It’s a fashion among the married people to keep asking the bachelors about the marriage plans. Maybe, their own life having become a routine that’s the only variation the married guys find, rubbing in the thought of marriage into the mind of single men/ women, narrating the happiness the marriage and a life partner brings. And every bachelor has this thought “Arrey yaar, if you are happily married than you be happy, let me live my life and if you are not happy than let me be happy with my life”. But live and let live ka riwaaz yahan chalta nahin (The philosophy of live and let live somehow doesn’t seem to work here). My parents fortunately never pestered me with questions about marriage, but you know these friends specially the married ones, pushed by their spouses, don’t give up on such issues easily.
I bid farewell to my wife and daughter at the airport on 10 Mar 20 and as I reached back home late evening I had this mixed emotion of bit of sadness of having to live without them for a considerable of time and then there was a spark in a corner of the heart lighted by thought of imminent freedom (as we say in India- “Ek aankh mein dukh ke aansu …ek mein Khushi” “Tears flowed from one eye as the other sparkled with joy”). Having lived long under the ‘watchful’ eye of the family since quite some time the heart had secretly longed for these moments of freedom and finally God had answered my prayers so it was time to enjoy.