I had recently broken up and was having a tough time getting over it when I had to fly to India to see my Nana. While flying back to Spain I had a halt in Finland and while I was there, Nitin messaged me on WhatsApp. This happened around 6 years back when WhatsApp was quite a new thing. I hadn’t been able to use it for quite some time and was reading my messages after almost a week.
‘Hey Ridhima!’ he had written. ‘I’ve been trying to get in touch with you for a while now. Where are you?’ I didn’t really know Nitin too well. I wasn’t even too friendly with him. I had met him in one of the carnivals through some friends, around 6 months back. After that day we had hardly ever spoken. In his messages, he also asked me why hadn’t I told him that I had gone to India to which I replied that I had gone to meet my grandparents because my Nana was in the hospital. ‘Oh! Is he better now? And are you okay?’ he asked. I told him I was fine and that I was returning to Spain that day.
I realized I hadn’t ever given him my number so I asked him where had he gotten it from? ‘I met some of our common friends a few days back and asked Sanya about you. She told me you had gone to India and I took your number from her. I hope you don't mind?’ he told me. I told him I didn’t. However, I felt a little uneasy about my friends giving my number to someone I hardly knew.
That day onwards our conversations grew. We discussed everything… Right from what we were having for lunch to knowing each other’s likes and dislikes. We were constantly chatting on WhatsApp.
So, after a decent amount of time, in one of our conversations, he mentioned that maybe we should give ourselves a shot and try to see if we can be more than friends. I wasn’t very positive about it and I told him that in light of whatever I had gone through a few months back (my breakup) I wasn’t sure. I also told him that I didn’t want to ruin what we had and I wanted to be just very good friends with him.
For around four months every night, he called me to say goodnight and tell me that he loved me. ‘I will wait for your answer’ he used to say. I used to wish him a good night and disconnect the call. I felt really bad about it, but I couldn’t help it. Until suddenly one morning as I was going for my classes I told him to call me as I wanted to tell him something and that it was urgent. I told him that I liked him but I didn’t want to get into a serious relationship as yet and would like to meet him the next time he was in town.
I used to live in Tenerife and he was pursuing his mechanical engineering in Barcelona. We lived in the same city but I lived in the northern part and he lived in the southern part. It was an hour long drive. On Christmas (which was a month after I had told him I liked him) he came to see me and we finally met. We spent time together, kissed, had long conversations and got to know each other in person.
We have been together since that day and have completed more than five and a half years together. We plan on tying the knot in a few years once I am done with my career in Pharmacy and have a job. He’s almost with his Mechanical Engineering and we plan to get our Masters degree before getting married and settling down in life. So a little WhatsApp message gave me my perfect love story!
*Names changed to protect privacy
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