I believe that after reaching a certain age most girls want a husband. But I was struck by the novel way Mona, wife of film actor Dev Anand got hers. I was reading about this in Toronto, having little else to do when it was snowing heavily outside.
While reading Dev Anand’s autobiography ‘Romancing with Life’ I came across this passage ( at that time they were only friends, and shooting ‘Taxi Driver’ ) :
“ You don’t want me to be lost to you “ she said with a smile
“ Certainly not “ was my answer.
“ Then give me a commitment and I will not accept any more film offers ‘ she said.
I looked at her, trying to figure out what she meant.
“ Make a commitment—and I am yours, not only for now, but forever “ she repeated.
I pondered, and then said “ Give me a little time “
“ Now “ she insisted.
We went for a drive, parked the car by the seaside, and stood outside, looking at the setting sun. My decision was still not forthcoming.
“ How long will you take to decide ? “ she asked.
I came back and sat in the car. She followed and sat beside me. I was contemplating. She was waiting for my answer, and put her head on my chest, listening to my heartbeats.
“ Your heartbeats are getting faster “ she teased me.
“ For me it’s a life long decision—let’s go “ I said.
“ No, we decide, and then go “ she was adamant.
“ What if I don’t decide now ? “ I asked.
“ Then I won’t let you drive “. And she clung to me. I raised her head and kissed her, a long lingering kiss. She yielded herself to me and cried.
“ Mona “ I said, but she did not stop crying.
“ Mona “ I repeated lovingly louder. She stopped crying and looked at me.”
“ I have decided “ I said.
“ What ? “ she asked.
“ We are going to be together forever. We are going to get engaged tomorrow “.
“ No “ she said, “ There will be no engagement “
“ But I have a beautiful ring in my mind for you “
“ The ring will be worn the same day we are married “ she said.
“ And don’t tell the world we are married ? “ I asked
“ No. No fuss in our marriage “ she said.
“ No guests and no party ? “ I asked.
“ You shall be my guest and I shall cook “ she said.
Next day we registered a date for our marriage with the Registrar of Marriages. The notice hung on the wall of the Registrar for 2 weeks. Exactly after 2 weeks, while on the sets of ‘Taxi Driver, we took a short break, went to the Registrar’s office alone, and signed the register. We were husband and wife. But the world was ignorant as to what had happened
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