LOVE I(N) ARRANGED MARRIAGE – PART 10

Anju was shocked and her heart was feeling heavy when she heard about his travel to onsite..

Anju: But you did not discuss with me before…

Aravind: Yes, even I din’t know that this opportunity will come so soon..Will miss you a lot.

Anju: But… I am really disappointed a lot, to be frank..

Anju’s face was soooo sad and her eyes were filled with tears and her heart longed for him.

Aravind: Hey my little angel,,,I simply said to check your reaction…Sorryyyyyyy da chellu!!!! I could clearly see how much love you have on me!!!! Wowww…. I am really lucky..(He was blushing)

Anju was feeling soooo happy…Then he gifted her a new mobile with a CUG SIM FOR HER…Both became close to each other day by day

On Anju’s Birthday:

Aravind called her at 12 ‘0 clock in the morning..

Anju: Hello!!!!

Aravind: Wish u many more happy returns of the day dear!!! Have a happy day..

Anju:Thanks a lot for your wish. I am very very happy to get the first call from you

Aravind: Since I may come home late from office today,, I am sorry that I could not meet you..Shall we meet tomorrow dear?

Anju: Ok… No problem..

Anju longed to see Aravind becoz it was her first birthday after his entry into her life…

Aravind called Anju in the evening::::

Aravind: Started from the office Anju??

Anju: Yes ..Am starting from my desk..

Aravind: Ok dear… go home safe and message me

Anju was leaving out of her office…. Aravind was waiting for her in the reception!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

Anju saw Aravind and was jumping in joy..

Aravind: Happy Birthday my sweet angel:).. and he gave a present to her
Anju: Thanks a lot ….Anju opened carefully and was curious to know what it is!!!
Anju saw chappatis and paneer butter masala:).. She saw Aravind confused!!!

Aravind: Hey why do you look confused… I learnt it from my mom today and made it for you, as u had said that it is your favourite dish…

Anju: Thanks a lottttttttttttttttttttttttttttt…You are chooooooooooo sweet..

She came near Aravind… Held his hands

and said Thank you so much for coming into my life..I was feeling bad as if why my parents compelled for marriage so soon,, but now I realize what a wonderful wise decision they have taken to bring you into my life … You are the best husband one could get in life…… I cannot bear the happiness that our engagement is going to happen in a week…..

Both of them were full of enthusiasm as the engagement was nearing… Both the families were gearing up for the function.

Everything was totally new to Anju…

Her friend Pooja: Hey stupid girl do a facial before engagement. I have never seen a girl like you who is earning but not spending even a single paise for herself… Also have an oil massage for your hair….

Anju never knew that it would be a wonderful experience and was reluctant to do it as she had gone to beauty parlour only for trimming her hair and all these ideas were totally new to her: O….

Anju was totally different by nature.

Of course she dressed well, wore matching ornaments etc still she was not interested in beautifying herself by going to a beauty parlour. Leave alone beauty parlour, she was not even interested in applying powder or cream on her face. Yet she was bright and beautiful .

Dresses of all colours and also all types of dresses would suit her. So she did not bother about doing a facial or choosing a different hair style…

Pooja: Experience the magical feeling you would get in a beauty parlour de. If you don’t go to the beauty parlour, I won come to your engagement .

So she went to the beauty parlour half hearted.

In the beauty parlour:

Anju: I want to do a facial and oil massage for my hair.

Receptionist: Maam, please find the list of facials available in our parlour.

She was surprised to see these many facials. So she called Pooja to ask which facial she should do…

Pooja: Hey do “Fruit facial” because that would not affect your skin.

Anju: Ok I would like to do a Fruit Facial, she said to the receptionist…

The facial was simply a wonderful experience and she was feeling warm and happy, she forgot the present and drifted to the thoughts about the engagement saree purchase day…..

Anju wanted to gift something special for him as she was sooooooooooo moved by his love…. She wanted to express her love for him….

She had taken both their photos to the Kodak and had imprinted the photos on a mug and a keychain…

She had bought a Fast track watch and had packed all these gifts herself …

Anju was looking extraordinarily cute on that day…. She had taken a hair bath and had worn a bright dress which added to her beauty and she had come with free hair.

