Sunday, September 20, 2009

And it begins...

I've been expecting this ever since my cousin announced her engagement earlier this year. I am, after all, the next in line.

However, naive person that I am, I expected it to start with subtle hints. You know, my age being mentioned a few times, my plans being asked about, and so on and so forth.

What I did not expect was being taken aside by aunts and uncles and being told outright that "it is time". I could deal with the teasing from cousins, no sweat, and laugh off their offers to find me someone, but how on earth do you stand and continue to smile politely in front of the elder generation?

The highlight of last night, however, came when my aunt, someone I am very fond of, in her attempts to convince me that I should lose no time getting married, decided to tell me about someone she knows. Apparently, this lady put off getting married till a late age (probably late-20s - that's ancient, innit?), and some 3-year-old chit of a girl saw the bride and exclaimed, "But she doesn't look like a bride, she looks like a budhi!"

I would like to announce at this stage that there will be no children allowed at my wedding.

The other highlight of last night, of course, came from the fact that everyone who had seen me last month at another family gathering, exactly a week before this, exclaimed on how I've lost so much weight. Of course, they also commented on the stark contrast between the drained me who had come straight from a client site in a fairly ghati outfit last time, and the me who came all dressed up yesterday, but we shall not go there.

However, I would rather gain back those lost kilos than deal with completely non-subtle Bengalis again. Thank you.

6 comments:

The Seeker said...

I don't like having friends in scary places.

Absolutely Normal Chaos said...

Uh oh.

(Hilarious post though, easy for me to say because I'm not really in this position, am I? :P)

antiglam superstar! said...

Wow! Am I the only one who's not getting any proposals even as I approach mid twenties! Not that I want to get married right now, but a few proposals wouldn't hurt!

guess it's coz they've all heard me say.. three yrs for a law degree..only after that, and that kills it.
(reminds me of this one time when I was on a cycle and a cute guy on a bike rode next to me and asked me my name and I said WHY and he just went off and I told myself BIGMOUTH! he's gone too!)

ZiggyStrauss said...

see my family is in no position to promote arranged marriages to me because they've seen it fail massively. Also, they're not the type.

Akanksha.Datta said...

u my friend r in a much better place......at least they waited for u to turn 24........ever met non-subtle punjabis.........i have been next in line for 3 yrs now........and at every get together..........it is proclaimed (in the loudest punjabi voice) that i will be on my way to marital bliss before the next get together........beat that........there is nothing subtle about it.......so be happy.....coz worse has happened

Mariya said...

Wow. there are indeed a whole lot of u out there aren't they. N I thought I was the only harassed soul battling questions thrown from all over the place :(