One day, on telling Ammachi this, she told me that Appachan also complained about the same thing. Further her b’day was at a time which did not clash with any holidays. & then he had told her that he would do something so that people will remember her b’day…..A few years later he died on her b’day. Appachan did what he promised. People now remember Ammachi’s b’day. Because of his popularity in the business community, even business associates remember.
This for me was love in its purest form. They had seen the highs and lows of life. Been there for each other for nearly 50 years. I then see my folks- 2 totally contrasting personalities who have been with each other through thick and thin for 30 years. And there were just two people in these relationships.
Circa 2007. I see people around me. Some with a string of flings behind them, some seeking non-commital sexual relationships (the bastard* didnt want to pay for a service i presume), dangerously flirtatious married people, now with Mr, with Mr Y a few weeks later and these are your average Indians. Am I getting too cynical or am I expecting too much from the world or are we getting too westernised or am I too old fashioned? what happened to marriages like that of Appachan-Ammachi or Dad-Mum?
Call me boring & old fashioned, but i do have a problem in equating sex with just another physical need or a favour for a promotion..
Wedding season has set in. For Xtians starting 26th December all churches, priests, florists, couturiers, saloons etc will get busy. I got the news that my best friend and ex-colleague got married, another cousin is getting engaged (& yet another pregnant & one had a baby-all of them younger to me..sigh!). Some arranged by family and some self-serviced marriages. I am happy for all of them. Hope all ur marriages are like my Appachan-Ammachi’s or Dad-Mum’s and may u live ‘happily ever after’…..
* I do not generally swear, but here I think it is justified.