Cal dropped me to the airport as I was all set to fly to Colombo on work. I was coming back after four days, only to fly back to Accra the next day. That was for an entire month. I have always wanted to travel and see the world, when I was single. But look at the irony, the chances came when I met the love of my life. I hated to leave him and go, but he understood how much I loved my work. It's not like he did not miss me, but he did not want me to miss out on the opportunities of my life. We sat at the coffee shop for a while and soon it was time for me to check-in. I carried my bag, kissed him goodbye and walked in. I turned to see him looking at me through the glass door with love and tears in his eyes. Oh, that was quite a moment. It was like one of those movie scenes where the couple is separated by a glass door and they just keep looking at each other. Well, that is what happened. I can just close my eyes today and feel that moment. It still is fresh in my mind and soul. Shall always be.
I waved and blew a kiss and boarded the flight. SriLankan Airlines is one of the worst airlines ever. So far I had only traveled in Kingfisher and Emirates, so this came as a surprise to me. It was small with closely placed seats. The only saving grace was that it was a short journey. 90 minutes later, I was in a different country. I checked in to the Taj, with a room facing the ocean. I was in heaven. Alone. I wanted Cal to be around and experience all this with me. Tragedy hit when my phone refused to catch any SriLankan network. I quickly opened my laptop and made a VOIP call. To Cal, of course. Not my parents. I told him to inform my folks that I had reached safe. We spoke for a while and then I hit bed due to fatigue.
The next four days passed by in a jiffy as I was busy with my work. We had meetings at the Hilton and slowly I was beginning to get used to luxury. I told Cal about it. He told me that together we will make all our dreams come true. One of the best things that happened during my visit to Colombo, was Cal informing his folks about us. Since we were related, we did not know how to inform the family about us. No, we were not scared or embarrassed. We just wanted our relationship to be taken the right way. Earlier when we had decided to tell someone about it, we had decided on my cousin sister and his uncle's wife. Because we thought for sure that they would understand us. But when a lot of background talk started gaining weight, we decided to not use the peons to get to the manager. He straight informed his mother about it. She was shocked at first but happy nevertheless. Cal's mother is my dad's sister's daughter; so she obviously knew me as her cousin. It would have come as a shock to anyone! Coming to think of it now, even if Cal and I were more closely related we would have still gone ahead with our love. People could think whatever they wanted to. That was the last thing on our minds anyway.
Cal's mother had had a love marriage herself, marrying outside the Mallu clan. She fell in love with an Tamilian Iyer Brahmin and married him. Just like how I had fallen in love with her son now. She understood his mad love for me and gave us her blessings. His father too did not have any issues. So things were clear from his side. Since I was away I could not talk to my folks about it. I was sure I would, once I was back there for good. But when Cal called my parents to inform them, that I had reached safely, a seed of doubt was sown in their minds. I had always informed my parents about the guy I was dating, they are pretty cool about it. But they did not know about Cal as I myself was not sure about my relationship with him for quite a while. Four days later, I came back and Cal was waiting for me at the airport.
We spent some quality time together and I gave him the Ralph Lauren perfume set that I had picked up from Colombo duty free. He was thrilled and emotional at the same time. Sitting in the same coffee shop we spoke at lengths about everything that had happened in the past four days. I felt like I was seeing him after a lifetime and at the same time it felt like I had never been away. I was experiencing love of a different kind and I was loving it. It sure was the most amazing phase of my life. I had been in love before of course, but with Cal it felt like everything around was new. I was new. He had brought out the best in me and groomed me into the person I was today. Every minute with him felt magical and I was getting transported into a new wonderland.
The next day, I left to Accra for a month.
To be Continued.