For Nanda, romance didn’t come when it was needed the most; and when it came, a stroke of bad luck never allowed her to make the most of it. Her affair with Manmohan Desai was short-lived as within two years after their engagement on June 18, 1992, Desai expired. “This phase was the shortest and the sweetest phase of my life. In this period I came to know what is love, in fact I learnt the reason to live. Though Manji and I never worked together, we fell in love with each other. “You are like a goddess and am very fortunate to have you in my life,” he had said, recalls Nanda adding, “We were supposed to get married. That was the time when my mother contracted Cancer and I being deeply attached to my mother was constantly besides her. Manji said, ‘I will not marry you now. If I do so, your love will get divided between your mother and me and that is what I don’t want,’ he had stressed. Nanda’s mother expired in 1993 while in the following year she lost Manji.