Aravind was mesmerized on seeing her beauty….

He wanted to hug her, but controlled himself.

He went close to her and whispered in her ears “You are gorgeous dear. I can’t wait to marry you”.

Anju blushed and then gave him the gifts…

He opened one by one by and was shocked to see so many gifts!!!!! He was moved on seeing the mug and the key chain. He immediately wore the watch she gave him.

Anju: Just like how I am thinking about you every second, you need to think about me every second, that’s why I have gifted you a watch…

Then they started the saree purchase. When she kept the saree and saw whether it suited her, he was enjoying the beauty of his wife …

He was imagining how she would be if she wore the saree and even when he was standing near her, he drifted to a dream as though he was putting his arms around her shoulders and that she was wearing the same saree after their marriage, when Anju brought him back to reality by tapping on his shoulders. Then they selected the saree together. It was greenish blue with light green border colour saree…

Lets how the engagement goes in the next part…

Love I(N) Arranged Marriage – Part 9

A week later(ON FEB 14):

Anju was expecting a message from Aravind and so did Aravind.. Both were eager to express their feelings for each other..

Suddenly a messaged beeped in Anju’s mobile:

Yes it was Aravind!!!!! She opened with full enthu..

Aravind’s Message : Hi Chellu.. Good Morning.:) Have a nice day!!!!

Anju was driven away by his affectionate word..But she expected the most important message from him and was a bit disappointed for not getting it.

Anju replied: Have a great day .:)

She din’t want to express her feelings until he does.

Aravind:Dear..What are your plans for today??

Anju: I am going out to Citi Center..Will message you once I reach there..

Aravind: Oh ok dear take care…I am getting ready for meeting my cousin who has come from onsite today. Will call you later. Bye for now..Be safe..

Anju: Do you what day today is????

Aravind: Ya its Saturday.

She was pissed off….

Anju : Ok… Take care. Bye …

Anju was irritated to the core for he did not express his feelings and he had forgotten that it was valentine’s day…. She started thinking that he had changed after she accepted the marriage proposal….

She felt so sad….

At Citi Center:

Anju got a call from Aravind..

Anju : Hello

Aravind:Hello Anju..

Anju heard Aravind voice over phone and an echo of his voice near her. Suddenly someone tapped Anju’s head… She turned around…

Yesssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was Aravind..

Anju blushed and she couldn’t control her happiness.

He came near Anju and said..

“I Love You Anju.. I dint want to express it, for the first time in message cause I wanted to express it to you directly and wanted to see your happiness and take a photo of your smiling face 🙂

I love you soooooooooooooooo much”.. He said and gave a bunch of red roses and gulab jamoon sweets to her.

Anjana: I love you so much!!!!! Thank you so much, it was a sweet surprise!!!!!!

He took a photo of her with the roses

Anju’s friend told them: Take care guys, we will leave.. Day is all urs..Enjoy!!!

Anju blushed!!!!!!

Anju: I have something for u..

She gifted a wallet……

Aravind: Hey thanks a lot de sweetie pie.. I just wanted to give you your birthday present now.. Shall we go for shopping?

Anju: But my birthday is only next month. You got confused??

Aravind: No Anju..how will I? I am going to onsite next month dear..I am sorry that I couldn’t be there with you on your birthday 😦

Love I(N) Arranged Marriage – Part 8

Aravind called Anju immediately…

Anju left the room blushing and rushed upstairs….

Aravind: Thank you for accepting my proposal Anju… If I had not got you in my life, I would not have married anyone in this world….

Anju: Really????? I know it’s not the case … she giggles…

Aravind: I promise dear… When I saw you blushing when I entered your house, I was blown away…. Then each and every gesture and move of yours, attracted me towards you…. I have never ever seen a girl as childish and sweet like you… I feel gifted for having got you as my wife!!!!

Anju: Thank you (blushing, her cheeks were blood red )… [She was not sure whether she can call him with his name]… I never felt that I would decide about my life within twenty minutes :O…. And also that I would become mad about a person in just three days….

Aravind: Are you really mad about me??? I can’t believe my ears!!!!!!

Anju: Yes I feel that I have become mad about u…. Every second, I was staring at my mobile after your mom got my number…. I have never been like this… Do you know one thing???? I was keeping my mobile under my pillow, even while sleeping…. And I used to wake up in the night often to see if I had got any messages or calls ….

