Anya, full of life, sharp eyes, pretty face. She would not tread on earth, loved to live in her beautiful world. A 26 year old who was too breezy and fairytale-ish for her age. Let’s just say, she does not want to let go of her unbelievable dreams.
Brought up in humble situations, but that didn’t stop her from dreaming. Anya believed that nothing is impossible. She was waiting for her prince and sure enough she behaved like a princess.
Fast Forward, Anya in an arranged marriage meeting with a prospective groom.
Her best friend’s recent marriage disaster had shut down Anya’s thinking process, she has lost faith in marriage and love, but every girl has to get married. Hence, the Beauty found herself sitting in front of the Beast.
The guy and his family will confirm if they liked Anya shortly.
After the meeting Anya tried to remember how he looked like, she has a vague image of him, because she did not want to remember. It’s a ‘Yes’ from the guy.
Best friend files for divorce, Anya says ‘Yes’ to marriage. ‘All marriage are disasters, so be it’, thought Anya.
The first meeting between the guy and Anya.
Beast : Hi, How are you?
Beauty : I’m good, how are you?
Beast : Are you happy with this marriage?
Beauty : I am a bit nervous,
Silence…. The guy was not one bit extra chivalrous, nor did he try to woo her. It was as if he had come for a project meeting. The project name being Marriage. ‘This is a nightmare, I think I’ve seen the worst of him’ thought Anya.
Now someone has to speak, so Anya decided to..
Beauty: My dad really liked you. Was it your mom who liked me?
Beast: After my father passed away, my mom has always given me the freedom to make my decisions. It was I who said Yes. I like you.
No change in expression, he could have said, “I like the project, so I decided to invest in it”.
Beauty wanted to put on wings and fly away from the Beast’s castle. Alas. How on earth can a guy say “I like you” without any emotion?
Anya had a long list for qualities she looked for in her Prince, which the Beast definitely does not possess.
Traditional Marriage, Grandiloquent Loud Reception. Beauty and Beast Smile, say cheese. Photographer takes a good click.
Beast: Can we talk simple; my English is not so good.
Beauty: ya no problem.
Humility – Check
Anya’s great Uncle comes on stage to wish them. According to tradition, Anya touches his feet to take his blessings. Shocked to find the Beast standing still not willing to take blessings. He comes forward, hugs uncle and greets him.
Beast : I don’t believe in this ritual. Respect need not be Fear.
Self Respect and Respect for others – Check
Beast: Ours is a huge family, the photos are going to take time, would you like to freshen up. I’ll show you the way to the rest room. (Same serious expression)
Beauty : Yes please (‘Wow, my mom didn’t bother, I think he is ok or may be nice’, thought Anya)
Care and Concern – Check
Anya happy to take a short break. Comes back to find the Beast show off his awesome dancing skills.
Beauty : Hmmm…..Why didn’t he dance when I was here? May be he does not bother…………
Superb Attitude – Check
His office friends and acquaintance make a beeline to the stage to wish him. Beast thanked them for coming, introduced Anya to them. They were so many that Anya had to move off the stage so that they could have some photo fun.
Anya did not fail to notice that his friends were from every age group, right from 25 to 55 years and all of them really liked him a lot. So many people can’t be wrong about him. Thought Anya
Goodness – Check
After his friends finished the photo session. He got a call and had to get off the stage to speak. Anya’s nosy aunty informed her, that he has taken care of all the wedding arrangements himself.
Responsibility – Check
Mom-in-law wants Anya to change her dress, so that they can take more pictures. Anya was ready to oblige. Beast tells Mom, that Anya is already tired and they can take pictures tomorrow.
Balance between Mom and Wife : Check Check …
Now Anya is smiling, blushing, her eyes try to glance at the Beast every now and then. Anya is now Anya Again. She is beginning to feel like a princess again.
Is this the beginning of a fairy tale….. I don’t know but I’m willing to bet my emotions on him…….
Now this is beautiful, Anya noticed that the, Beast’s eyes are also Anya, secretly.
Love is in the Air – Check Check Check
The guests are leaving and it’s just the bride and groom’s family sitting and talking.
Very playfully, Anya tells her mom, “Momma, I want to come home. Let’s go to our home”.
Beast looks at Anya, “This ring you see in on your finger, is the symbol of our marriage….. You are now my wife, your coming to our house.” Same tough look on his face.
Anya could not stop blushing, “that’s it now, I’m going with this guy, that’s it…….”
Beast turns around, looks at Anya. Anya struggling to keep a plain face.
Beast : “When I said I like you, I really mean it”. Smiles with a cute smile.