Bride Fixing

by Nuggehalli Pankaja
(Bangalore)




Bride fixing through telephone
(A humor story)


“ Hello, Yes yes,my son is in America- the most eligible bridegroom in our community!” - yelled Shastri into the phone- “He is receiving many offers of marriage by the most eminent families, but the task of choosing among them has fallen upon me. He is too busy doing his research you see, and has no time for girls.

Moreover, we have brought him up very strictly,- not allowing him to mix with even girls of our immediate family. …,..does sandhyavabdane and aradhane even in America, Goes regularly to temples and reports to us about the various pujas done there.

What! His phone number? What for?

For your girl to contact? Look sir, we have to o.k the girl first,then will he respond; otherwise, he won’t even say hello when she rings up, or look at her in the face if she tries to meet him. He is not like these third rate boys we see around nowadays. My son is a real Shri Ramachandra!. Before he left for America,he promised us that he would not date any girl,or move with any girl without our permission,and he is not one to break promises-. By the way,what is your girl doing? Computer? Good. What is the gotra? And Nakshatra? Good, it tallies, but most important, we must compare the horoscopes. Do send a copy quickly, for Ashada masa is approaching,we should finalise before that. . . . . . “

“Hello,Mr.Shastri,I am glad to know that the horoscopes match; Now,can I e-mail my daughter over there asking her to meet your son?”- Girl's father’s eager voice. .

“No no no…” –Shastri’s tone in the phone emphatic- “My boy won’t meet her unless I give o.k.”

“And when will you give o.k, Mr.Shastri? You have seen my daughter’s photos in all poses; Anything wrong? “

“May we come to your house tomorrow? We must see the the girl’s mother also." . . . . . . -Shastri’s condition.

“Welcome sir-I will call our girl’s grandmothers also-my side,wife’s side. And
if you want to see their mothers-grandmothers also. . . .”.

We do not know what Shastri would have replied,for suddenly an urgent call came from abroad-

“Uncle, good news! Your son will be visiting you next week with his wife Mary. Now they are on honeymoon. Mary is half American- half Chinese, beautiful to look at. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . “

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Apr 28, 2013
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Uncle Fixed
by: Anonymous

Hahaha! Should have been called 'Uncle in a fix while Bride Fixing' or 'Uncle fixed!'

Mar 30, 2013
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A Nice read
by: Safia

Nice one!

Mar 23, 2013
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by: nuggehalliPankaja

Eva, not having come to this site recently,I saw your comments just now,and what a pleasure to read your name,the name of a person whose stories have stirred me emotionally !
Thanks very much Eva-you have made my day.
By the way, a poem of mine titled
'Arise Kalidasa. . . . . .Arise !' has appeared in this issue. I do welcome guiding comments-to become Kalidasa one day (In another yuga?)

Mar 20, 2013
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Bride Fixing Through Telephone
by: Eva Bell

Had a good laugh, Pankaja!
Overzealous parents and laid-back children! It's happening all the time.

Mar 11, 2013
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by: nuggehallipankaja

Kumuda,Geeta, thanks for the interest shown re.my humor.Comments either way gives a sense of joy at having been recognized;,(through the skit)i am looking forward to your writings which I do really enjoy. Sorry for having been late in replying.

Mar 08, 2013
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You have your own way of satire
by: Geetashree Chatterjee

I could easily predict the end because it is so close to reality....those "goody-goody" character portrayals often are shockers at the end. Very crisp with an inbuilt sense of drama.

Mar 07, 2013
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Interesting
by: Kumuda Purushotham

I was a witness to a somewhat similar incident.But your narrative style makes it interesting and worth a read.

Mar 06, 2013
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by: nuggehallipankaja

Vimala,
I always look forward to your comments. Nice succint comment! Yes,it is common nowadays,but still the ego of'varana tandetaayi' !

Mar 05, 2013
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breezy
by: vimala ramu

Though the incident is quite common these days, Iliked the breezy narration.

Mar 05, 2013
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by: NuggehalliPankaja

Pushpa,It was nice reading your comment. Please call me just Pankaja,no formality as Mrs.etc. Moreover,I am now known mostly as Nuggehalli, but it will be a warm gesture to address me as Pankaja.
Yes, I have observed such incidents very much,hence used it as a sort of satire. I am very happy that you like it,for you yourself are a very good writer!I always look forward to seeing your articles.

Mar 02, 2013
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Bride Fixing
by: Pushpa Raghuram

Mrs.N.Pankaja,

Could be a real incident. Many parents have immensly trusted their children in marriage matters and have got deeply hurt, after experiencing otherwise. God help such parents.!! It was fun reading it.


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