Sunday, July 13, 2008

Dreams Unlimited

"Don't tell me you've stopped dreaming! No. Not YOU!!"

I had one of my friends exclaim this loudly to me the other day.

"Priyanka you're THE eternal dreamer, who can cross oceans for her dreams. You're.. umm.. you're like Geet from the movie Jab We Met. That's what you've always been. A person who would give anything for her dreams. Well... Maybe also a person whose dreams get fulfilled as often as they get broken. But when have broken dreams stopped Priyanka from dreaming again? Nope. They never have and they never will... Right? RIGHT???"

I smiled as my friend threw a worried glance at me. The news of me having my name put up on a local matrimonial service made her spew out all this.

"How the hell do you think you can get into an arranged marriage?? Priyanka - you're NOT arranged marriage material - you have to fall in love and get married.. I cannot believe you're doing this!!"

"Well.. Thousands of people get into arranged marriages every year you know" I made a weak attempt to reason with her.

"Yeah- thousands of people do it. But not you Priyanka. Not YOU!!"

I smiled again. After being put up on the matrimonial circuit for almost a year now, I knew what she was talking about. No, I am not saying it's a bad thing. But has it ever been a great feeling to get judged by complete strangers who come to "see" you? I am not trying to sound like a victim here, because I am sure that the feeling is mutual - I am sure that the guy feels the same way, if not worse. But that's the whole point.

Is there any place for dreams when two people are expected to decide about each other in one meeting which lasts for not more than 2 hours? No. There is no place for dreams in such a setting. It's a totally practical decision, which is made on the basis of caste+kundali+(and other things which fall in this category), education, financial status, social status, looks and so on- not necessarily in that order. There is no place for love either - it's the "pyaar to ho hee jayegaa" syndrome, wherein we are expected to fall in love with each other once we have decided that we're going to spend the rest of our lives together.

"Priyanka!! Are you listening to me??"

I looked at my friend. She's been married for over four years now - love marriage - and was recently blessed with a beautiful baby boy. I sighed. How do I explain it to her? How do I tell her that my time is running out? That being a girl who's 25 years of age and still unmarried is supposed to be a sin for me and a shame for my parents. Especially since I am a working girl. Had I been studying, it would still have been acceptable. That ways I would have at least had a post graduation degree to show off. I don't have that either. All I have is 4 years of work-ex, which is zero value-addition to my matrimonial resume.

"Nothing.." I said to her.. "I guess I am going down the arranged marriage way after all!" I forced another smile.

"That's totally full of s***" she swore. "Hey!! What about that friend of yours who .."

"So how's your li'l angel doing?" I cut her short. She got the hint and backed off gracefully, and easily got into talking about her new status as a full time mom. I drew in a breath of relief. The discussion was over - at least for now.

As I was coming back home after meeting her, I was thinking to myself - have I stopped dreaming? Have I stopped believing that I will find the kind of love that I am looking for? Haven't I already compromised on my chances of finding it by agreeing to dress up every weekend for bride seekers? Haven't I given up on falling in love my way?

And I was surprised at the answer that I gave to myself, and the surety with which it came to me. Whatever my truth maybe at this moment, it cannot wash out the truth that has been with me all my life. And a quote started ringing in my ears..

“If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

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Blogger Vishal... said...

blog writing is more of an art... u excel in it... hey i would appreciate if u have a look at my blog, and comment on it...

5:12 AM  
Blogger Priyanka M said...

Thanks Vishal! I did take a look at your blog - will follow up on it :)


6:47 AM  
Blogger Debajit said...

What on earth??
I'll catch you online

6:49 PM  
Blogger Priyanka M said...

Haha :P Well - I ain't lying in the post ;)

~ Priyanka.

10:42 PM  
Blogger Anand Borse said...

hey priyanka... cudnt stop commenting on this one .... this is not you for sure ...rt?

12:59 PM  
Blogger Priyanka M said...

Hi Anand,

I have to agree that this is not me.. :)

The post says the rest ;)

~ Priyanka.

5:11 AM  
Blogger Nayana Kulkarni-Dongare said...

Well Priyanka, Instead of crying in search of true Love, one should opt for arranged one.

Coz u never know, when the wall of unknownness gets break & beautiful feeling of Love, care & respect comes along.

There is big difference in "Loving in Day Dreaming & Actually Living the Love".

2:01 AM  
Blogger Priyanka M said...

Thanks for reading my blog Nayana!

I can say from personal experience, that one should not lose hope.. I am not certain what most people interpreted the last line of this post as, but what I had meant to say in it, was that I have believed in love all my life, and some made-up time or social constraints cannot make me lose the hope of finding.

And thank god I did not stop dreaming and hoping - because while I'll admit that I have had to cry a lot in search of true love as I met a lot of wrong people during that search... But it was all worth it when I finally found the right one.. :)


10:52 AM  
Blogger STRANGER said...

Once I visited a Mental Hospital and met two mentally retarded persons; one wanted to marry Sania but failed, another who married Sania and became MAD.

Life's like that.

Anyway young friends, visit my blog and plz. do comment. Also ask your other friends to view this :-

3:43 AM  

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