The Choice...




Papa working from home is it?

Yah, just wanted to push off couple of mails to onsite guys…

Okay pa, carry on…

Eh dear, come here… what’s the matter?



Nothng pa, you carry on… just wanted to check…

Eh I’m your Dad and I know you for past 28 years… Infact 28 years and 10 months to be more precise…

Ah… Papa… too much…

Ok, ok, I’m sorry, tell me what the matter…is?

Nothing pa, I couldn’t sleep, so thought of checking what are you upto!

Sunaina… come here first… come…come…Eh... look the mehndi in your hand look so wonderful…

Ah yeah… it looks OK…

What happened to my little princess… you look so tired and dull… what’s the matter…?

Nothing pa…

Eh please da… sunanina is always a good girl, she never hides anything from her dad… how can she today? Tell me da…

I am not going to say anything, if you keep typing nonsense in your laptop…close that first…

Ok here you go… I locked it…

Where is mamma…?

I wish she is gone for some long vacation, but bad luck to your papa, she must be here somewhere…

Papa… I already said I’ m not in a mood to listen to your crappy jokes…

Ok, I keep my mouth shut… you shoot…

Papa… I don’t know how to start… you and mamma always been the best people I could ever get and you were always there for me whenever I needed you…

okay my daughter doesn't know to bush around come to the matter dear…

Yeah you are right...Papa...Now something is bothering me inside for past few weeks and I don’t know any other better way than to discuss it with you...

Tell me da… What can we do for you?

Papa… this is about my marriage… you know I’m already 28 and…

Eh… are you worried about your marriage getting delayed?

Yeah... but…

Sunaina we are trying hard to get a best one for you… you don’t have to worry about anything… you are good looking, well educated moreover a handsome package… what else one need…

But you were trying to get me married for more than a year now… still you couldn’t finalize on this…

The problem is we want to match a best one for you da… its life matter you see... can’t take any hasty decisions da dear…

I know that papa… I know that… I don’t know how to express my feelings…I’m … I’m actually getting frustrated…

Frustrated…frustrated of what? You are worried because all your fellow friends are married age before, is that so?

No pa…. it’s not that…

Then you are frustrated of what?



Come on, open it out…

Papa…



Papa…. I’m Frustrated of mamma behavior… I don’t know how to tell? I … I simply don’t want all she expects from my future partner…

But her expectations are valid da… she wants a best for you…

I don’t need the best… I only need a good one… I … I just feel you people are delaying things unnecessarily….

Sunaina, we discuss each and every profile that we come across right… did we hide anything from you?

Right, I am not denying that… but who take the last shots… you discuss the profiles with me, but you take the decisions…

But we take the right and best decisions in the interest of you… don’t you agree with me…

Okay pa, let me come straight to the point… couple of week before, we came across a profile from Bangalore, do you remember?

Hmm… Bangalore… some name… what was that?

Venkat…

Ah... Venkat... Yah I remember…

Tell me pa, didn’t you like him?

Did you like him?

Answer me first; you liked that boy or not?

Yeah he sounded good profile to me…

Why?

He might not have a dashing personality, but nevertheless a decent looking boy, seems to be having good habits… from the look seems like god fearing too…then…

Then …

Then more importantly a secure job with a decent salary…

Thanks pa, I didn’t have to remind all about him to you…

Yah because, according to me he came close to become a partner to you…

Then why pa, you didn’t go ahead with him…

Hang on a minute… are you trying to tell me that you started liking that boy and you aren’t happy with us not opting for that selection?

Give me a break… I never said that…

Then be clear… what’s you accusation?

I just think it’s absurd by not opting Venkat…

That’s what I said, you started liking him right?

Papa…please try to be with me… don’t get my words wrong..

Sunaina, I am trying to understand those silences between your words…

Ok, let me be clearer… I don’t deny the fact that I liked him the first time I saw him on photo…

That’s what…

I said let me complete please…

Ok, sorry, carry on…

First I liked him as I first saw him on photo… as you said, not a tom cruise kinda look, but defintely a boy next door kinda look… homely face… And had all ingredients that we all expected… so far so good right papa?

Right…

You too liked him, right papa?

Hmm…Right…

But still we didn’t go ahead with it... right papa?

Right…

Because mamma had reservations, right papa?

Right…

Because she thought he isn’t suited for me, right papa?

