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Love at First Sight: How I Found My Soul Mate on TV

The moment I saw her on TV, I knew she was my soul mate. In 2016, I was watching YouTube videos, and that is when I stumbled upon this video that showed her at a launch event. I fell in love with her instantly; it was love at first sight. I did want to see her in person, but I didn’t know when or how that would be possible. And then one day it happened: I saw her standing by a coffee shop. I wanted to go see her, but she had a few people around her. She looked so pretty, I just couldn’t stop admiring her; she was just perfect, and I was sure that she was the one for me.

For days I kept thinking about her; the internet was my only hope. For once, I was clear about my desire, and I was 100% sure about it. I spoke to my mother about her and told her about my feelings towards her. I was 23 at that time, and she didn’t agree; all she said was that it was "not the right time". I was broken; I didn’t want to give up on her just like that, but then my mother wouldn’t approve of her now. At this point, I didn’t know what to do, so I decided to forget about her, leave all those thoughts and feelings behind, and move on. My mind was ready to move on, but my heart chose to stay. I thought that I would indulge myself in work so much that I would forget about her eventually, but that misfired. Years passed by and nothing changed; my longing for her grew stronger. I had a feeling that my parents wouldn’t approve of her because I was still "young". In 2018, I was working for a Singapore-based MNC, and there was a lot of work there. It kept me so busy that I forgot about her. Everything was normal until one day my colleague mentioned her name. I just sat there, listening carefully to him. All the hidden memories came gushing back, and it brought back the same longing for her that I had on day one.

Thanks to my colleague, I started to think about her again. The little free time I had was spent on the internet, stalking her recent pictures. Aah! I just want her to be mine; is that too much to ask from God? Well, it was certainly too much to ask of my parents, but how do I go about this? This constant thought of me not being with her was painful; the more I thought about her, the more I wanted her to be mine, but then the big question was, How? People say that if it’s meant to be, it will be, so should I just sit here and do nothing about it, hoping that eventually she’ll be mine? Sadly, that’s exactly what I did. I feel that at times in life there is nothing we can do about a certain situation, and all we can do is be hopeful.

I couldn’t take this anymore. I gathered up my courage and spoke to my father about her. He listened to me patiently over the phone and said that he'd think about it. In the 27 years I’ve been with my father, seldom has the "I’ll think about it" statement had a positive ending. So, I lost all hopes there as well. My mind was blank, and so was my bank account; now what? To this, I did something phenomenal: NOTHING! My life had come to a standstill, and I was lost. So, I did NOTHING again and just waited for my father’s response. I even forgot about it because I didn’t have much hope that this would work out.

Roughly after two weeks, I got a call from my father. I won’t bore you with the details, but before I kept the call, he said that he was okay with it and that he would go to her place to talk. That was the best news I had heard in that year yet, and my joy knew no boundaries. I was jumping around in my room, calling all my friends who knew about her, praying to god, what not! I was happy.

Again, I kept going through her pictures over the internet; I kept talking about her to my friends, and they all knew how excited I was about it. One beautiful day, in the afternoon, my father called me and said that everything had gone well, and the date fixed for our meeting was March 20th, 2019, in the evening. Fast forward to the big day, my father, my younger brother, and my cousin brother and I are in the car going to her place. The house had a dark grey paint with huge glass walls, my mind isn’t working right now; all this time I've been waiting for this day to happen, and now I’m numb. All this is very new to me; I don’t know how to react; it was like a slow motion movie happening; I don’t know how to walk (was it the heel first and then the toe or the toe first and then the heel?). I just looked around in amazement at the pictures on the walls, the furniture, and the colours, and amidst all this, she stood there. She looked at me shyly, I was spellbound, and we both stood in front of each other for the very first time in our lives. She doesn’t know anything about me, but I knew everything about her, what she likes, what she hates, everything! I could feel this aura around us, this positive vibe that was attracting us to each other. I knew we would both travel the earth and make memories; she knew it too.

The final moment came, and I had my family with me at this crucial time. I finally heard the words that had made me restless, that had made me impatient and patient, that had even made me believe in miracles; I had been waiting to hear this for the past so many years: "Congratulations! This is your Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycle."

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