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Disclaimer: All characters appearing in this post are real. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely intentional.  

The season of match finding has started and so has my mental agony of changing my role to that of a psychiatrist, analyzing prospective brides with umpteen questions. However, these sessions do come with their own gags, laughter and agony. Agony, yes, because you come across weird people who’d surprise you with their behavior or the questions they ask. Maybe, these days people have weird priorities.

Before I proceed further, I feel it’s much needed to give a brief about my background, something I am already tired giving, although I haven’t even met many people. I am a simple, middle-class boy, a service class professional. I earn good enough to keep me going, I am responsible, mature, good looking (well, who isn’t), and I’ve ambitions and dreams. Am I well-settled? Well, that’s a stupid question in a generation where a majority of people work in private sector and are career conscious. Moreover, I’ve not seen well-settled professionals in the industry even with 15 years of serving the same organization.

People often say, “Why Arrange Marriage?” Well, it’s a matter of choice. Anyway, I’d made up my mind that it’s time that I should at least start looking. First things first, these matrimonial websites will suck the life out of you. Gone are the days when your search was limited to a select few. People these days, and I lay emphasis, educated people, have found a lot of criteria not limited to the usual ones, “Manglik”, Horoscope match, gothra, caste, creed, race but some are rather weird:

“Looking for a well settled boy with a CTC of 10 lacs with at least 8.5 lacs as annual take home

umm…ya right! All the best with that.

Anyway, after days of pruning, screening, rejecting others, getting rejected online with “Expressions of Interest,” I found a girl I deemed should be good to meet. Or so I thought.

Let’s call this girl, “S” for the sake of not offending anyone. (And if you do, well, happy-feeling offended)

So we met in this restaurant along with our parents. Unfortunately, we made them to wait for 15 minutes for which I felt really bad. Did I say Delhi’s traffic sucks!

Anyway, the parents were involved with their usual chitter chatter of probing each other’s background, as if searching for a criminal background – well, I never expected parent’s can be such interrogators.

Since this was my first time meeting a girl in an arranged setup, I was uncomfortable. Nevertheless, I mustered courage not to show this discomfort on my face. and I were made to sit next to each other on an empty table. Honestly, I did my Google search for Questions to be asked for arrange marriage” and found some rather canned, boring questions. Anyway, I thought I’d continue with the boring trend.

Me: Hey, How’s life.

S: Life’s good. All well, how about yours.

Me: Well, ditto.

Me: So, you are working in XXX, as a YYY, right? What does a YYY do?

S: YYY is a ……….!!

Me: What are your hobbies?

S: I am learning to drive a car. Besides this, I like “JAAAAZ” dance. (The sound of Jazz was similar to what Sridevi’s English Vinglish but I ignored it. I was not there to grammar troll someone.) Besides this, I like reading fiction-related books.

Me: Interesting. Who’s your favorite author?

S: Dan Brown.

Me: Hey, I like reading his books too. But I feel his last book was boring. What’s his latest book that you read?

S: Deception Point.

Me: Ok. Do you like watching movies?

S: Yes, but I don’t like those nonsensical  “Dabaang-type” movies. Last I saw Madras Cafe’. (Well, I was clearly interested in keeping this conversation going.)

Me: Me too. I believe Madras Cafe is amazing. It has matter and soul unlike most of the bollywood movies.

Me: What are your career aspirations?

S: I want to continue my role. I like to learn and stay in the same organization for the next few years. Rest, we’ll see.

Me: What do you expect from your life partner?

S: Well, he should be really well-educated (whatever ‘really well’ means), good looking and most importantly a good human being.

This was just a part of the conversation. Our discussion went on till at least 30-40 minutes.

Well, I was clearly interested in trying to understand S better. Of course, it was too early to say NO or YES.

So as a next ‘formal’ step, I told my parents that it’s not a YES or NO but I’d like to know S before taking any decision. So my father called up S’s mother. She mentioned, “It’s up to the kids. First let them decide. This is S’s number.” And boy we were glad hearing that. After all, marriage is not a child’s play. You cannot make a decision in one go.

And that’s when the series of unfortunate events started.

I tried calling her the next day but she didn’t pickup. I thought it was obvious since my number was unknown so I left a SMS. After a few minutes I got a response and I told her that it’s too late and that she can call the next day.

The next day, I was expecting a call and what I got in return was a whatsapp message. Now, I am really uncomfortable with Whatsapp. If you are my friend, it’s ok. But I don’t know you and ditto for you. Neither am I hearing your voice nor I am talking to you…I abhor the idea of Whatsapp unless we really are comfortable know each other.

Anyway, those “conversations” lasted less than a minute or so and mostly were plain boring. And suddenly, I get a message from her a few days later. This is how the conversation went:

S: Hey

Me: Hi

S: If you don’t mind, can I ask you something

Me: Sure. Go ahead.

