College romances are meant to be fun, laughter and companionship. But for 23-year-old Sunny Pawar, companionship has assumed a new meaning. His girlfriend, Aarti Macwan, met with a serious accident a year-and-a-half ago and has been in coma ever since.
Sunny says Aarti - his girlfriend of of two-and-a-half years - was a cheerful, independent girl. But now she needs to be cared for 24 hours a day.
"I spent 15 months with Aarti before the accident and 15 months after. It's those 15 months that have forced me, motivated me and given me the determination to go on," says Sunny.
Sunny was a student before the accident but he has now given up his studies to take care of Aarti. He feeds her, keeps her clean, talks to her and takes care of all her daily needs.
Aarti's mother Bharati Macwan can only marvel at this young boy whose role has transcended way beyond the regular boyfriend.
"He is a male member and taking care of my daughter and serving her like anything even before marriage. He' s her boyfriend, he's her father," she says.
Struggling with financial difficulties and the inevitable depression, Sunny pins up poems and positive messages on the wall opposite Aarti's bed.
And even though this unique couple isn't bound in a marriage, they are already living their vows - together in sickness and in health, till death do them apart.