It was a distinct juncture for me because in previous 6 years this was merely the 2nd time my parents planned a trip to Bangalore. The first time was when they came to unload me. After everything it looked like that finally we will have what me and Deeps craved for. It was agreed that my parents (Kapoors) will go to Deep’s house and will meet the girl. That means they have silently agreed for the wedding but now it all rests on how Kapoors and Natrajans get along in this whole development.
We in a little while grasped that we have the gravest situation among us related to Kapoor’s visit of Natrajans. The frightening question was what to cook for Kapoors when they visit Natrajans ? Mr. Kapoor barely enjoys anything apart from Pakodas and sweets. More than Deeps I was anxious because Natrajans might get snubbed because of this. Moreover, it might never occur to Mr. Kapoor that it is the question of his son’s wedding.
“Should we prepare Chapati and Sabzi ?”, Deeps submitted the safest selection
“The safest route would be something deep-fried”, I said
“But my mom wishes to cook south Indian food because she is good in it, not in north Indian cuisine”, she said
“I understand but what is the use if he won’t even touch it ?”, I responded
“Look, if someone comes to your house, what do you offer ? Will you prepare what they eat specifically of will you cook the best of you ?”
The argument had a weight to it and my mother also agreed to it, both of us assumed that even if he does not like it he will eat it considering the criticality of the situation. So I made a suicidal judgment and permitted “Rava Idli”, which Deep’s mom is skilled in.
The judgment day arrived and Natrajans invited Kapoors for breakfast. We arrived on time. Natrajans welcomed us with open arms and with lots of respect. They were looking forward to have a delightful conversation. We seated down and I started to feel a little jumpy thinking of near future. Now It all depends on what my father thinks because if he decides NO, means it’s a NO. Deeps came and greeted my parents and in a while Natrajans began serving us the breakfast. As soon as Deeps served Idli to Mr. Kapoor I missed a heartbeat after seeing his reaction.
“Idli ? Is this Idli ?”, he asked Deeps twice
“Yes it is”, Deeps Replied
“I don’t eat Idli”, he replied plainly and gave Deeps back the plate without any additional thought
As anticipated he wasn’t thoughtful enough about the circumstances at all and this move made Deeps terrified. But straightaway her mom came for the rescue.
“Do you eat Masala Dosa ?”, Deep’s mother asked my father
“Yes I can have that thanks”, my father answered
When he said I was once again calmed but not for long because it struck to me that he will not even eat that. In north India Dosa is served with Sambhar and in south Indian Dosa is served just only with Chutney and icing on the cake is that Mr. Kapoor HATES chutney. Hence even if he will be served with Dosa, he will not eat it. And yet again he substantiated me accurately, when Deep’s mother served him the dosa, he looked at my mother and asked,
“How should I eat it, there is no Sambhar with it ?”
“Deeps do you have any Sambhar prepared ?”, I tried to salvage the situation
Deeps almost sobbed which made it clear that they don’t have any Sambhar. Seeing this Mr. Kapoor said its ok he will manage.
He will manage !!!! how ? Oh yes by not eating it J
And I was full on money because at the end when he left the plate the entire dosa was dissected but wasn’t eaten.
After breakfast it was time for Kapoors to talk to Deeps and after few rudimentary questions my mother asked Deeps a droll question,
“We live in Jaipur and it will be hot out there, how will you manage ?”
“We will put AC in each room”, she replied outspokenly, thank god she did not say that we will move you all to Bangalore.
They had a pleasant conversation, mostly between Deeps and my mother after which we left Natrajan palace in harmony. Since my dad did not eat anything we went to a north Indian restaurant. While eating he simply condemned the relation because the girl wasn’t gorgeous.
“I don’t know what you saw in her ? She is not that attractive”, he said
“I know but I am also no Shahrukh khan if you see carefully”,
I was just annoyed by the fact that he is still looking for tasteless justifications to pull me out of this.
That night he came to me and wished to talk further on this with Natrajans. I guess after thinking about the whole thing he was ok because I anyways indicated that if not now then later but Deeps is the one whom I will eventually marry. I gave this news to Deeps and we finalized a day for them to meet and talk further.
The day arrived and Natrajans came at around evening time with some customary gifts which must be given the first time girl’s parents visit the Guy’s house. My father asked both of us to disappear so that only they can talk money. Both of us went to the terrace and started speculating about the talks. Deeps unexpectedly started crying.
“What happened ?” I asked
She said “What if they don’t come to any consensus and say no to the wedding”
I reassured her and said whatever it is, if they won’t agree then we will try further but we will walk down the aisle only if they agree to this relation. She was ok after the reassurance and we continued talking about general things. After around 30 minutes my father called me up and asked us to come down. When we entered in the room the atmosphere appeared heated up because Deep’s mother was sitting with a depressed expression and her father looked agitated.
“We have not discussed anything yet because we could not go ahead of the very first topic”, my father said
“What is that ?”, I asked
“Where the wedding will take place ?”, he said without any expression
“We want it to be done in Jaipur because it’s first one in the house and they want to do it from Bangalore because it’s the only one in their house”, he shed light on the tricky situation
“Yes we knew that this point will come and I have a solution to it”, I said
“Whats that ?”, Mr. Natrajan asked curiously
“We will perform the whole wedding ceremony 2 times; both in Jaipur and Bangalore”, I offered the way out gently
“What are you talking about, it does not work like that”, my father was infuriated after listening to this
“Look you have been debating on this from last 1 hr and you do not have any other option then to get us married twice. Everyone will get what they want”, it was an honest bailout plan
“Ok then let us think on this and let’s talk after that”, Mr. Kapoor said
“Ok, then we would like to leave now”, Mr. Natrajan stood up to leave
I am not sure what else was spoken other than wedding location because Natrajans left the house in complete annoyance which wasn’t a noble sign. Later in the day Deeps and I spoke to each other and came to the inference that it will not work like this. We have to coordinate everything from now on. Natrajans must express only to Deeps and Deeps must convey the message to me and I should tell the news to the Kapoors. We decided to do this because both the families don’t understand each other’s language, both families appears to have some self-esteem issues and no one in both families is a decent negotiator. From that day onwards we started working according to the plan. I was talking to my parents and she was with her and we discussed each and every demand from either families and discussed them with the opposition. It looked like that things finally beginning to fall in place. Both the families were glad with the developments because all of them eventually were getting what they hunted for.
We were getting married two times, Natrajans asked my parents to pick the first spot of wedding; Bangalore or Jaipur, to which Mr. Kapoor bewilderingly agreed for Bangalore. Understandably because after wedding both of us must stay in Jaipur for some time and meet all the relatives.
Deeps called me and said that her parents want to discuss the wedding dates with Kapoors. I informed my parents that Natrajans will be calling you to settle the marriage dates. After few minutes Deeps called me,
“What happened?”, I was scared because there was supposed to be a discussion between Natrajans and Kapoors
“We are getting married on 24th Feb and then all over again on 1st Match”
“Congrats to you too”, I took a lungful of air, I was never more relieved.