S: What are your career goals?

S: I mean, are you happy with your job?

Me: Umm…Well, I want to be a consultant down the line. I am happy with my work. But if I get anything better that is more aligned with my professional goals, better salary and better designation, I’ll make a move.

S: So you’re not happy with your current job?

S: As in, I think you should stay in your current organization, get a promotion i.e. get what you deserve first. (RED FLAG #1)

I was amazed due to the following reasons:

1. Who the hell are you to give me suggestions of what you want and what you don’t? You are not a friend. You are no one to me. Not yet so keep your opinions to yourself.

2. Don’t question my intelligence because I know what the hell I want in life.

3. At least, I know what is my “Career Plan.” It’s not stupid as, “I want to stay in my current organization.”

Anywho, I told her that I know what I want in life. And I thought it’s over and my instinct told me, “Stay back!”

I didn’t message her back but when I received her message again, I thought it’ll be rude to ignore her. (Oh, I am a gentleman!)

So I told her that I’d suggest that we should meet again before making any decision. What was appalling was the fact that I saw no attempt from to understand a person better. 1 minute Whatsapp message, seriously? No calls, no SMS…well I am not comfortable with that idea and I hate lack of communication. I strongly feel constant and healthy communication is the key to any relationship.

So after a week of “No-communication” (RED FLAG #2) I get a sms from her saying, “What are your plans? Are we meeting?”

I still thought to go ahead and give her a second chance. So we decided to meet in a mall and we’d set a time. In the morning I got a call from her stating that can we delay it by 30 minutes since she was not sure if anything will be open in the mall. While I knew everything opens by 11, I still said, “Ok fine!”

I reached the venue and I met her. Within a couple of minutes, she started getting calls from her relatives. “RAM RAM Bhaiya,” she said. I was impressed, “Wow, she respects people.” That impression was short-lived. Once her call was over, I got to know that her relatives were coming to the same mall for a movie. Coincidence my foot.

Anyway, I told her that’s ok expecting that her relatives will not disturb us for a long time. Well, we met, talked and then her relatives asked her if she’d like to join for the movie. To my surprise she said yes. They asked me thrice but each time I said No. Well, there was a reason – I’ve not said yes, not yet. I am not related to you and hell I was expecting to understand S better first. What irked me was the fact that S didn’t had the basic courtesy or the maturity to understand why she was there. My immediate reaction was to get the hell out of there. Still, out of respect, I stayed for a few minutes and said goodbye.

In the evening, I still tried to give a third chance (Fool me once, shame on you…Fool me twice, shame on me!). I SMS’d her asking how the movie was. After 6-7 hours, she responded back saying her battery died..the movie was ok, blah blah! I sms’d back saying that we couldn’t spend much time today. Can we meet again?

No response! I didn’t talk to her ever sense neither did I feel like to.

Lesson Learnt: Some people are really stupid. They don’t know where to set there priorities on. If you are not ready/sure/are mature enough, why the hell are you looking for a guy? Most importantly, there is a thing called “Communication.” Well, good riddance and god save the guy who is dragged in her life. No offence

Encounter #2

Well that same day, I met another girl. Let’s call her V.

Well, she looked cute. First of all, she had poor command on English so it was “NO” from the beginning. For formality sake, I had to talk to her for a few minutes. While I’ll not get into the details, I’ll highlight a few funny answers from her end. 

Me: What are your career plans?

V: IBM Lotus note

Me: What are your hobbies?

V: Listening to music, reading.

Me: What do you like to read?

V: Chetan Bhagat.

Me:  What’s your favorite song?

V: FM

Me: Do you like travelling? Where have you last traveled to?

V: Rajouri Garden Mall (It’s a local mall in our place)

Me: What are your expectations from your life partner?

V: Well-settled….baaki jo papa mummy ko theek lage (Rest, whosoever my mom and dad likes)

This conversation didn’t last for 10 minutes. I found it really difficult to control my laughter but I did. (Did I say, I am a Gentleman). I am still smiling, remembering her answers as I write this. I’ve not seen such an innocent person. Not really. Of course, it was a NO from my end yet I felt guilty since they’d have expectations. Anyway, doesn’t matter.

 

The bottomline is that education these days is good yet it has its cons too. People are forgetting their values. They no longer understand what should be prioritized and what marriage is all about.

Alas! Met a cute girl today. Let’s see how things turn out. God bless me 😦

During my early teens, I definitely preferred love marriage to arrange marriage. I also remember a crazy discussion, which became sour post I ripped a colleague who was favoring arrange marriages. But with age and time, I realized love marriage might not just work for me. I’d have to go for the other way but in a way I am glad since it has its own pros. At least you get to weigh your options and priorities. Irrespective, at the end of it, marriage is a gamble – it may work so much so that it is the most awesome thing in your life or it may be a complete catastrophe.

