Nimbu Paani

Shyama, are you ready, we need to make it to Aditi’s place… She called me up twice already… Make it quick you Dumbo!
I am ready… Will be downstairs in 10…
It was 5 am in the morning, Shyama found it difficult to tie the saree which was given to her the previous day by Aditi’s mother… Shyama was made the “thoti pelli kuthuru” or “Brides maid” , to accompany Aditi, for her “Pelli kuthuru” ceremony… She had to be at Aditi’s place in the next 20 min…
Dibbo, chal gaadi start kar… Jaldiiieee…..
This is why I told aunty not to give you a saree… She could have given you a  pair of Jeans and T-shirts instead…. Such a tom boy you are! Would any guy fall for you re?
Arey Dibbo, there could be some one…Who knows… 😀
Let’s see!
Chup beh!

Aditi was the first person to get married in the group of 4 girls – Divya- Dibbo, Shyama- Shamu, Aditi-Addu and Ismeet – Mittu…

Aaaddduuuu…good morning….
Shyamaa…. 😡 you are 30 min late….
😳 I had a tough time tying the saree… 😐
Wear those flowers and sit beside Aditi, we need to start the function… It is late already….
The Bride making ceremony began at the Telugu Brahm household, with all the aunties of Aditi applying turmeric paste on Aditi’s face and next on Shyama’s face…  Divya and Ismeet couldn’t control their laughter looking at their friends faces turning yellower every time,  when some aunty applied turmeric paste on their faces… Above all, Aditi’s aunties, while putting the Akshatha’s on Shyama, pulled her fluffy cheeks and blessed her, to get a good husband…..
Shyama, after Aditi’s marriage, we will all come for your wedding, ok na? Find some one as soon as possible…. Said Aditi’s dad’s sis…
Shyamaaa…..We are awaiting to see you blush re… Find some one soon… Divya and Ismeet said in chorus and Aditi joined them, as they took a group selfie….
The Bride making ceremony was followed by some pooja to the Pandaal, which was performed by Aditi….
Huh! Finally relieved from that sticky saree… Addu, why did you select this one for me? It is so hot already…
Shamu, it is part of the tradition…don’t comment…
Ok amma…turn on the AC for God’s sake at least…it is so hot..bharinchalene babu!
Haha ok Shamuu.. Between Shamu, why did you decline that marriage proposal you got a week ago, your parents were worried about it…
Arey Addu…He is not my type…leave it na…
But Shamu they need to settle you down, think about them…they are worried about you…
Addu, don’t worry, I’ll find some one soon… You get married first…
Shams, yaar. Arey we are all awaiting to see a Tambrahm wedding yaar… Make it happen soon…
 Let my dil ki ghanti ring and then you can….
Oye hoye, both pelli kuthru and thoti pelli kuthru, take this garma-garam breakfast…. Whats the talk going on re?
Shams’ wedding yaar!
Not again yaar Addu…. Do you think any guy will fall for this creature?
Dibbo! stop it re….
Dibbo, who knows, there might be some one just for our dear Shams… See, today Addu’s aunties and all blessed her…. I guess, in one of our weddings, Shams will come with a baby bump… You just don’t know how things change…
True yaar Mittu, might be for my wedding Shams will come as a Pakka Desi Bahu, in saree, holding one baby’s hand and the other on her hip…. 😀 😀 😀
Shut up! Paagal pottiyan! 😕
Chalo, eat soon and then we need to go to the wedding hall… Addu…. make it quick… tonight is your wedding, you need to be there soon….

