Dev entered the hall with full confidence knowing that he has won this important battle by getting rejected. Girl joined her camp and Dev sat beside his mom. Some hasee-mazak and girl set to leave with her parents. Dev never spoke about this room conversation with his parents and tried to avoid this engagement story by changing the topic swiftly whenever he was asked about it. He said that he had to leave to Mumbai soon as he had to complete his pending work which was due. He knew that his parents would get the news soon from the girl’s side. So he didn’t spill the beans himself and waited rather impatiently for the girl to do the honours.
Mumbai, Monday 10 AM: Dev entered his office with full tashan with headphones blaring a hit number from singer Arijit Singh- “Milne hai mujhse aayi”. His colleagues sensed a change in him and pestered him with remarks about another girl on the same floor whom they thought was his current crush. Dev avoided them and pretended he was working seriously. Just when he was about to go for his first coffee break, he received a call from his dad. Thinking girl took no time to reply back, he thought he was supposed to act naturally to mourn with his parents regarding his rejection of the proposal. But they just called to enquire about his travel whether he had reached safely the previous day. He almost asked whether they received any call from girl’s side but controlled his emotions after spilling hot coffee on his trousers.
After few days, Dev’s parents got a call from girl’s side. They said- Your boy said stupid things when they were conversing together in the room. Hence they thought it was wise to reject the proposal. Stupid things?? They said-your boy was addicted to alcohol and smoking and doesn’t seem interested in marriage and moreover was working very hard to get rejected. Dev’s parents did not utter a word and hung up the call. It took a while for them to digest this news and when things settled down a bit they dialled their son’s number.
Dev was in a meeting and on seeing his dad is on call he walked off the meeting excited to hear the good news. But all he heard was dad’s scolding’s and could barely speak a word. Dev was frustrated and angry at the developments. He was frustrated for obvious reasons and angry because girl couldn’t keep his secret after assuring him all will be handled accordingly. How could she do that? His intention to get rejected was fulfilled but at the expense of hurting his parent’s sentiments and most importantly losing faith in being himself. Just then he received a ‘hi’ from an unknown number on WhatsApp. Upon seeing the photo he understood it was from Sanjana, the Chennai girl. On chatting further he got to know that she had revealed everything to her parents. But she also said that she liked him in spite of all his weaknesses and bad habits. She also did some dialogue baazi-Tum handsome ho, well paid ho aur most important dil ke sachhe ho, tumhein agar mein mili to apne aap ko bahut fortunate manungi. Lekin mere parents is rishte ke khilaf hai.
The fact of the matter was- Dev had never smoked or consumed alcohol. He just told this to add weight age and make Sanjana think to reject his proposal. Now he had to clear the air and all the misunderstanding with his parents first but his dad was not on speaking terms with him. So he called his mom and told everything he had to share. You know it very well that mom believes in you when the whole world is against you. Mom was convinced that her son can’t do anything wrong and had behaved such due to circumstances which he was in. She used her negotiation skills to persuade Dev’s dad. After much persuasion, Dev’s dad understood his son’s situational behaviour and also decided to give him more time to pursue his dreams. Meanwhile Sanjana revolted with her parents for the first time ever and took a bold decision to study masters after quitting her job. Over next two years, Dev and Sanjana both become good friends and shared a special bonding with each passing day. They liked being together in each other’s company and one fine day decided to marry after careful consideration. When they both brought this news to their respective parents they were surprised and finally agreed without much eventualities. After all its Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.
This is the story that Dev told to all his friends when he was asked how he met his wife, when they gathered to celebrate his first marriage anniversary.
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