They said marriages are made in heaven. I too agreed to this notion till few days back but we are living in an era of globalization and liberalization and every relationship comes with a price tag and an expiry date!
I am living in a rented place in South-Delhi and I have the most gentle landlady ever existed in Delhi. She is a septuagenarian widow lady, living alone, although she has 6 daughters, 5 son-in-laws, one son and daughter-in-law. She is bravely living alone with few legal battles against her miscreant daughters who play spoilsport to her peaceful life.
One of her daughter had once eloped with a man, not knowing that he was already married and has a rural wife and she was just her urban counterpart. After one daughter begotten by this troubled marriage she stepped outside the live-in relationship and is still in a legal battle for maintenance from her so called husband. In May this year she had second marriage to a man from Jaipur who was already married though his first wife is deceased and he has one daughter from that marriage. So, both were twice married and each having a daughter but that marriage too ended after a brief honeymoon of three week. She parted from this marriage with a settlement for Rs 1 lakh hard cash money, Rs 2 lakh money fixed deposited in her daughter’s name and two set of gold ornament. She got all this by investment of Rs 1.5 lakh which her old mother and brother-in-law spend on marriage ceremonies and feast. But this profit is not enough to her, she is waiting for a next hearing in a family court, two week after, seeking for maintenance from her first Gandharva marriage. So it seems to be that marriages are made in mind with graphic details of investment, loss and gain and yes it comes with rate of depreciation. Terms and conditions are applied in marital bliss which is subject to the change in market conditions.
© Sushil Kumar
Jaane Kyun Log Mohabbat Kiya Karte Hain from ‘Mehboob Ki Mehndi’ sung by Lata Mangeshkar.