Pooja is a 28-year-old lawyer from Mumbai.
Pooja and Rahul had a classic fairy tale love story. Pooja worked with a leading corporate law firm in Mumbai. She was a fun-loving person, always craving for a good time. Rahul was an introverted animation artist who loved nature and books.
Possibly, the only thing they had in common was their passion for making the world a better place. They met each other at a fundraising event for underprivileged children and hit it off almost instantly. Rahul had a calming effect on Pooja and he loved the energy she brought into his life.
Hell broke loose
At 28, Pooja was tired of her parents pressuring her to get married over the phone every night. One day, she decided to tell them about Rahul. When she did, all hell broke loose! How could she even think of marrying a guy out of her caste!
While things weren’t as difficult with Rahul’s family, his parents weren’t ecstatic about his choice either. After much convincing, the families decided to give in for the sake of their children’s future.
Soon after the wedding, Pooja and Rahul flew to the Andaman Islands for their honeymoon. During those blissful seven days, Pooja noticed Rahul behaving strange. He always wished to stay indoors whenever she wanted to take a dip in the pool or explore the beautiful resort.
One afternoon, almost accidentally, Pooja stumbled upon some messages on Rahul’s phone. These messages were sent by Rahul’s ex-girlfriend, Shilpa. It made Pooja uncomfortable. She instantly knew something was not right.
For the next couple of days, Pooja noticed Rahul being extremely secretive and cagey about his phone. Pooja couldn’t bear it anymore. She asked Rahul if there was something going on between him and Shilpa. Rahul mentioned that they had broken up two years before he met Pooja. Since she told him she’d seen the messages, he didn’t have much to say in his defense.
Old flame rekindled
Rahul confessed about his extra-marital affair with Shilpa. Apparently, Shilpa got married soon after breaking up with Rahul. She even moved to Mumbai with her husband six months ago. That’s when they reconnected on Facebook and began meeting each other regularly.
Pooja was fuming with anger listening to Rahul. What shocked her most was that Rahul was dating Shilpa all the while she had been trying to convince her parents about their love! Rahul constantly pleaded for forgiveness saying that he really loved her and wanted their marriage to work. He even promised to sever all ties with Shilpa. And Pooja loved him way too much to give up on him.
When they got back home, things between them seemed to be smooth. Two months later, Pooja went for a three-day business meet in Pune. When she returned late at night, she found Rahul waiting for her. He had ordered her favourite Thai red curry. They both ate dinner together and Rahul went to bed early.
Pooja had a brief conversation with her house help before going to bed. On cross-questioning her a bit, she learned that Shilpa had been coming home while she’d been away. Pooja couldn’t control her emotions. She felt like strangling Rahul with her bare hands. She felt betrayed, angry, hurt and broken, all at the same time. This was not what she had dreamt of, not what she had fought for. Without any explanation, Pooja walked out of their home and Rahul’s life that night.