I was in a dilemma as what to gift my friend’s daughter for her wedding. She was literally born with a silver spoon and had everything just for the asking, right from the choicest designer clothing to the accessories not to speak of the several branded handbags and clutch purses.
Why don’t you gift her with a book? Suggested my husband when I sought his advice.
I don’t think she is into reading much, infact she was reluctant to study for her degree, I said.
What is the bride groom doing? Does he also hail from an affluent family? asked my husband.
I suppose so because my friend was very particular that their status matched, though not the couple’s looks, I said.
Do you mean to say your friend’s daughter is not good looking? Was his prompt query.
It means you take it that the bride groom is handsome, some kind of an Adonis, don’t you? I snapped.
Well, well, normally one expects girls to have good looks and possibly a fair skin and a slim figure, he tried to justify his query.
Why not the same of a boy, I wonder ? Unfortunately attitudes of men seem to remain the same where looks are still given prime importance, I lamented.
O.K. you still haven’t told me anything about how the bride looks, he reminded.
Well, slim, sharp featured and not too fair, I replied lowering my voice on the last three words.
Ah, that’s the hitch. From what you say the girl must be dark, he stressed the adjective.
So what? If a man can be tall, dark and handsome, can’t a girl too be tall, dark and beautiful? I shot back.
Yes, in the name of equality I agree, he parried.
Now coming back to choosing a gift, why don’t you present her with a pack of whitening creams, he suggested.
Then I will have to buy two sets, one for the bride groom and another for the bride, besides a weight reducing gadget for the bride groom, I said.
From my husband’s expression I felt he failed to get the import of my words.
n.meera raghavendra rao