What are you reading so intently? Asked my husband.
Well it’s a wedding invitation we received just now, I said.
Whose wedding is it? he said.
Wait, I am yet to figure it out though the names of the bride’s parents appear familiar, I said handing over the gorgeous invite to him.
I am sure the parents would have spent atleast a hundred rupees on this card, he smirked.
I feel it’s much more than that, considering that the card is gold coated, I observed.
Do any of the names ring a bell? I said.
Ah, now I remember, the father of the bride is a rich businessman settled in the U.S. he replied full of excitement.
Is he a good friend of yours?
Certainly yes. Not only a friend but a college mate of mine who dropped out half way through our degree, he said.
But who turned into a very successful businessman, that too in the U.S.which is very creditable, I told him.
Have you read what’s written at the end of the card? He asked passing the card to me with a bemused expression.
It says, no presents please. If you insist pay in cash, I read aloud equally amused.
I feel your friend is a very practical person. No wonder he has made a fortune in all the decades he has been out of India, I added.
I agree.Thank God, the card doesn’t say ‘pay in dollars,’ he quipped.
n.meera raghavendra rao