Piya was aggrieved and distressed to see her parents’ face everyday over the disappointment of not getting an eligible groom for their only daughter. Their daughter was good looking, matured, sensible, classy, competitive, yet down to earth with her basics and principles right, self-dependent and possessed all the skills for a suitable bride. She hailed from a conservative yet semi-modern family where social values were given utmost importance. For her, going against her parents’ wish was a sin. She prayed everyday to God to help her find anyone for that matter even a physically challenged or disabled person…so that it would lessen her parents’ burden and they would be very happy in the wedding arrangements of their daughter and to see their daughter wedded happily under social norms and conditions. I know it was more on an emotional ground that she thought that way but deep in her heart she believed her parents can never be happy with that…

One of the days they found a guy and a family who agreed for the proposal. The guy was of the same religion and cultural background….. They agreed to meet up in person to take it forward and the day arrived when the girl and the boy met for a while. An hour’s communication can’t reveal too much but over the given circumstances, seeing her family overjoyed after meeting a guy so simple and genuine, she could think of nothing but say yes to the alliance. Thinking that she would adjust herself as other girls do!! Bottom-line was she had to leave her parents’ home and go away and her family would not have to bear the brunt of answering to questions like, “so when is your daughter getting married?” “Did she get engaged yet? Not yet? Why”… “Time is flying, and you must get her married….why looking for everything…you won’t find all qualities in one…” etc etc as the known circle of friends/ neighbors would intervene and rip them apart.

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