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Shades of Love – A fight for Love!

Does Love happens religiously?

Syed & Gayatri didn’t mean to fall in love. But love happens when you least expect it. It creeps up suddenly. When someone needs attention, care, conversation, laughter and maybe even intimacy, Love ignites. Love doesn’t look at logic or at backgrounds and least of all, religion.

Gayatri was from a very conservative South Indian family that went to a temple every Saturday. Syed bought goats for his family every Eid. That said it all. Their paths would never have crossed if it hadn’t been for that fateful day. That day when he walked into the coffee shop. Gayatri wondered if destiny chose our loved ones for us. Did we have any role to play at all?

Who Played with her?

She looked at her watch. Syed was late. They met every Thursday at five pm to catch up. Their conversations lasted for hours. Sometimes at the cafe, sometimes in his car, sometimes in places that she could never tell her friends about, as they would never understand. And yet Syed made her happy.

Suddenly her phone beeped. He had sent a message.”On my way. Have something important to tell you.”

Gayatri stared at it and she realized she had knots in her stomach. Thoughts flooded her mind. What did he want to tell her?

Was there some mishap? Did his parents come across their relationship? Was his funding by VC rejected? She put a full stop to her curious mind &bounced back in the lanes of that day, the day she met Syed. Was it fateful or an eventful day? That day had changed her vision towards life & humanity.

Yes, the clashes between Hindu & Muslim’s had started raging. To grab up the seats these political leaders had raged up a sort of war again in context of “Ayodhya”. Its heat had made the presence felt in many sensitive towns & slowly even the pockets of Hyderabad went on fire that day. It was Gayatri’s cousin’s marriage a week later & only this weekend was left to cover up the final shopping .Hence her family had already stepped out in a joyous mood unaware of the small fire which was turning out to an Inferno & was on the path of holocaust.

Inferno set out!

To tap the movements & prevent spread of hate & communalism, police had rolled out immediate curfew under IPC 144 in Hyderabad. Immediate orders were passed to force shops to shut down. Gayatri could see lathi charge on a segment of mob shouting slogans in front of her eyes as soon as she entered those lanes. Scene was gory, 2 people lay bleeding amongst the crowd. People were pelting stones & some had sticks in their hands. Her heart started thumping loudly. Heavily panicked, her family hid behind the wall watching these bloodthirsty humans. Her mother & younger sister started wailing as soon as they saw the battle growing fiercer. Unaware of the situation, she could not even connect to her father, as telecom services had been banned for next 3 hours. Just then a man pushed the family inside an adjacent coffee shop & he also quickly run into it to save life. As soon as they entered the shutters were closed & they breathed in calm. But that was not a happy ending, the very next moment her family was in trauma. Yes, they were lone Hindu refugee in that coffee shop which was co-owned by Rehman & Syed.

Anxiety rode heavily on their faces as 2 people agitated to throw the family out of the shop. Syed intervened “Kaka, the agenda has been overdriven by the political outfits to drive of their personal motives. We people sitting here are literate enough to understand these points, how can you ask these ladies to go out & face the agitation”?

                                                               Religion asks to differentiate humans or Love?

We “The INDIANS” have to be humanitarian above all religions, any religion which teaches hate needs to be changed..Does Allah send any hate message? Has Lord Shiva ever said to hate Muslims? All religions preach unity & harmony in the world, it’s just that the lanes are different but all these lanes lead to one single memo, a note of “Love”. I request all the refugees to please stay calm, use their minds before any action & pledge to not influence these anger fires any more”. Yes, Syed was not trying to be hero, but he was aware why these issues had cropped up. His family was hard core follower of Allah, but he walked daily with his Hindu friends. His thoughts were never biased towards any religion, rather for him “Humanity” was the best religion to adapt to.

Things were calm in the Cafe compared to the burnings going on outside & in every lane. For next 6-8 hours no one could step out or open up their shops. Gayatri & her family had no way to walk out but just to sit & sip at the coffee which Syed softly put across all the tables. It was 9pm, 4 hours had passed, and Gayatri was highly stressed about her dad. No means to communicate for next 2 hours, no news of wellness could be exchanged. She had to be strong; she had to convince not just herself but yes to her mom & sibling as well. Yes time passed & Syed helped her family slip out from the lanes & ensured they reached safely to their home past midnight.

