These true tales will prove that marriages are indeed made in heaven! The stuff of Bollywood romances, these…
1. The rainy-day affair – Anirudh Kulkarni
“My elder cousin was single a few years back and her parents were looking for a boy for her to marry.
One fine day me, my uncle, aunt and my cousin were planning to go for dinner in a newly opened restaurant three blocks away. My uncle and I went on his scooter while my aunt and cousin planned to take an autorickshaw to the place.
They crossed one block and were looking for an auto, when it started raining heavily and they took shelter under a huge banyan tree nearby, waiting for the rain to stop or an auto to pass by. There was a house right opposite the tree and the people from that house called my aunt and cousin in, since they were drenched in the rain water and it was pouring heavily.
My aunt and cousin were welcomed in their house with some hot tea, and pakodasand casual chit chat was initiated. During their conversation they learnt that my cousin is single, 26, and has a Bachelors in science and 2 years of job experience. She was thinking of doing her Masters too. While that family had a single son, 28, masters with 3 years of job experience in a big shot company. Further, the conversation took a totally different turn and one thing led to another and four weeks later they were engaged and 3 months after that married to each other. Now they have 2 sweet daughters and are leading a peaceful and happy married life.
So it went like, “We have a son, you, a daughter, let’s get them married!”.
Life is so unpredictable… A rain with no umbrella in hand can change your life…”
2. The arranged marriage – Soumadeep Mazumdar
“My mom and dad’s was an arranged marriage. Though the story of how it was arranged is quite weird.
Now I must mention here that it was the era when online dating sites had not come into play and people would send out applications in the matrimony pages of the good old newspaper. My mom was of marriageable age and my grandparents were looking for suitors. But, none of them seemed to impress my mom, and she kept rejecting them one after the other.
One fine day, apparently my mom had a sudden craving for ice-cream during the middle of the afternoon. So, my grandfather went off to fetch some. Clouds had already built up and no sooner did he venture out, it started to rain along with strong gusts of wind.
A folded piece of paper which had once been a dilapidated paper bag, somewhat like this thing, only wetter and worn out, came flying out of somewhere and hit my granddad on his face. On it were my dad’s credentials for the matrimonial column.
And then 24 years later, here I am telling this story. So, technically, I was born out of a rainstorm my granddad happened to get caught in.
I must really be a breath of fresh air.”
3. Shaadi.com + Facebook = Match made in Heaven – Deep Priya Kapoor
2 years ago
I had a senior in college. One fine day, her friends thought of playing a prank on her. They made her account on a matrimonial site with all her basic information and her profile picture. As expected there were various interested guys who tried to contact her but could not as her friends were generous enough to not give her mobile number on the site…. Amid all these, the girl did not have any clue about her profile being uploaded and viewed on the matrimonial site.
One day she received a friend request from a stranger who was supposedly an alumni from one of the IITs and an entrepreneur. Seeing an interesting profile, she accepted the request and they started chatting quite often. After some days, the guy said that he had seen her profile on the matrimonial site and was interested in marrying her. She first thought it was a joke and that she wasn’t ready to get married yet as she was only in the final year of her engineering and they did not know each other well. The guy did not pressurise her further and they continued being friends and chatted regularly.
They are happily married and it’s been a year.
4. F.R.I.E.N.D.S Forever – Saif Rahman
“This is an actual story of my friend who is now settled in New Zealand. I’ll try to keep it as short as possible.
He is from Delhi and was travelling to Dehradun by train. We all know that if you are a guy, travelling alone in Indian railway, whatever seat you get, it’s not yours. Someone will definitely come to you and ask you to swap the seats for whatever reason. So while he was travelling to Dun, an uncle came to him, requested him to swap and he accepted it.
The seat he got was the upper berth. Next to him was the girl he was going to marry in the near future. He was wearing a tee with F.R.I.E.N.D.S quote, (one of joeys quote), and she was watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
Then what, they started to chat about F.R.I.E.N.D.S and time flew. They stayed in contact after that. And now they are married with twin daughters.”
5. Thank the match-making grandpa! – Zafar ul Haq
“My grandfather has three daughters. He got the first one married in a rich family, with lots of farm lands and big houses. The marriage didnt fail but the daughter and her husband were pushed away from in-laws house, cheated off their land share, and suffered perpetual poverty.
The second one was married into a family who were relatives. As luck would have it, this one also did not work for his daughter’s well being. She was pushed into an almost slavery-like life from working on fields to bearing lots of children, year after year.
Seeing the results of the above marriages, my grandfather decide to marry his youngest daughter to some poor and unknown family. So how did he find the groom? My grandfather used to be an Urdu teacher and was posted for a few years in the India-Nepal border town of Raxaul. A Muslim kid used to come to his class from Nepal taking 1 hour journey to reach the school. So he tracked down that person, who was working as a tailor in a small shop, lived with his family including 4 siblings in one room house and had no land.
Obviously none of our family members would agree to the marriage, and hence no marriage function was organised. But that was not gonna stop my grandfather. He packed his daughter’s bag and took her to Nepal. And since he himself was Qazi, he got them married. He stayed at the guy’s place for a month, built a small kuchcha house for her.
He supplied the daughter’s family with rice, pulses, oil every month till he was alive, even though after few years they did not need his help, but he made sure it reached them.
