Arranged marriage - where love happens after marriage or does it?
Ishan, a NRI from Dallas, Texas visits his home country, India and gets entangled in his parents’ plan to get him married. Sonali is a simple girl from a small town called Meerut and has no desire to leave India. However, she reluctantly agrees to marry Ishan. But when she settles with him in a foreign country, she is completely lost and homesick.
Will Sonali find love in a conventionally arranged marriage?
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Ishan Suri was getting weary of his parents’ desire to get him married. They had been pestering him ever since he came to New Delhi for a month long trip. Having accumulated a number of vacation days, he’d decided to spend quality time with his parents. But he was second-guessing his decision now.
Ishan wanted to get out of this rut and made arrangements to meet his college friend, Ajay, for the evening. Dressed in his denim shorts and short-sleeved light-blue shirt, he waited outside a hip restaurant in Noida. Ishan had arrived at the exact time and invariably looked at his watch every five minutes. He was getting impatient but he knew that Ajay must be caught up in the endlessly growing Delhi traffic. The city’s traffic had worsened from when he used to live there, and it was nearly unrecognizable.
Ishan sighed as he finally spotted Ajay and went ahead to hug him.
“Hey, sorry, buddy, that it took so long,” said Ajay.
Patting his back, Ishan said, “Not to worry, I know how bad the traffic is. Let’s go inside and talk.”
They were seated comfortably at the bar by a young waiter. Ajay was impatient to get the drinks started. He called out to the bartender, “Two rum on the rocks, please.”
Ishan raised his hand. “Oh, no. I will just have a beer.”
“Really? But you used to have rum all the time?” Ajay said, rubbing his chin.
Ishan grinned. “Not any more. I have not had hard liquor in a long time.”
“You have become a chui-mui after going to America,” Ajay laughed.
After a couple of drinks, Ishan felt lighter and more cheery. He hadn’t seen Ajay in about five years, and they both relived their boisterous engineering college days. Ajay had been married for four years now and informed Ishan that he and his wife were expecting a baby in five months.
“Wow, you are a family man now!” said Ishan.
“You say it like it is a bad thing?” Ajay questioned, “How about you? When are you taking the plunge?”
Ishan frowned. “Not you also! That’s all my parents have been talking about since I came from Dallas. I am only thirty-two; it’s not like I’m past marriageable age! Would someone please give me a break?”
Ajay placed his hand on Ishan’s shoulder. “Chill, I’m not going to force anything on you.” He paused. “However, my mother mentioned the other day that one of her relatives is looking for a prospective groom for their daughter. Let me give you her name and number in case you change your mind.”
Ajay took out a blue pen and wrote down the details on a napkin that he grabbed from the bar. He quickly then put it in Ishan’s shirt pocket. Ajay tapped on it slightly so it wouldn’t fall off, securing the paper in Ishan’s pocket.
Ishan was about to throw it away but Ajay pulled his hand lightly. “Come on, let it stay there for few minutes. It’s not like it’ll magically get you married.” He laughed.
Ishan joined in the laughter. It reminded him of how they would tease each other about every possible girl in college days. It seemed like nothing had changed since then.
They stayed at the restaurant way late into the night, almost until it was time to close. “We should go buddy before he throws us out,” said Ajay, pointing at the waiter, who was standing to the side.
Ishan nodded. They hugged again and finally left the restaurant. Ishan drove home and crashed onto his bed; he had had too much to drink that night.
This is book two of Mr. Imperfect series. This series is about three friends (Nikki, Sonali and Maya) who live in Dallas, Texas and how their lives intersect with each other.
Aditi Chopra was born in India and now lives in Texas with her family. She is passionate about writing and helping others succeed. Aditi writes NRI (Non Resident Indian) fiction and non-fiction books.
She has found her creative bone in fiction writing. Her fiction stories are rooted in Indian tradition and yet very modern. You might see a glimpse of Bollywood in her stories and will definitely enjoy the emotional ride.
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