A young lady clad in light blue cotton Saree which was nicely pinned where as her curly hair was neatly tied in a bun not a tendril was let to peep out. Her one hand was keeping the light brown handy bag in place on her shoulder while the other clutched a file over her chest. Her forehead which was supposed to be adored by a bindi was adored by lines of worry. The dangling earrings were replaced by the Bluetooth device.
She held her head high to glance over the board of the building which said “Shekar Hospital” where she stood wishing to embark a new meaning to her life. She walked into the glass doors of the hospital looking at the people around searching the person for whom she was here. She strode in silent steps making her presence go unnoticed as her legs missed the anklets and hands felt the absence of the bangles which could always make you feel you are not alone.
She turned to move towards the reception to enquiry where a girl stood attending the people.
“Hi… I am here to meet Dr. Shekar.” The young lady enquired.
“And you are… Do you have an appointment as he wouldn’t meet anyone without it?” The receptionist replied.
“Well I am Geet… He is expecting me today.” Came her reply.
“Oh… Geet… Dr. asked me to get your joining formalities completed. He is actually attending an emergency so you will have to wait. Receptionist replied while handing over some papers to her to fill.
Geet took all the papers and started to fill them:
Name: Geet Sharma
Fathers Name: Ravindar Sharma
Mothers Name: Kerthana Sharma
She was meticulously filling all the details but what came next frenzied her hands and mind.
Martial Status: Single/Married (Strike off the irrelevant)
Both were irrelevant for her as she was no more a single nor married too. She striked both off and continued to fill the rest.
It was year back when her parents had broke the news to her that they will search for a groom for her. That was enough for her get a jittery feeling in her stomach. Dreams just made there way into her heart just like any girl would think. How will be her Prince Charming…
She was the only child of the family so she was pampered by both her parents. And knowing them she was sure they wouldn’t agree for anyone easily. All through the journey of this phase she wooed her dreams. What she would question them or how he should be or how much she could enjoy troubling each one of them. Show all the tantrums she could to her parents as she would miss them later. Even a thought of being away from them would bring tears in my eyes.
But all these things need time to happen, however fast you want to finish it. It will take its own sweet time for each event to happen. One day Geet’s Maa broke the news that everyone has to attend a puja for better future and removal of evil eyes on Geet.
She was made to dress with those new heavy embroidery choli’s along with it the jewellery. Her partition was covered with a beautiful tikka, hairs was neatly tied into plaits were concealed with the veil; the spark in her eyes was highlighted by the black eye liners. Her tendrils were constantly fighting with the dangling ear drops on who would kiss the creamy checks. While her nose ring; flare it to have been won its place without a fight. Those rosy pink lips transformed into a curve seeing her Maa applying the tikka just behind her ear.
She was made to wear the many ancestry jewels the necklace, long chains, waist band, anklets and many other. Her hands for decorated with erratic designs of mehndi while her hands were filled with different colours bangles making a humming sound everytime she moved.
Unknown to the duo was another pair of eyes who couldn’t take his eyes on his two priceless possessions. He could see the young bride married to him in Geet. She looked exact carbon copy of her mother today. His heart cried to let her go, he has taken care of her like a princess, how was he supposed to live without her, without hearing her complains. But like any other father he knew one day she will go away to her husband’s house leaving behind the parents alone but still he had time for that.
“Geet you look nothing less than a bride today.” Ravindar commented while breaking there talks.
“Yes, said it rightly.” Keerthana seconded.
“Now aren’t we getting late, both of you come down now.” Ravindar continued to move out saying so.
They reached the designated place for the puja where the priests had arranged all the things for the ritual. Keerthana guided Geet to the place where already a puja had started. Geet without any questions she followed every single step of it. Initially she did what they said but as it progressed she understood what they were doing, she was not ignorant of the procedures of a Marriage and she had attended few of her friends.
As the priests went on chanting the matnra’s she was getting scared and she did realise was dressed heavily for any normal puja. She was dressed as a bride. She glanced towards her parents they sat following each of the rituals religiously. She could have been calm thinking her parents won’t do anything that would harm her but the restlessness which she was going through was something she couldn’t control. Suddenly she was handed over some articles to complete the procedure of the marriage. Understanding her plight Keerthana whispered to Geet I will tell you everything later now follow what they are asking you to do.
Once finished with the ritual, priest started to explain the effect of Puja. “You have today married your daughter to a peepal tree, your this action has removed all the bad omen influencing her husband life because of shortcomings in your daughter’s kundali has been absorbed by her 1st husband that is this peepal tree. And this tree will be destroyed marking the end of troubles. Now you can be sure and no evil things like the death or serious illness which was lurking on her real husband has been countered. But as this is a non living thing the marriage would be termed as null and void. So now she can live a happy and prosperous life with her real husband.