Hence Sold

She completed her graduations. Her parents,like any other parents were concerned about her marriage. But unlike other parents they were too damn concerned. Why?

They were parents of TWO DAUGHTERS.. You see, having a brother, a real one, is still an important criteria for selecting a girl as a daughter-in-law in their community. I don’t know how the real brother serves her sister or her in-laws, after her marriage but as my mom says “keh diya na, aisa hota hai,to hota hai”. (I told you, this is how it works)

Initially they were calm, asking known one’s only, but gradually the search turn out to be an aggressive one. Asking everyone, talking to even distant relatives to whom they haven’t talk since ages, making a matrimony profile,and what not. In short everything. In this time she completed her post graduation too.And to add their misery, she got spects….
How the hell, the doctor prescribed her spects, she is only 23 and she always have food rich in Vitamin E in her diet. “Ab kon krega usse shaadi” (Now who will marry her)
It’s not that they didn’t get any proposals, as we all know sex ratio is very low in our country, for every girl there are about 5-6 guys. But then they rejected guys as they were either from a low profile family or were less educated then her. “Inna kyun padhi ki ladke nahi mil rhe, kaha tha ladki ko itna mat padhao” (why did you study so much now it’s hard to find guys, I already said don’t let her study so much )
She was beautiful, or to be precise “FAIR”, educated, intelligent, smart, and was well aware of all the household chores and a professional in “cooking”. But you know all these things are ignored just like newton’s third law is ignored in Rohit Shetty’s movies when one doesn’t have money to be given as dowry.
Dowry though illegal but the top criteria for selecting a daughter-in-law. A rich-reputed family wants nothing from the girl’s parents…… other than the money spent by them on their son’s education. Sometimes i feel like people educate their son for the sole purpose of taking dowry just like people visit malls for the sole purpose of clicking selfies later to be posted on social media. And those sophisticated families they don’t want any dowry…whaaat?? yes they don’t want dowry, they want the money spent by them on the marriage. You see, no dowry..
They just wanted a good family, where their daughter can live happily. Of Course they consider those asking dowry are good people…to quote my mom’s words “jab inna kharcha kia hai bete pe, to mangege hi na” Aur jo KHARCHA beti pe kia, “tu apni padhai pe dhyan de”.(“when they have spent so much on their son, obviously they’ll ask dowry”  And what about expenses on the girl?  “You concentrate on your studies“)
No one asked what she wants, no one was bothered whether she was ready for marriage, what kind of guy she wants to marry. Nothing. And as an “adarsh bhartiya beti” (Ideal Indian daughter) she didn’t even utter a word. Obviously she was hurt by the sudden change in the behaviour of her parents. She used to be the apple of their eyes, and now they don’t even have any time to look into her wet eyes. Yeah she knew their parents love her, and are doing all this for her happiness, but what they missed is to see whether she was really happy??
Amidst all these depression came a good news. A good guy, from a good family, with a engineering degree, wants to marry her even after knowing that she doesn’t have a REAL BROTHER.. “Arey itna aacha insaan kahin nahin milega, devat hain ye to” (You won’t such good person anywhere, he’s godlike). They just want FEW lakhs, a car, furniture, clothes, heavy jewellery and nothing else. “itna to shaadi me sb dete hi hai” (everyone gives at least this much in marriage) One has to secure their daughter’s future no.
So the first round of selection took place, and both the families approved each other. In the next round his sister approved her as “bhabhi” (sister-in-law) *giggling*. In the next round his mother father and other relatives approved her as “bahu” (daughter-in-law). And in the last round he approved her as “wife”. Did she approve anyone?? “hamare yahan ladkiyo in sab mamlon me nahi bolti, tu padhai kar” (The girls here do not speak in all these matters, you study)
So now the product has been sold. But wait... where is the sales agreement???

The Second, Last Meeting


So here comes the point where She has to prove her love for him.
She actually love him. No infatuation. No attraction. Feelings!!!
But why can’t He see that. Why he needs a proof of that. She has heard from male friends, read quotes, seen in movies..”relationships are not all about intimacy”. Even the first time she made love to him was a kind of task for her..a highly regretted one. Now she don’t know how to react..Is everything so pratical in this world?? Is love all about getting laid?? Was he right?? Is there no place for emotions??
Million thoughts were running on her mind, which made her numb. Words were not comming out her mouth. Framing sentence appeared to be an alien art.
A part of her kept saying don’t be a fool, he don’t loves you..think wisely. But his lie was the only thing that made meaning to her, for which She craves, what She always wanted to hear. Hence She gave-in, She hugged him, He kissed her..
But then



She was not ready.
She declined firmly
He absorbing the circumstances left her saying that they are totally different people and derive different meaning of love, They can’t be together even when they both love each other..
She stood still, not knowing how to react. He hugged her and bid her goodbye
She stood there..STILL
Is She meeting him for the last time? Are all the couples in this world alike?? Was She wrong???