Right Da…

No papa, no… this time you aren’t right… you were wrong… mamma is wrong… I feel he is right suited for me…

Eh you know why mamma didn’t go for him…

That’s what I said some time back… I don’t want best; I only want a good one papa…

Listen... First of all, he is just a B.Com graduate and you have done B.Tech, it just doesn’t match…

Papa, I thought you are looking for my marriage not to appoint somebody to work along with me…

Practically, you both would have lot many clash… moreover mamma feels he might not get a handsome secured job… with his kinda qualification…

Papa… he is paid more than me…

Yeah... But mamma wants someone with your similar kinda education…

So that he is paid atleast a lakh per year right…?

We are not money minded, but mamma wants someone to match you or fares better than you in all level…

But I don’t want such one pa… that’s why my marriage is getting delayed… trying to match each and every point… horoscope matching, family matching, job matching, education matching, matching, matching, matching… oh god… when will you both try to match our hearts..?

I just think you are getting annoyed unnecessarily?

Papa… again please understand me, I’m not dying for him, if he isn’t there for me, it’s OK, no hard feelings… but I just couldn’t understand your logic of denying such profiles…



Come on pa.. so what if he is just B.Com graduate, he has done quite a bit of education through correspondence, through which he is decently placed now… why you wanted to match B.E to B.E, B.Tech to B.Tech… please pa… we need to compromise on something…

Are you getting feared you wouldn’t get married at all..

May be… I don’t know, but I’m sure on one thing, for a girl, she can have as many preference as she wants at 24 but not on 28… somewhere she has to compromise…. Otherwise things might go out of hand… and for your kind information I’m already 28…

Do you like him?

More than I answer that question, what I want is that I don’t want my parents to dislike somebody just because he is a B.Com graduate and I’m a B.Tech…

Okay sunaina… somewhere I need to listen to either one of the woman in this house, let it be you this time…

Papa… somewhere in my lifetime, I need to take decisions on my own, let it be this one… hope mamma agree with us…

She already agreed… she’s just standing behind you…

Mamma… mamma what I was saying to papa was…

No need to say anything sunaina, I was there from the start… Darling, can you call the boy's father tomorrow and talk to him?

Next Day

Hello, First of all Happy Diwali…

Happy Diwali, May I know who is calling?

I’m Krishnan, Sunaina’s Father, we talked about one marriage alliance two weeks before, do you remember?

Yes, yes I could remember, so how are you? How is sunaina? Did she get a good alliance?

That’s why I called you for… I am really sorry for not getting back to you for last couple of weeks, we had actually not in town, went to Delhi to attend one marriage…

It’s ok, no problem…

So just called you to know if we can talk further about the alliance, we matched the horoscope and it seems to be matching well…

Sir, please don’t mistake me, we waited for your response for more than a week, but you didn’t turn up, just last week we got another alliance for my son from Bangalore itself, and by God’s grace we have finalized everything…



Hello, hello… are you in line?

Ah yeah, sorry…some disturbance here…

So I’m sorry to say we can’t talk further on this, we actually wanted Sunaina for Venkat, but God had different plans for him… but don’t worry sir.. I surely wish and pray for your daughter to get a good alliance soon…

Thank you very much…

What’s there in it… it’s just a mutual help… and I surely want you to attend my son’s marriage with family please… I’ll soon send the marriage invitation...

At Home

Sunaina… come here…

What Pa, why are you looking dull?

Sorry da, I couldn’t help you…

Oh they denied this time is it?

They didn’t deny, we were actually bit late?

Oh so they got another Sunaina, Ah!

Sorry Da...Trust your Papa, within a month I would get a best…sorry a good one for you…not just fulfilling our expectations, but matching your interests… trust me da…

I trust you Papa… I trust you…


5 comments:

Aboorva said...

Not have a time to read the complete story ...........

Arpita said...

Hey DT of course I remember you! how have u been? Its great of you to visit my blog after so long. I thot u had stopped bloggin.

I see that you have posted a nice long story. lemme read it :)

Keep in touch!

Arpita said...

Hey that was pretty sensitively written. good work. I really enjoyed readin it :)

Mailers & Eurolaw said...

Nice one...thought provoking, all characters in each n every story of urs r extremely understanding, u said they r inspired by real life people, i m wondering does such kind of understanding between relationships really exist . . . . .

KRI said...

Hi DT.. read it at last.. THE CHOICE..
Nice.. I know who and Why u wrote that :)
Surely there will be a Happy Ending:)
in reality too :)