“Let no one who loves be called altogether unhappy. Even love unreturned has its rainbow.”
― J.M. Barrie
Love is the most transcendent feeling in this universe, ethereal than the air and sturdier than the rocks. And he proved it, that failing in love shouldn’t end up in falling in life. My father recited his story of true love and its impact on him, when I was a kid. Vinay was popular in my family as ‘Chota Kant’, the youngest son of Kant family of 5 brothers and a sister. His eldest brother was my father’s best friend, so he was a baby figure to my grandparents.
He used to visit my house everyday to eat those Sattu ke Laddu (prepared with roasted gram flour, ghee and sugarcane juice), my Granny’s special delicacy with the rustic flavor of Bihar. He was an extremely intelligent and talented child who proved his genius as a state topper in ICSC boards. The entire Kant family was known for their brains, culture, education and their inclination towards achieving the zenith of success. Today, they are the noted personalities of India (his brothers being chief-justice and well-known IPS officers).
Vinay was the cynosure of the eyes of them all as that time they could see the spark in him and the effervescence of his shiny future. They considered him a light that could vanquish away the poverty of his family with his intelligence and mettle. But the ‘Beau Gosse’ fell for ‘La Belle Dame Sans Mercy’, a beautiful girl without a heart. She was a pampered princess of a zamindar family, graceful and drop-dead-gorgeous. He got enchanted with her first glance, the very first day when she joined his college.
He was in a habit of parking his rusted bicycle beside her chauffeur-driven Porsche vintage car. And slowly, this habit of him turned into an addiction which led him to bunk his classes, waiting for her to come out of her home-science lectures, and all the time following her through his eyes. Her name was Kumkum, the daughter of the richest man of the town who had a lifestyle. Thus, she never-ever bothered a returned glance upon him, though she was completely aware of his feelings for her.
That day, he reached her gate and told the guards that he was Kumkum’s friend. And within a moment he was surrounded by 8-10 men who were holding ‘lathis’ in their hands. Suddenly, an old man appeared in front of him who gestured his finger towards him and the guards started beating him. He cried—
“Please call Kumkum once!”
And to his utter surprise, he saw Kumkum there with a couple of girls, laughing. She said to her grandfather—
“Dadu, please leave him. He is my classmate and has come here for some pocket-money. I have promised help by allowing him to clean and repair my old slippers and sandals.”
She was smiling constantly! A wounded Vinay was stunned and agonized emotionally more than being physically hurt. Her grin seemed a crystal rose that broke and pierced his fingers
Later, he came to know through Kumkum’s friend that she reacted in that manner because she wanted her Grandfather to be merciful towards him. She even suggested Vinay to forget Kumkum and live his life in some better way.
Though Vinay failed that day in attaining his deepest desire, the love of his life, yet love had never failed. It had won that battle. Despite being defeated in obtaining his proclivity for his love, he reached towards those spiritual heights. The impact of transcendent love completely transformed his life. He realized that very day, what he was born for.He opted never to get married and lived rest of his life in reminiscence of Kumkum. He achieved heights of knowledge and self-enhancement, and decided to possess his love for Kumkum forever in his heart.
He relinquished his entire life for his love by making an impact on many people and their children as an educationist. He influenced many people to educate their children in real meaning. A law professor, in Patna University, he founded his charitable school for kids and later established a training (coaching) institute for UPSC aspirants, which has a high success rate of producing maximum genius to India’s administrative services. He became a boon to all those students, who, despite having the caliber, lacked in opportunities.
His unsuccessful love helped him making his impact as a great educationist. He believed that if he would have married and lived a common man’s life, he would have been able to shape the future of maximum two or three kids of his own. But today, he is framing the carrier and future of hundreds of kids every year.
I owe my education to ‘Vinay uncle’ who visited our place last while I was getting married and he argued my father as to why he was marrying me off at a tender age of 18. He even requested my father, not to send me to my parents’-in-law house till I finished my studies. He even told me—
“Promise me that you won’t let me down and prove that a girl can study and achieve her goals even after getting married.”
Those were the most motivational words of impact for me which inspired me to complete my masters in English literature, four years after marriage. His impact on my life hasn’t faded even today. Whenever I call him, he always inspires me to provide best possible education to my daughters and tells me to help the underprivileged with education.
Years after being rejected in love, he still lives a life for his lady love. For him, eternal love is not about falling for someone, but rising above all trivial feelings of acquiring someone as your possession. He made his impact on many with his love and beyond…
- This is a real story of a well-known, reputed professor, educationist from Patna. All the names have been changed to protect the dignity and to hide the identity of the characters.
— Sangeeta Mishra