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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