Siddharth turned 26 today. He completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and has been working as a Software Engineer for the past 2 years. He is tall, good looking and financially stable. Check, check and check – he qualifies as the most suited and most eligible bachelor. His parents know this and so does everyone in their social circle. Marriage proposals from prospective brides will soon come to them at blinding speed. Siddharth’s father had already enrolled him in a matrimonial website – Facebook for arrange marriages – run by Pammi aunty, whose nosiness worked well for her profession.
This on-paper-perfect-groom, Sid, however was completely oblivious to all this jargon. For him marriage was not even on the horizon. What was on horizon was a wild night out with his friends, rounds of tequila shots on Sid, a blurred string of events which will never be remembered followed by a morning of heavy hangover! Little did he know that in this very state of hangover, he is going to be faced with the biggest and the most important decision of his life.
Sid woke up the next day with a splitting head ache. His hair was disheveled and he did not have any memory of how and when he ended up in his room. He quickly showered and meandered into the dining room looking for breakfast and steaming cup of black coffee to pull him out of the dark abyss of hangover. The last thing he wanted was bumping into his dad and even worse than that was his dad in a ‘we need to talk’ mood. “So you are 26 now. What have you thought about your marriage?” asked his dad as Sid seated himself at the table. Sid heard this and was stumped simply because he had not thought about it! The conversation went on for almost 2 hours during which Sid’s dad shared pearls of his wisdom and his mother emotionally blackmailed him. After these grueling 2 hours, Sid was somehow ready to get married and settle down and surprisingly was quite happy about it.
The events followed like a chain reaction and within 3 months time Sid was engaged to Preeti. She was a beautiful, 23, had pursued B.A. in psychology, was an excellent cook – all in all- a complete package. The wedding was to take place at Sid’s farmhouse, within 3 months of the engagement. Initially Sid was just going with the flow, dealing with one day at a time.
As the time started moving forward and the day of his lifetime commitment was nearing, he started getting this sick feeling in the pit of his stomach. But it was an apprehensive nervousness. He was about to embark upon a beautiful journey with this special someone. She was all he thought about and that surprised him. He thought of places where he will take her after the wedding. He wanted to show her off to his friends, because let’s face it, none of his friends had such a stunning beauty in their lives. He thought about his wedding night but he had to stop himself right there because the excitement was just too much for him.
It was finally the morning of his wedding. The day which was most eagerly awaited by everyone and the most by Sid, had finally dawned. He was going to be married by the end of this day to one of the most beautiful women he had ever seen. It scared him more than ever, but the excitement that he felt trumped his scare. He could not wait for the wedding to be over! Finally all the rites and rituals were done. The couple was showered with warm wishes from friends and family.
It was the wedding night. Preeti was waiting for Sid in his bedroom. She was extremely nervous and scared. Sid was nervous too. His hands were clammy, his throat was dry, his heart was pounding. But now he could not wait any longer. He rushed to the door grabbed it and made his way inside. He could see her, the veil was relatively sheer , he could make out her form. She was breath taking even beneath the veil. He unveiled her and gasped at the creature in front of him. Beautiful, gorgeous, stunning waiting for him. He put his hand into his pocket, drew out the keys and turned on the engine of his brand new Ducati 916SPS delivered in his garage according to the deal struck in the 2 hour grueling discussion and zoomed off.
(To be continued… )