Mine was a love marriage, but things took an ugly turn when I had a miscarriage. I was blamed for this mishap by my husband. I kept thinking that once we had a child everything would be fine again. I really wanted to save my marriage. But Aakash (my husband) began to torture me emotionally. He would ignore me and hardly speak to me; he even started mistreating my parents and friends.
After a year, I was blessed with a beautiful boy and I thought all my troubles were over. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Now that he had a son, I was of no use to him. I was treated as an unwanted entity in his life. But I still tried to work my marriage out for a year.
When nothing worked, I realised that if I had to protect my son’s future and lead a better life, I needed to get out of this mess. So, I packed my bag and left Aakash; I just took my son, my dog, my car and Rs 12,000.
I went back to my hometown. Initially, people could not understand why I took this decision. They wondered how my child was better off with his parents living separately. But my parents, my brother, my bhabhi and my friends became my strongest support system.
I was determined to start my life afresh and worked really hard so that I could give a good life to my son. After some time, I moved out of my parents’ house and rented a place of my own. My son got admission in one of the best schools in town!
I was actually happy leading an independent life; I was earning decent money and my small, happy world consisted of my son, my dog and my fish. Life was good.
My father once asked me, “What next? What about marriage?”
I said, “I am married to my work and I am happy with my life.”
But it was as if my father had made a prophecy. Soon after that, I met an amazing guy. He didn’t mind me being a divorcee and a single mother - he said that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. It’s been two years now… I have found a beautiful human being as a life partner, someone who loves my child as his own.
I have learnt from experience that you have to listen to your gut feeling and always fight for your happiness. It is only when you choose the path to your happiness that you lead a life worth living.