Happy Anniversary to us…

Dearest Husband

Jan 4 1996. I made the most unseemly bride ever, no tears, except for when the smoke from the havan played havoc with them contact lenses. You were the handsomest creature in a pair of pants I had ever seen. And you knew it. Modesty was, and still is, definitely not an adjective associated with you.

I sat the other day to count down the years. We met in Jan 1991. We fought like cat and dog for six years till we decided to get married. Got married in Jan 1996. And have continued the cat and dog act since, with a squealing puppy added to the fray. We have spent now together as many years together as I was when we met. A lifetime together. It has slipped past so quickly I barely realised it.

You have changed. You are calmer, mellower, more understanding. I would like to think it is my cooking that changed you. Anyone who survives that on a regular basis would be a changed man. Counting his blessings to be hale and hearty. You have learnt to read through people. It has disillusioned you for sure, but it has not made you cynical. You still help beyond what you can afford.  Being disillusioned hasnt stopped you. Seriously though, you are not brash anymore. But you are not young anymore. Your hair still, touchwood, a thick head of silver. To me you are still the same as the boy I smiled at all those years, outside the ladies common room. Long love story folks, suffice to say, Rajshri films had not a patch on us. The most major shift for me? You have become a reader.  I have not become athletic or sporty in return though. I always maintained you changed yourself for me more than I did for you. Or did we both do a little give and take to fit into each others lives? If there was an effort it wasnt an effort. It happened.

I’m sure I have changed too. For one. The silhouette in profile is now a tree trunk. For another I have more lines on my face than the roadmap of India in relief. For a third I no longer care about stepping out without putting my lenses in. Which means I step out with my spectacles. In the days of yore, I didnt dare stand in the balcony without the lenses in. Yup. I dont spend half my waking hours contemplating the face or the wardrobe anymore. Well maybe onefourth the waking hours. Not much left for contemplation anyway therefore, not worth the effort.

We have both changed. We can now sit in a closed room together and have our clothes on for the entire duration. We can now have a conversation without it guaranteed to end with one of us ending up in a sulk or a grump. We can, gasp, actually agree to disagree.  Could it be possible, do you think, we have actually grown up? Grown up together? Or we were forced to grow up to be parents? Couldnt have the child being brought up by two children, could we?

 Just wanted to tell you I am so thankful to have you as my husband. You support me, indulge me, tick me off and keep me grounded. You pamper me and yet push me to my limits. Its been a great ride. Through the bumps and the smooths. Thank you for being the wonderful person you are.  And yes, you still make my heart go bumpity bump when you walk into the room. My handsome dude.


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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22 Responses to Happy Anniversary to us…

  1. blinkandmiss says:

    congratulations to both of you! please do share the filmy story, i’m all ears.


  2. lady K- only u can make a post funny and emotional at the same time.. just as u want to wipe tears at the emotion in the post, u throw in a funny line and the tears go back inside!!
    happy anniversary to both of u!


  3. Aathira says:

    Wonderful post.

    Amazing how you cover up the emotional goo with the apt lines after. 🙂

    Happy Anniversary!


  4. Altoid says:

    Happy Anniversary Kiran! and HNY too!


  5. dipali says:

    Wishing you both a very very happy anniversary and many many more to come!


  6. Abha says:

    Happy Aniversary and lifetime of happiness wishes foir you guys!!

    and yes, pls do share the looove ishtory! 🙂



  7. i love lucy says:

    A very happy anniversary to both of you!


  8. NainaAshley says:

    Happy Anniversary to both of you!


  9. What a lovely tribute to what has evolved into more than just a great partnership.

    Congratulations and happy anniversary!

    Do tell us the love story sometime.


  10. Random Vignettes says:

    Aww. happy Anniv u guys 🙂


  11. Priyanka says:

    Aww.. Happy anniversary! You both sound so perfect and right for each other! Considering how rare it is to say that you sound so happy after so-and-so years of marriage, I guess, you could say that you are very lucky!!
    So, what did you end up buying as a anniversary gift? 😉


  12. Meso says:

    Aww..so cute. “You have changed. You are calmer, mellower, more understanding. I would like to think it is my cooking that changed you” Ha! Ha!

    True True…

    Happy Anniversary to you both! (you are in my blogroll so never miss your wonderful posts).


  13. Awesome post…happy anniversary to you both 🙂


  14. Anirban says:

    Happy anniversary Kiran!

    Wonderful post. A dream post for any husband (me no exception). In fact there can’t be e better anniversary gift for your husband.

    I’m sure he would prefer Mont Blanc. 🙂


  15. BEV says:

    lovely post…all goosebumpy



  16. thetaamommy says:

    Now of all people, i hope your husband does read this !!
    Happy Anniversary and here’s to many many more years of such bliss !!

    Oh he never reads my blogs. Thats why I can be so free in my praise of him.


  17. anna says:

    lovely post!


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  19. Seher says:

    hope you make it to an eternity together 🙂
    God Bless You Both!


  20. Sue says:


    Sweethearts both.


  21. thetaamommy says:

    But atleast, you sent it to him via email? I sent your post, to my dearest, on our anniv titled, words are yours but sentiments are also mine.


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