Marriages are made in Heaven - Part 1

The below story is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to real person/situation is purely coincidental.

“Is this photo nice? Anjali I’m asking you and not speaking to these walls” Mrs Malhotra yelled. “Mom, what is the problem with you? Just look at his face. I mean how on the earth do you expect me to even meet him” Anjali yelled back.

Anjali Malhotra was 25, which is a tricky age in India for women who are still single. It is unsaid belief that if a woman is not married by 25 then either she has some illicit affair, or she is career minded or her orientation has changed. For Anjali the option was none of the above.

Anjali belonged to a well to do Punjabi Family whose father was a business man and mother was a housewife. She had a younger brother named Aryan. Anjali did not believe in arranged marriage as she felt it was complete waste of time and energy. She wasn't a typical Punjabi who believed in show offs much like her father and very much unlike her mother. She did believe that marriages are made in heaven, but in India that wasn't the case. Here your entire family decides whom you should get married to and India is no heaven, its on earth!!

Marriages are made in heaven but ruined on earth so was her belief and she like countless girls inspite of being an engineer believed that one fine day her prince charming will come and sweep her of her feet. Are Marriages really made in heaven; not as per Anjali.

“Have you registered at JeevanSaathi.Com” Anjali’s mom inquired in a concerned tone. “Yes mom, I have; but I don’t find any eligible bachelors there.” Anjali replied.

“Look at this snap. Look how handsome he is. His name is Rajiv Kapoor. I have fixed a coffee date with him tomorrow at Barista in Bandra” Anjali’s mom said in an assertive voice. She continued “Mind you, don’t mess up this time. I am sure you will like him”

Anjali looked at heavens and just shook her head. She knew there was no point arguing with her mom.

She thought " Marriages are made in heaven, but so are thunder and lightning".

Boy number 1(actually no. 6): Rajiv Kapoor

Rajiv Kapoor belonged to a family of businessmen who traded in diamonds. He was born in Delhi but later his family decided to shift to Mumbai. Rajiv was a typical Punjabi; loads of attitude and showoff a trait Delhi Punjabis are famous for. Rajiv and his family lived in posh Peddar road area of South Mumbai. Anjali on the other hand was not a typical Punjabi. She was mature and down to earth girl. She lived in posh Pali Hill area of Bandra.

The meeting was supposed to take place at Barista at Bandra.

Rajiv arrived in his Honda City. “Good morning Anjali”. Anjali started checking him out. He was 6 feet 2 inches, well built and had a well rounded face. “Good morning Rajiv” Anjali replied with a smile. Gosh he is handsome; hopefully he wont put me off with his arrogance so she thought.

They sat and ordered for a coffee. “So what do you do Anjali ?” Rajiv in the meanwhile had already checked out anjali. She was beautiful and had those twinkle in her eyes. “I work in Capgemini. I am a software Engineer” Anjali politely replied. The conversation took a routine route about their family backgrounds, friends, business etc. That Rajiv was a big time narcissist was quite evident in the way he was bragging about his family wealth and history. Anjali somehow managed to hide her displeasure about such behavior.

The next question surprised Anjali as she was not ready for it. “Will you continue to work even after marriage? I am asking you this because none of the ladies in our house work” Rajiv gave an indirect answer to that question. “Yes” was a curt reply by Anjali.

There was moment of silence observed as if someone had died. “Well Anjali just give a thought, you will be getting married in a very rich family so why you have to work. You can sit at home and help my mom” Rajiv said in a firm and an arrogant voice breaking the akward silence.

Anjali got up and said “It was nice meeting you Rajiv” Rajiv was surprised at the alacrity of this woman who had the balls to say on his face indirectly F**k off, I am not interested. As she approached the door, Rajiv shouted “ See if you decide to change your mind” . Anjali kept walking and shouted back “ No chance”. Rajiv was a perfect example of a MCP, so she thought.

“So how did it go beta?” Mrs. Malhotra asked Anjali in a pleasant voice. “Can I just sit mom and feel the air. I have just entered the home and you started” Anjali replied sounding slightly irritated.

“What is your problem Anjali? Every time I search a guy for you either from matrimony websites or through some relations you turn them down. You are 25 for God sake. If we don’t get you married within a year, a negative impression about you will be developed in the society. Everybody is asking me when your daughter will get married, aren’t there good Punajbi boys around. We are answerable to the society, but you will not understand that. I have posted your resume on all the websites be it Bharat Matrimony.com, Jeevan saathi.com. You name it. This is 6thguy you have seen but it seems you are just not interested” Mrs Malhotra said in an angry tone.

“Mom I will speak to you about this Rajiv guy in the evening. I need to take a nap” Anjali replied in a firm voice.

Mrs Malhotra started shaking her head in utter disbelief and muttered

“No body listens to me. I am sick and tired”. She shut the door hard and went inside. Anjali also went to her room. She took a nap of about an hour.

