The Marriage Fiasco-contd....
by Ritu Sama
(Bangalore, Karnataka, India)
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It was 11 am and Priya’s house looked like a bride decked with flowers. Priya’s mother gave final touches to Priya’s make up. She was clad in ivory Kanchivaram saree bordered with vermillion and gold. The marriage would start any minute. Priya didn’t move even though her grandmother announced that the priest was here to do the ceremony. The groom was already waiting at the dias. Her mother made Priya sit next to the groom.
“Priya” – Priya heard her name.
She looked up to find the groom sitting beside her.
“Oh!” was all she managed to say.
“So you are getting married?” – He grinned, enjoying her surprise.
“So are you!” – Priya commented with mock complaint. “But why are you getting married again? Why did you get married in the first place?”
“Because right from the beginning I knew you were my to-be-bride!” – He revealed the reason.
“Then why did you marry yesterday when you knew you would marry me today?” – She asked.
“Because it was better than you running away with somebody else!” – He said.
“I would have never!” – She snapped sweetly.
“But you did run away yesterday!” He asked.
Priya giggled enjoying the banter. She looked at Ramesh with affection. She saw he father staring intently at both of them. She became quiet as a traditional bride was supposed to be.
Ramesh was waiting for an answer.
Priya saw her father moving to a distance. She replied - “I ran away with you because I had already seen your photo when on the day your parents had come to meet me. But then our parents were not ready to let us meet before fixing the marriage. I had to meet you. Besides if yesterday wouldn’t have happened what story would I have told to my kids? That their parents got married in an ordinary and traditional Tamil marriage without meeting each other even once before? But now I have a unique story to share and remember” – She smiled sweetly.
Ramesh pressed her hand gently in affirmation.
“Priya, Ramesh are you both ready to get married?” – The priest asked both of them before starting with the ceremony.
“Well…almost!” – They both answered in unison and all the family members showered flower petals on the bride and groom to be.****