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The One

Discussion in 'Stories (Fiction)' started by blackbeauty84, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. blackbeauty84

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    Savitri was pacing in the hall waiting for arrival of Shravan. She has teamed up with her husband in talking with Shravan. Shravan, their middle child has always been the difficult one.

    ‘He is coming for sure? He was supposed to come by morning, it’s almost lunch time.’ Shravan’s father, Sunil chided. He was unable to enjoy his retired life because of Shravan.

    Shravan topped in studies from the childhood but was always an introvert. His teacher always remarked he is quite above the class level which made him look down at his class mates. At college he rarely talked with his class mates but made friends with professors. No one was surprised when he went ahead to do his Ph.D while working in the university as lecturer.

    Sunil and Savitri knew Shravan’s nature and never forced him to get married. ‘Though living in the same city, he barely visits us for few hours and can’t speak more than two sentences with us. Family life will not suit him. Let’s accept the fact.’ Sunil used to say.

    But on his last birthday Shravan visited home and threw the bomb that he wanted to get married.

    ‘Okay bring home whomever you want to get married to. We really don’t mind.’ Sunil said.

    ‘I want you to find the one for me. ’ Shravan said. Sunil would have easily found the girl for Shravan , if not for Shravan’s conditions.

    Girl must be atleast Post graduate in science

    She must have aptitude for research

    She must really understand if Shravan does not communicate for days because of his nature of work.

    She must have studied in reputed institute

    She must have musical sense

    She must be an avid reader and so on….

    Couple of the girls that Savitri found out, Shravan rejected them citing some reason or other. Last week they found a girl who ticked all the criteria’s of Shravan and they really hoped Shravan will okay her.

    Shravan arrived and during the lunch , Sunil asked him the question

    ‘Did you meet Aarthi? Her parents are pressurizing us for an answer. She seems perfect for you.’ Sunil said.

    ‘Mmmm’ Shravan mumbled going through the science journal in hand.

    ‘Aarthi has applied for lecturer position in your university. You cannot get a better match than this.’Savitri added.

    Shravan didn’t reply and remained focused on journal.

    ‘I don’t like her..’ he said when he finished the magazine.

    ‘Why?’ Sunil asked and Shravan didn’t reply.

    ‘Shravan this bride search of yours is putting enormous pressure on us. I’m not sure whether you need a girl to live with or looking for a research assistant. What on earth is wrong with Aarthi. She is okay with even your bizarre living style; we really don’t have energy to go on search a girl for you. ‘ Sunil screamed.

    ‘Do you know she doesn’t like books? How on earth I’m supposed to live with someone like that?’ Shravan asked.

    ‘Don’t be ridiculous. Books, come on? Your mother hates books and I’m an avid reader. Don’t we live happily for last forty years. Understand the facts of life Shravan, marriage is not ticking all the boxes. It’s about…’ Sunil lectured.

    ‘Stop…I’m not getting married to someone who doesn’t meet my criteria’s. I don’t have time to search a bride for me, so thus outsourced this work as you are retired and has lot of time in hands. Let me know once you find someone suitable.’ Shravan declared.

    ‘No one has high opinion of you. than yourself. Ask your fellow professors. Out sourcing the work to me? I have better things to do in life.. .’ Sunil shouted and Savitri tried to calm her husband.

    In the midst of fight Shravan left home. He boarded the local train to reach his university cursing his parents. Every other parent is able to find brides for their sons and his parents are such a failure.

    Last girl they pushed to him didn’t understand a single word in fluid dynamics and was a botany scholar. His parents argued Botany is science. This girl Aarthi hasn’t read any of Tolstoy.

    ‘To be frank, I hate reading for leisure. I rather spend my time outdoors…’ she said. How am I supposed to live with her.

    There were very few passengers that point of time in train and Shravan dozed off in rhythmic movement of train. When he woke up he found a pretty girl sitting opposite to him reading 1984. That’s my favorite book he wanted to say but words failed him. Next to her was a well read copy of a book on Gas Dynamics.

    ‘You seemed to be staring at it?Want to read it?’ she asked sweetly.

    ‘No I was staring at you. Are you a student in Gas dynamics?’ Shravan asked gathering some courage.

    ‘Oh No. I’m a professor and this is one of recommended texts to my students.’ She said. At the time a blind man playing flute crossed the train compartment and she remarked ‘He plays better than noted musicians.’ She said humming the tune. Her voice was divine.

    As Shravan began talking academics with her, he found passengers in the train staring at them. He loved talking to her and it’s the first time in life he enjoyed talking. He got to know her name is Kiran, she has recently relocated to this city and she matched him in every aspect. This is the kind of girl; I want to get married to. She would be a good partner in lab and life.

    Train stopped that minute due to signal and his station was next. He didn’t want to leave Kiran and when he was thinking how to ask her, she stood up abruptly and said

    ‘Nice meeting you Shravan. I have to leave now.’

    ‘Wait..train started moving…’ Shravan said going towards the door following her.

    For some reason one of the passengers blocked his way, he pulled himself from his grip and went behind her. Crasshhhh

    One hour later the passenger who blocked Shravan was giving a statement to police. ‘He was talking to himself and suddenly rushed towards the gate. I tried stopping him, but he just jumped out.’
     
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  2. ammusatheesh

    ammusatheesh Gold IL'ite

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    So sad of Shravan ...the one is nice one from you BB
     
  3. blackbeauty84

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    Thanks Ammusatheesh
     
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    how could you think of these snippets BB! Good One he was hallucinating .. I am sure whatever he was expecting he should make one girl like that and marry her.. he might get those type of people in dreams/....

    Good going BB!

    Missed your snippets :) !
     
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    Nice one BB dear
     
  6. blackbeauty84

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    yup there are few who should ideally make their partner..my cousin's expectation is some where closer to what's in the story and his parents are searching since last five years.

    Thanks for your feedback Peddadas, have a great day ahead
     
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    Thanks Aarthi
     
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    BB pathetic end to Shravan.
     
  9. blackbeauty84

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    mm yes
     
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    Oh No! A superb story but poor Shravan.
     

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