The Second, Last Meeting

The day has something good in it. The sun was extra bright, the birds were more chirpy and her heart, it was blooming. But what made
her happy this?? What made everything this lively??
A call.., a call from someone she never expected. Someone she bid goodbye to, though reluctantly and on a sad note but there was
nothing she could have done. She couldn’t hide her excitment, with sparkling eyes, quivering hands and shivering voice she took the
call. He wanted to meet so asked her if she was free.Her heart started doing sommersaults, She felt like she has been granted, all her
wishes. Without wasting a moment she said YES, she never looked on her schedule when it comes to him.
She tried to pretend as if she was taking this meeting casually, warned all the butterflies in her stomach, taught them to behave so that
he can’t figure out how happy she was, assuming he was interested in knowing how she feels or how she is. Silly!!!
They met, he took a room to prevent uninivited stares and stories. He, following the custom, complimented her. She smiled and asked
about his life. She kept jumping from a questions to another to confirm if he was fine and doing well.
She : You got new hairstyle? But you look good with your hairs down
He : I look good, always
She : But i love your hairs that way, more!!
He : And I love you…
She : what
He : I always did , you screwed everything… Look, I love you, make love to me!!
She ignored the second part and hugged him, Commited her love for him. She was well aware that her insecurity, possessiveness,
irritating and annoying behaviour has brought their relationship to an end. But was glad to see that his love came back to her. Silly!!!
He : Make love to me.
She : (lovingly) Stop it. No.. I have got so much to share..I missed you like hell..Thankyou for forgivi….
He : We can always talk after making love.
She : (surprised) Please. You know am not that comfortable with this love making thing.
He : But its not the first time right?
She : (shocked) * You know I didn’t want to make love..did just for you.You know I take it as sin. You know how much i felt guilty
about, our love making. You know what I feel about it.You know how insecurely I behaved after it* Why are you behaving like a
typical cheap guy?
He : After the havoc you caused in my life don’t you think you owe me this.
She : (shattered) *Owe you. Owe you sex because I love you. Because I wasn’t strong to accept the drift in you after we had sex.
Because I can’t see you talking to your ex* I apologised from the bottom of my heart after realising my mistake.
He : Oh common… Its kind of compensation. And we too love each other so there is nothing bad in it.
She : You love me?
He : (irritated) Ofcorse I do. Why else am here..
She : (sobbing) then can’t you just drop this idea of yours for my sake
He : C’mon don’t act like a kid. Don’t start this crying thing. I can take this. You don’t even love me. If you love me then do it for me.
She : (convincingly) I do love you.
He : Prove it.

The Black Bride

You don’t understand. People will make fun of her. She is darker than you. You don’t understand the norms of society!!
Ajay : C’mon Mom. World is changing.We are above this racial discrimination.
Dad : Let it be Ajay. She won’t ever understand.She consider herself Mrs India.
Kanchan : Bhabhi..Look at yourself and than talk about others, If Ajay is okay then why do you have problems??

[ Hmmm.. I should look at myself first!! Its been forty-years now. But I clearly remember my time. After “Girha-Pravesh” ceremony when maaji saw me for the first time, She was dumdstruck. Numb.IT took her some good 10 minutes to come-back into senses.
Rajeev was the most eligible bachelor of his time. There were girls going mad for him, for his looks…Coming from a reputed Brahim-zamindar family and being an english scholar of that time, has brought him many good proposals. But my father being the higest-bidder grabbed the opportunity for me.
For a father, their daughters are flawless beautiful princessess and so was I for my dad. And so he failed to recognise that his daughter is black. Yes. I was a Bright Student. Good Learner.Expert Home- maker. And in the words of my dad, shares the same varna as of Lord Krishna. But I remember what my sasu-ma said “Sab badai ek taraf, ek gorai ek taraf”
She hated me from the very first day and looked forward for other prospects for Rajeev. But Rajeev was admant. He decided not to marry again. As “jo naseeb me hoga, wahi milega”. Maaji tried persauding him in every possible means.. Initially she and Kanchan (my sister-in-law) didn’t even let me fold his dried clothes as they will turn black too. Kanchan passed all the limits to insult me, in front of her friends or Rajeev’s friends as I was the “grahan” in the “chand”. Even Rajeev used to feel disgusted to take me out..to parties.. to shopping..for the fear of being spotted by someone known. From time to time he used to mention that “Vo hi hai jo ye shaadi nibha rha hai, koi aur to kabke chodd ke chale jata”.
When I conceived, all I was worried, was about the complexion of the child. I didn’t let any God take this issue for granted, not leaving them for a single moment. Thankfully I was blessed with a FAIR baby boy. And that somehow stopped the sufferings. Reluctantly maaji accepted me as her daughter-in-law..
I, sometimes, wonder what kept me going,what made me strong,why i keep tolerating all those inhuman gestures. Now i see same thing…….]

Ajay : Mom…answer!! Why are you so against this girl?? Aapko to ulta samjhna chahiye. Dad ne bhi to aapse shadi ki..
Beta…Shaadi kro par ousse ehsaan mat banne dena!!