Aravind: Oh am sorry da… I went on a tour and my mom wanted to confirm with your parents before we speak, so was eagerly waiting to come back and speak to you… Why did you not call me?

Anju: Girls never call guys first … I was sure my parents would not agree for me calling you first….

Aravind: That’s ok no problem da… You are forgiven … Ok tell me what all you like????

Anju: Now I would say I like you …. I generally like Milky bar, gulab jamoon, all sweets.. north Indian dishes, especially paneer butter masala, Nav Rathna kurma…. I like solving puzzles…. Writing codes to provide solutions to problems… And I get the satisfaction, once I am able to solve the puzzle or come up with the logic … In colour, I like Red and honey…. In flowers, I like red rose…. I like teddy bears… I like watching movies…. I always keep listening to music, I love it sooooooooooooo much… Even during work, I always have my handsfree plugged to my ears….

She kept on listing her likes and then asked him his likes:

Aravind: I don’t have any preferences like you….. Anything is fine for me… Till now I have not had any big likes or dislikes… I accept life as it comes…. But you are the only one whom I badly wanted to marry…. Thank you once again for accepting me…. With so many likes and dislikes preferences, you have chosen me, that’s a very greatttt thing!!!!!!

Anju: There is nothing great in that!!!!! I liked you very much and my parents also liked you and your family very much. They thought that I would be happy in your home…

Aravind: Great that they have a thought like that… I will do my level best to ensure that you are happy throughout our life…. I will make you feel as how you were in your home…. Don’t worry, I will take care of you like my kid… Ok dear my mom is calling me…. Will call you later….

Love I(N) Arranged Marriage – Part 7

It was Anju who opened the door.

She was spell bound on seeing the gifts… She liked him even more for making her feel sooo special . She wished him to be near to celebrate this moment of joy. Her mind came up with a special plan for him for making him feel special.

Here, Aravind kept on singing the song “Azhaipaaya Azhaipaaya” meaning “Will you call, Will you call”… He was very dull and disappointed as the day ended in vain. As a mother Sudha, who could understand his every move, planned to help him.

She called Anju’s home and conveyed to her that Aravind’s grandmother likes to speak to her. “Anju, if you are okay, shall I give your number to his grandmother?”

Anju was okay for that, after all she was very respectful and gave her mobile number to her.

Even Anju’s mind was behind Aravind. She thought, why not Aravind accidentally get her number from his mother and call her, as she also wanted to speak to him. She started longing for his call, and what a coincidence! She was also singing the same song!

Anju felt different, as she had first time fallen in love. She felt Love as a magic which turned her life, thinking and behavior upside down just by being with him for few moments.

Here, Aravind was overjoyed as his Mom had got her number. But both went on thinking as how far Anju’s family would take this matter if Aravind rings her before engagement.

Aravind’s family had already planned for a trip to visit few temples and they packed for their trip. The trip went on for two days and both of them started longing to talk to each other.

She expected at least a text from him and kept on staring at her mobile screen, but in vain.

Looking at Aravind, Sudha decided to talk to Anju and called her. After exchanging the formalities,

Sudha: Hi Anju, Aravind likes to speak to you. I would like to speak to your parents to understand if they would mind, him talking to you before Engagement. Beforehand I would like to know your opinion dear..

Anju: Aunty, I will ask my parents and let you know

Sudha: Ok dear take care… Will that be okay for you if I call you by 6 in the evening?

Anju: Ok Aunty..

Anju was too shy to tell her parents but as clock was running as like in a running competition, she at last decided to tell her father. She went to her mother and conveyed the message to her.

Kodhai discussed with Anju’s father who was a bit hesitant first. Kodhai made him understand that it is natural and convinced him for that matter. Kodhai was a forward thinking personality and not reluctant to accept the wishes of the younger generation. For her, parents have to understand the fast growing world and people should adapt accordingly for a peaceful survival.

Even Kodhai wanted Anju to spend some time talking to Aravind for her to understand if the relationship would work before they trap into the marriage bond! She waved a green signal for Anju and encouraged her to speak to Aravind. Anju started feeling restless and was looking forward for the clock to tick 6′.

