“Honey, do you know what day it is today?” she asked me
on a morning Friday.
I thought and thought, but the day being too hot, my mind
grew numb, my memory needed a shot.
I stayed quiet, not knowing if I would speak right.
“Fine. Keep sleeping till nine. You don’t even remember
the date, and that’s why you I hate.”
The kitchen banged, the utensils clanged, spoons danced
in haze, knives and forks flew in rage.
Oops, it was her birthday, but
before I could realize, I had already ruined her day. Her mood was spoilt and
her anger boiled.
"On your birthday I shall bake a cake, with your
name written on top, and decorations I will make. A lavish meal on the table,
my sweetheart I promise, this birthday you will forever cherish," my words
rushed back to my mind, the vows I had once made with all flavour and shine.
I made a mess, and thus I had to handle the case, with
care and caution, I tried to find a right reason.
"My dear wifey, how can I miss your birthday cutie?
I just wanted to give you a surprise, trust me 'cause I speak no lies."
She remained silent, at least that was better than being
Actions speak louder than words, they say. I decided to
find out a way. I rushed to the kitchen, and started the oven. Luckily, the
ingredients were all in stock, and I had to race against the clock. Delays
should no longer hold my path, the cake should make her smile and laugh.
I turned on the LPG cylinder knob and subsequently the
stove, and what happened next marred my hope. The flame didn't ignite,
something was not right, I lifted the cylinder and realized it was too light.
No gas in the cylinder, couldn't fate be any kinder?
But hey, there was the oven, the cake was baking even. I decided
to prepare the meal in it, once the cake turns out beautiful and fit. Minutes
passed in lazy hue, the morning threatened to embrace the noon, when finally
the cake was ready, soft and mushy. I took it out, placed on the table,
decorations were next, my heart now stable.
I inscribed her name in creamy white, the icing on
chocolate made her eyes shine bright. She gave me a hug, a peck and a kiss, and
I ran back to the kitchen for the rest of her wish.
The meal now left, and I turned on the oven. But hey, why
this malice, why this treason? The fans turned off, the lights disappeared, the
electricity in our house suddenly acted weird.
A power cut in our locality, and with neighbours
discussing loud, I guessed what it was all about. Rain had started in full
flow, without an indication of the torrents turning slow. There had been a major
fault in one phase, and power supply wasn't expected for the rest of the day.
What could I do now? My plan had gone astray, wow!
I was sulking over my failure, when I heard her sweet
voice near, "It's ok hubby, don't be sady. You tried your best, do not
turn your mood into waste. I shall cut the cake now, and share a slice. We shall
sing and dance, and it will be all nice."
She cut the cake, and we did celebrate. And then by the
window, we talked and waited.
Finally, after a couple of hours, the skies dried in our
favour. We went out for lunch, albeit a bit late, but alas, that was in our
Now, when I look back to that day, I realize things could
have turned out in a better way. With TinyOwl app in our smartphones, we could
have ordered dishes from the comforts of our home. Just a few minutes, and a
click was all needed, and the desired menu would have been served in a plate.
No need to wait for the rain to stop, or the sun to hop, we could let our taste
buds have fun all round the clock.
The app is Tiny, and attentive as an Owl, and thus using
it you would never cry foul. It's a blessing to your cell, and trust me, life
would turn to be all well. You do not have to befriend hunger, food will be
available just around the corner.
I use TinyOwl today, and will use it in future, 'cause
ordering food have never been easier. You can choose the stores, and the menu
on offer, there are no hidden costs, a reason for your laughter.
I recommend the app, whether Android or iOS, go download it now. The foodie in
you will surely shout 'WOW!'
