Happy Anniversary Dear Hubby.

A little in advance. I might not get to a computer over the weekend. Or even if I do, I might not get the opportunity to type out an entire paeon of a post without the laptop being hijacked by small hands trying to download as many Batman Games as is possible by opening multiple windows that will need constant ten minutes of click close to reach the home screen again.

It has been 15 years since we got married. It sounds like a really really long time. It makes me file for pension plans. And retirement funds and such like. It makes me want to go and check whether I need to pull out all my teeth and put in dentures. It makes me want to go shopping for a two for the price of one walking stick. Seriously though, 15 years passed in a blink. It still feels like yesterday that I was crying buckets with the dust motes from the havan digging holes into my contact lenses. Ah the pleasures of LASIK that I now can sit strong in the face of any wind and dust. And it still feels like yesterday that we landed in the hotel room post pheras to discover that hairspray and switches and multiple hair pins had made my hip length hair a concrete helmet. Lets just say that no appropriate suhaag raat activities ensued thanks to acute tiredness and us struggling to extricate every pin planted into said concrete helmet. By the time we finished removing every hair pin, the resulting little pile of hair pins on the dressing table was the size of a small mountain. Any wonder I staggered through my wedding and reception feeling like the weight of the world had been placed on my head. Of course, that wasnt true. I had handed over the weight of the world to you when we got married. You greyed. Frown lines are furrowed in your brow. Your face is permanently scowling. It has been years since I’ve seen you relaxed and laughing without a care. Its been a tough 15 years. The last year has been the toughest for you. For both of us. We’ve got through it. The coming year can only get better. When we hit rockbottom, there is only one way to go and that is up. And yes, this comes from all the self help books we have been ODing on over the past year.

What the year has done, is that it has made us a team. Truly. Finally. We’ve fought. We’ve had disagreements so bad that we’ve been inches away from sticking knitting needles into each other. We’ve  created a baby so beautiful he takes my breath away, and I’m a prejudiced mother. We’ve started a company together. We’ve bought a home together. We are so going to share our dentures in a few years. Although, your jaw is way broader than mine. I’m gonna have to pack in some cotton to keep said denture in place.

It has been a decade and a half. It has been a good ride. Strike that. It has been a great ride. You are my old sweater. Comfortable. Fit me like second skin. Keep me warm and comfortable.  Keep me safe. And you’ve stretched out to accommodate my stretching girth.

Happy Anniversary darling hubby. I’m blessed to have you in my life.


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight 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) 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. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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21 Responses to Happy Anniversary Dear Hubby.

  1. Divs says:

    LOVELY…just awe inspiring…wetting my eyes…saying silent prayers for you two…knocking on wood lovely! Wish you both a very happy 15th anniversary Kiran and may you have lots and lots more together.

    🙂 Thanks Divs…


  2. rekha says:

    Dear Kiran,Heres wishing a very very happy wedding anniversary. Also wishing you and your family a very happy, peacful and wonderful year ahead. Take care, Rekha.

    Thank you so much Rekha…


  3. anna says:

    How lovely. Wishing you and the hubby a very happy anniv, with dozens more to come. God bless you both and keep you safe and happy.

    Thank you Anna…


  4. inbavalli says:

    Many hugs and best wishes 🙂

    Thank you dear.


  5. Homecooked says:

    Wish you both a very Happy Anniversary and a great 2010!

    Thank you so much.


  6. dipali says:

    I want to hear what what he says! Anniversary guest post, please:)
    God bless you both with many many many more wonderful years together.

    Thank you Dips. Guest post??? Ha Ha. The man never reads the blogs.


  7. shilpadesh says:

    Happy Anniversary and a Happy New year Kiran!
    Thank you shilpa…


  8. Sands says:

    Happy Anniversary Kiran. Lovely post. Could totally relate to this post as the OH & I completed our 15 this year as well 🙂

    Great. Wish you a happy 15th too.


  9. Dottie says:

    what a lovely post. happy anniversary and wishing many many more. Also, hope you get a really nice gift 🙂

    Thanks Dottie, still waiting for that gift. 😉


  10. Quirky says:

    Lovely.. Made me all teary eyed.. Many many happy returns of the day..

    LOL. Thanks.


  11. Gigi says:

    Beautiful tribute to your marriage and hubby. Wishing you many more decades of wedding bliss, dentures and all 😀

    Thank you gigi.


  12. Amethyst says:

    Hi Kiran,

    Happy Anniversary!!!! Here’s a toast to a lifetime of togetherness!!


    Thanks Deepa.


  13. lovely post kiran

    happy anniversary

    Thank you monika


  14. That was sweet!Happy anniversary!

    Thank you akka.


  15. Pallavi says:

    Yay, here’s to more years of togetherness!
    Happy new year and happy anniversary to you.

    Thank you so much.


  16. Nova says:

    Lovely ode to your husband. God bless the two of you. 🙂

    Thank you…


  17. girish says:

    Kiran-ji, He’s a lucky man!

    Am sure he would disagree and insist I’m the lucky woman…


  18. Namz says:

    Happy Anniversary !!!!

    Thank you!


  19. desertmom says:

    Happy Anniversary…and hope you have many more happy decades together :)…..happy new year tooo….!

    Thank you. 🙂


  20. Bhavna says:

    Lovely. Congratulations.

    Thanks so much.


  21. JLT says:

    awwww…. Kiran, happy anniversary to both of you guys.

    Thanks JLT


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