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An Entourage of Questions

Q—An entourage of questions

To read the story for the letter P, please read here.

An entourage of questions reared heads in his mind in seconds. The officer in charge of law and order in an area and responsible for protecting the people living there felt his personal life was a blank paper. Like the wheels of a vehicle goes into a skid, it spins around and does not progress forward.
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Arjun felt so embarrassed about the system of parents deciding their children’s destiny by choosing whom they wed. Consequentially, the children develop the attitude of waiting for their parents’ decision for the family’s sake! If the children get romantically involved with the opposite sex and decide to marry the love of their life, they get punished as family outcastes for sabotaging the parents’ rights. Changes are happening these days—many youngsters decide for themselves whom they marry, and the parents come around if the children haven’t violated the caste and communal and economic norms.

There was a time, Paurnami had taken up his mind irresistibly, Arjun thought. But he could not overcome the guilt and the fear that he was wrong -- romance was considered revolting against the family. He couldn’t ignore the social and cultural norms that got ordained at least two thousand years ago. All these years, it ruled human minds stifling their destiny and creating3

mental derangements in people and facing no severe resistance.

Why is it like that?

His sister was different from him. She was outspoken and reactionary in dealing with family situations—she treated her father openly as a worthless man. She had shouted it out several times, which he didn’t approve of due to the fear of his father that made him pull inwards. A part of him even blamed his sister for being unconventional and unmannered. She never waited for her father to choose her life partner and enjoys life with the person she chose.

Now, as an adult, he questions himself—who was wrong? Whose fault was that? He decides on his professional field and takes pride in that, but his personal life seemingly slips away from him. He should have chosen a person himself for his life. But he never did it. Was it because of the addiction to give that right to his parents? He never trusted his father but never resisted the proposal he had come with.

An entourage of questions reared heads in his mind in seconds. The officer in charge of law and order in an area and responsible for protecting the people living there felt his personal life was a blank paper. Like the wheels of a vehicle goes into a skid, it spins around and does not progress forward.

In his immediate reaction to the thought, his mind ran into Malavika. He had no idea how she had jumped into his thoughts at that very awkward time. He wanted to ask his mother about her. Like a philosopher, his mother had pronounced that it was one’s choice that makes one’s life.

He felt it right to ask his mother about Malavika. But he doesn’t know anything about her other than her name nor its meaning or relevance. Who is Aravind? Her father or her husband? It would undoubtedly look inappropriate to mention his interest in a woman who was already married. He should wait until he knows about her in detail before talking to his mother.


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