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100 Words On Saturday – Week 11

Introduced in February 2013 – an invitation, a prompt, a linky. Write exactly a 100 words on the prompt and publish it on your blog – a story, a poem, a mini-essay. The linky will be open right up to next Friday, after which I will have a new prompt and a fresh linky.

 

100 Words On Saturday 11 Prompt: YOUR CALL

 

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They met at the bridge like they had agreed.  No words needed, they fell into each other’s arms.

He was back home, flush with money and ready to ask for her hand.

“Let’s go straight to your house and talk to your Dad.” he said

“I’ll join you in a little while,” she answered.”

His knock on the door was answered by her mother.

“Now you’ve come….?” she shrieked. “Soon after your call her father arranged a marriage for her. She left a note for you when she jumped into the river. You’re too late!”

 

This story is inspired by a tale that does the rounds of  Saligao, my village in Goa. I heard it from my grandfather over forty years ago – but it seems so vivid even now. I’ve taken artistic liberties with the times it was set in. 

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26 Comments on “100 Words On Saturday – Week 11

  1. I’m not sure how legally binding these arrange marriages are, but if I was her, I would have skipped suicide and just skipped off the bridge with my new fiance.

    1. They’re not legally binding at all, Cairn. However, it’s all about family ‘prestige’ (refer my post of yesterday). Societal pressure was extremely high in those days and sadly, girls being forced into marraige is still a reality in many parts of our country.

  2. ouch….

    Alas destiny had something else in store for this couple!

    Great writeup Corinne. Will try to make up something and link up!

  3. I had kind of a meloncholic mood all day today and this post just touched the raw nerve.. 🙁

    When we get the courage to love, why dont we stand up and fight for it? Why does giving up often look like an easy option?

  4. I have a very good Indian friend who had an arranged marriage. Although I cannot imagine, his marriage has lasted longer than most of my American friends…

    sad story.

    Thanks for the prompt. I love 100 words on Sat! T.

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  6. That was really sad corinne ! last month, there were 3 suicides, I felt horrible, one was just in the same premises where we work. A PhD scholar, he would be getting his doctorate in the next 6 months, carried a Pepsi bottle in the lab, mixed some chemicals and drank – It was such a sad sight to see a young man lying dead in the early hours here. Another one was hanging on a tree in the campus, and there was one more from EFLU who died hung himself in a mosque close to the college before viva… .. it is becoming so common, the tolerance level of youngsters these days are so low.. stress, family pressure, insecurity, depression are the major killers …..

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