Aditi and her family left to the wedding hall at the muhurtham time set by their priest…. Divya, Shyama and Ismeet arrived there just before lunch, with their respective families….
The Groom Advait, and his family were formally welcomed by Aditi’s parents and then the Kasi Yatra happened, while Aditi was inside her room, secretly watching everything through the video call facility, done by Shyama…. Must say, Shyama did have a crazy brain…. 😆

It was evening  and the wedding rituals began…
Addu…Adduuu….. Shyama whispered into Aditi’s ears as she was getting ready for some ritual…
What re Shyama?  
Who is that guy in Veshti and Navy blue Shirt, along with Advait? He seems to be a tamilian re…
Might be his friend…. saying so Aditi smiled…
He is looking hot… Look at his smile… Heeyyy… He is getting dimples too….  😀
What do I know… Will ask him…Sshh….Be calm…
Meanwhile, the groom arrived onto the stage, along with that guy in Veshti and navy blue shirt…
Advait…Advaitt…
What Hari? Who is that tall girl in that MS blue pattu saree, with Aditi?
Oh! that girl is Shyama, she is also a tambrahm like you…. Aditi’s best friend… She was her thoti pelli kuthuru  like you were my thoti pelli koduku…
She is looking gorgeous ra mama… Look at her tiny almond-like eyes, any one would fall for her ra…
Stop it ra babu….  If you want go and talk to her…
Ok ok…. 😆

Shyama accompanied Aditi on the stage during the reception….
Addu… that cousin of advait is looking so dumb…look how she’s showing off her iPhone, seems to be a big dash… Her nose is like mickey mouse re… she is wearing a big nose ring on top of it… see see….
Shyama sshh…we’ll bitch about her later…dont make me laugh. aloud now….. 
Ok ok… 😆 Excuse me..
Yes…
Aah, .. Neenga tamilian ah?
Yeah… Neenga?
Naanum…. I am Hari Krishnan Iyer, Advait’s friend…
Nice meeting you, I am Shyama Iyer, Aditi’s friend…
Cool… 

Shyama could not believe that he had just spoken to her…
Advait’s cousin kept Hari in charge of accompanying Advait during the reception….
All through the event, Hari accompanied Advait and Shyama accompanied Aditi… They did not talk but smiled occasionally looking at each other…. When Hari looked at Shyama, she looked at him from the corner of her eye… While Shyama looked at Hari, he smiled… this continued till the reception got over….
Aditi, Advait, Shyama and Hari had dinner together… Shyama gently hit Hari on his hand while laughing uncontrollably at his jokes on some guest….
Later, the wedding rituals began… Aditi was taken into the room for changing, so was Advait…
Divya and Ismeet went to their respective rooms for a small power nap and so did their families… The wedding hall looked empty and there were hardly anyone seen…
Shyama felt some one tapping on her shoulder..
Aah Shyamaa, Nimbu Paani? You seem to be sleepy… this will make you feel refreshed
Thanks Hari… I was badly in need of some water yaar…
Parvallai Shyama…No thanks and all…. Shall we go for a walk? There is a small garden outside the hall….
Yeah Hari… I am feeling sleepy…If I sleep now, I’ll miss Aditi’s wedding… I don’t want that to happen…
Haha…. I know that Shyama, that is the reason I am awake too.. Advait will kill me if I sleep….
So, tell me about yourself… Enna pannindrukel?
I am HariKrishnan, my amma and appa are retired bankers… I am the only son to them… Born and brought up in Hyderabad, schooling from KV Picket , Inter from Narayana , Engineering from CBIT , Masters from IIT Chennai and now working with Tata Projects as a senior civil engineer…
Hmm…You seem to be a typical tambrahm guy yaar… IIT and all..ah…
Haa… I wanted my masters from IIT… anyway…tell me about yourself…
Well, nothing really interesting about me… I am Shyama Rajagopalan, my amma and appa are running our family business, I am their younger daughter… My akka got married 2 yrs ago in Mumbai…Born and brought up in Hyderabad, schooling in CV Kundanbagh Inter from Chaitanya, Graduation at VM Women’s college and PGDBA from Symbiosis Pune… Now  working as asst. manager HR at Delloitte…
Strange right Shyama, we have been in Hyderabad since birth, yet we haven’t known each other…
Now we know right, Hari?
Oh yes, We do…
Heyy…Hari…Shyama… come soon, the wedding has begun….
Coming aunty…
As Shyama rushed, Hari held Shyama’s hand and pulled her gently…
Shyama, that mami in green Kanjeevaram saree is my amma… 🙂
Ohh… Lets rush in…or else, we’ll have to hear our ears full from our friends…
Haha yes..true that… 😀