Today my aunt’s family is doing very good. They have a very nice villa in Nepal, have kids studying in nice colleges, working in good companies, and the husband-wife team runs two shops.
Moral: Sometimes all you need is a crazy parent who is willing to go to lengths to see you happy.”
6. Playing match-maker – Sakshy Rai
“My uncle and aunt got married because of me. My parents used to stay away from home and my dad’s job posting used to change after every three years in border areas full of militant activities and harsh living conditions. It was affecting my studies. So they left me at my grandparents’ place. My mom’s sister loved me a lot and whenever I felt sad, I insisted on visiting her place . I used to skip my school just to be with her. Finally my grandfather told my mom to marry her sister to my uncle because I was ruining my studies. They knew about each other and happily got married. They both never let me feel the absence of my parents. I call them mammi papa and I am emotionally attached to them in the same way as I am attached to my parents. Being the sister of my mom, her face matches a little with me. Same applies for uncle. My friends often mistake them for my parents and my cousins as my own brother and sister.
7. Thank Balaji Viswanathan : Mohit Soni
“Here I would like to narrate an incident that recently happened with one of my friends:
After three failed relationships, he was really frustrated and that forced him to say yes to an arrange marriage.
His past experiences made him more cautious about choosing a right girl.
Out of the fear of choosing a wrong life partner, he had rejected many (desirable) girls and the pressure to say “yes” to his family was really mounting on him.
Being his close friend, I knew that he was quite unsure of what he was looking for.
One fine day, his parents fixed an “arranged meeting” with the girl’s family.
Both families asked the boy and girl to meet in a restaurant so that they could get a chance to know each other better. Obviously I had to accompany them (Indian traditions).
My friend was too frustrated to have a verbal conversation and the girl was too shy to initiate one. So, I took the initiative and wrote ten questions on a tissue paper that they both had to answer in writing (started it as a game so they feel comfortable with each other).
The first question was: Who is a person whom you secretly admire the most?
They exchanged their answers.
I was about to ask the second question, when suddenly my friend interrupted in between and said, “Yes, I like you and would be happy to marry you!!!”
Within seconds, the girl also said, “Yes!!”
Unable to figure out what’s happening, I read their answers.
Both had written the name of same person and the person was…
Balaji, you just saved nine tissue papers.”
8. True love wins! – Sourav Bhattacharya
“I saw this amazing incident 4 years ago.
I had a friend who was an auto driver. He was 3-4 year older than me. At 22, he fell in love with a girl who was of the same caste but of a much higher class than him. He tried to convince the girl to marry him but because of family pressures she didn’t agree.
A few years later, the girl was arranged to marry a hotshot banker, who was 38 years old, and suffered from schizophrenia, which her family was not aware of.
On the day of the wedding when her fiancée arrived, he was kind of excited and showed some symptoms of his illness. Her mom realized they were going to make a big mistake and stood by her daughter’s decision not to marry him. Unfortunately in India if a girl’s marriage fails, the society doesn’t look upon her with kind eyes.
I was there as a silent spectator having no idea what was going on. Some elderly person from the village then came up with a solution.
The solution was to marry my friend (the auto driver), who was loved by all the villagers, as he was honest, brave and always very helpful to everyone.
When I saw him the day after that, it seemed like he still couldn’t believe what had happened the previous night. He is now the owner of two Volvo buses. They are a happy family with two daughters.”
9. Bachpan ka pyaar? Not really. – Sneha Sedani
Okay so let me tell you a real story. I always thought that my mom and dad were lying about their marriage until I was grown up and realized that they weren’t.
They were childhood friends who used to stay in the same building, same class and same division from Jr.Kg to 10th. After 10th both were in the same college. I thought it was a love marriage but then I realized that my Dadi and her sister (Dad’s masi) suggested to my dad and whole family that my mommy will be a perfect girl for my dad.
It was an arranged marriage but it’s cute when childhood friends get married.
10. The office romance – Anonymous
She, working for a private company, had joined the firm recently.
One day, her work had some error and her boss chided her, ” Why do you people come to office, go get married and stay home.”
The girl, who couldn’t resist this, murmurs (purposefully a bit louder so that her boss listens to it), “Saying all this, why don’t you get married.”
Next day in the office, the boss asks this girl, “Will you marry me?”
And the girl replies, “Why do you ask me, ask my parents”
Eventually they got married and it’s been 17 years for their happy life.
11. Daddy knows best – Anonymous
This is the story of my parents. My mother has two elder sisters who were married to men with lots of wealth and riches. But their marriages were not very happy and since this is an Indian story that happened about 40 years ago, both my aunts compromised and lived with their husbands however horrible it was.
Seeing all this, my grandfather, who worked in a printing press wanted to get my mom married to someone good even if not rich. One fine day, my dad who was (and is) an ardent reader went to my grandfather’s store to get a book. They had a little chat while searching for the book and it suddenly took a turn. In those 20 minutes of talking, my grandfather realized my dad was most suitable for my mom and then the wedding happened 6 months later. Of course they are very happily married and over time my dad started earning more than enough to support not only his own family but also his 3 brothers and 3 sisters.
The irony is that, my mom hated studying as a kid and never touched even her school books. She only finished her 10th standard in her third attempt, because my father forced her to study. Now she spends at least two days a month cleaning up and dusting my dad’s study room which has a collection of about 4000 books.
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