P: Pretense

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"You are so lucky to be married to him. He's so awesome." My friend gushes as my husband pecks me on my head and walks away to mingle with his friends.

I nod as she continues to sing his praise. Sahil was the perfect husband after all. He pampered me so much and bought me everything that my heart desired. I was drenched in diamonds from head to toe and it was all because of him. My friends loved him and he was a darling off the press. Inspite of being a super star he was so modest and down to earth. Today we were at the success party of his latest movie. In a week's time the movie had made hundred crores and the producer had thrown him a lavish party. Almost everyone from bollywood was here and they continued to hug and congratulate him. Champagne poured like there was no tomorrow and the party was a huge success. The press was clicking away frantically as I slowly sipped on to some wine in the corner of the ball room.

I look around and see so many people. All dressed in riches. Black suits and couture gowns ruled the night and the click of high heels was drowned in the music being played. I look at my husband who is giving an interview now. How gorgeous he looked. Dressed in a crisp black well fit suit, his long frame looked so desirable. His neatly gelled hair shone under the paparazzi lights as he spoke with a smile on his face throughout. Ah, how much he loved the high life!

If only he loved me as much as this. I look around and can see the women he has been sleeping with. I look around and see my life shattered in front of me. I look around and feel so lonely amidst the huge crowd. My self respect is strewn all over the place and I can hear the hidden words when people praise my husband.

And yet here I am, pretending to be the perfect wife. Looking gorgeous and flawless for him. I had to right, after all I was the wife of the country's most popular super star.

Linking to the A to Z Challenge.

38 comments:

  1. Coincidence...I was planning to write P as pretense. So many marriages are like this these days. I personally know a few myself. I pity such girls with all my heart and wish they had the power to throw off this pretense.

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    1. It is a sad story actually with these girls.

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  2. Very emotional post. Well done.
    http://liviaquinn.com/blog.html P is for Preposterous

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  3. ohhhh...this kind of broke my heart too...to know what a pretense filled life she's been living! why can't she just walk out on him? i guess that's easier said than done!

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  4. So true. Yesterday a patient came to me and started crying, she had a similar story to share and it was all killing her from within. The only difference was that she was a wife of a common man but still was forced to put up with the situation. You write so well soumya. Wil hop here more often now.
    Also, read your post on marriage, it was beautiful.

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  5. OMG! Superb story, very well written. Kudos Soumya :)
    You are welcome to check my a-z posts here: http://sundarivenkatraman.blogspot.in/

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  6. I would be out of there like a flash, divorce court here I come. But that is a western philosophy. Perhaps not one so readily available to you.

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  7. Must be hard to play the game or pretense! I wonder how long she will continue to be and live like that...must be utterly stressful.

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  8. We always thing celebs and their families have a great comfortable life ... but money can not buy love and peace .... great write as always :-)

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  9. Brilliant writing. A sad reality of pretending to be happy.

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  10. A poignant tale, Soum! I feel bad for her :(

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  11. that's so heartbreaking :( I hope she could escape that life.

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  12. I don't know how many women live such a life. Well written Soumya

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  13. There are few things that are more sad than having to keep up a pretense of being happy.
    *Shantala @ ShanayaTales*

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  14. This is a great story about the kind of compromises that women are still expected to make.

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  15. I've written a similar short story (unshared so far) because I reckon there are many relationships like this. Nice tale Soumya

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