I had been married to a writer for two years when I visited my in-lawsâ€™ house. My nanda, the 22-year-old unmarried sister of my husband, seemed very glad to see me. â€œBhauju, I must tell you that my brother has changed a lot after marriage. You know, he was madly in love with Jyoti, the sister of his close friend. She even became pregnant and dai got the pregnancy aborted,â€ she confided.
I was dumbstruck and refused to believe my ears. I had never expected my husband to betray me like this. But there was hardly any reason to disbelieve my sister-in-law. One day when my husband was in a good mood, I questioned him about Jyoti. He denied having had any such relationship and reminded me of what he had told me on the first night after marriage. â€œNamita, my sister is in the habit of fabricating stories because of her jealous nature. Being unmarried, she wonâ€™t be comfortable to see us happy. She has now coo-ked up a story. Her intention is to cause rift between us. Believe me; I was never after any girl. Donâ€™t allow my sister to poison your mind.â€
In spite of my husbandâ€™s explanation, I became suspicious of him. Not only did I start nagging him but also cross-checked all his mails and other evidence to catch him red-handed. During parties and in clubs, I kept an eye on him. Once or twice I found him ogling
at other women. This gave me enough reason to consider him as a man of loose morals. As a result, I became moody and short-tempered. But the wife of one of my husbandâ€™s colleagues turn-ed out to be my saviour. She knew the habit of my nanda very well and advised me to get her married. That whole night I contemplated over the suggestion. I emerged as a completely different person the next day. I became more cheerful and confident. Even my husband noticed it. â€œNamita, tell me, whatâ€™s the secret of your happiness?â€ he asked.
I discussed my nandaâ€™s marriage with my friendâ€™s relative. My husband nodded at the suggestion and I couldnâ€™t help smiling. We arranged her marriage as soon as possible. Now she has stopped spinning tales and poising other peopleâ€™s married lives after her own marriage. I am highly grateful to my friend who gave me a sane advice and saved my marriage.