“Though she is ghanam ranga (has wheatish complexion) but I liked her; she is in the second year of medical college.” She told me proudly.
“Are you looking for doctor girls?” My eyes widened.
“Sweetie says mommy we too should get D married to a doctor.”
“I see!” I murmured.
This is the story of two women; married to two real brothers and are wall to wall neighbors. But they aren’t on talking terms from the last fifteen odd years. The thing doesn’t end here. Though they don’t communicate at all yet they are fully aware of the happening in each other’s homes. Ever since Mrs. R’s son got married, Mrs. W has become restless; dreaming of her elder son’s wedding (who is just 22 or maybe 23). Mrs. R’s son is a doctor. I believe he is or soon turns out to be a quack. I mean do you really think you can study medicine on self finance especially when you have no brains, talent and aptitude. And when you were caught in an unfair means in FS.c but we should keep in mind that money can do wonders in such cases in the land of pure.
So he got married to his class fellow. A doctor! That has stolen Mrs. W’s sleep. These days she doesn’t part from her rosary for a minute and chant fervently on every bead, “I need a d-d- in law”.
Darn! Not doctorate in law but doctor daughter in law.
The other day she was telling me with pride and enthusiasm about that ghanam ranga. I said with equal enthusiasm, “Don’t waste time in asking her hand if you really liked her.”
Her smile vanished. The color of her skin changed, “Your lala says he’s too young to be married. Let him complete his education.”
“He’s right I think. Besides if you want a doctor girl, her parents would ask what the guy does.”
She went silent. Perhaps she too knows quite well that life is all about clicking on the right options. Even if she asks her hand, “no” is what she might hear because the girl’s parents would like to get their daughter married to a doctor. It’s the mindset here doctor for a doctor.
It’s like a vast bazaar out there where doctors carry the highest price tag. Everyone is in search of one at any given time. Even if they know they can’t pull off a deal; they’ll try. Just as everyone tries his luck at least once in life for winning the huge cash amount whether through gambling or lottery.
Mrs. W too lives in that hope as she hasn’t spun her fishing line yet. In fact the game has just begun!