Sudha was quite busy with her relatives at home. By then Anju was too tensed and her mind started thinking what went wrong and why aunt did not call her yet.

Time was 6:45′. Waving a goodbye to her relatives, Sudha came to the phone and called Anju immediately as Aravind was restless from the time clock ticked 6′

Tring Tring.. Tring Tring.. As Anju was carrying her mobile all the time with her.. she immediately attended the call.

Sudha: Anju, this is Sudha dear..
Anju: Good evening Aunty!

Sudha: Good Evening dear, How was your day?
Anju: It was good aunty. so how was yours?

Sudha: Good ma.. I had few unexpected relatives at home by evening and had to spend some time with them till they started off from home..
Anju: oh ok.. Aunty..

Sudha: Is there anything special from your side?
Anju blushed for few seconds and responded to her: Mom and Dad are okay with it

Sudha: Good to hear Anju, let me first tell this to Aravind. Take care..Convey my regards to your parents. Good night dear!
Anju: Good night Aunty, take care!

Anju was in cloud nine and she was unable to believe what was happening..

Her mobile started ringing.. It was a call from a number which she had stored in her heart(note not even mind ).. Its none other than Aravind!!!

And whats next.. lets see in the next part

Love I(N) Arranged Marriage – Part 6

Aravind admired her each and every gestures. Every gesture reinforced her sweet and childish nature as informed by his best friend Srinath(the guy who proposed Anju)!!!!!

Then he saw Chetan Bhagat’s novel “Two States” book on her desk.

He took the book and and asked her have u completed this novel?
Anju: Not completely. I will finish within today.

At that time, Anju went out and got him a cup of coffee.

In the mean time, Aravind saw the page where she had kept the bookmark. He took his pen and he started writing in that page.

Anju came inside and both din’t know what topic to speak.

Aravind: I have always wished for marrying a career oriented girl and wanted to prove that behind a woman’s success, a man could be there :).. As always, the vice versa is prominently talked about everywhere..

Anju thought in her mind “Wowww he is exactly the type of guy, I wish to marry.. But I do not know any other thing about him till now… Let’s see..”

Aravind : what are your plus points?

Anju: I will grasp things easily when told to me rather than reading it myself..

Aravind: oh.. is that so???? sounds good..let me check out ur grasping power!!! I will tell u some mixed numbers,, u must repeat correctly after I say!!!

Anju: I M READY

Aravind: 0123456

Anju: oh its so easy and even the kids will repeat this.(she repeated  the numbers what he told)

Aravind:well now I will say the numbers fast..listen carefully….” 8056672139”

Anju: 8056672139 … am I right?

Aravind: yes and for your kind information, its my number. Hope you won’t forget as u have great grasping.

Anju blushed

Aravind: what are your likes and dislikes?

Anju: I like Milky bar, gulab jamoon, all sweets.. north Indian dishes…. what are your likes and dislikes?

Aravind: If you are asking at this moment,, then my answer is “I like you”

Aravind said this at a stretch and came out of the room..

Both parents were happy with each other and they left the decision to Anju and Aravind.

Aravind sighed a thumbs-up gesture to his parents and their parents too told that they were happy and their son likes Anju.

After they left Anju’s Home..

Kodhai: Anju, we liked the boy and his family, did u like him? Anyways u take ur own time and say ur opinion soon!!!

Anju: Dad, do you think that the boy does not have any bad habits?

Krishna: Yes ma, as far as I saw him, the way he interacted, I felt that he is a good boy.. Now I leave it to you, to decide ma..

She liked him but she din’t know how to convey her message to her parents immediately. She went inside her room and saw the novel. Opened the bookmark page and saw the wordings “You are the only one I’ll ask WILL YOU MARRY ME??”

Yes.. she liked him too. She went to her parents and said “I will marry him, since you like this alliance”

Anju’s Parents were very happy.. Anju’s mom called Aravind’s mom to convey this information. When Aravind heard the news, he jumped out with joy.

He went out and bought a box of milky bar and rushed to her home.

Kept the chocolates and a thank you note, rang the calling bell and he started off to his home without meeting her or her parents.

He hoped that her memory power will not be in vain!!!!