Thanks to the exposure television and media has given, we have created certain stereotypes. Some of them are old yet some still exist. It is actually scary yet funny. Funny because I find the situation awkward. Let me tell you about two real life scenarios:

#Scenario 1

Day Time

Place – Yo China!

Event – A get together with friends.

After a detailed research on the menu, we finally ordered something – and yes too much thanks to the voracious appetite. We were busy with our chatter when we gazed over the next table. Of course, it caught our attention not because of the food they’d ordered but due to the interesting series of event being unfolded.

Setup – The boy, his family, his brother, etc. were sitting on one side of the table. The girl and her parents were sitting on the other side.

Since most of us in the group were unmarried but for one love bird couple (Victimized with love marriage), we found it…umm…interesting. Suddenly, the linda goodman instinct in all of us pounced like a tiger. We started our investigation as if it was yet another scam by the UPA government. Our first task was to find out who was the “prospective groom” since there were two young guys. Since one of them was speaking too much yet the other one was silent, we came to a conclusion that the one who is silent has to be the groom. (Considering he was awestruck thinking about his slaughter)

The guy reminded me of “Silence of Lambs.” I mean literally! He didn’t utter a word. The girl on the other hand was bubbly, cheerful, and answering whatever the “prospective in-laws” were asking. We started gazing them so much so that they noticed us and were embarrassed. Well it will be too modest to say, “gazing” since we were literally laughing, pointing at them. I believe half of the sentences that the boy had rehearsed at home remained as his thoughts. He started stuttering and shaking. I kept on pushing my friends, “Stop it! Gosh, we are not matrimony crashers are we?” But these guys with me aren’t the ones who’d stay silent. Both the families started staring at us as and if killing was legal, they’d have shot us a long time ago. Oh and I forgot to mention, the word “Prospective” was not applicable at the end of it since the girl never liked the boy. (I guess we were to be blamed since the guy choked on his words due to us.) We ran away from there laughing as if someone had served “Laughter Gas” from the menu.

#Scenario 2

Time of the day: Night

Place – Haldirams

Event – My Birthday

We ordered the normal yummylicious “Thali,” one of my favorite at Haldirams. I was busy hogging on the “Oh-so-yummy” food until I noticed what’s going on at the other table.  Since I was not with my friends, I was more civilized, a good Samaritan, unlike the last time. I just couldn’t stop noticing them and kept on smiling. (Mind it, smiling and not laughing) The girl was fiddling her fingers under the table, clearly she was nervous and she’s supposed to be. Both of them were conversing, clearly playing “Bournvita Little Champs,” cross-firing questions. However, I found the guy funny not that he sounded or looked funny but because he had a can of Pepsi with a straw (Can you beat that!) and was making funny slurping sounds. I don’t know what happened next or what was the expected outcome since I had curbed the urge to bring my Linda Goodman instincts into the picture.

Oh and now, these things are a little scary to think about. While of course, I’ll be the gentleman I am when the time comes, I wonder there will be more eyes on me with their Linda Goodman instincts ready to prowl. I find the whole concept a little funny as –

Boy’s Family – What does she do? Does she know how to cook? Will she prefer to work post-marriage? Blah blah blah…!

Girl’s Family – What is your salary? What is your CTC? What is your package breakup? Where do you work? Do you smoke? Do you drink? Do you eat!!!!

Boy to Girl – What are your hobbies? What are your aspirations in life? What do you think about marriage?

Girl to Boy – Usually …. just answering the questions.

Oh and I don’t even want to mention the non-applicable stuff today, “The girl entering the room with a tray of tea.”

The concept of arrange marriage is not funny but the Indian touch that goes into it is. At times, I also find the matrimony sites funny. Here are a few ads (Note – they are not mine. Neither are they my creation. Please excuse me if you forget your grammar.)

hello….

My name Arthi….. i am a good charactarised woman. i want to run my life happily. i expect the good minded and clean habits boy to marry me soon…. who may be in the same caste . If anyone want to Marie to me u
can visit to my home (Ghar Chale aana……..???)

Hello
To Viewers My Name is Shekhar , I am single i don’t have female, I am not a good education but i working all field in bangalroe.. if u like me u welcome to my heart…when ever u want to meet pls visit my resident or send u letter.. Thanks yours Regards Shekhar

I want very simple girl. from brahmin educated family from orissa state she is also know about RAMAYAN, GEETA BHAGABATA, and other homework (Homework?) 

Wants a woman who knows me better and can adjust with me forever. she may never create any difficulties in my life or her life by which the entire life can run smoothly. thank you (The principle of running life smoothly was never so easy!)

