Sunday, July 26, 2009

when i used to respect my principles

This is the time i was in college i used to be one with every idealistic rule books being continuously revised in mind . The surprising thing wasnt just that i used to possess all idealistic thoughts but actually was that i never was afraid of asserting them anywhere not even in crowd of 500 when it was my fresher's party in college . I remember how i used to have 'fearfree and clear flowing ideas' of mine on any topic.It seemed that world has not touched,scrached or wounded my skin till then.
Out of those many ideas,One of the strongest , i possessed was "i will marry without dowry" .Being from a hindu agrawal family i had always seen my bua my elder cousins to be in perplexed state before marriage because of the dowry system prevailed in our society .
I from the time i came alive in world had been learning lessons from the world around me.I learnt and made a decision that this all will not happen with me.
I will make myself that valuable in terms of a would be bahu that the person
who can value 'me and only me' will marry me .Anyone who will want to marry on the conditions of those few lakhs of rupees was strict no no from my side.
I was so strict about my opinion at that time that i did not even question myself what if no one like that will ever come in marwari sociey of ours.It seems there no what if ever aroused ...
I am sometimes amused to think how uncalculative risks we take at that age of ours and more surprising is that how we get over those challenges so easily in that age only when we knew no bounds !!.
As today if i see, i measure a petty thing like "a choosing internet connection subscriber" to every centimeter of it and still we make pretty foolish decisions and we have to repent later on .
But at that time i never thought of consequences as if someone had guaranteed me
that you decide something i will change the world according to your wishes .
and i moved on with the intact idea of mine and just kept the life going.

I got a man with good values from marwari affluent family liking me in my organization only.Seeing my priniciples and my inability to cope up with the expected rise in rates of him ,he somehow got agreement from his family and we married.

With time me the same me after three years of marriage is not same now
I am collecting my every saved penny for my younger sister's marriage considering all the facts that good grooms are not at that cheaper rates now a days .
seems that i have been coloured in the same color of society or i may say i am discolored in my terms. I talk about how much is that boy worth of how much we can arrange then finding myself below i try more to get a good deal for my sister.I persuade my father brother to save more so that we can cope with standards of society .I am so cautious about every step we take today as a family wanting their girl to get married in good family.

Today when my brother in law is getting married to a rich daughter of the same status of my in laws, ironic to my that nature, i somewhere feel hesitant in being part of the grand celebration.
Everyone is curiously happy about how good the "relation to be" family is but it seems to be mentioning me that i didnt deserve what i got.its deserved by ppl like that girl who can afford them and important thing is honestly no one of them is actually saying all that crap what i am hearing
That means this is someone inside me only who is telling me all reasons which i should be guilty for ...

What is that has crept into me in all those years .what's that which now doesnt let me say it clearly assertively and firmly among crowds that "i believe in 'No Dowry Marriage System' that's my belief.I believe that and even if its not a tradition out there .Its me only may be believeing it but i know by all my soul's truth that i am right".
I am today earning 5 figure salary that's much more an asset of my parents had been given to my inlaws than they could have got in any dowry .Why am i not that free spirited today as i was in those days

Ironically I must have had bolstered ideas as i got to win by sticking with them till end but actually they seem to be dampened because i got so overwhelmed by people accepting my idea that i left the idea there in between somewhere
Then it reminds me of a thought by someone "Dont respect someone so much that you lose respect for yourself in the process"

Then out of hours of silence and pondering over it i found may be today i myself dont respect my principles that much i used to in those days .I have lost trust in what i deserve to get, its not on someone's alms if i am good today
Perhaps today i care for any tradition of society more than what I myself believe in and my ranking in their "good books" matter to me more than living a life
in my own terms in a free air where i can loudly say that i feel the other way around i beg to differ ......


Anonymous said...

It give me pleasure to know that you have married without dowry to a man of your choice truly sticking to your priciple of not supporting social practices of giving huge money as gift to groom's family. And you should be happy that atleast your story in your family is what gives hopes and inspiration to others to imitate your footsteps. In many ways I respect you alot for your dedication to studies and finally standing on your own feet and conceiving principles in your life and then sticking to them. Whatever you are not as downfallen as others in society. cheers to that. Its hard for anyone to win the fear that following our beloved principles can ruin a dear ones life. What else can I say "May God give you strength to find strength within".

NIDHI said...

may i know who gave me this compliment !!