Recovered from Flashback! Present looks disastrous…

Nearly a year had passed on this incident & their passion for each other grew exponentially. Gayatri was a bubbly B.Tech student, with an aim to rejoice life to its fullest. While Syed was an entrepreneur, not coz he co-owned the Cafe, but he was targeting high on his entrepreneurial skills aiming to seek VC funding. Both had a bright future in front of them. Their chats varied from Social stigmas to belief’s, from religious stings to Politico moves of the country & yes, even their careers. They both were sharp & intellectual & adored each other for the qualities they had. Neither did their religion nor did their lifestyles ever put them into dilemma. Rather, they would respect their festivals & try to be a part of each other during the festivities. It was a perfect harmonious relationship. They did acknowledge the fact that their families would not easily approve of their affiliation but they did not want to heart break their present looking at the future. They were Happy –Go –Lucky couple high on admiration, obsession & possessiveness for one another.

Thud, a loud bang suddenly got her to present world & what she saw was unbelievable. Syed ran quickly into the cafe urging his friend & Gayatri to hide him. Unable to understand the heat of situation, before they could react, 2 cops had already entered the cafe & forced Syed to come out. Gayatri begged the policemen & questioned. “What has he done? How can you grab such a noble soul? There would be some misunderstanding or some framing of Syed, pls I plead, tell me the reason.”Her appeal was not enough as the only answer she heard was “pls move aside, we can’t tell anything now”. It’s a matter of National security”.

Confused thoughts…

Looking Gayatri beseeching them Syed came in full front, promising her to come back soon & went with the cops. Wailing, she sat on her knees, unable to accept that Syed would be behind bars. She cried her heart out on the vagueness & her vulnerability to not let Syed to go along the cops. It came a new realization that she had started hating law. Once she admired & respected the Police but now she was booming with hatred. She wanted to burst out her suffering & bring Syed back from their ruthless clutches. But the fact was, she was unaided, not by arms but with the reason & to justify that.

Empathising &holding her was Shirin, her best friend who was called to the cafe. She somehow got Gayatri back to her senses. By then television was booming with the “Hot fresh news”..A probable terrorist nabbed by cops, seemed he had planned to explode the innocent city & spread abhorrence. Police had tracked the Computer IP from which Emails were sent which were spreading the hate messages & warning the police. His name was being flashed…His back was visible with tied fists…yes this man was wearing the same dress. White polo tee, Syed’s favourite & blue jeans..What the hell..Was he Syed? Gayatri’s Syed? To her utter dismay, she couldn’t believe how much an innocent man could have been framed up. But this was not the time to shatter & be vulnerable, she had to be strong & bring Syed out clean chit.

Floating out her Voice..

Along with Shirin, she planned a proper script to come out on street in support of Syed. Seeking backing from his friends, she had planned something big. But destiny wanted her to fight more..Yes Syed’s very own friends refrained from extending her support. Silly reason, they could also be targeted at? Is today’s youth that desolate? Is the voice to bring out the truth that biased?

This was the day when much held high “friendship” had crashed..But she was not ready to quit, she sampled up facts & this time took support from her friends & college colleagues. She prepared video demanding the proof of dictating Syed a “Terrorist” & questioned the law makers. It hardly took her 24 hours to publish the video on you tube & let her voice set the stage for next action. In next 8-10 hours her video was doing rounds, on whats app, on you tube, on every laptop screen, yes it had gone viral. There was no need for Syed’s friends, but groups of students came out on roads with slogans & candles. Three days had passed & judiciary had no documents to prove him a terrorist, what an agony! The voice to free Syed was roaring; there were thunders all around. It stimulated the Crime Branch to deep dive in the matter. Politicians were seen assuring committee formation for this case. Every paper, every bulletin, every news just twisted the tale of Innocent Syed, a man who believed in Humanity.

Youth has the power, Social media has the craziness & Love has the true sentiment to win!

Crime Branch came out with the observations that there were several emails close to 8-10 & all of them were from different IP. One of them was from Syed’s Wi-Fi Zone Cafe..But why will Syed mail from his own Wi-Fi’s IP zone? Highly foolish..Close tracking of connected laptop stated that there was no role of Syed into it. It was a terrorist outfit (with no linkages of Syed) which had done series of mailers to aggravate hatred on the grounds of religion. Yes that outfit had acknowledged. Poor Syed, 5 days into prison, a tag of anti –national!