Aditi was carried on to the stage in a lotus shaped basket, dressed in an off-white saree, by her uncles and Shyama’s dad lent his hand in this… Aditi held a coconut in her hand and suddenly looked at Shyama and whispered….
Shyama…Shamss… Where were you all this while? With that Hari?
Yeahh Addu… 😀
😀 Is he nice?
Shut up!
Okk…
Aditi and her parents did Gowri puja… There was a curtain held by Aditi’s cousin on one side and Advait’s cousin on the other, not letting the bride and groom see each other, as a part of tradition…. Shyama and Hari, looked at each other, every time the curtain was moved a little by the girls… They had their share of smiles and stares… Hari once peeped from the curtain, just to have a glimpse of Shyama… During the Kanyadaan, Hari and Shyama were called to hold the curtains… This time they sat opposite to each other and held the ends of the curtain…. Hari looked into Shyama’s eyes, so did Shyama, look into Hari’s eyes… They had their own way to communicate with each other… They smiled at each other some times and once or twice, Shyama did not respond to the Priest’s call and had to be tapped…
The Jilakara Bellam ceremony was about to take place, the curtain had to be taken off, Hari and Shyama, busy in their own thoughts did not hear or see anything else except each other’s eyes… Advait took the initiative and snatched the curtain….That was when the duo came to senses… Their behavior was well noticed by everyone…. Aditi and Advait undersood and smiled looking at them…
All through the Wedding, Shyama and Hari walked together, smiling at each other silently…. Shyama and Hari wanted to speak but stammered… Seeing Shyama this way, Divya and Ismeet were surprised… Shyama then told them everything that happened…
Yaar Shyama, you like that Hari ah?
Can’t say Dibbo… Lets see… 😛
Looks like our morning ka discussion would come true soon…. Just as Addu’s aunties blessed, next would be Sham’s wedding….
Chup ho ja Mittu…. 😛
Ohfoh! Ohfoh! Looks like some one has fallen in love…  Aditi came into the room after all the wedding rituals got over…
Addu I need to talk to you… Right away… Dibbo, Mittu, you stay out of this for a few min please…
Now? Shyama…I am tired… let me sit for a few min…
Addu please..just 5 min…

Orei mama, Hari… What is it between you two?
Don’t know ,Advait… 😀
If you like her, just go ahead… Aditi and I are there, we will talk to your parents…
Hmmm…..

Addu, I think I like this Hari…
Are you sure about it Shams? I hope it isn’t anything like infatuation…
No, it is not… I am clear about it… not just looks, he seems to be a very nice person… I spent around 3 hours talking to him… This is the first time ever in my life I ve had this bells ringing feel….
If that is the matter, just go ahead…. Advait and I are there… We will talk to your parents….
Hmm…
All the best girl! Just go and say it….

Shyama and Hari came out of their respective rooms…. In the hall were Shyama’s parents and Hari’s parents, talking to each other… Aditi and Advait came out and sat on the chairs, tired… Their friends sat there unable to figure out what was happening….
Shyama walked slowly, her heart raced in the most highest speed and her palms were sweaty… Hari walked nervously, running his hands through his gelled hair… Shyama stopped walking and stood in a corner… Some one tapped Shyama on her shoulder…She turned back,

Aah, Shyama Nimbu Paani?
Yeahh….Thanks Hari… I wanted some water and you gave this…
Shyama, Thanks for accepting my proposal…
Huh!
I have no words to propose you… I saw you tired so I thought, if you take this glass of nimbu paani from me, you have accepted my proposal and you did it…
Hari, you are so funny…. Will you make nimbu paani for me, for the rest of my life?
Yes Shyama, I will…. 🙂 😀

After Shyama drank the nimbu paani, Hari held her hand and hugged her… The wedding hall was filled with claps… The bhaja guys played “Sa Pa Sa” tune with the ghetti melam, just as they did during Aditi’s mangalya dharanam…

