Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Wedlock

April 28, 2012
             "Is she sleeping?"
             "Yes."
             "Good. The cake is ready. Come let us stick the decorative stickers."
             "She made superb arrangements for Ramya's birthday.We have do go one step ahead for her.", said one of Subha's friends. Subha had not slept. She was hearing all these. A happiness hearing all these about the preparations for her birthday. Who will sleep at 11:45 PM in this particular day? Most of the people do so to get to know how people think about them and do stuff for them for their birthdays.
               Clock turned 12. Ramya came to wake up Subha. Ramya went close to Subha's ear and said, "Happy birthday Subha." Subha said, "Hmm" and turned herself 180 degrees.
              "What Hmm? Get up see who are all came."
               Subha continued to act as she was deeply sleeping.
               "Subha. Wake up."
               Subha opened her eyes suddenly and got up. Ramya hugged her. Friends who had come there wished her and the birthday celebrations went well.

April 29, 2012 7:30 AM Sunday
             Subha's phone started to ring. Subha who was sleeping well picked the phone.
              "Happy birthday Subha.", wished her father Krishnan.
              "Thank you dad."
              "Had your breakfast?"
              "No, dad. Just woke up."
              "Okay. Go to temple today."
              "Sure, dad."
              "And you have turned 24."
              "Yes.", laughed Subha
              "I wish your twenty fifth birthday will be with your husband."
              "No haste dad. I am planning for my MBA."
              "Subha. Your mom married me when she was 32. She did not want your wedding to be postponed. Late wedding has its own drawbacks. Mark my words as it come from your own father."
              "No dad."
              "I am giving phone to mom."
              "Subha!! Happy birthday. Wear that yellow saree which I couriered you. Go to Birla mandir and pray to Narayana."
             "Thanks mom. I will do."
             "I hope you understood what dad have conveyed."
             "Mom, but."
             "Don't worry. We shall discuss on your next visit here. Some one else is calling. I will call you back."

Subha got ready and went to temple as instructed by her mother. Her mind was wavering. Subha, a easy go lucky girl. She likes to be with fiends all the time. She wants atleast two to three people to sit around her. She is a chatter box. She never thought about wedding till date. She was preparing for CAT and GMAT exams.She had some personal goals and she was very well in line towards her goals. The wedding talks made her confused.
           
The next day
            "Ramya. My parents are planning for my wedding."
            "Super de."
            "What is super in it? I don't want to marry now.  You know about my MBA plans."
            "Yes, I do. But why not? Subha, it is not easy for a woman to set goals and go through it in this particular age. Of course parents will think to settle her girl child by doing wedding for her. This is India. Did you say your plan?"
           "I said. Of course, they do know this before."
           "But why they want you to get married now?"
           "My mom is worried. She thinks I will also get married late like her."
           "You take your time. It is your life."

Subha's parents did not speak about wedding still her GMAT and CAT exams got over. Subha went to her hometown to see her parents. She took vacation for a week. She had her breakfast and sat in the sofa wither her mom and dad.
          "Subha. I have a friend here in Coimbatore. You do not know him and I haven't said about him to you as well. He know you well. He has seen you in Pavithra's wedding last year."
          "Is he coming here?"
          "No. What I am coming to say is, he has a son. His name is Deeraj."
          "Dad.....", Subha understood what her father coming to say.
          "Brilliant girl. You got my point,"
          "Why are you doing like this?"
          "See. I am fifty nine already. I don't want to wait longer to see my daughter's  wedding."
          "Dad. I have just finished my CAT exam. I will definitely get into IIMs."
          "Okay. But I have to wait for two more years. You will also be two years older. Will you marry immediately after your MBA? Definitely not. You will be atleast four years older from now. I as a parent want you to see as an MBA. I also don't want to see my daughter getting married late. Deeraj is a nice guy. I don't know if I can get another Deeraj after five or six years."
         "Give me some time to decide, dad".
         "Take your own time upto day after tomorrow morning", said Krishnan.
         "Look Subha. We asked you about wedding after your engineering. You said you wanted to see how to be far from home. We said yes. At the age of playing with grandchildren, taking them to school and helping them in studies, we are having a daughter of 24. I will be a proud mother to see my daughter as an MBA. But. I think you would have understood what I am trying to say."
        Subha was confused. As an independent woman she wanted to pursue her MBA. But as a daughter of her parents, she wanted to go by their words. She is their only child as well.

After 2 days,
        "Dad and Mom."
        "Yes Subha", replied her mom.
        "I don't want you to wait longer."
        "Come.", called her mom. She opened the vessel and fed Subha with a spoon of sugar. Tears came out of her. Krishnan went to pooja room and did a namaskaram.
        "Shall I call Raman?", asked Krishnan.
        "Yes, dad"
Krishnan called Raman
        "Hello. Raman. My daughter Subha has come for vacation. I said about your interest. She said yes. Today is apt day to start wedding talks. If you come by evening, you can see my daughter and we can confirm the wedding dates."