Title: GREY: Fifty Shades Of Grey As Told By Christian
Author: E. L. James
Publisher: Random House
Publication Year: 2015
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Adult
No. of Pages: 576
Price: Rs 499
My Rating: 3/5
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Launching a newbie into the Indian matrimonial scene is like introducing a new iPhone in an already saturated market has to be sleek, overflowing with catchy features and better than the already available versions. So when twenty-five-year-old Nitya Trivedi is forced into it by her ever so enthusiastic mother and pestering relatives, she hardly knows what she has bargained for. In her journey to find her soul-mate, she becomes Dollarkumar's Poundkumari, ends up fasting on party days to make peace with her horrorscope, attends hilarious 'arranged' meetings through various matchmaking portals and people - all under the nose of her extremely evil, but deliciously debonair boss Rudra Desai. With besties tying the knot and cousins 'stealing' prospective groom, wonder how Nitya's mother will find the perfect match for her only daughter. But as always, love will find a way in the midst of The Shaadi Brouhaha..
About the Author
Born in UAE and brought up in India, Anjlee Shah has completed her MBA from Cardiff University. Currently she works and lives in England with her husband. Intrigued by arranged marriage in Indian culture, she decided to write her debut novel. In her spare time she loves to read, write and travel.
A primary reason to pick up ‘The Shaadi Brouhaha’ is
that it is relatable. A second reason, well, the humour is delectable. Ask for
third, and I would say, the plot is damn believable.
Nitya Trivedi, ‘CA pass without fail and currently
working with Axis Bank’, realizes she is no better than an iPhone in a
saturated market when she is pushed into the matrimonial hullabaloo. All well
and good, and though initially she feels doubtful, she confidently goes ahead
with it guided by Monali bhabhi, who makes sure she handles questions like age
and weight carefully in her matrimonial profile.
Nitya wishes for a partner who will understand her, giver
her her own space, and be compatible to her needs. Over the course of time, she
meets several prospective candidates, whether it be the US – return
Dollarkumar, who admitted being gay, or the ‘blackberry in one hand and an
iPhone on his right ear’ Jigla, whose father proudly declares ‘our family
members are very impotent to us’. Unfortunately, she fails to find a life
partner in most of them.
Until she finds her man, or so she thinks.
‘The Shaadi Brouhaha’ is a tale that focuses on the
nuances of an arranged marriage, the serious issues surrounding it, albeit in a
light hearted manner. Through Nitya’s story, we come face to face with the pros
and cons that surround this style of matrimony. Getting acquainted with a
stranger, knowing what clicks and what not, and then trying to decipher the
chemistry is a task that many undertake in the country. Often, we start liking
someone, only to realise that the relation doesn’t have a definite conclusion,
leading to heartbreak, tears and lots of tears. Nithya experiences the same
emotions, the same pain, of a rejection that is totally unexpected, leaving her
However, as they say, everything happens for good. Love
blooms, and blossoms gradually, and as expected, the tale swims through a
happy conclusion, but not before it experiences a few twists and turns on the
way, which in a way is good, as it engrosses the readers’ attention throughout
Nitya Trivedi is a character we all know and can
identify with. She is real, her confusions reflecting our own stream of
thoughts. Her reactions to the prospective grooms, and her conversations with
them is often the best part of this book. Not only are they funny, but they also
reflect the truth of our society. Nitya meets a number of suitors, but nowhere
does the narrative bogs down due to large number of characters, as the author
Anjlee Shah has taken proper care to provide unique individual characteristic
traits to all of them, thus each meeting brings forward a whole new experience,
and a stream of interesting subplots.
Brouhaha’ shines on several fronts, be it the subtle romance between the
protagonists, the suspense never ending in the pages, or the humour that
encompasses that floats throughout the book. Anjlee Shah displays the
competitive environment encircling arranged marriage, with every person trying to get the
best catch. However, at the end of the day, amidst all the arranged marriage
hungama, it’s love that emerges victorious, signifying that whether one goes
for arrange marriage or not, a successful partnership is one that is full of
care, understanding and love; love, love and lots of love.
And it’s love stories like this that makes you feel good
and smile, like a smiley :-)
Title: The Shaadi Brouhaha.. : Arranged Marriage Hungama