Shyama-Hari, you both indeed make a nice couple, we liked you and your family and so did your family like us… Since past 2 years we were looking matches for Hari and he rejected all the alliances… Your parents told us the same thing about you Shyama….
Well mami, in the past 2 years, I secretly prayed that where ever my soul mate is, he should be single… God heard my prayers….
Hey Shyama, I too prayed the same way…. God indeed heard our prayers….
Shyamaa, did not I tell you that you will find the man of your choice in Aditi’s wedding… see it came true…..
Haha yes aunty…
Heyy Shyamaaa….finally koi potta flat ho hi gaya tere pe….For your wedding I will be the bridesmaid… Hari, do you have any Madhwa guys as friends?
Dibbo! Hahaha…some love stories happen just once… We tambrahms have no bridesmaids or grooms men… try your luck some where else… 😀  😆 😆
 And this is how one glass of nimbu paani was shared by two people…. Refreshed eh? 😀

 

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#My_Choice

Hello makkale… Hope you are all getting physically and mentally baked under the very hot Sun 😛 …
Well, I too am being cooked, baked, roasted and ask what not under the Sun!
This article is more of my Rants or Kumural to some people who recently blew my head off with unwanted rumors and made it into a big controversy…. Inspired by namba Deepika Akka, I am writing my version of My Choice….

#1: To use Facebook extensively or not – My bloody relatives have given a prefix to my name called “Facebook” …  It was you who added me up on FB, and it is you who are 24*7 on FB and when you see one random article that was posted ages ago, which was brought up by some random friend of mine who has seen his/her tag after ages, by commenting on it, you think it is a latest one and you call me names! Ok, if I am on Fb, all the time, what the Eff are you doing,stalking my profile for any gossip? It is my wish to check FB anytime I want… It is my wish to reply or not to your useless forwarded messages….It is my effing choice!

#2: To interact with friends of the opposite gender – What is your problem if I have friends from the opposite gender? They too are human beings yaar… I need not tell you about each and every person whom I interact with…. When my parents themselves are cool with it, I don’t know where the hell in your bloody bum is it burning!

#3: No I am not in a relationship – Just coz I add a bit of romance to some of my writings, doesn’t mean that I am in a relationship… Remember that it is a part of creative writing… you are none to make up stories about me after reading my stories on the blog…. Before you talk about me, check out where the hell is it stinking in your own house…. If you don’t know, here is a clue, your dear teenager grand child’s group study ain’t really a group study… better go and advice there, instead of talking shit about me… I know my own limits and I pretty well know what to write and what not to… It would be really nice to see your face smeared with donkey dung, when you see me marrying the guy my parents choose for me… And still, your effing mouths won’t shut… I can predict your comments already…

#4 : My Career, My Wish – Yes, right now I am un-employed, till I get a better opportunity I am un employed… The other day one of my 70+ relatives asked me ” How are you passing time, doing nothing? ”  I wanted to say “I m following your footsteps, sweeping the roads and cleaning public toilets” Considering his age I zipped my mouth… I need not tell you what I do whole day, I need not tell you what career I want to pursue… To study ahead or to take up a job is my wish… As such  I don’t want to work under someone and please them by licking their  shitty asses like you have done all these years… I have my own aims and I know how to fulfill them… I need no fake motivation from you… Thanks for all that you have given all these days!

#5:  Don’t marry some random guy – I know whom to marry… It is my choice when and whom to get married… And yes, for your information, I have never been into any relationship or anything coz I know and trust my parents… I have given the job to them, to find a guy who will shower his love and affection, more than my parents do…. Well, it is not me but your dear children, of my age, who are jobless and are one day, going to give you a shock after marrying some monkey or buffalo…. ( Just get it confirmed if your kids are straight or not 😛 )

I am sure many of you are facing similar nosy relatives around… My dear unfortunate relatives, please stop being too nosy and gossiping about others… Get a life, grow up….If you still don’t know what to do, sit and chant “Krishna Rama”, that will fetch you some good at least…

How much ever I tell things to you, I feel it is like playing violin behind a buffalo, which basically is unfruitful!

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