“I was born and brought up in Navsari, Gujarat where my aunt raised me after my parent’s divorce. When she abruptly passed away, my neighbors looked after me and that’s how Nargis and I grew up together. She was the most beautiful woman in the world… it was no surprise that when she came off age, there were many who wanted to marry her — but she was firm about wanting to fall in love and marrying her soulmate. Once, when she was distressed about the pressures of marriage, I took her out for a long bike ride. As she was talking about love, I don’t know what came over me, but I just said two words — ‘marry me’. Never before had I even mentioned that I liked her — to be honest, I didn’t know myself, but random as it was…I knew then that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. What’s even more surprising is that she looked at me, with a straight face and said — ‘yes’ and that one word changed my life forever! We moved to Bombay soon after our wedding and the memory of moving into our first flat will always be special. Nargis made that house a home. I worked as an Aeronautical Engineer for Air India so I was away a lot, but Nargis took care of everything — with the small amount I made, she managed the house, our kids and her art — she was an artist. We’ve also traveled the world together. When I look back, it wasn’t my career or the pay checks that hold a special place in my heart —It’s the fact that I lived a full life filled with travel and love. We were both actually really excited to retire together and for yet another phase in our lives. We’ve always had a tradition of eating our meals together, and going to bed together — it’s special to have someone kiss you goodnight before you sleep. One night, she went to bed and I was just about to join her, when I realised that she was unconscious and not breathing. The paramedics were able to get her heart pumping again, but they suspected that she had become brain dead. We admitted her to the hospital, where they ran tests on her for two days. She brought the whole family together — everyone was praying, huddled in the same room around her bed. The following Sunday, the doctor’s confirmed that she was brain dead…they asked me if I wanted to pull the plug. It broke my heart to even think about a life without her, but I couldn’t be selfish and let her live as a vegetable. I gave them my consent…she was alive for 8 hours without the ventilator and I didn’t even leave her for a second during that time. My last words to her were, ‘I will always love you’…and right after, she passed away. We were together 60 beautiful years and I always wondered what life would be like without her… but she’s left parts of her behind. Our love continues to grow with our children and grandchildren and it will continue to grow for centuries to come. She left me in 2014, but all this time later…I still love her just as much — there’s nothing else I know."
“( This story fist published on facebook page Humans of Bombay)