Sunday, 4 December 2016

Finding Mr.Right

Shwetha was a sprightly 24-year old who had a mind of her own.Career-oriented and the apple of her parents' eyes,she had everything going for her.Her parents felt it was time for her to get married.Her friends were also getting married one by one.As for Shwetha,she was willing to think of marriage if she could find her Mr.Right.She did have her crushes.But her crushes were only crushes-nothing more.

Giving in to the subtle pressure from her parents,Shwetha agreed hesitantly.Shwetha was not averse to the idea of an arranged marriage,though she did have some reservations about it.Anyhow,she had not met her Mr.Right yet.So she decided to give it a try.There started the hunt for the right groom.

Shwetha's parents made a mental list of all eligible bachelors that they know of.Her aunts and uncles also chipped in.Unfortunately,nothing seemed to work out.

After a few months of hard search,Shwetha realized the search was going nowhere.It was then that Shwetha suggested to her parents that they try for online matrimony.

Hesitant at first,her parents agreed nonetheless.A matrimonial profile was created for Shwetha in a couple of leading matrimonial sites.Every evening,once she was back from work,Shwetha and her parents would sit in front of her laptop and scroll through all eligible profiles and analyze the interest requests she received.In arranged marriages,it is just not the girl's expectation alone that determines who is Mr.Right.So was it with Shwetha's family also.Her father wanted to have a well-qualified groom from a decent family.Her mother hoped that the guy would earn enough to keep her little princess happy.Her younger sister wanted a Shahrukh-Khan look alike for her Didi.

Shwetha realized that it was not an easy job to find Mr.Right. Her father wasn't favouring few matches as he felt their family backgrounds would not match.Her mother rejected a few,citing job and salary mismatches.There were a few guys,whom her parents were ok with,but somehow Shwetha did not like them.There were some others whom Shwetha and her family liked but the groom's side was not interested.Thank God,for online matrimony,thought Shwetha.She could imagine how awkward it would be,if all these decisions were to be made face-to-face.

It was three months since she had registered on the matrimonial portal.Shwetha was losing her patience.Better stay unmarried,she thought.It was then on a fine day,she got an interest request from Pramod.Shwetha was not sure if it was love-at-first-sight but it was at least somewhere close to that.What is more,his profile found favour from both her parents,and even her younger sister. Pramod's parents believed in horoscope matching.So Shwetha's horoscope was sent to them.Thankfully,Pramod's family astrologer gave a go ahead for their marriage.

Shortly,Shwetha and Pramod's meeting was arranged at a coffee shop.They hit it off in their first meeting itself.This was followed by a series of meetings between both their families.A suitable wedding date was finalized after consultation with the Panditji.

Some of Shwetha's friends found it strange that she found love in an arranged marriage set-up.But for Shwetha it had worked! Yes, she had agreed to marry a guy who was chosen by her family.Yet,she was only marrying a guy whom she also liked.That made all the difference.

At last,Shwetha had found her Mr.Right.


This short story is written depicting how most of the marriages are decided in modern India in recent times.Based on groom-hunting experience of most of my friends and myself.


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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Versatile Blogger Award

Thanks Dashy for nominating me for the 'Versatile Blogger Award'. Feels great to get my first blogger award.Awards like this propel us to blog better and bond better.

Here are the rules for this award:
The recipient is supposed to

- display the award on their blog
- Thank the person who has nominated them
- Share 7 different facts about themselves
- Nominate 15 blogs of their choice
- Link their nominees and let them know of their nomination

Ah! The first two rules were pretty simple and easy.

Coming to the third rule about stating 7 different facts about me.Let me state seven different fears I have.My fears are definitely not that strong to be classified as phobia.Still decided to go ahead with this because it was interesting to know that my teeny-weeny fears have a name.

So here goes the seven different fears I have

Agyrophobia- Dictionary defines this is the abnormal fear of crossing the streets.Abnormal? With Bangalore traffic,this fear is very much normal.There were days when I would wait to cross the road near my office,waiting for a crowd to form so that the traffic will slow down looking at the number of people waiting to cross the road.In many places in Bangalore,we literally have to hold our lives in our hands while crossing the road.No wonder I have 'Agyrophobia' and I bet most Bangaloreans do.

Cynophobia- Fear of Dogs.My hubby and son use this phobia to pull my leg.I once told them I can even face a tiger but not a dog.Of course,I assumed the tiger to be inside a cage in a zoo.

Obesophobia- Fear of gaining weight.I definitely don't have a size-zero figure nor do I aspire for one.But there are times when I guiltily gulp down a few samosas or an yummy chocolate-cake.It is during these odd-times that 'Obesophobia' takes over.

Gephyrophobia-Fear of crossing bridges.This seems to be a general term.But I don't fear all bridges.I feel a strange fear only when the train crosses a bridge built over a river.I keep fearing about what will happen if the bridge collapses and the train falls into the river below.

Heliophobia-Fear of the sun.Stand for a few hours on a busy Chennai road in April/May at noon.You will understand what 'Heliophobia' is all about.Been there,Done that.

Hyalophobia- Fear of glass.As a newly married lady entering the kitchen,I broke a few glass jars at my in-laws' place.I avoid glass-ware as much as possible from then on.

HorrorPicturophobia- Well,there is nothing like that.I invented this term! I don't have a fear of ghosts but I fear horror movies and ghost pictures.Couldn't find a matching term for it.So I put a name for it myself.

Now comes the most difficult part of this post.To nominate 15 bloggers for this award.There are many whose writing I admire.To my dismay, I found that some of  my favourites are already there in Dashy's list. Had to avoid repeating them.Collated this list after great deliberation.Of course,it is my nominees' choice to accept it and carry it forward.It is just my way of letting these wonderful people know that I love reading their blogs.

1. Ramya Rao at
2. Reema D'Souza at
3. Deepa Gandhi at
4. Amrita Basu Mishra at
5. Mayuri Nidigallu at

6. Roma Gupta Sinha at
7. Parul Kashyap Thakur at
8. Ruchi Verma at
9. Shalini Baisiwala at
10.Stephen AK at
11.Prateek Mathur at
12.Aditi Kaushiva at
13.Vinay Ravindranath at
14.Saru Singhal at
15.Rashmi at

Thanks to Darshana (Dashy) once again for giving me this opportunity to nominate fellow bloggers for this award.
Happy Blogging until we meet again!

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