New York love stories: Pragati and Shobhit
We were in the same undergrad college. We were just friends during the 4 years of college. At the last days of college, we realized that we won’t be able to meet every day or bunk classes together or hang out in the cafeteria. We both thought it is just an emotional phase as the college is getting over and eventually, we will move on. I guess we both were wrong.
She came to the US for her higher education and I joined a masters course in India. We used to be on phone almost the entire day, discussing our new lives and cherishing old memories. After a few months, I realized that I can’t live without her. But things were quite complicated now, as she was in the US and I was in India. I took my odds and proposed her (on phone obviously). She took two long months to think about it and finally said ‘yes’. We started with a long-distance relationship and stayed in it for 2 years. I came to the US in 2016 and saw her at the airport after 3 very long years. Words cannot describe that feeling, it was the first time we met in person as a couple. It was a weird feeling in a very beautiful way.
I finished my higher education in the US, went through some tough times and she has been nothing but supportive. We had a lot of break-ups like any other couple but none of them lasted for more than a week. It has been more than 5 years to our relationship now and I bet there is more to come.
I always used to get angry that we didn’t have a good picture. So, once he said that he has arranged a romantic photoshoot. I dressed up pretty nicely as I wanted it to be perfect and he wore a suit, which was odd as he doesn’t care about dressing formally. He was very anxious since the beginning, he was worried about the train getting missed or getting late etc. All this made me a kind of suspicious. He said the photographer gave an appointment of 8 pm, which again seemed an odd timing but I didn’t give it a thought.
We reached the central park at around 7:30 pm and were walking near the lake. Then, all of a sudden he said that the photographer is waiting on the other side of the lake. We walked on the bow bridge and I saw that there were decorations with light and candles. I always liked this kind of decorations, so I got really excited and started telling him that ‘look over there, it is so beautiful’ but he ignored me. Then we walked down from the bridge and we turned towards the decoration. I kind of froze at that moment, I never thought he would arrange something like that for me. That place was so beautifully decorated and songs playing in the background, it was like a dream come true. Then he got on one knee and proposed to me. It was an amazing feeling.