There was a gung-ho atmosphere outside the prison premises that day. After all Syed was being released after a week of harassment. Nearly 100 youths waited to welcome Syed & amongst them stood Gayatri. “Syed bhai bahar aao, hamari police haay haay”, such was the aura that cops had to request the agitators to protest but with ease ,they tried avoiding scuffles & fight. First glimpse of Syed couldn’t hold Gayatri & she ran & hugged him..Cried, they both cried their hearts out; their every emotion was so much in sync.

2 months passed on to this incident, by then Syed had gone back to his work; he had got VC approved for his start up “A blogging app based on Love & emotions”. Love Jihad held onto him forever. Yes Jihad..Jihad for the betterment of society, Jihad to get your love, & jihad for Humanity! Forget all religion, there is one God as the old saying goes! One God & different paths, but the motive is common..Love all, Hate None! For Syed it was a Jihad towards Compassion, truth & yes his love Gayatri! They were 2 people but with one Soul.

Story crafted by ME out of a small passage (highlighted in Blue) shared by “Madhuri Banerjee”!!

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Jhilmil

Quest to live the life surrounded with the charming little bundle's of joy. When they speak, I sing, When they smile, I rejoice , When they hug, I hold them never to lose, Such is my passion for these Gifts of God.

This love urged me to navigate separately from my Travel Blog & establish an "All-In-One" Blog for budding mothers. Mum's have multi-tasked this world ,with all her professional commitments , she still makes an extra effort to be a loving, caring and be an intellectual mommy! Cheers, for me too come from the same fraternity, post having a superb academics & close to 8 years of professional experience and blessed with a little one "who has indeed changed my life from Autumn to Spring";)

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95 Comments

  1. Great work Madhuri and Jhilmil . Loved reading this emotional tale !

    1. Thank u so much preeti! Be glued, many more stories to come up:)

  2. Wow Jhilmil a very well penned story. Looking forward to reading more of such.

    1. Thanks Judy, continue the readership:)

  3. Ashutosh Verma says:

    An awesome love story with a great message. Keep posting this type of stories.

    1. Thanks Ashutosh:)

  4. echoesofhervoice says:

    Great story! Loved how you talked about the divide between Hindus and Muslims. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much, glad you enjoyed it:)

  5. Great work lady! Love the story. Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much Nusrath!

  6. Mangesh says:

    Wow! amazing story. And you are correct, we Indian should rise above our religion and value humanity more. Quite touching story indeed!

    1. Thanks, great you enjoyed reading it:)

    2. Thank you so much for loving it:)

  7. wow! a very engaging story!
    <3

  8. Such a Good Love Story….

  9. Very interesting post. Enjoyed reading it.

  10. Great share. This was hard to read but love your message.

  11. I really enjoyed reading this post. Great story with a wonderful message behind it.

  12. Aww I love love, so I really liked reading this. Through difficult times, the message behind it is lovely.

    Christie’s Take on Life. xx

    1. Thank you so much Christie for the golden words:)

  13. Andrea says:

    aw what a great love story, a very nice message behind it. This was such a great share. I really liked reading this.

    1. Thank you so much Andrea!

  14. true love conquers all!

  15. Jessica Joachim says:

    This is beautiful. Love is love, despite religion and cultural differences. Love is love.

    1. So correct, love is love, it wins over all!

  16. Chemady says:

    Feel emotional while reading this story. Genuine Love overlook many fault. Great post.

    1. Glad that you could have the pangs of true love while reading! Thanks for the appreciation, means a lot:)

  17. This was a powerful story you shared. You did an amazing job with it.

    1. Thank you so much Amber, glad you enjoyed reading it!

  18. Wow I’ve never come across a blog post like this before really enjoyed reading this! Your writing is amazing

    1. Your words make me so happy:). Thanks for reading it!

  19. Thanks so much for your candidness. Love heals all in the end. Thanks for sharing

    1. So true, love heals all:)

  20. Beautiful! Very well written; I loved it!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  21. Interesting story that was nice to read this AM!

    1. Thank you so much:)

  22. What an emotional post! Very gripping as usual! Well done.

    1. Thank you so much for the love:)

  23. What a great love story! Well done to both of you for writing this beautiful piece ?

    1. Thanks Andrea:)

  24. Such an amazing story!!! I love the raw emotion that is in it, really telling how they are feeling.

  25. emsry14 says:

    I love the tone that this is written in. It really draws the reader in!
    -Emily @ livingfitwithemily.com

  26. EasterBabe says:

    This is such a great story. Very detailed.

