Nihal and Neha have been in a relationship for three years and as years passed by, Neha got nervous about how to express their relationship to her parents as Nihal was no way near the settlement. Her family is already in the pursuit of searching matches for her.
Though the problem is serious Nihal always neglected her words and did not care much about the future. Regarding the marriage proposal, Neha already refused two of them pointing out various reasons which in fact made her sister and parents curious.
Unable to please them Neha, at last, decided to meet Nihal for one last time and warn him critically. Both of them meet in a cafe and she initiated saying “Nihal, earlier today I had to reject my third proposal” as soon as she said that Nihal smiled as usual and the smile made her more enraged. She took a deep breath and asked “Why are you smiling? Do you even know how much irritating it is to answer your parents when you refuse a bride they show?” Nihal did respond at last saying “Lucky me. I don’t have anyone to reject.”
Neha said “Alright then. You and I have been together for a long time and now if you wish to move forward I would want you to offer me an assurance that you would take care of me by getting a job within one month or else I would have to move on. I know the time is short but I have been waiting for you for a year and a half to get placed” Nihal smiled again. Neha yelled for one last time “I am serious!” and walked away.
Nihal tried calling her back but she did not even respond. He called her that evening and again heard the same clause she said that morning. So now he felt tensed about losing her. He knew if there is something she is very good at, it is standing by her word and ultimately the bottom line was he had to get a job in a month. Fortunately, he had two interviews to attend that very month. So for the first time, he himself visited a temple wishing for a job and took part in the interview.
After the interview, he himself felt he lost the job because of his unsatisfactory performance. Knowing that he had an interview Neha called him to ask how he performed. Irritated by himself Nihal exclaimed to her that he screwed it up. As expected the company did not select him. The next interview was in about ten days and this time it was a start-up that called him for an interview. Nihal did not take much interest in the job and just went to be modest and answered at his perfection. After three days he was informed that he was selected. Nihal thanked God for his grace and immediately thought of calling Neha to let her know. However, he thought it would be fun if he would meet her.
He reached her house and she was in the living room all by herself. He walked towards her and she stood up. She presumed that he knew about the change in the events so she started as usual “It was very hard for me to decide. Trust me, I did my best but you know I can’t always wait for you. I cannot stand by a man who doesn’t accept responsibility.”
Nihal did not understand what she was saying. Neha continued saying “Its ok Nihal. I know you did not get a job and I also know that you have come to persuade me and win my heart but I must say it is all done. Earlier this morning I was engaged to Srinivas.”
Nihal crashed emotionally, for him it was unexpected. He wanted to ask about the time given and the days left. He had anger and pain erupting but for some reason, he convinced himself not to hurt her. He knew that convincing half of one to live with the other half is as cruel as killing oneself and so he smiled as usual. Seeing him Neha was relieved. She kissed him on his forehead and for one last time she said “I am sorry Nihal. All I ever wanted was to have a husband who took responsibility and was smarter than me.”
Nihal did not care to listen to what she said. He looked straight into her eyes and said “Congratulations!”