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And the truth is…..

This had taken my memory to my aunts’ place in the remote town that I used to visit at every break of my college. My aunt was very happy to see me as she lives alone after my uncle left her. Nevertheless, she was wanted in entire neighbourhood for her friendliness and the help she renders. I get along with her all through my stay. Above all, the next door neighbours consider her to be part of their family. During one of my visits, I heard the happenings in their family. Among many family matters, it was a marriage proposal for Meenu, next door neighbours’ daughter.

Meenu, the bride to be, was quiet an innocent girl with less exposure to the outside world. She was always my best companion during my visits to my aunt and she loves to spend her time with us discussing things about the ways of living in the city, current affairs, etc  as she was very interested to know things and was a bright girl in the town too.

Well, in most orthodox families, elders are the deciding factors of the overall issues and the value of their word too carries much weight. Though educated, the tradition does not count education as an eligibility to have a say in the proceedings of the marriage. Hence the complete responsibility was that of the elders from the proposal to the farewell. The rest of the family agrees and abides by the decisions of the elders based on their experiences.

She once confided to me, “I am just not able to get hold of the situation and the thought of marriage was far too much for me now”. I could see the thought of the boarding school, which I once told her in one of my earlier visits, occupied her mind at that moment. As the time ticked away, I dint find courage to discuss the truth with her.

As the neighbours are close family friends of my aunt, our involvement was as much obvious. But as and when I saw meenu and the rituals together, I got uneasy. I could sense what meenu was going through but the family’s enjoyment made me not to think otherwise all that time.

Soon things were in place and the big day arrived. With each one having their role to play, the bride was only thought of by everyone when her turn for her role arrives. The anxious guests were attended to and all the stage was set for the GRAND WEDDING OF THE TOWN. My aunt as being the brides’ in charge came to check on her. And to her shock she found that unusual had happened! She was not able to believe what she saw for a second.

My aunt could not handle the shock alone of not finding the bride in her room. Soon everyone came to know about the “Missing bride” and the search began. Her parents froze with embarrassment, as they consider it a shame for the community too. The auspicious time set to be wed has crossed and the grooms’ parents are in a tizzy with the happenings. But everybody wondered how a thirteen year old bride could possibly go missing on the day of her marriage. This shock had superseded the news of her wedding to the audience. None were able to interpret what might have happened to a secondary school going girl on her wedding night.

The analysis too started along with the lookout with possibilities coming out. ‘The age was not a runaway age, a kidnap may not be possible with the crowd around, and she was very well involved in the events till the day before’. As each one looked at each other for answer I felt its time for me to speak the truth, as at that moment it was the right thing to do. But its not so easy …. I wondered for a second if these people would ever understand me even if I explained, and before long I picked up some courage and finally said “Marriage can wait, education cannot” and the truth is Meenu has gone for it.With this I broke the ice. When all ended well, I then believed “Happily ever after is not a fairy tale. It’s a choice”.

****Written for the Indiblogger happy hours topic****

Destination Melbourne-Happy Holidays

Holidays came

Vacation time,you know?

But I couldnt pin,

which place to go

North is cold

South out-sold

West is best

But, East is my go

Spun the globe,

as I started to probe

My mind was blown,

when knew about Melbourne

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As a kid, the first fascination towards Australia developed when I heard that KANGAROOS live in Australia. My pursuit started then. When a student, I fancied studying in Australia as at those times, there were good opportunities opening up but i had to choose otherwise. Later, watching the Master chef- Australia,the premier cook show, made my mouth water so much that even our famous #vada-pav, #gol-gappa began to seem tasteless.

And now that one of my cousins had been there, the vivid description about the beautiful city made me longing to visit the place.


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Photos courtesy:Cousins Australia trip Album.