  27. I’m always so nostalgic about India. I’m a formeer delhiite, and I just miss it every day that I spend away from it. While I was living there, I heard so many love stories, some of them great and full of hope, some others not as much. I loved how all these religions are in India and just happen to coexist there, and as a foreigner, Im proud to say I tried to learned and keep the best from all of them.

    1. That’s so great to hear Laura!!

  28. So creative! Love it and its positive message!

  29. Nicole Caudle says:

    Such a powerful yet beautiful story. Great job!

  30. “Love doesn’t look at logic or backgrounds or least if all, religion” . So true and so needed for our society today! Thanks for your time and effort to get this story out there

  31. Wow..great story you weaved here Jhilmil. you should start writing more stories. It kept me hooked till the end.

    1. Hey thank you so much Deepa:)..sure shall write more!

  32. Interesting article. I am not religious but the love story is romantic! http://www.clairebearblogs.com

    1. Thanks Claire:)

  33. Great work, Jhilmil! Quite a Fiction meets History. I may have got the wrong theme but I like the contradiction of “Media can either make or break things.”

    1. Thanks …that’s what is actually going on these days..media has been making a huge difference on many social issues!

  34. Such an interesting and well-written story! Love can overcome so many obstacles.
    Cheers, Sarah Camille // SCsScoop.com

    1. Thank you so much, true love is magical!!

  35. Such a fascinating story! I love the emotions portrayed here.

  36. Love reading this post. Full of emotions, dreamy and its inspiring! More please 🙂

  37. What a beautifully crafted love story Jhilmil! I though in the beginning that its a true story. I believe that if everyone will think above religion, our world will be a better place to live in!

  38. Lovely story! You drew me right in at the beginning.

  39. Love over all! thank you for sharing this creative story!

  40. WOW! What an intriging love story. I love it!! Love is such a beautiful thing.

  41. What an interesting story! It def held my attention.

  42. Great story. Keep up the great work it was so nice to read.

  43. Jhilmil it is a very nice read. You should write more stories. As humas we need to rise abouve all those things that pull us down!

  44. I love, love stories! Each one so different and so full of hope. Thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to read more 🙂

  45. who will have thought of it like this? just a few, love is strong and comes in different way that sometimes we cant really explain a few things of it.. (only true and genuine love by the way.) good read to show and let others learn a few more.

    1. Thank you so much, I wanted send a very optimistic message, guess I succeeded:)

  46. Whoa! What an emotional tale! Really got me interested.

    1. Thanks Nikki:)

  47. Nikia says:

    Love is the most beautiful thing ever and this story is a perfect example of how great it is.

    1. Indeed love has a strength in itself!! I

  48. tiffany stuart says:

    This is such a beautiful story. Thanks so much for sharing.

  49. Great work- what a great story!

  50. I just love the post!! It is so creative, so inspiring, yet so educative. I am of the opinion that being a man is the first thing we all need to do. And after being a man, you can be of any religion you want. I don’t know about the religion that suggests hate and violence, so it is not the religion that pushes us to start wars and kill innocent people. It’s the lack of love and humanity!

    1. That’s so correct it is the lack of humanity n love which triggers wars!! Thanks for liking it:)

  51. Such a strong and loving story! Thank you for sharing!

  52. This is a great story! It’s very well written. It’s so creative. And love is the most important thing. We should all focus on love and respect.

    1. Yea, that’s true, Love heals so much!

  53. adyanibc says:

    Wow, such a beautiful story about love. I really like this kind of stories that reminds me that anything can be done.

  54. Zaianb says:

    A very well written story, and I’m going to share this with a friend 🙂 too!

  55. Wow, very well written. I loved your way of writing. Thanks for the share.

  56. Such a lovely write up , thoroughly enjoyed reading it .

  57. Perfect tale….emotional and inspiring…. Loved reading it…

  58. Such amazing write ups, more power to both of you! Keep writing more ⚡️

  59. snehalboricha says:

    I too believe that there is only one god! 🙂

  60. Beautiful story…well written !!! Blessed writer keep writing more 🙂

    Allthatsmom

  61. It’s a beautiful read.. Loved reading it

  62. Loved reading your cute and touching love story. I like the way you penned down this in interesting and amazing way. Looking forward for more such stories.

  63. I have just witnessed a hindu Muslim love marriage in my would be in laws house and that led to so much riots among both the communities.. i can connect to this

  64. It got me hooked till the end. Love the way you voiced out the divide. Brilliantly done !

  65. Very emotional… but loved reading… you are too good with words

  66. A very beautiful story! And brilliant shades of love you chose to put forth! I just loved reading it all!

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