Happy 15th Anniversary to us!

In 1997, barely a year after our marriage


Its been 15 years.

15 years of love and laughter.

Of fights and tears.

Of nagging and shouting.

Of a whole lot of loving.

Of one squirming mewling red faced parcel who now is a four foot know it all.

It’s been 15 years of being together

In the kind of way that makes being apart feel incomplete.

Its been 15 years that we have been man and wife.

Spouses. Mr and Mrs.

Bonded to each by the holy skeins of matrimony.

Shackled to each other by heavier chains of destiny

which drew us together, and kept us together

through an off chance glance at each other

on a crowded stairway in a college fest.

It’s been 21 years since that glance.

We have changed. You and I.

You have greyed. The laughter has faded from your eyes.

The worry lines have etched into your forehead.

I have thickened round the waist. And thinned on the scalp.

The hair is shorter, the sighs are longer.

The conversations are few, the silences are many.

The silences are comforting, there is no compunction to fill them up with words.

There is understanding in a glance.

There is a quiet comfort that doesn’t need extravagant demonstrations.

The love. It runs. Deep. Stronger than it ever could be.

Happy Anniversary darling husband.

Thank you for making this a great ride.

(October 2010-Goa)


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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77 Responses to Happy 15th Anniversary to us!

  1. Ruchira says:

    Happy Anniversary Kiran !
    Wishing you both an eternity of togetherness filled with happiness and lots of love. Hugs !


  2. Kiran Manral says:

    Ruchira: Thank you so much!


  3. Rahul says:

    Hi Kiran,

    This blogpost is one of the best posted by you. As a married guy myself i can related to each and every line so beautifully penned down by you.

    As its said ‘life is a journey, not a destination’ with its own ups and down.

    Happy Anniversary to both of you and best wishes for a wonderful married life ahead.




  4. aneela z says:

    aah after watching The BAchelor, and the recent Hefner engagement so glad to know that there is true love in the world!!!


  5. R's Mom says:

    Awesome!!! Many congrats on the 15 years to you and your husband…loved the post 🙂


  6. Kaveri says:

    Beautifully written Kiran. Dee & I will complete 14 years in April. So many sentiments echoed here!


  7. vaidegi j says:

    That was lovely! Wishes for many more lovely years of togetherness. We are inching our way towards the 20 year mark, and it feels awesome, amazing and unreal!! 🙂


  8. poornima says:

    Congratulations Kiran! What a lovely post !


  9. dipali says:

    Such beautiful lines. Goblessu both!


  10. su says:

    If I may say so, writing about your husband brings out the best in you. This was lovely !! Happy Anniversary !


  11. rekha says:

    Hi Kiran, Happy wedding anniversary to you!! Lovely post.


  12. sandhya says:

    So beautifully written Kiran. Happy anniversary to you both!!


  13. Sunita says:

    Happy Wedding Anniversary to both of you ! Best wishes for more to come and may the love between the two of you further increase in the coming years.
    We’re approaching our decade this weekend 🙂


  14. Phoenixritu says:

    I loved this post. This is what I call a real love ode. Have a wonderful anniversary and harmonious days ahead


  15. Mumbai Diva says:

    Happy Anniversary to you both, Kiran.


  16. rupa says:

    beautiful…Happy Anniversary to both of you and wishing many more filled with love and happiness


  17. anna says:

    Happy Anniversary and more power to you. That was lovely.


  18. chanda bisht says:

    hi kiran happy annv.beautifuly written!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!i simply loved it .excellently expressed with the right words!!!!!!!!


  19. sukanya says:

    Happy anniversary…what a lovely post!
    BTW, you havent changed much and this is a sincere compliment from me.


  20. BlueMist says:

    What an heartwarming post ! Happy anniversary to both of you and wishing you many more years of togetherness 🙂
    and yes you haven’t changed much since then !


