Love in the age of technology

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Zain glanced through the messages of his old school buddies Whatsapp group. Most of his friends had pictures clicked during the ongoing Durga Puja as their Whatsapp status. Some of them had updated Whatsapp status video related to pandal hopping and celebration.

Despite belonging to a different religion, Durga Puja had always held a special place in his life because of his best friends, the twins Samay and Srestha. But the equations changed on a different night of Puja, twelve years back.

The three of them were soon to leave for different cities for higher studies. Zain had been dating Srestha for six months then. Before he got an opportunity to talk to Samay about their relationship, Samay had walked into Srestha hugging Zain on their terrace on that unfortunate night.

Samay had asked Zain to choose between their friendship and his love for Srestha immediately. Zain had picked their friendship at the cost of breaking Srestha’s heart. Zain left his hometown next month with a vow to never return again.

Srestha had been married to Samay’s senior in Engineering college three years back. This year, she had returned back home with a broken spirit and bruised body after months of physical abuse by her husband. Zain had come to know about it through the Whatsapp group.

Even after so many years, he had kept his heart sealed for Srestha. He waited for the day when Samay could display the requisite faith in their friendship to let him take his relationship with Srestha to the next level. Until then, Zain kept the flame of hope alive in his life through his unrequited love for Srestha.

Author: Sonia Chatterjee

Who am I? An erstwhile banker turned blogger/writer/author. Any qualifications? A Post-Graduate degree in Chemistry followed by a second Post-Graduate Diploma in Management. I completed a one-year MFA in creative writing course from the Writer's Village University, U.S. in Dec 2020. Though I must admit that I am still trying to figure out how and when I can connect all these dots. Have I done any real work? If two years in market research, six years in banking as a branch head, three-plus years of blogging, writing, and publishing a book can be considered as real work, then yes! Where do I live? After spending life like a nomad for sixteen years in Delhi, Bangalore & Mysore, I am back to where it all started from - Kolkata. My favorite things - Books, coffee, travel, food, and my five-year-old son. What is this blog about? Through Sonia's musings, I intend to explore writing in various genres, create social awareness, spread laughter, and give words to emotions. Anything for readers? You can check out my book 'Deal of Death' on Amazon Kindle. If you like fast-paced thrillers, this Detective fiction introducing the woman sleuth, Raya Ray could turn out to be your perfect weekend read.

28 thoughts on “Love in the age of technology”

  1. Technology is not all that bad, it can be helpful too. I hope Samay learnt his lesson well – and realises that after what his sister has gone through, Zain’s love could actually be a salve for her broken heart.


  2. Welcome back, Sonia.

    Loved this too. While technology gives us hope to find lost loved ones, it also empowers broken hearts to either find love again or become depressed stalkers or lurkers.

    I just hope Zain doesn’t end up falling into the second lot.


  3. Oh what an idiot – was the first thought that flashed through my head. Next thought was, why was Shrestha such an idiot to not have talked about this with both of them. She must have been devastated by this behaviour from both of them. Neither cared for her feelings – what a sad state.

    Overall a nice piece of fiction to make me think so much on it Sonia!!


  4. Good one Sonia….reminds me of a french movie I saw quite in the same lines though with a different ending :)….hope your Pujas were great…..still Diwali to come 🙂


  5. Technology connects us and bring our past alive. Love transcends all rules and boundaries, we fall in live and there is that beauty of love that nobody can fathom and define. Each one of us have our own experiences. Sonia, this well crafted story of yours certifies that subtle thought of life and sublime feeling of love. Technology is radically changing the way we live life and love cannot escape the all encompassing digital juggernaut.


  6. Time is the healing factor.
    Samay played his cards here to take away Zain from his love..
    Now Samay has to play a role.
    Sometimes, we just have to do what we want without being dictated by a friend…


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