Thursday, March 09, 2006

the man for their daughter

"we are not a very conventional family. our daughter has studied ______ . she is well-read, and is very interested in the arts. she is currently working in ____"

the gaggle of relatives got to work, aunts busily ringing up each other's uncle's, daughter-in-law's, co-sister's brother and other obscure connections to Spread The Word. the uncles took life easier, sat in several acquaintances' houses and over cups of piping hot coffee, dropped a a word in the Right Ears in meaningfully hushed tones. naturally the friends had Been Told as well.

the phone rang. an excited self-appointed deputy on the phone.

"i found someone! you have to call them right away!"

"really?" - scramble for pen and paper - "tell me...."

"they're an excellent family, veryniceboy"

excited cooing

"he works in ______ , an MNC - gets a very good salary"

cooing gives place to "oh, nice. ok.."

"he doesnt smoke"

"oh... "

"doesnt touch alcohol, not the partying kind and all.... veryniceboy, not religous but traditional. and its an excellent family".

the paeans were sung, the receiver was replaced.

she turned to her husband who had come up to stand beside her expectantly. "he's a Very Good Boy. doesnt smoke, doesnt drink, very traditional."

they stood looking at each other in silence.

finally she wailed "how do we say no? i dont want someone like that for our daughter!". he nodded in exasperated agreement, "i'm also allergic to Very Good Boys... my son-in-law had better not frown at me disapprovingly if i want to have a beer some evening!"

this is really how aunty and uncle hunted for a husband for their daughter - this couple has always been Unique, but i think they surpassed themselves this time :))

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Blogger M (tread softly upon) said...

Brilliant! I would like to meet them. It would be an honor.

10:14 am  
Blogger the wannabe indian punkster said...

More parents like these is what India needs. Really.

10:20 am  
Blogger Rajesh J Advani said...

Too cool!

11:23 am  
Blogger karmic_jay said...

There are quiet a few of such parents. My parent's had no problem who I found. I eventually did find a life partner of my own. We dated for a year or so before we were ready to sort of get serious. Both our parents never had a problem.
There was no way I was going to get in to an arranged marraige!!

11:53 am  
Blogger S. said...

LOL! there are these and there are mine that say " look for a boy for you?? Why would I want to add that to my karma and go to hell? "


12:29 pm  
Blogger m. said...

m (tread softly upon), megha, rajesh, karmic jay: i'll tell 'em their fanclub just grew bigger :))

s.: see...thats why the mrs.ramachandrans of the world take such an interest in you :D

5:40 pm  
Blogger Anand said...

hey M! Long see!
You've been tagged!

9:08 pm  
Blogger Ekta said...

Hey cool!
My parents would freak if I sat down to drink in front of them!

9:46 pm  
Blogger Rabin said...

oh man....this sounds too darn familiar

good on uncle and aunty for taking a stand :)

10:58 pm  
Blogger m. said...

anand: gawd! what a tag it is :-| really, i cant take up that one. its beyond me!

ekta: story of your life eh! ;-)

rabin: hah. they didnt merely take a stand, they seem to have done a handstand - you shouldve heard the rrrich horror in their voices! *rofl*

2:23 am  
Blogger asuph said...

lol. this made me chuckle.


2:31 am  
Blogger sensiblystoned said...

how old is their daughter?? :D

10:53 am  
Blogger m. said...

asuph: hey, thanks for dropping in :)

sensiblystoned: LOL. tough luck,youre too late!

9:11 am  
Blogger vivitsa said...

This is too cool ! I want my mom and dad to read this post !!

11:37 am  
Blogger Wrong number said...

how does "doesn't smoke, doesnt dink" translate to "very nice boy"?
I want to know because I will have to question this when I meet my in-laws-to-be later this year.
I'd really like some advice on this one! How is it that as a parent you would pick out smoking or drinking habits as the foremost criteria rather than say, "good naturedness" or "respectfulness". Or is it that I'm missing a causality relation between "smoker" and "ill behaved person"?

6:21 am  
Blogger m. said...

vivitsa: :))

saale: thats exactly what aunty and uncle were driving at - that the traditional stereotype of the Very Good Boy was daft, and made them feel uneasy! they wanted a more contemporary person - it was merely their loony sense of humour that made 'em wail about Very Good Boys. and btw,congratulations :)

10:05 am  
Blogger ~River~ said...

How cute!

The "nice boy" syndrome is as funny/dangerous as the "nice girl" one!

12:19 am  
Blogger IdeaSmith said...

I don't believe it. I just don't believe it!!! Introduce them to me puhleeeeez!

4:10 am  

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