo Vivek!

    Wish you all the best!


  2. Posted by Anumita on 02/10/2010 at 5:32 pm

    this post made me angry lover dost 😛
    sab kuch bataya par ye raaz mujhse kyun chupaya ?? :@

    by d way.
    behtar hai to jabardast hai…
    super-duper fantastic romantic post 🙂
    God Bless Ravi, i pray GOD that he will get his soulmate very soon

    Somehow i got the idea of this post when u told me the title 😛

    jiyo mere sher 🙂



  3. @amity: thanks mate.. u never know, the world is too big to nullify any proposition 😛
    best wishes to u too 🙂

    @anumita: thanks yaar.. ravi “saxena” has already got his radha in the post.. whom are u praying for??
    😛 u are a genious, i never doubted ur intelligence..


  4. Posted by Anumita on 02/10/2010 at 5:38 pm

    u know very well Mr. Vivek whom am praying for???


  5. Wonderfully written 😛 The riddle got my attention most, great work! Good luck for BAT15, my friend =D~


  6. loved your post card buddy
    it was a nice read


  7. This is wonderfully written.. Loved the hard work behind it..

    With lots of luv wishing you good luck for BAT..

    –Someone Is Special–


  8. Posted by Indrani on 04/10/2010 at 8:41 pm

    nice love story..:)


  9. Posted by Sidra Sayeed on 05/10/2010 at 5:57 am

    “Nah! I am a lover.”
    Oh how I love, Love Stories!
    Find me and marry me, may be I should do the same! heh No, on a serious note, love can stand the test of time and of distance. People need to find their own niche and be confident of who they are before they chose to be with someone else otherwise they’ll perhaps forever wish that, that was something they had done and that regret can turn honey sour.
    Loved your post!


  10. Posted by Brijender on 05/10/2010 at 11:58 am

    Brilliant !!
    The riddle, the innocent hope at both ends, the incurable optimism. And above all, the unshakable faith that both protagonists have in each other.
    If only real life were as inspiring, instead of just a series of disbelieving, skeptical incidents where we take aeons to gauge and assay the other person and find an inverted sense of identity by testing the waters repeatedly.
    Like i said, brilliant !!


  11. uhh ok lemme b honest……the end seems happy enough, so dats sweet, but the story by itself dint make sense to me….i mean y wud a girl do somethin like dat?? its weird to say the least….course giv reasons for her behavior but it still left me unconvinced :-(……gud luck all the same


  12. @sadiya: i would like to defend my plot..
    number one, the world is just too big to deny any possibility.. u get every kind of ppl in this world..
    number two, this is a story, i would request u not to judge it on how convincing things are in the plot, that will spoil the way u read anything.. there are many ways things are written, and am sure if u find this one too surreal to digest u mustn’t have watched any bollywood movie ever ever in ur life n liked the same.. if u so ever wish i can give u links to countless stories that u would refuse to believe but they have happened.. thanks for the wishes nonetheless.. my best wishes too


  13. @riik: thanks, best wishes to u too..

    @muddasir: thanks brother..

    @someone: thanks.. good wishes to u too


  14. @indrani: thanks yaar..

    @sidra: thanks for the nice comment.. yeah, love sees no impossibility.. my aim was to show understanding n compromise and still come out a winner.. humans are too great a god’s creation to nullify anything.. thanks again.. best wishes to u too


  15. @bijender: thanks a ton.. my objective was to take ppl to a make and believe world where optimism and faith is the cure to everything.. in today’s changing scenario where independence is a big thing, i tried to make the plot as relevant as possible.. thanks for liking it..


  16. Posted by Anumita on 05/10/2010 at 10:26 pm

    i think m in love with your post that made me to read this post second time 🙂
    i agree with you that faith, optimism plays very important role in every relationship.
    m not a very good reviewer but i wud say this is bestest from your side and i wish you win the marathon of bloggers:”Blog-a-ton”

    my best wishes are always with you 🙂


  17. The riddle caught my attention, as for most of them too 🙂
    Well written plot, and I simply loved the optimism shown towards love by both Ravi and Radha!! Unshakable love!! All the best!!


  18. @anumita: thanks for all the encouragement and all the good wishes..

    @vaish: thanks friend.. yeah, if not for the riddle i am sure it would have been a no-show for me.. 😛


  19. Nice piece of work. The conversations and the story in general.


  20. Posted by Cherry Blossom on 07/10/2010 at 5:13 am

    Its a beautiful creation of riddled postcard, reminds me of a treasure map, or detective puzzle to be solved. A short and unique post. Enjoyed reading it. All the best.


  21. @jayanta: thanks friend

    @cherry: thanks dear for liking it n for the good wishes


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