The phone started ringing. Anjali saw the screen which displayed "Priya Calling". Priya was Anjali's childhood friend. She picked up and said " Yes priya, tell me how are you"? "I am fine; you first tell me how did it go with that rajiv guy?" Priya inquired. "Don't ask. He was a typical punjabi, a MCP" Anjali replied. " There was a giggle at other end " Tell me how many guys are not MCP's Anjali" Priya said in a sarcastic tone. She continued " Let's catch up in the evening". " Sure" Anjali replied and she hanged up.

"Now tell me what the problem is" Mrs Malhotra asked Anjali."Mom he doesn't want me to work and moreover he wasn't the guy I would want to spend the rest of my life with. I am an independent woman and I want to be on my own feet and not be a housewife. I guess that answers your question" Anjali replied back in a firm voice.

"Fine, I shall inform their parents, but only on one condition" "And what is that"? Anjali inquired in a concerned voice. "Day after tomorrow Bhatia aunty is coming along with their son. He has studied in US and he is also an Engineer. You have to meet him" Anjali's face turned red in anger but somehow she controlled it and replied "I will talk to you about this once dad comes back from work". She went back to her room and closed the door.

She dialled Priya's number " Yes Anjali. What!!! " Priya sounded nervous

To be Continued

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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

Hmmm...are you going through something like this too? :D


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anglnwu 6 years ago

I got a good glimpse into what life is like for an independent woman. You've portrayed the frustration well. Thanks for sharing and good to have you back.


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jayb23 6 years ago from India Author

@FP: Hahaha..naa, touch wood I am not going through any of this as of now but cant say abt future :-) Thanks for commenting.

@ Anglnwu: U bet. Its worse than this, u cannot imagine what women undergo and the parental pressure is immense as also from society.


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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

I can relate to some of this. Great and interesting hub


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jayb23 6 years ago from India Author

Thanks izetti for stopping by and commenting.


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neeleshkulkarni 6 years ago from new delhi

hey jay b my daughter is an architect 25 and registered on bharat matrimony.com.Want to meet her coffee at bandra????? lol

i must write bout the parent's side of it some day


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jayb23 6 years ago from India Author

Neelesh: Hahhaha..that's a first for me, a parent giving me an open offer.. wouldn't mind though..lol..hehehe..yeah I would love to hear the parent side of the story..though I will try to bring that side in the coming parts. Thanks for reading and commenting


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neeleshkulkarni 6 years ago from new delhi

btw jay she takes after her mother in the looks department not meee.


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jayb23 6 years ago from India Author

Neelesh: Lol :-)


Meghana Oak 6 years ago

hahaha....now I see the 'inspiration' part working!!! :D


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Nice slice of life take on how it is, Jay!


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jayb23 6 years ago from India Author

@ MO: Hahahah..u bet..wait for part 2. there is a surprise in store

@ Shalini: U bet...I know a lot of women undergo tremendous parental pressure specially in our country. This is how life is.


Meghana Oak 6 years ago

are you going to write about the arranged marriage part, or u gonna get her past BF to come in the story?

are u gonna write abt the after-marriage part? I was thinking of writing smthng abt it, but it wud be controversial.. considering how my cousins-in-law are interested in reading my blog... hehhe


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jayb23 6 years ago from India Author

@ MO: I am still pondering how to give shape to this story. lets see how it goes out.


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

Nice hub very interesting. Is it a true story ? Thank you for sharing it here at Hubpages. Blessings to you and regards.


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Svea 5 years ago from Florida

Woman in the United States think we have it made. I am part of an earlier generation. Although I fought hard to be at the top in my career, we lost something along the way. I remember the days of dating when a woman was not expected to go to bed with a guy because he was interested. She was wooed (now there is an old word). The fact is men like the chase and both men and women need lots of contact with the opposite sex before commitment. Now it seems two or three dates and women fear if they don't move in with boyfriends that they will lose him. Instead, the man should be pursuing and women need to have a much stronger sense of their own value to hold off on commitments. We won but we lost. How did that happen?


ed77burns 5 years ago

Surely agree with your thoughts.


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Sharon Douglas 5 years ago from GA, United States

yes marriage is made in heaven, very good


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I like the story do we have a part two yet? I will check it out. You are a great writer..Thanks for the share. Many Blessings.


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jayb23 5 years ago from India Author

Svea: Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Men do like da chase but only upto certain point unless they love their woman so much that they can't give up. Neways nice to know your thoughts and thanks for stoppin by and commenting!! Cheers


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jayb23 5 years ago from India Author

Skye: Part 2 has been published..Thanks for stopping by.

Sharon: I still don't know if marriages are made in heaven!!!


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acewebdesign 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

Wow its rather interesting!


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Ruchi Urvashi 4 years ago from Singapore

Great story. I think that women need to be free and independent. I work as engineer for 7 years and later, I started online investment and writing work. Women need to be given a choice what they want to do with their lives. If anything is forced or pressurized, that kills the spirit and that is not worthwhile.

About marriage, I think love marriage is good as it lets you choose and make your own decisions. Later, you will work hard to maintain it. If parents choose for you, it is easy to blame their choice and go your own ways.

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