Subha still had confusion. The two girls inside her, MBA girl and the daughter fought hard. MBA girl succeeded some times and the daughter succeeded some times. Since daughter had emotional support, it always had the upper hand. The fight happened continuously.

Evening
          Raman came with his wife.
          "I saw your daughter in Pavithra'swedding. She is brilliant and caring. Even tall. Perfect match for Deeraj."
         "My husband said that you liked her and wanted Deeraj to marry her.", replied Subha's mom.
         "She sang a song in the Anthakshari. Wow. Beautiful."
         "She learnt music. I taught her Barathanatiyam as well.  She is really good dancer. She danced in her school, college and fine arts functions in Peelamedu."
         "Does she dance as well? Great."
         "Shall we see her?"
         "Yes."
Subha came to hall. She wore the yellow saree which her mom bought for her birthday. She was like a goddess. Any parent with a son for wedding would like to make her their daughter-in-law. Subha came and got blessings from the elders.
          "I am Raman. I am very straight forward person. I saw you in Pavi's wedding. I liked your character. My son is tall, Even you. I thought you would be a perfect match for Deeraj, my son. I conveyed this to your father. And we are here to hear your say. As I said, I am straight forward and practical. I will take your answer and proceed further. What is your say?"
          The daughter in Subha came to say yes. But the MBA girl fought with her to make to say her no. Subha replied, "Yes."
         "Good. Deeraj is lucky. You liked him. Krishnan, did you show his photo to her?"
         "No, not yet", replied Krishnan.
Raman took his mobile and showed Deeraj's photo to Subha.
         "He is not as fair as you. Half feet taller than you and of course good looking and person with good behavior. Do you like him?"
         Subha waved her head as a symbol of yes.
         "Subha, sing a song.", said her mother.
         "No. No. No. No formalities. I have heard her singing in Pavi's wedding. I have even seen her dancing in Peelamedu Fine Arts function. Elegant dancing. Perfect lady you are Subha."
         Subha's mom amazed at the way Raman impressing Subha. She was the one who said about her dancing skills few minutes back.
          "Today is apt day. Let us finalize the wedding day as well. I checked with astrologer. He said April 17th is perfect date. As you know, my son is coming to India only on April 14th. So we can have betrothal day before wedding."
         "As you say. We will start searching for marriage hall and start invitation printing works.", replied Krishnan happily

A week later

Deeraj called Subha from his mobile. He saw the videograph of Pavi's wedding. Deeraj completely fell in love seeing her and he is the one who insisted his father to talk for wedding.
        "Hello. This is Deeraj"
        "Hello. Subha here."
        "My father said about you and the wedding. First, I was hesitant. He said about your character and sent your photo. I am very happy, I am going to marry you."
        Subha wanted to speak a lot. The MBA girl developed an ego and stopped the lover girl to talk a lot.
        "I am also very happy. I am in meeting. Please call this Sunday.", said Subha and cut the phone.
        The lover girl wanted to know more about Deeraj. She went to Deeraj's facebook profile and gathered all information about him. The MBA girl always stopped her from clicking the Add friend button. She saw all the photos of him. She came to know from his posts that Deeraj's interests are like her's. Movie fanatic, Ilayaraja, Sachin, Dhoni and Ajith fan. More friends like her. Not too much posts. Not too much shares, The quotient of lover girl developed. But the MBA girl made sure that the lover girl did not occupy Subha completely. Their calls did not have love. It was just hi and hello. It was only weekly calls till arrival of Deeraj. Meanwhile Subha got good marks in GMAT and CAT but she did not apply  for admissions.

April 17,2013
Couple of hours before wedding. MBA girl inside Subha came out with anger
       "You grew me. I was not at all there. You developed goal within yourself. But when I was about to emerge, you killed me. Think of the fame of you in society after MBA. You killed me.", said MBA girl.
       "But my parents desperately wanted me to get married. They think Subha remaining unmarried as a burden. I stayed with them for long time than you. We have to understand the parents", said the daughter.
         "And this Deeraj. He is a life breaker for Subha. Subha will not be happy after wedding. She will ask for permissions. Permissions for everything. Even to buy dress.", said MBA girl
        "He seems to be straight forward and practical like his father. His facebook profile is an evidence. Lively and charming person. Subha is lucky", said the lover girl.
        "You just came few months back but stopping Subha to take firm decision to pursue MBA.", replied the MBA girl.
        "Hey. You stop. She is doing what I wanted.", replied the daughter.

