Celebrations



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"Yeah pink colour suits you. Buy that saree..." Mom finalised for me.

"I had liked that one only from the beginning. ?I'll buy that one only..." & I turned to the shopkeeper.

"Bhaiya yeh pack kar dena...."

"Haan madam, this colour is perfect for you. Diwali ke din aap khub chamkengi..!!"

"Arey, it's not for Diwali.. It is for my reception after Diwali..."

"Ohhh... Shopping for marriage.... So Madam, buy more... This would be your last Diwali at home..??!!!" the shopkeeper questioned.

I nodded but the enthusiasm of shopping vanished. Every time I try to come out of that mood , something or other pops up to remind me of my last days...... I begin to feel low on hearing the word "Last"... It would not mean an end of celebrations but an end to that kind of celebrations.....

No more window shopping & bargaining around with Mom....

No more discussions with Dad about finalising the Diwali gifts...

No more quarrels with Brother over the crackers..

No more arguments with Sis over the matching earrings...

No more fights for chocolates & chaklis....

Surely there would be Diwali again next year & I would celebrate but there won't be the same shopping, the same gifts, the same crackers, the same jewellery,the same chocolates, the same people around.....

There would be a new place, new people, people who have accepted me as a member in their family, people who would care about me but would it be like the same old celebrations?? Or would it be more fun filled celebration??????

"Arey see Ishika, the shopkeeper is not even reducing a paisa.. These people have their own say in price during celebrations.. They know people will buy whatever price they quote..." & suddenly I realised mom was telling me something...

I smiled & tried to connect to what she was saying.

"Arey Mummy its fine.. We have to still reach home & complete the coking.. Lets pay for it quickly.. " I handed over the Debit Card to the cashier & we collected our saree.

Just as we were crossing the street, a marriage procession passed by & mom remarked, "Next month, we would be celebrating your marriage in the same way... Time is flying so quickly.. Oh God......."

Celebrating Marriage..????

Yeah that is what "Marriage" is in India... A festival just like others which comes once in the whole lifetime.. A time to rejoice, to be happy..... An occasion & reason to celebrate... But things about other "CELEBRATIONS" change so much after this one "CELEBRATION" called "MARRIAGE" & I have begun to realise it now...

P.S. : This is a work of Pure Fiction..!!
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pRasad said...

So you are going to marry soon..congratsss !! :)

Harini said...

Are you getting married? Yeah, weddings are a huge affair here. Its like on big festival :).

Jaspreet said...

First time on your blog. A very different and nice take on the prompt.
"But the things about other "CELEBRATIONS" change so much after this one "CELEBRATION" called "MARRIAGE" & I have begun to realise it now..."
I am not sure but I think this closing line of yours has a negative connotation to it, is it so? Correct me if I am wrong.
All the best! :)

Shruti said...

Marriage is surely a celebration in India! Btw, are u getting married? Congrts :)

Brijender Singh said...

As with any celebration,marriage too takes a healthy dose of understanding,compassion and bonhomie to bear fruit.
Most Indian celebrations are built on the edifice of tremendous effort on the part of some forebears.
And perhaps that is what each of us,in a smaller measure, gets a chance to do through marriage.

So here's to the one celebration that is the progenitor of many other celebrations and lends its very own complexion to every other celebration that follows!

Saro said...

well this was close to my heart.. and well feelings totally mutual.. i don't feel like celebrating either! seems wrong. good luck for batom!

Amity said...

Hi URvashi...:-)

Is this a fact or fiction? But am more inclined to believe it is real and wow...you're getting soon...so soon it will be next month, right?

Congratulations...yes, marriage is one kind of big celebrations especially to those people in the higher caste, the rich and the popular!

Thanks for sharing this for BAT! I like the element of truth in it...:)

All the best Urvashi! :-)

Md. Muddassir Shah said...

Urvashi,
This is my first time on your blog and I have to save I'm impressed.

I concur with you when you say that marriage is no less than a celebration and why not? It is something that not only unites two lives but two cultures, two families and so many hearts.

Cheers!!

astrosunilnomy said...

nice interpretation for theme celebration, marriage is a celebration indeed.

Urvashi said...

@All above: Thanks 4 ur comments but this post is not about my Marriage... It is just a fiction written in first person cos I love that style of narration a lot..!!!

Good Luck ofr those who are participating in BAT..!!

cyaa... TC :)

Lost in thoughts said...

marriage like birth needs celebration...nice connect during this festive season.

Lost in thoughts - Celebrations

Mingled Minds said...

wow...what a work of fiction...for a fraction of second i thought u were getting married and it was not until tht i read u r comment..lolz...
Made me really really nostalgic...the fact that it would "THE LAST...." itself makes my stomach crunch... ahh.. can't explain how it feels.. but have to say..lovely piece..
:D..good day!!!

Kshitij said...

:)

I feel marriage has been super hyped in India. Much much much more than needed. Just like the boards I think.

But you are right when you say it's like a celebration in itself.

Anish Patel said...

Nice fiction..... and true... life changes after marriage for both.. but more for a girl....

and I envy for your fictions .. :) ....

Happy New Year to you and your family....

tikulicious said...

A truly heart warming post.
Best wished to you :)

Leo said...

Happy married life to the fictional Urvashi :) nice narration and yeah, marriage seems to be a much hyped celebration in India :)

swayambhu said...

First time at your blog, I think...like the look of it :-) Nice post too, this. ATB !

Ms.Meduri said...

I can read the heart of a young Indian girl who is about get married soon :)

nicely written :) yes...for us everything changes after marriage..including our name :(...!!!

All the best :)

Here is my celebration:
Ms. Meduri- Celebrations

Srikanth said...

Liked your post.

All the best

Vikas Khair said...

Hey Urvashi very nice piece of writing .. wonderfully accomplished .. All the best for BAT-16

Vikas Khair - Celebrations

Gautam said...
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Gautam said...

Your first person view was so replete with true emotions that you had me almost believed that this was not a fiction!!
Happy belated Diwali, hope you had a gr8 one and the shopkeepers didn't overcharge you much!! ;)

Pratibha The Talent said...

Loved the fiction and it is something every girl have in her mind just before getting married.You narrated the celebration as if you are going through this.well great use of expression.all the best for BAT

Aarti said...

Wow ... that was really smthng I didnt expect fm u ;) hahahhaha kidng :) on a seriou note i loved this post an dtake on celebrations , because i m on way to it :) I could relate to it completely .. I just loved it ... All the best for BAT :)

nsecashish said...

unusual take,smooth flow..simplicity in its perfect aura in ur post ...al da best ..u surely hav ur golden chances :)

Someone Is Special said...

First time on your blog.. I love the sweet narration and of course marriage is the most celebrated celebration in India as it comes once in a lifetime..

Good luck for BAT and do stop by, Someone Is Special - Celebrations

--Someone Is Special--

Cherry Blossom said...

Everything changes after marriage, its like a new birth, a new beginning. How very true. This celebration brings joy as well as sorrow. Joy of getting your soul mate, sorrow of leaving your beloved parents. This is life and life has to be celebrated. Good post. All the best.

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