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    • Lata, well meaning gestures end up causing more harm than good sometimes. Parents need to be more vigilant when looking for a groom for their child.They should also have more confidence in their daughter’s ability to live a happy life as an unmarried, successful professional.

  1. Hmmmm sad and sadder still even in stories. But its such a big part of our society and life that its shocking too! We do this often and in the name of doing whats best for our child!
    Loving the way you are tackling the prompts for the challenge Su!

    • Shalini, hopefully the mindsets are changing. We should applaud the women who are happy to stay single and pursue their careers than get married to dowry seeking individuals. Thank you for following my story.

  2. We all know that these are the clues that should alert parents about the attitude of their daughter’s new in-laws. And yet we fall prey to them, hoping against hope that once all the demands are catered to things shall be well. How ironic that her name was Asha.

  3. It’s heartbreaking to hear about these realities of our society. The customs, the traditions are all thanks to the society, and ones which have to be followed, lest people tarnish one’s image.

  4. So, so true. Without realising their seriousness, how many times do we not ise these words – I promise – but we forget that we cannot even promise the outcome of our own behavior, let alone others’. I am loving this seroes Sulekha. These are important matters that need to be spoken about .

    • Rashmi, I promise to do that through out this challenge and hope something comes out of it. My heart goes out and families who’ve witnessed such tragedies. It’s time to say, No more!

  5. I hear same dialogues from every parent during marriage. How can a practical and sensitive girl enjoy her wedding if in laws demand more gifts and doesn’t show love? Iam enjoying the series Sulekha.

  6. I loved how you told this story. A bit of past, present and future. These issues are still prevalent in our society and it’s hurting when parents don’t realize what are they getting their girl into.
    A wonderful job, Sulekha!

    • Parul, your words made my day. Thanks. I wanted to show how loved she was and cherished by her parents but not treated the same way in her new house. It happens so often in many cases in real life.

  7. Why do people think that it’s okay to ask “gifts” and why do people think that they should oblige? I have came across some real life stories like this where the girl finally ended up dead. Parents can never forgive themselves when such cruelties happen. I loved the way you have expressed the story, Sulekha. These fragmented memories make it much harsh.

  8. Rightly said! There are so many Ashas and so many parents of Ashas who try to do everything possible to keep their daughters happy or so they think, but in the end its all tears because of some horrible people!

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