The Story of Babu & Oli
The Journey Publishing House
Babu & Oli
This story is a short book presented as a gift to Oli from
Babu on the occasion of his birthday.
This book highlights the beautiful memories and the
journey so far of Babu and Oli. Throughout this book Babu
would be reciting the story as felt by her. It would begin
from the time when Anjali (Babu) and Anil (Oli) saw each
other the first time and how they became Babu and Oli
Its been a beautiful four years of ups and downs which
led to a bond so strong that the test of times and distance
only made it more and more unbreakable. Its a story woven
by love, sewn by tears, put together with hardships and
worn on the body like a second soul.
As I pen down this story, I want the reader to know that
I have poured my heart and soul into it. So belt yourself for
a journey that will surely bring tears to your eyes.
Introduction to Babu and Oli
Anil is a simple boy heading from a small village in
UP, India. He went through a challenging
childhood which lead to a self made man to whom
only goals and results mattered. He worked to achieve
those goals with bullheaded determination. A man who
kept to himself and had less friends by choice because he
thought that socializing and being with friends was a waste
of the precious hours he could invest in his future. Anil’s
strong headedness got him the best of education and ace
colleges up his sleeve and made him the most educated
man in his district. His educational career was a zoom ride
but sadness caught him on those days in the hostel when
he cried alone and missed his mother’s loving care. A
sadness which Anjali filled in his life with her love and care.
Anjali is a simple girl heading from a upper middle class
family who got all the amenities from childhood. She was
happy, bubbly and friendly to all. She was as ambitious as
Anil but never got the platform to perform. Hiding her deep
sorrow behind her happy face that only Anil could see in
her. Unlike Anil she struggled through her education but
not because she was a weak child but because she was
caught in the shackles of a constrictive family. Facing lot of
difficulties and carrying equal amount of experience Anjali
made it to a Masters but always regretted not getting the
chance of doing a PhD.
We have come to learn about two personalities who are
strong in their own right, progressive and ambitious. But
can you guess what these two unique individuals thought
Anil always kept away from woman because for him love
was pure. He was so confident about himself that he just
knew in his heart that the day he sees the right woman,
everything will click in place on its own. Until then he
wanted to save all his pure love for that right woman.
Anjali was a tomboy in matters of love. She saw too
many bitter relationships in family and friends which made
her believe that love was a waste. She made many friends
and broke badly too in those friendships. Her heart always
searched love but she ran from relationships with the fear
of being hurt again. Within she had committed to herself
that she will always love one and only one man in her life
and make him her husband but she was too realistic to
believe in the concept of love at first sight or that click
which Anil believed in.
Two people who are so similar in the way they perceived
their careers, can they be so different in the way they
perceive love? That is the beauty of this story!
The First Meeting
Anil and Anjali met the first time at SQC office in Dubai.
Anjali had newly joined and Anil was the marketing head.
The moment she entered for the first time Anil turned and
looked at a woman with interest. When they had their
introduction and handshake for Anil it clicked. He knew he
had found the girl he wanted to spend the rest of his life
The following days Anil observed Anjali’s bubbly and
friendly nature and the more he saw her, the more his heart
started to sink that a girl like Anjali would never choose
him. All he had was hope so with that little hope in his heart
he kept discussing his feelings for her with his colleague. He
wanted to take things further so he sneaked her mobile
number from her form at the reception. With lot of courage
he called her the next day when she had left from office
early for a training and he didn’t see her the rest of the day.
He tried to make small talk but he didn’t know that Anjali
knew he was beating around the bush. Surprisingly, unlike
Anjali’s usual nature she didn’t get annoyed but found it
cute. To return the favor and also because she wanted to
talk the next day Anjali called Anil when she didn’t see him
in the office. Anil was on cloud 9 and he kept laughing to
hide his nervousness which Anjali found very much
On the other hand, Anjali who was keen to make friends
and fill the love hole in her life started having keen interest
in Anil. She saw him at metro stations each morning and
tried to get his attention so that she got company on her
long ride to the office. Eventually, she did get his attention
and they started going to office together. They took the
long metro rides and walked through the sandy roads to
their office. During the metro rides, Anil just kept blooming
in the fact that how close Anjali was standing to him due to
the overly crowded metro. On the other side, Anjali was in
love with Anil’s sparkly eyes and was mesmerized by the
innocence they held.