Love I(N) Arranged Marriage – Part 5

On the day of Aravind’s arrival,

At Anju’s office:

Anju was not enthusiastic about the marriage plan …

Suddenly she got a mail alert…..

She opened her mail box and saw the rating mail… And WOWWWWWWWWWW she had got the first rating……. Not only that, her manager had written an entire page of appreciation about her….

She just jumped with joy and was on cloud nine. At last I have got the recognition that I deserve!!!!!!!!!!!

She worked with even more rigor and enthusiasm…

Suddenly she got another email alert…..

She opened her mail box and bang came the mail of the winners in the singing competition which she had participated with full josh for the first time a few days back …. To her astonishment,

She had got the first prize……. She checked her mail 2 -3 times to see if it was true…..

Then suddenly she remembered that Aravind would be coming to see her that day… She thought “Probably he is lucky for me”..

At Anju’s Home:
Kodhai was busy preparing dishes for Aravind’s family…
The dishes were rasagulla, gulab jamoon and other milk sweets, mixture, samosa…

Anju was in her normal chudidhar which she had worn to office that day since she had come home late due to work.

She started feeling nervous as she had not spoken much to guys… She was about to go to a room and hide there, but before she could, Aravind entered with a smile on his face….

She blushed without knowing what to do…. Her heart was beating soooooooooooooo fast……

Her hands and legs learnt the art of break dance involuntarily

As usual, their parents started speaking about their family, when Aravind’s mother asked Aravind to speak to Anju in a room separately….

Lets see the conversation they had in the next post…….

Beauty and the beast :)

There was a whiff of fresh air blowing on my face and the picturesque waters of Langkawi seemed more beautiful than ever.. What with my heartthrob Cathy, dressed in a stunning white wedding gown and looking drop-dead gorgeous, running in from behind to clutch my hands. She looked like a sweet angel and I was completely mesmerized and soaked by her charm. The walk on the wet beaches was heavenly.

I was wearing a light brown Sathya Paul wedding suit and was holding onto a bunch of white rose in my hand. Not to miss the opportunity, I quickly recovered from the trance, and the first thing that came across my mind was – “Oh my God, Is this real ?? Oh you beauty ! How did you decide to marry me???!!!!”

I was at a loss of words and was gaping for my breath. I have been trying to strike a conversation for the last few minutes but just could not utter a word. Finally I spoke – “Sweetie – You look out of the world ! Will you marry me Cathy dear?”

I could see her lips moving and heard her saying “Yes for sure Mr. Madhur”

I just could not hold back when I felt her lips were very close to mine. I hugged her and gave her a neat kiss.

I got a tight slap on my face !!

I was confused ! When I opened my eyes, I had a horror of my lifetime. My wife was on top of me with a predatory rage. But hold on, this time she had taken it to a different level altogether – She had a knife just above my head and was bellowing “Who the hell is that Cathy??”

Love I(N) Arranged Marriage – Part 4

Time went by and after two years:

One fine day,

Srinath gave an invitation to Anju.

Srinath: I wanted to give the first invitation to you!!!! . I was inspired by your words and I decided to leave the choice of choosing my partner to my parents.

Anju: Wow Congrats!!!! Srinidhi Srinath!!!! Wonderful name combination… Wishing you a happy and peaceful married life. Is she working?

Srinath: Yes she is working…

Anju: Could you please do one favour for me?

Srinath: Tell me what is it?

Anju: You told that you would be a ladder in my career life. Please be a ladder in your wife’s life. As a married girl, she would have lots and lots of responsibilities. Please help her in all her activities so that she would have a work life balance. Else it would become hectic for her.

Srinath: Sure I will take care of her like a queen.

Anju: That’s nice to hear.

Meanwhile since the time she had asked for(two years),was over. Anju’s parents decided to search a suitable alliance for her.

She had no other go, other than accepting their decision now…

They provided her details in their respective sites and books.

From then on, it was a biggggggggggggggggg process…..

Every second there was a call from some boy’s house. Her mother spoke to them and kept jotting down their details. They screened all the profiles…. The screening took few months….

Finally there came a suitable alliance, Aravind who decided to come and see Anju the next week…

Will Aravind tie the knot to Anju????? Lets wait and see….