         Somebody knocked the door. Subha opened the door and it was Deeraj at other side of the door.
        "Subha. The day. The day I waited for. I am really happy. So will be you. (Imaginery face of lover girl came out) This is the start. We have to be together at all circumstances. We have to be rolemodel for future pairs. I wanted to speak a lot with you. But you were always busy. We can speak a lot here after. I can here you sing. I can see you dance. I will give my fullest to you. Let gods wish us all the best.", said Deeraj
        Subha waved her head.
        "You look beautiful in saree."
        Subha smiled.
         The words of Deeraj suppressed MBA girl and the lover girl took maximum precedence over Subha.
       
Wedding
         It was maximum lover girl then. Subha's face was full of smile. People came to Wedding was amazed by the pair they make. "Deeraj is brownish, tall like Rama. Subha is fair, humane like Sita. ", said one of the elder persons seeing the pair. The wedding went on well. It is a formality in Tamil weddings that bride will go with bridegroom family after wedding and bride's family members settle things in wedding hall and leave later. While bride leave with bridegreoom, the bride and entire family of bride will cry since bride no longer live continuously with bride's family. It is where daughter of every bride comes out intensely preceding over lover girl/wife. Same happened to Subha. She cried like a child. Deeraj held the hands of Subha tightly which indirectly said he was there for her. He understood the feeling of her. Thinking about her separation from her parents, tears came out of his eyes. The first drop fell on Subha's hand. Subha saw his face and there came a smile amidst the cry from her. The vehicle started and slowly daughter in Subha settled down.
             Next ten days, the pair used to roam around places to visit their relatives.

April 26, 2013
             
            Subha and Deeraj reached Chennai airport to board the flight. Here after it would be only Subha and Deeraj in New York. The flight took off. The pair reached New York the next day morning. Subha and Deeraj had heavy jet lag and slept.

April 28, 2013
         
            "You can use the internet and TV. So that you will not feel alone. Call me now and then. I will be back at 6. See you.", said Deeraj and went to office. Next day is Subha's birthday. Every year she celebrated it with their loved ones. This time it would be with her husband. She was not sure whether Deeraj knew that it is her birthday the next day. She thought, when she had visited his facebook profile umpteen time, he would have also done so. She opened facebook and gave friend request to Deeraj.
             Deeraj did not reach home at 6. It was 7. But still Deeraj did not reach home. Subha called him and Deeraj replied that he had more work since he was back from vacation and it would take more time and to sleep. Subha opened facebook to see if someone wished her for birthday since it is already 29th in India. No one wished her in facebook as well. Couple of banks and few shops sent her wishes in gmail but not a single person.
             The MBA girl started to emerge as clock neared 12 AM.

29th April 2013, 12 AM

             The MBA girl emerged suddenly and preceded over lover girl. No one is talking about her. No celebration. No phone calls, not even a facebook wish. Her husband did not even know her birthday.
             "You made Subha feel bad. If I was there in her, it would be double treat in India for birthday and IIM admission."
             "She didn't say her birthday to Deeraj. What should I do for that?"
             "Second day in US. Look at her face."
             "When Deeraj shed tears for her in wedding, did you see Subha's face. That is love."
             "Birthday is more important. Look at her face. She is thinking about her previous birthdays. She will cry now."
            "Stop the nonsense. Don't make her to cry."

1.40 AM
            Deeraj came to house.
            "Sorry Subha. I didn't know it will take this time. Why didn't you sleep?"
            The MBA girl took the precedence and Subha started to say something and the calling bell sound came. She moved to the door and opened it. Deeraj's friend came in with the cake. Deeraj came from behind and wished "Happy birthday Subha". The three year old kid of Deeraj's friend gave rose to Subha. The celebrations went well. Deeraj gave a gift to Subha. It was videograph of all Subha's known persons wishing her. Ramya called her and wished for her birthday.
             When Subha asked why didn't she wish even on facebook for this time. She replied,"Because of Deeraj. He called all our friends and said that his wish has to be first. And he said about delayed celebration. We shot our wishes and sent to him. We called others and asked them not to wish you till evening even in facebook. Lovely idea. Isn't it?"
              The lover girl's quotient went very high. She hugged Deeraj. There was love in it. Deeraj gave a cover to Subha.
               "Interview letter for MBA from Stern school of business .", amazed Subha.
               "Yes."
               "But I didn't apply."
               "I did."
               "I had to sign the application."
               "Your signature is pretty easy, Subha. I practiced just twice."
               "How did you know about my MBA plan?"
               "I knew it. I had to. You were my future wife then. I have to know your likes, dislikes, your dreams. Your fb status, Subha. I saw the posts about your GMAT and CAT scores."

               The MBA girl mingled with lover girl and became wife. Subha, the wife hugged her husband. In this hug, there were love and also affection.
         
                The brown and tall Rama had to break heavy bow to live with fair and humane Sita. The brown and tall Deeraj had unknowingly killed the ego called MBA girl to live happily with fair and humane Subha. Every male has to do something to make the person who he married as his wife.