Disclaimer- The following is a work of fiction (not to be taken seriously), highlighting the series of situations that usually turn up in a girl’s life who is 18+ and also a graduate, with a dash of sarcasm and humor! Enjoy :)
As I’m currently being a victim of being in the “marriageable age” category, especially more prominently in the eyes of my Grandparents and their peers :-P, the very fact that time really flies and everyone looks at you as a full- fledged grown up, dawns on you all of a sudden. It hasn’t been long since you’ve finished schooling and graduation and there you go, people are ready to push you (no offence intended) into the next mega- phase of your life- marriage!
You get into so many awkward situations which from no- where turn outta be potential impromptu places for discussing holy matrimony! :-P The critical stage is when you are in your pre- final year of your graduation. Well, I have lost count of how many times elderly people have asked me (rolling their eyes, adjusting their bifocal spectacles, bending towards me and in a wishful tone, whilst giving you ‘the look’), “So, what are you doing these days?”, I reply (while addressing them in a respectful manner, trying to hide my coy smile), “I’m in my pre- final year, engineering”. You should see the look on their face, priceless :-P they say, “Very good, very good! So what plans next?” Many a time, my reply would be “M.Tech, then PhD!” :-P Yeah, done some trolling there! But hey!!!! I then had 2 years to go and that was a lotta time to decide what I wanted to do next!
Your maternal Grandma’s current goal in life becomes “your-ASAP-marriage” [of course, arranged] :-P It’s like she’s been waiting for this day since I was born! :-P She was eagerly waiting for me to complete my graduation. Even though I had to do it, I guess the day I told her about my last day in college was the day she had a big sigh of relief, though I should have had one having undergone the pleasure of studying for four years. :-P
Your paternal Grandma often tells you stories of how young she was when she got married, how she managed a household at that age and exclaims saying that at my age she had 4 kids. :-O :-O in such a convincing tone that made me think to myself, “OMG! I’m not married yet!” :-P :-P
Your maternal Grandpa starts seeing The Hindu Classifieds (Matrimonial News) and starts asking you what kind of guy you wanna marry!! I better not write my reply here! :-P
Your paternal Grandpa (who happens to be a passionate and accurate astrologer by hobby, though an engineer by profession) starts looking up your horoscope, analyzing the positions and effects of the planets and stars with respect to my birth star, doing all those complex calculations and often saying how the astrologers outside predict wrong stuff and loot money in the name of astrology. ;-)
Your family priest keeps whispering stuff into your father’s ears saying he’s knows a good match and yet again gives me the look! :-P :-O
When you come to your final year, the hustle bustle increases. I was happy to be in the final year, there was nothing but studies in my mind. But little did I know that they were even happier about it. :-P :-P
Things go even worse when you attend an elder cousin’s wedding. You get those “you-are-next-in-line-look-with-the-buhaha-evil-smile” from practically everyone, except your friend/ cousin who might be sailing in the same boat as you are! ;-) *you are soon to drown, and there are no life- jackets* :-P
Your younger cousin does some eaves- dropping and comes and tells you that the elder lot is discussing your marriage and pokes his elbow at you saying that he’s next after you. :-O Hahaha! He’s more happy about the fact that I’m next, and not worried about the fact that his turn was eventually gonna come! :-P
Why o why! The day the Government legalized marriages at 18+ (for girls) was the day they got a legal license to remind us at every able occasion that you have to get married, there is no escape!
Well, I never denied it either! ;-)
Well, I never denied it either! ;-)
Yes, I’m 18+ and a graduate! The people around me love that more than I do now! :-P
May 27, 2012