Love is that emotion, which makes the world go round. Love truly catches your breath at the most unexpected of times. When his hand brushes against yours accidentally or when he smiles and looks into your eyes, you are swept with an unbelievable rush of wellbeing.
When in love, you feel on top of the world, ready to conquer it.
This incident happened many years back when we were newlyweds. It was our first Valentine’s Day, and we were in the US back then. My husband has always loved my cooking. I decided to delight him by making his favorite chicken biryani. I had also bought some exquisite liqueur truffles that I had seen him have gastronomic orgasms with. As a surprise, I had bought him a tiny heart-shaped gold locket with my picture. I knew it was cheesy, but you love doing these things for the one you love the most. So, I carefully stashed one in a truffle. He had promised to be back a bit early from work. I waited for him surrounded with the heady aroma of saffron infused Hyderabadi biryani that I had spent the better part of the day making. The truffles sat on the table in a beautiful heart-shaped box. I had butterflies in my stomach anticipating his reaction. I ran to the door when the bell rang.
There he was with a huge bunch of red carnations in his arms and a large smile on his face. He pecked me on the cheek and then I saw him. His old college friend, Chandra, was standing next to him beaming at me. I gave him a big smile. I had heard a lot about him but was meeting him for the first time. My husband moved inside bringing Chandra in. He nodded approvingly at the inviting aroma and then saw the box of truffles. Before I could say a word, he opened it and put one in his mouth, offering the same to his friend. I was in a state of panic. My surprise was in there. I did not want it going inside someone’s tummy. The Sound Of Love that I had imagined coming from his mouth after seeing the gift was turning into a choking sound in my mind. What a horror! I immediately took the truffles out of his hand much to his astonishment. No way out of the sticky situation, I carefully removed the truffle with the locket and handed it to him. With a puzzled look, he took it from me. I asked him to bite it gently. Then, he felt something hard in the soft gooey filling. The expression on his face was priceless on seeing the gift.
He gave me a bear hug. He immediately wore it in his chain. His friend was quite amused. Later the 3 of us enjoyed a lovely dinner of biryani and wine. That was a spectacular night as I heard the two old friends swap funny tales of college, as I lovingly looked at my husband who was wearing my token of love close to his heart.