The simplicity of the cantonment Town of Kasauli is a sweet sigh in the heart of Gurmeet.
It was some thirty years ago, he was captivated by the beauty of Carol, the nineteen-year-old daughter of Col. Thomas. People from all the corners of Kasauli swore by Gurmeet’s family restaurant’s chicken kebabs. Col. Thomas would often order kebabs and Gurmeet would happily grab the opportunity to deliver them at Carol’s doorstep.
Every Sunday their paths would cross while going to the Christ church and Gurdwara Shri Guru Nanak ji. Gurmeet would attend the prayers religiously, for a glimpse of Carol on the crossroads…And one sunshine morning Carol smiled at him. Theirs was an old school romance having its own unspoken language. Their eyes use to meet for a few minutes and the memories stayed for years.
But destiny had other plans. Col. Thomas found a suitable match in Lt.Joseph for his daughter. Hell broke loose for the silent lovers. Carol knew she had to accept the fate. But before that, she had to do something for her broken heart.
‘I know why my heart skips a beat when I look in those sincere eyes of yours. I know somethings are never meant to be, but my unspoken love for you; I shall carry in my heart for the rest of my life…Good-bye.”
Around 11.00 pm, she heard footsteps in her balcony. A shadow stood there. Before she could scream, he lighted the torch.
Carol and Gurmeet have created their own world in Delhi. That night they took the childish step of eloping carrying nothing more than faith in each other. However, he still misses Kasauli.
The farewell letter written by Carol remained undelivered in the drawer. Years later, Col. Thomas threw it away in the valley and blessed the couple.
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