I have never been this humiliated. Like ever! I have no intention to get married any time soon and my parents too are least bothered about finding the perfect lungi Guy for me.
I recently went for a marriage ceremony of some family relative’s second cousin’s granddaughter. As expected, I did not know a single soul out there. But why crib about it when you have 17 food stalls, all capable of making your tongue wet, scattered all around the marriage garden. I was keeping myself busy with my third serving of the Gulab Jamun and Icecream, when a fat aunty pops her head out from between the shoulders of two Gulliver size men and smiles at me as if she was my mother in my previous birth. I smiled back and then continued shoving the dessert down my food pipe.
After I had carefully tested each and every food stall in the garden, including the much hated ‘DAHI VADA’ counter, I shut down the cacophony around me with the help of my headphones and went and stood near my mother, who was talking to a woman in whose plate a juicy JALEBI was left untouched. Such a waste she is!!
As I continued to pretend being amused and not at all bored, that fat woman came in my sight and I saw her smiling her toothless smile as she walked towards me. My mother, who believes in inviting embarrassment upon her only daughter i.e ME, smiled at the fat lady and even initiated the conversation, which went something like this.
Mother India- Namaste!
Fat Aunty- Hello! My name is Mrs XYZ. I am from the groom’s side of the family.
Mother India- Oh!My name is Mrs ABCD. We are from the bride’s side.
Fat Aunty- Oh no wonder! I was wondering why I have never seen you daughter in our Malayalee Association’s youth programmes. What is your name?
Mother India- Take the headphones out of your ears! How many times will I tell you that music at such loud volume will make you deaf? Haven’t I told you what happened to my office peon’s younger daughter? Meet Mrs XYZ. Mrs XYZ, meet my daughter RED HANDED.
Saying that, my mother left to wash her hands and then plunge herself into the dessert session. The lady caught hold of my wrist and came so close that I could get the stench of garlic from her mouth.
ME- Namaste Aunty!
Fat Aunty- Hello Beta! I have a son! He is in Dubai earning phorty thousand rupeej every mth.
ME- OH OK.
Fat Aunty- He is 27 yrs old and has done M.Sc in Chemistry from Chennai. He looks just like me!
ME- OH OK.
Fat Aunty- How old are you?
ME- 22 yrs.
Fat Aunty- Oh Perfect age for getting married! What course are you doing?
ME- I am in my Final Year of BA.LL.B(hons) from a National Law University.
FAT Aunty- Oh Vakeel? LLB? Hmmm ok. Ok Beta. Bye!
Without even giving me a chance to make her understand the difference between LLB and BA.LLB , she ran the race of her life away from me.
It’s not that I wanted to marry her GELF settled son. It’s not that I had any interest in the dog and his MSc (Chemistry) from Chennai. CHEMISTRY for God’s sake!! But what made me go for my fourth serving of GULAB JAMUN and ICECREAM was the fact that I was humiliated because the Fat aunty did not find me good enough for her lousy son. Just because I am a future lawyer a.k.a Vakeel. What does she think about me? I am just another girl who believes in marrying a good guy and ruining his life. Huh!
My Parents are going to have a really tough time trying to get rid of me.
P.S- I am in my worst mood because the University exams are doing Tandav on my head. Here is a random click. Ignore the mess behind!