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All Sundays Well That End Well!

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Normally, Aditya spends his Sundays at home, a much-needed respite from his grueling MNC job that cruelly eats up his Saturdays too. He relaxes on the velvety sofa, watches television, calls up friends and relatives, indulges in internet surfing on his smartphone, and most importantly, helps his wife Karuna in the kitchen, preparing the choicest dishes to the liking of both of them and to their beloved teenaged daughter. He is a loyal and understanding husband/father, and so, on some Sunday evenings he does take out his family for a dinner or a movie or both.   That Sunday too has started quite well: a deliciously desi breakfast to start with; lounging around and loud chatting; pulling each other’s legs; watching the good, the bad and the ugly; daughter entertaining them with a brief session of karaoke singing; and the like. Everything has been normal till around noon when preparations need to be made for lunch.   As usual, on a Sunday, Aditya enters the kitchen at around 12,30

The Love Raid!

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The news spread like wildfire in the closely-knit conservative residential colony in a small town somewhere in India, inhabited by mostly high-caste families. The colony basically consists of three crisscrossing small lanes and the houses on both sides of the lanes are independent old-style ones, invariably with front gardens. We’re not sure how exactly the news became a wildfire and who exactly started it. The day being a hot summer sunny Sunday the inhabitants were enjoying a respite from work and most of them had just had elaborate breakfasts. A few of the heads of households had gone to the weekly market for fresh vegetables and fish or mutton. It’s possible that the ones going to or returning from the market and crossing a particular house noticed the commotion. Or, the next-door neighbors must have become aware of the disturbance.   It supposedly happened just after 9 in the morning. One or two concerned mobile calls and the accompanying WhatsApp messages started vibrating fr

Love Marriage Or Arranged Marriage?

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Love marriage or arranged marriage? Which is better? Better to avoid the marital complexity of loving to love or arranging to love or loving to arrange or loving to adjust or adjusting to love and all that! Better concentrate first on the simplicity of love itself. …Sorry? …For the sake of making a beginning at least… yaar ! Love is not that simple…we know! But what’s wrong in trying? Once upon a time there was an aunt of mine who was waiting for quite a long time to get arranged to marry. With her parents already departed, the brothers tried and failed. It was becoming a matter of serious concern when my mother that is one of the elder sisters of the aunt struck upon a brilliant idea of arrangement. One professionally employed nice and bright boy from the aunt’s native place got appointed in the town we were living in. He used to visit us frequently often making it to lunch or dinners. My mother called her sister over to our place and told her specifically to come for at least