Love I(N) Arranged Marriage – Part 3

Anju started to think of how she first met Srinath………………

After six months of bench life in a MNC, atlast Anju was attending training for joining a new project. Once Anju was into the project, Srinath was asked to mentor her. Initially he did not reply whenever she asked queries and whenever she went to his place, he would not be there in his place.

Anju’s Lead Viru: Read the document XXXXX. Once you are done with that you can start with the project work.

Srinath did not give her that document.

Srinath: Complete this document YYYYYYY after which you can read the document XXXXX.

Document YYYYYYY had 500 + pages :’-(. Anju was seeing(note seeing not even reading) the first page for 5 days. But could not even understand a word.

Then an incident happened which changed her work life and made her a workaholic like this:

Her brother had come from US after a long gap and he wanted her to take a break and spend time with him. But Anju could not take leave as she had a four day training in that week and he had to leave on Friday. Hence Anju planned to take leave on Friday. Anju applied leave for Friday.

After which Viru called her:

Viru: Anju, I saw that you had applied leave for Friday.

Anju: Yes, I have to take leave due to a personal work.

Viru: You attended four days of training and Friday you have applied leave. You have not done anything in the project side this week. Ok tell me, have you completed reading the document XXXXX?

Anju: No Viru, I have not yet started. Srinath asked me to complete the document YYYYYYY before reading that document. But I was not able to understand that, I used to ask Srinath but he was very busy. Hence could not complete that document.

Viru: What you have not even started reading the document!!!!! :-X…. You should have informed me this before. Leave that document and start reading the document that I told. And I also wish to inform you that you are not mingling with other team members. If you do not get your query resolved from Srinath, approach other senior team members and get it resolved. And also, for whatever issues, you have to approach me immediately and get it resolved. I heard that you were grumbling that you are in project bench for a long time and that you want to start project work soon. But when given a work, you dint do it. I do not want any such issues hereafter.

Anju: Sure Viru. You would surely see a change in me hereafter.

Viru: Srinath give her the document XXXXX written by you. Anju go through the document and provide the comments about the document to Srinath.

Anju: Thank you Viru. Sure I would go through the document and come up with the review comments.

After this, Srinath started feeling sorry for her and started helping her in all her project work. She studied the document at a stretch, had few queries which Srinath clarified then and there and she provided the comments on the mistakes in the document, the same day.

Viru: I saw the comments given by you. Great that you have completed the document so fast and given the comments!!!! Good job but hereafter try to analyze the business requirements and give comments on the testcases that can be added.

After which her life changed, she kept on asking queries to everyone in the team and everyone knew her well. She herself created a test plan, tested the feature manually, of course with the help of Srinath. He taught her each and everything, which she grasped quickly. Automated the test cases. Started working full fledged in the project. Whatever issues she had, Srinath would help her.

Viru started praising her for whatever outstanding things that she contributed to the project. Other than her project work, she innovated things which made her popular in her team. This made her crazy about her work and ignited a fire inside her to keep on proving herself every day.

But she had never felt Srinath’s love for her till that day since she was totally into proving herself.

He had helped her a lot and he had only molded her into what she is today. The way he had expressed his love was also touching.

But she had never seen him that way. In fact Anju had always felt that, just like her brother was a role model for her, he too was a role model for her. The way he debugged issues, automated scripts was wonderful and she felt that she had a lot to learn from him.

Not just this stopped her from accepting his love. The most important thing that stopped her from accepting was her parents’ trust in her when she told that she would not love anyone and would only accept their choice. She felt proud when she thought about them and their love. She decided that she would never let them down in any way.

Suddenly she got a call from her mother which brought her back to the real world!!!!

Anju decided to tell her opinion to him before their teammates came, so that no one knew about his love.

She could see that Srinath was curious to know what she would tell. She went near him. His heart skipped a beat.

Anju: Srinath, you helped me a lot and molded me into what I am today in my career. You are a role model for me and I am sorry I dint have such feelings for you. Even though u expressed your love in a decent way and said that u would be a ladder in my career life, I have promised my parents to marry a guy according to their wish. Please do understand me and continue to be my role model.

Srinath was a little bit sad but he understood her situation. As she wished, he continued to be her role model…………

What happens next?????