She should be good looking and should have a service. she Should have one brother and one sister. she should be educated.(ain’t it unique !! 1 brother 1 sister criteria !)

I am a happy-go-lucky kind of person. Enjoys every moments of life. I love to make friendship. Because friendship is a first step of love. I am looking for my dreamgirl who will love me more than i. Because i
love myself a lot. If u think that is u then why to late come on ……..hold my hand forever !!! (The dilwale dulhaniya effect)

I am simple boy.I have lot of problem in my life because of my luck now i am looking one gal she care me and love me lot lot lot(I don’t know why but this is one of my favorites) 

My wife should be as ‘Shivani’ as in Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki and as Tanwerr as in KSBKBT…… (Ok I haven’t seen these soaps but I am sure he must be demanding too much,ain’t he?)

I want a girl with no drinks if she wants she can wear jeans in house but while stepping out of house she should give respect to our cast (by not wearing her jeans? Wat the hell…)

HYE I AM A GOOD LOKING BOY ,WHO HAS THE CAPABILITY TO MAKE ANY BODY TO LOUGH.I BELIEVE IN GOD
AND CCORDING TO ME FRIENDS ARE THE REAL MESSENGER OF GOD. THE 3 THINGS I AM LOOKING FROM A GIRL ,THEY ARE

1.THEY MUST BELIEVE IN GOD.2. THEY HAVE TO LIKE MY PROFFESION AND THEY SHOULD NOT GET BORED WITH ME WHEN I WILL TRY TO MAKE THEM LOUGH. (all of us are loughing{laughing}) 

2. Whatever she may be but she should feel that she is going to be someone bride and she must think of the future life if she is too like this she would be called the woman of the lamp (I am clueless, I feel so lost. Can anyone tell me what this boy wants) 

I love my patner i marriage the patner ok i search my patner and i love thepatner ok thik hai the patner has a graduate ok (I am again clueless but I liked the use of “ok”. The person is suffering from “Ok-syndrome”)

HI I AM VERY COOL NUATHER OK MY HOBBY IS SEE T.V  AND NEWS OK I HAVE 1 CAR AND 1 BONWL OK MY MOTHER ALSO GOOD OK MY FARUET WORLD IS OK (the “ok syndrome” again) 

I am pran my family history my two brother two sister and Father&mother sister complity marred (somebody please explain in comments section how to get married ‘completely’?)

I am very simpel and hanest. i have three sister one brother and parent. iam doing postal sarvice and tailor master my original resdence at kalahandi diste naw iam staing at rayagada dist. (actually what is this guy doing? Postal service or tailor.??)

My name is muhamad and i am unmarried. pleaes you marrige me pleaes pleaes pleaes pleaes pleaes pleaes pleaes (height of desperation! J )

I want one girl who love me or my mother. she love me heartly or she havea frank she’s skin colour ‘normal’not a black or not a whitey. IThink the main think is heart if your heart is beautiful then you are beautiful. but iam not a handsome guy or not a good looking. but my Mom say that Iam a good guy. My father already expired . THE CHOICE IS YOUR. bye

bye. :-) )

Iam kanan. i do owo businas.one sistar.he was marred. (No comments)

I AM LITTLE FAIR INDIAN COLOUR. I DON ’T HAVE ANY HABIT. (maybe the poor guy meant BAD habits)

My colour is black,but my heart is white.i like social service (Zebra..???)

I’m looking out for who lives in bombay , girl simple who trust me lot should be roman catholic, LOVE ME ONLY. (Now that criterion is a must, isn’t it?) 

To be married on jun-2009 working woman perferable (this guy has fixed the marriage date too! But he is yet to find a bride.I wish him best of luck on behalf of all of us. I am sure he will get one soon.)

I would like a beautyfull girl. and i do not want her any treasure. because girl is the maharani. (Now she is going to be a lucky girl! Any takers?)

ssc failed three times and worked with privated ltd company which not paying salary at present. (Any takers again?)

How much I refrain from posting this but I cannot control. Have a look at this video.

On a serious note, I find Punjabi marriages outlandish. But for the close ones, no one is really interested in the bride or the groom. Their target as soon as they enter is the serving table. Most of the guests with “Pot-shaped stomach” attack the table before even thinking why did they came there in the first place. Moreover, the concept of expensive gifts, Sagan (A civilized name of “Dowry”) goes above my head. I strictly abhor such pomp and show and would rather prefer a simple one. A sensible person (like me) would spend the money on an exotic honeymoon. Moreover, a person should be capable of buying things themselves instead of rooting on marriage as a source of new furniture, etc. Gifting might be considered as “Lucky” by some but it really isn’t. Well that’s what I think.

At the end of it – All the best to me!