Life and its strange turns

Choose Your Adventure

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”   Allen Saunders 

Grace walks into her study; a large well-lit, furnished richly, no clutter; just one chair, a mahogany table, one solid walnut chest carved beautifully with the scenes of nature in one side. In the other corner of the room, there is a high bed with  a bold and classic design. The lower sashes of the window had been raised and the sweet and heavy scents of jasmine and roses waft in on the warm air. Books and magazines peeked out of the large wood shelves. Today was the last day of her first year final in her MA in Psychology. She was relaxed. Her right cheek rested on the palm of her hand and head tilted slightly she was thinking about a far future. Then she heard her mother from the kitchen, ‘Grace! Will you come here.’

Grace adjusted her lilac dress and sailed into the kitchen.’Yes mom.’

Her mother was trying to arrange some delicious snacks in nice plates and said,’ Go change into something nice, put a little makeup. One family is coming to see you today.’ Then she glanced at Grace and looked down to the snacks and said’, ‘He is a doctor and you are almost done with your first year of the MA and they will agree to continue your study even after marriage. But we will see how it goes.’

Grace looked at her mother blankly, her mouth dropped. She was not expecting this to happen so suddenly. She turned and walked into her room. Grace leaned heavily against the apricot wall with shock and a heavy suffocating blanket of reality began to sink in. Her family was very conservative who never believed in love before marriage. She remembered how her grandmother used to say that ‘ Love just blooms after the marriage even if you are two strangers. It is a custom in India that parents choose a groom for the girl, marriage takes place and afterwards she goes to a new family with a stranger and starts  a new chapter of life. The story of Grace happened in thirty-two years back.

Grace was in love with somebody else. Her love was very different from the modern love; there was no romance, no physical contact but just pure love. Grace was in a puzzle. Her parents, grandparents loved her a lot, the reputation of their family, their status was very high in the society. If she chooses to marry her lover then her family ‘s so called status will be destroyed. Her forehead was shaded with a heavy cloud, lips were sealed in an expression of unspeakable sadness. Grace could not decide ;’ she has to choose between her love or to marry in a rich family to keep up the family name and status’. She opened the door and walked into the garden in a pensive mood….

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  1. luckyjc007
    Jun 19, 2015 @ 03:12:08

    I would hate that! I don’t believe parents should choose who their children marry. (Perhaps because I was not raised to think like that) if you are to live with a person the rest of your life…it should be one that is compatible with you and only You know who that should be. Sure, you can probably love someone else, but not in the same way and maybe not at all!

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  2. creatingahome
    Jun 19, 2015 @ 11:10:19

    Nice story..does she marry him or disobey her mother? Hmmm…

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Hello and Namaste to my wonderful bloggers and readers. I am Lekha, grew up in one of the beautiful city of Odisha in the mystical land India. My paternal grandmother was a perfect story teller- stories of brave kings and queens to stories of freedom fighters, to stories on kindness,honesty, compassion, truthfulness. As soon as I learned to read, my marvelous adventures started through the fairy tales, the mysteries, the classics and the autobiographies. O’ Yes, it was lots of fun! At middle school my imagination started to take wings into short stories and sometimes in sketching. In 1987 I came to USA to continue my education in Psychology. Life got busy with my son and daughter in their school,library, music class, dance class, tennis, soccer, scout, debate...Staying active is very important for me.So after work, I enjoy going to different classes - kickboxing, RIPP, PiYo and Yoga. I have a deep affection and respect to Nature. For me winter is the champion. During winter vacation it is always delightful to hike on the gorgeous,stunning and beautiful snowy mountains in different national parks. After the children started their own lives, enormous time has poured into my weekends. I decide to do devout my time in volunteering. But still I could not satisfy my hunger and craving to do something more. One evening, I was reading some article on international issues on children, women,and on animal cruelty, which were very disturbing, traumatic and sad.I could not stop my tear or could not sleep. It is very hard to see others in suffering. Life is more fulfilling and rich when you help others, when you bring smile on others. “ Be a rainbow in someone else’s clouds.”- Maya Angelou. So I start to write again. I want my writing to be a strong voice for others in distress; for the innocent animals,for children, for women, on global warming and for all other social causes. Sometimes the truth is hard to digest but I am determined to reflect on those topics to make my readers aware on social issues. And I am thankful to WordPress for providing this wonderful platform to express my observation, views and dreams. I hope you explore the stories,enjoy and leave appropriate comments.

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