Blast from the past

Discovered this picture of the two of us, before the child was even a zygote in the subconsciousness. When sleep was plenty and lust was a given. When worry lines, and grey hair, and superfluous weight and superfluous scraps had not yet crept between us.

When we had one car between us, and one loan. And two jobs that barely covered expenses from payday to payday. When we had no designer labels, and when we actually saved up to vacation at nearby hillresorts. When we rushed every morning to catch the 7.45 Borivili local and reached home deadbeat by eight or nine pm every night, and yet had time enough and more for each other.

When we could look at each other across the room and know exactly what the other was thinking, and when our conversations didnt revolve around the child or the business or the loans. When we could shut the bedroom door and shut the rest of the world out and not care. When we slept curled up against each other, and rued the fact that the morning came too soon. When we didnt battle our individual demons of anger and hurt and pain on our own, but shared it with each other.

When we were too busy in each other to let the world creep in and destroy us. When we were happy. I would trade everything we have today for a shot at those days again. Except of course, the child. That is the most precious gift you have given me, and I have given you.

We’ve come a long way baby. We need to go back and pick up what we dropped somewhere along the way.



About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published nine books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016), psychological thriller with Missing, Presumed Dead (2018) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. In 2018, she was awarded the International Women's Day award for literary excellence by ICUNR and Ministry of Women and Children, Government of India. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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12 Responses to Blast from the past

  1. oh god- that rally puts things in prspective.. the pattern is so familiar

    lovely pic!!! u look wonderful!


  2. ~nm says:

    Beautiful pic and even more beautiful words that describe you and your love then!


  3. chandni says:


    I widh you both exactly that. Just start all over again


  4. DotThoughts says:

    What a beautiful pic. and you look just as beautiful now. I think all marraiges go through a pattern. Leave the brat here with us and go to vegas for a second honeymoon!


  5. Priyanka says:

    Oh wow!! You look smokin then and hot now too!! (We all watched your interview on NDTV remember?) Agree with DotThoughts above. Park the brat at your friends’ place for a week and take off on a second honeymoon 🙂


  6. Kiran Manral says:

    Itchy: Thanks. Shayad yeh kahani ghar ghar ki hain???

    Nids: Thanks.

    Chandni: Start over? Perhaps not. But an electric shock might revive this relationship.

    Dottie, Priyanka: You girls do good things to my ego.
    Wish I could, wish I could. But the man is making plans for trips without me.


  7. Aditis Album says:

    Wow K. Your mesmerizing smile. I guess we all know what you mean. But as people have already suggested, have some two-some fun and I’m sure you’ll get back those wonderful days yet again.


  8. Lovely post and lovely pic 🙂


  9. Suki says:

    This is the point at which i feel like our relationship(one Baby and me) goes backwards – or seesaws. Intensely together, intensely alone – swinging from one to the other and back and compromising between the two extremes is impossible. Maybe we don’t want to.


    You’ll get it back.


  10. chandni says:

    I don’t believe that. Just have a conversation over candlelight, just the two of u and figure out what u need to do 🙂


  11. d says:

    Hi Kiran – lovely pic! You want to revive the magic and I’m sure that if you put in a fraction of the effort you put into bringing up Krish, you will see brilliant results !!


  12. sara says:

    sigh…this made me think…i have a 2-month old and even in the haze of this phenomenal experience, it’s so hard to rememeber a time when it was just “us” and there weren’t pregnant hormones or wailing babies at 3am! 🙂


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