  21. Sands says:

    Happy anniversary Kiran. Wishing you both many more years of togetherness 🙂


  22. Megha says:

    happy anniversary! and many more to come 🙂


  23. A very Happy Anniversary Kiran !!
    2 lovely pictures ….


  24. Sujatha Ramesh says:

    Hi Kiran,

    I am a silent reader of your blog and needless to say a fan of your wit and humor…

    This piece made me delurk.. I have been married for 18 years and your sentiments are so true…the silence part particularly…

    lovely lovely post…

    Oh by the way you look just the same….

    Happy Anniversary…


  25. Ramkumar says:

    Wow ! This is a Beautiful post and a wonderful Dedication ! 🙂

    This is the quintessential kind of stuff – the quiet romance which is profound and abundant – but doesn’t shout itself over the top to the world – that I have always wanted from my marriage and relationship ! 🙂

    And I know that slowly but surely I will get there ! I am 24 and I am still waiting for that first glance — or may be I have had it and I don’t know it yet ! 🙂

    5 years from now if I do blog about this… Know that your story would have played a part ! 🙂 😀


  26. Ramkumar says:

    And HOW RUDE of me…. Sorry Kiran !

    Wish you and your Husband a Wonderful Anniversary ! Wish you many more wonderful years of life together and many more such posts to come ! 🙂 😀


  27. Neelum says:

    Hey Kiran,
    Wish you both a very happy anniversary !!
    God Bless !!



  28. Trish says:

    Happy Anniversary,Kiran:) Its a beautiful post!


  29. Deven says:

    Dear Kiran,

    Wish you both a very happy anniversary and a more blissful life ahead. Well myself have also completed 20 years of knowing my better half and 16 years of married life with her. she has been the most beautiful person i have come across and your post has spurred me to do something great for her later this month on our anniversary. Have nice year ahead. Cheers



  30. Meenakshy says:

    Wish you both a love-filled happy life 🙂
    Beautifully written 🙂


  31. Aathira says:

    Happy Anniversary 🙂


  32. Rachna says:

    Happy Anniversay! and I have to add, you look even more gorgeous in your Oct 2010 photo than in the 1997 one.. how do you do it?
    You havent gained much, you are much better dressed now and you look amazing!


  33. Vidya says:

    Kiran,A BIG congrats to you and your husband!! That is a milestone to be so proud of :))


  34. soulmate says:

    Congratulations.. a Long journey… Wish you many more to come… how do you manage to still look the same as you did 15 years back… wow!!!


  35. avymom says:

    Congratulations and wish you many many such moments, forever!


  36. Alka says:

    Wish you all a very happy 2011 and many more happy years to come. 🙂


  37. Serendipity says:

    Very, very beautiful post indeed.

    Congratulations on the 15th!

    Btw, looking at the past and present photos, it looks like you have not changed at all 😀 😀 😀


  38. desertmom says:

    Happy Anniversary ! May God bless you with many more happy years …


  39. sj says:

    happy belated anniversary! lovely post. My husband and I just celebrated our 13th anniversary. somehow time flies when your having fun and i just can’t imagine it’s been 13 years.


  40. JLT says:

    You guys made a handsome couple in your heydays. 🙂 But I like the second foto better …it shows more love, if that’s possible?
    Wish you both many many more years of love, Kiran. Hugs.


  41. Veena says:

    Late to join the party. Wish you a belated Happy Anniversary and may you continue celebrating the togetherness..


  42. Sonia says:

    aw! This is such a sweet post! Congratulations to both of you!
    And here’s to another 50 wonderful years (I’d have said 15, but that seems too short, and no other number rhymes! :P)

    lol, thanks dear!


  43. Chris Maes says:

    What a beautiful poem!
    (An (ir)regular reader)

    Why, thank you.


  44. Pooja says:

    Just treaded across…random reading of blogs…n this description was so sweet that I couldn’t resist myself from posting…hope you have innumerable sweet years ahead…touchwood 🙂


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