Well some tips from Rohan & Tanmay (come alive in Melbourne) did guide, I can say. But friends, help me out in deciding by sharing your views. And you will be duly rewarded for your help.2014-12-23 19.29.16

All you have to do is follow these 5 steps below:

  1. Go to the contest shown below.
  2. Select your choice or type in your choice at the end.
  3. click on vote, and now the most important of all,
  4. Go to view results
  5. Tell me why you like the place or share your experience with the place in the comment section there with your name and contact details.

thats it, you can win gift Vouchers worth INR 500 from tourism Victoria & indiblogger. So HURRY!!!

Share before 5th Jan 2015 and be part of my travelogue .

So gear up Melbourne,here we come……

Winners for the Readers Contest

 

The long awaited day has come for deciding on the winner for describing their views on the beautiful city of Melbourne. But seriously didn’t expect such an overwhelming response from my friends, blog-followers, blog-mates and two of my relations too participatedJ. I personally thank one and all who participated and made this a success. I like to brief few of those responses which were shortlisted based on their relevance and good enough too.

Anita described about her choice for the Great ocean road for the 12 Apostles off the shore.

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Ryan almost blew me off with the reason for his choice of MCGdownload (5)

Mahesh had given great info on an Indian entrepreneur who made a mark in Melbournedownload (6)

Prachi expressed about her desire for a romantic Philip island tour

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Aditya, Gowtham and Anila were excited about the hot air balloon ride at the Yarra valley.

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As said before, there is only one winner in this contest, so the winner is,…huh…so tough to decide it…, Prachi.

Congrats Prachi and dont forget to take your Spouse along for the Romantic tour,else the gift will not reach you 😉

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download (2)With the festive season rolling on,its time for the promotions season too the world over.Now that the e-marketing has picked up well,its a different situation altogether.So the agencies/manufacturers have turned to Promos,Blurbs,Reviews etc. for reaching more people positively.And yes,they already became part of our routines now.

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Dont you agree?

I am sure the Promotions,promotional events,Blurbs strike the right audience as it goes since i had a different opinion earlier, Advertisement-An Enchantment.

Rise above fear

Everyone has a soft spot of their own, but for most of us this soft spots can be opportunities if we can overcome them. The time the caption was introduced by Mountain Dew  “Darr ke aaje jeet hai”, I was truly inspired by it as that is a golden rule of management too.

I don’t think anyone will differ with this…

Well, it is very important to rise beyond those fears however small they are as the fears too grow with you.I would like to share two of the major fears of my life till date(at least for me)

My first and the foremost of fears which I can remember is Stage fear- the fear of facing a gathering . I know many of us still do. But….i love it too, I mean I like the debate, elocution competitions and of course hosting an event was far away in my dreams.

When I am on the way,

I started to forget what I should say

When all the eyes are staring at me

Mine couldn’t look onto them

I spoke everything what I could

And as were a coward there I stood

Alone I stood on the stage

And strange things happen to me

As none could see I am shivering

Though I knew it and I am covering

To my conscious I know not

With what I was so nervous,

As if people are ready to jump

And developed goose bumps

Why is this happening?

That too when everyone are staring

 

So the next time I decided to take an initiative, gulped down a bottle of water, to ensure my throat doesn’t dry out in the midst, done a short show on stage and once finished I rushed to the loo…LoL and yes, to start with it worked. Later I started developing on this with mirror talks etc…those personality development techniques known to all of us.

Well another such experience is the giant wheel which many kids fantasy, but I keep my distance either for fear of heights or whatever unknown reasons.

And as a child, I could excuse myself with lame reasons, then how am I to escape from friends, was a big question for me. And many a times I was left alone in the group as I couldn’t dare it.

Fortunately, before too long and I started to live with that fear, our team had an excursion trip which helped me loose this phobia. We were trained in various activities both physical and psychological. Meeting various people on a same platform like mine made it even easier for me and now I am sure that at least when there is a need for it, I can do it without fear.

 

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Having said that, I don’t think we can still define “Fear” but whatever it is, what I understood and learnt over my experiences.

Either,

FORGET EVERYTHING AND RUN

Or

FACE EVERYTHING AND RISE

All I would like to say is “Do the Dew”.

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