Because I Said "No" I Was Attacked: Part 1
Start writing a post

Because I Said "No" I Was Attacked: Part 1

Based on a true story.

Because I Said "No" I Was Attacked: Part 1
Shadow Girl

I was sitting there waiting for him to come and pick me up from the bus stop. I was thinking about all the beautiful jewelry that I was going to be adorned within just 24 hours. I was thinking about the beautiful red saree that would be draped around me and the dupatta that would be clipped onto my hair. I was thinking about how beautiful I was going to look with all the ornaments and makeup. I was thinking about how long both of us had waited for this day. I was thinking about him. I was…

...attacked with acid.

It was a beautiful April morning and my family, friends and neighbors were preparing for my wedding, which I was extremely excited about. I was getting married to the guy I had been with for the past five years.

It was five years ago when he and I started dating, and he was my first and last boyfriend. I remember it was my first year in college, and the new friends I made kept asking me why I never had a boyfriend. I would always tell them that I was not the kind of girl who wanted to date or go places with a guy and instead wanted to focus on my future and studies. And I did. At first, people stopped asking me and taunting me about not having one, but then toward the end of my first year, it all started again. But this time, someone liked me.

When my two best friends came up to me the day before our major exam, I had no reaction whatsoever. They expected me to be shocked, filled with joy and god knows what else, but I wasn’t. I thought to myself that all guys are like this and that; a guy only likes a girl for her looks.

I was wrong.

When my friends told him what I thought, he decided to prove me wrong. He decided he would try to be different.

Instead of him creeping up on me whenever I went to class or ate in a cafe, he would talk to my friends first, which I found strange. I slowly realized how great a guy he was. He was smart, kind, funny, cute, friendly, social and caring, which is what almost every girl wants. But I still had doubts.

I went up to him one day during our Diwali festival and told him how he needed to stop acting fake and what he was doing was not working on me. He knew I was lying, but he still did his best to convince me that he liked me…a lot.

“What do you want me to do to prove to you that I really like you?” he asked.

I looked at him, not knowing the answer to that question.

He looked at me and I looked at him. We could not stop looking at each other. And then he let out his feelings.

“When I first moved to Calcutta, I had no idea who I was going to be friends with, who I was going to meet, where I was going to go to college and more. When I first stepped my foot onto this campus, the very first person I saw was you. And I know you're thinking that I'm lying but I'm not. Literally, you were the first person because you took the parking space for my bike for your scooter. At that moment I didn't have any feelings for you; it's just that you were the first person I saw. As I was going to my first class, I saw how other students were treating people in need while you gave them money and food, which is when I fully started to notice you. I love the way you care for people. I love the way you study and are fully engaged in your studies and your future. I love how you are so dedicated to what you do and so much more. I don't love you just for your looks; that's the last thing on my list for liking you. I like you for who you are and that's it.”

I just continued to stare at him as he smiled and walked away to prepare for the Diwali celebration.

What he said got to me, and it took me some time to accept it, but I had a gut feeling he wasn't lying.

Anyway, long story short, after waiting a few more weeks for the evidence of him liking me, we finally started going out. At first, it was secretly, but then we realized we should tell our parents and we did.

They were surprised and angry at first but then adjusted and ended up liking us after all, which was awesome!

And then, I remember it like it was yesterday, when he suddenly bent down on his knees, looked me straight in the eye, said words that sounded like blurbs to me on the Howrah Bridge in Calcutta before noon. The next thing I knew, we came running home to tell our parents about the proposal and saw their faces shining with happiness. Our parents were so excited that they called the priest that night and fixed our wedding date and everything.

The wedding was in two weeks.

I remember going shopping with his family, buying outfits for myself, getting measurements for his outfits, picking ornaments, choosing the venue, choosing the design for our wedding cards and so much more. It was so exciting but very tiring.

We also were not allowed to see each other until the wedding day, as it is a tradition and known as a bad omen if we did (though nowadays people barely believe in that). But that day we decided to see each other just once. At first, we did it secretly, but then we decided to tell our parents. They agreed to let us see each other for a few hours.

But we never knew that that day was going to change our lives forever.

To be continued...

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Robert Bye on Unsplash

I live by New York City and I am so excited for all of the summer adventures.

Keep Reading... Show less

The invention of photography

The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.


The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers


Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series


Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?


Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments