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  1. alkagurha

    Relevant short and crisp take on the prompt Sulekha. I missed the earlier part but this gave me a touching glimpse of what you wish to convey. I have a cousin who is doing very well in a big corporate house and earning a fat salary. Sadly, most boys don’t want to marry her because their ego doesn’t allow their future wife to earn more than what they do.

  2. Sulekha, that was good read. I can imagine Asha bursting to tell her news and her parents not interested in her career. I faced something similar but my parents were worried I was getting old at 23. I have a wonderful husband, and thankfully more freedom than I had at my mother’s place, yet at 23 I was too young and bursting with ideas. But parents had only one thing on their minds.

    • Lata, thanks a ton. Am so glad that you have a wonderful hubby and are enjoying a happy married life. My parents too were worried about my marriage and relieved when they saw me take 7 pheras with my Naval officer hubby at 24 years 🙂 We will be different than them with our kids.

    • Reema, parents have their children’s best interests at heart. They listen if you talk to them and explain your reasons for not getting married right now. My daughter is a practicing lawyer at 28 and wants to focus on her career and further studies, we Support her decision and respect her wishes 🙂

  3. Lovely read, Sulekha. I could picture Asha bursting with the joy of her success at work, but forced to keep it aside and get ready to welcome her would be groom and family. Well written, Sulekha. Waiting to read more about Asha.

  4. I seem to have missed the earlier parts. Is this a series?

    Asha’s exuberance is so understandable, even to me at the age of 39! I can only imagine her frustration at not being able to share the news. And what is it with people wanting to get things done, come what may? I do hope this has a happy ending. I mean I know it’s fiction and everything but Asha deserves better. Waiting to see how Vilas turns out. 😀

    • Shailaja, it is a series. I have shared the links to the first three parts at the beginning of my post. Guess they aren’t too prominently displayed. Do read them to get the essence of the story, the end of the story is revealed in the first part 🙂 Thanks for reading.

  5. The whole act of ‘seeing the girl’ to me feels odd. Adding to it when parents give in to the societal pressure, the girl can not be herself. She goes through a change too.
    Poor Asha! Career achievement brushed aside to ensure marriage is settled. Such a sad reality!

  6. Parul, a lot has changed since our parents got married but still this ritual of going to the girl’s house with lots of relatives is common in many sections of our society. I am mainly addressing that section in my story. Thanks.

  7. The attitude probably stemmed from the fact that generations ago, it sure was the job of the husband to earn a living to take care of his wife’s needs. Hence the superiority complex. But society has undergone changes, and the women are capable of taking care of their financial needs, thanks to education coming in. However, attitudes have still not evolved in sync with the changes. Where the girls side ends up being apologetic, the boys side, seems to take it to their advantage and throw their weight….

    • Ramya, it is these attitudes we are hoping to change, bit by bit. Unless the mindsets change, peoplein the society will suffer for no fault of theirs. Bringing about a change is important, we can do it.

  8. I don’t know when parents will understand that marriage is just a part of life not the life itself…. I am feeling sad for Asha… I feel like shouting and crying for her… “Plz let her live her life”…

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