From the first second when Anjali stepped into the SQC
office, Anil knew that he had found his girl but for Anjali it
was a long ride. She liked Anil but had trust issues due to
her broken friendships in the past and her overly
conservative family. Due to Anjali’s conservative family,
once when Anil called Anjali to meet in a small cafe just
near her house she came to meet him but the moment she
saw him in small jean shorts she took the first opportunity
and ran as fast as she could. Despite all this some special
moments had made a place in their life. Their walks
through the sandy road towards the office were very
special moments for both. On one such walk Anil gathered
the courage and indirectly confessed his feelings to Anjali.
Anjali was a practical lady and she was thinking to herself
that how could someone fall in love so deeply so soon with
anyone. She thought that maybe it was just an infatuation
for Anil and so she took it all lightly and smiled through his
confession. Few days later, even Anjali confessed her
feelings quite directly to Anil and left him shocked. It was a
bad day for Anjali, she had an issue had home and came to
office crying and sulky. Anil had gone to Abu Dhabi that
day and he tried to call Anjali all day but she didn’t reply his
messages or calls. Anil started to get worried and called the
office landline to speak to her. They both made small
conversation but that persistent coming from Anil made
her realize that this man would never leave her in times of
hardship. She kept the phone and immediately texted Anil
and told him that she loves him. She didn’t mean it in the
literal sense but in that emotional moment she loved him
for standing with her as a friend. That evening they both
met at a pizza shop and seeing Anjali’s sad mood Anil very
lovingly told her that it killed him to see tears in her eyes
and he never wanted to see them again. Anjali was touched
and didn’t know what to say but she knew she had found
Twenty days after Anjali joined the office, Anil left for
his yearly leave to his hometown. That was the moment
when Anjali’s feelings hit the rock. The day he left, he
dropped her near her house and Anjali couldn’t resist
giving him a hug. She tried to hug him tight but he was
hesitant to display his love publicly. When Anjali left Anil
stood shell shocked and watched her go. It was the best
moment of his life. When Anil left the next day, his absence
made Anjali long for him more and more. She was missing
him all the time and waited eagerly for him to return.
Meanwhile to avoid her lonely metro rides in the morning,
Anil had given her calling cards so that they could talk to
each other daily till he returned.
Once Anil returned, Anjali was very happy to have him
back but the days of his absence had made her realize that
she had to hold back her feelings and she couldn’t risk her
heart to be broken. She wanted to push him away but also
wanted him near all the time. She had come to Dubai to
find herself a groom. Whenever she went to meet
prospective grooms she told him with all the joy that she
could gather but within it killed her. But she didn’t know it
killed him too and he went back to his room and cried and
prayed that she doesn’t choose anyone else. She wanted to
push him away with these talks. At the same time she
brought him near by tricking him into joining yoga class
with her. Anil had done a lot of gym and athletic activities
during his college days but he didn’t believe in yoga. He
joined it anyway just to be near her for some more time.
Anjali kept an eye on him during yoga classes and soon
they both became the best yoga couple at the class. Anil
went a step further and became an ace yoga practitioner
and the best student of the class. He fell in love with yoga
and the changes it brought in his body but more than that
he was in love with the idea of doing yoga with her.
As their love story deepened, Anjali became Anil’s baby
and then his “Babu”. On the other hand, Anil became
Anjali’s Bholu Prasad then Bholu then Bholi and finally he
became “Babu’s Oli”.
About the Couple
One of our best memories together at Baskin Robbins.
Four years ago, I met a man who turned vegetarian for me.
With his strong determination he could do complicated
yoga poses and speak about business and numbers with
the same ease. I found him unbelievably cool and sexy, he
still makes my heart race and grounds me at the same time.
Nothing compares to you my dearest Oli, your compassion,
kindness, generosity and smarts are incredibly attractive
but so is your rusu phusu and your annoying perfectionism.
Thank you for being my partner and standing besides me
for these four years. They have been my most fulfilling.
Happy happy birthday my to be husband. I’m so thrilled I
get to keep you for the rest of my life. I love you the most
and I know you love me the best and the most. That I
promise you is the greatest gift I’ve ever received. Everyday
is phenomenal with you.
This beautiful couple has faced the thick and thins of life
and become one soul in two bodies. Both of them feel
lifeless without each other but they know that together
they can and will create a beautiful future. They are the
strength and backbone of each other and in true sense are
made for each other. One is incomplete without the other
and vice versa.