by Nuggehalli Pankaja
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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . “********** ******** *******