“You know it very much Mom, I’m not going to marry right now as I’m yet to settle myself more prominently in the business. So please stop showing me those photographs of nubile ladies!” Sid was so exasperated that he almost lost his cool.
Frustrated, Mrs. Gupta left her son’s room without uttering a single more word. She took the album away with her.
Sid was feeling thirsty for a cup of coffee. But he knew Mom would ignore his request. He gave out a long sigh,“I can’t understand why moms are so after their boys for getting married!”
He took out the book on business economics he borrowed from his friend Rahul and tried to concentrate.
Suddenly, an envelope slipped from between the pages. Out of inquisitiveness and, somewhat by instinct, Sid opened the envelope, it was a normal looking one, not even sealed.
A bust-size photograph of a beautiful lady slips onto his lap and, mesmerized him for a moment! The faint smile on her lips looked more mystical than that of Monalisa, her big, black, eyes were gleaming with intelligence, her cherubic pulchritude made Sid forget all about the words uttered a while ago.
“Mom will be happy to know tomorrow morning”, he muttered, “I’m going to get married”.
Sid reached his friend’s house the next morning when the clock was yet to struck seven. He couldn’t sleep well, he wanted to know the identity of the girl, he was anxious about her relationship with Rahul. “Who could it be? It’s not his girlfriend, I know her, maybe his cousin or any distant relative!”
Rahul was taken aback to see his friend so early in the morning.
What happened yaar? He asked anxiously.
Without wasting his time, Sid took out the photograph.
“I want to marry this girl. Who is she? I want all the details, please yaar”.
Rahul looked at the photograph and said wryly, “That’s not possible, Sid, you can’t marry this girl…you have to take another birth along with her”.
What nonsense! What do you mean? Sid looked furious.
Papa gave me this photograph. He wanted it to be restored from a studio. I took the delivery and unmindfully kept it in the book. This is my grandma in her heydays!