Yesterday, I had a very infuriating conversation with my parents. It all started with some stupid Tamil serial, where the parents weep and wail over a couple who run away to get married or something equally stupid.
Dad : This dowry system was so widely prevalent even now in the rural areas, that the girl’s father actually encourages his daughter to run off with a suitable guy, get married and return after a month or so. On their return, he would pretend to be abashed by their act along with the boy’s parents, and eventually both would accept the married couple without lakhs being spent by the bride’s family in wedding customs and dowry. Apparently such cheap and effective ways were used by the couples and/or the girl’s poor parents to avoid the wrath of dowry system.
Me : Well, as at some point, someone had to stop giving dowry one way or another, coz the ones who would get money mostly might not take the initiation. Why... even educated grooms of today still don’t spend a penny or offer to share the wedding expenses from the bride’s parents! A t least most of them don’t, unless it’s a love marriage and the girl has guts enough to make her guy see the right and the wrong and make him ‘be a man’ and share.
This was all I said, no double or triple meaning intended. To these words, my dad gave me a very sarcastic smile, something I had never seen before.
Me: what? You don’t think running away, as easy as it may sound, to be the right solution to dowry problem, is it?
Dad: no.. not that. Personally, I did not take a penny from your mother, and I don’t intend giving anything in your marriage either. But running away of my daughter is something I wouldn’t even think of. The very thought is extremely ridiculous and infact, its funny!
Again, a sarcastic laugh.
Me: Sure! Because you trust me that much, right?
Dad: Not that I don’t trust you, its just that I don’t think you can!
Mom : (giving dad a stern look) He is just joking dear. Just pulling your leg.
Me: WHAT? Why not?!? I could run away iff I wanted to! Not that I do want to…
Dad: naah.. you are not the kind of a girl who could, you know, have a boyfriend. That’s all.
Me: what nonsense! I don’t have one coz I didn’t want to break your trust and coz I chose not to. What makes you think that I ‘can’t’ have one? I just have to wave a hand or give a signal. You’ll have to eat your words then.
Mom(sitting upright): really?!? Why? Is there someone?
Dad : (openly laughing by now) yeah right!
Mom : Who is this boy you are referring to? Is he your college mate? Is he a Christian? Is that why you always, and more often these days, keep praising Christian weddings and how you love them?
Me: Alright! You guys have got to stop your wild imaginations for a sec and listen. No mom, there is no one like that!
Dad : (stops laughing and turns to mom) I am telling you. She is not like that. Now her sister… I wouldn’t put it past her! But she just can’t be like that!
Me: I can’t believe you don’t trust me! You have such a low opinion of me!
Mom : Nonsense! He says so because he trusts you and has a high opinion of you.
Me: Well, after I get a good job, I’ll get a guy too, whether you like it or not. Its not that difficult, you know? I’ll prove it to you that all these years I have been single only by choice and that too, for you guys only.
Mom : So there definitely is no one right now?
Dad : So you are ok with being with a guy and getting married and that sort of life. Our girl is growing!
Mom: (smiling with comprehension) That is such a relief!
Me :(Feeling cheated) Hey!! I didn’t say that. And NO! I am not interested, let alone ready for those things! What the hell!!
With that, I stormed out of the room with my fists balled and my back turned on my ROFLing parents. Parents these days, are becoming too smart for their own good! Hmph!