neelwrites/bigshamindianwedding/FridayFiction/flash/shortstory/100words/04/01/2018

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BIG SHAM INDIAN WEDDING

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By Neel Anil Panicker

‘We’ve given all the dowry you’d demanded. Our honour’s at stake. What more do you want?’

Rita couldn’t believe her eyes. Her father was on his knees, begging tears of mercy from the groom’s father while her entire clan stood quivering in fear.

“Stop it. I’m calling off this marriage. Why should boys have all the fun? It’s time to change the rules of the game. Time girls did the picking.”

As the stunned groom and his entourage looked on, she delivered the final volley, ‘And now will you leave or shall I call the police”?
©2018neelanilpanicker #fiction #fridayfictioneers #flash #100words

33 thoughts on “neelwrites/bigshamindianwedding/FridayFiction/flash/shortstory/100words/04/01/2018

  1. Kudos to her! Woot! Woman power… 😀

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  2. Bravo! Things are already changing, hope they accelerate at a much faster pace.

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  3. I think it’s time to change things… it should be passed into history..

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  4. What’s the price for a groom?

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  5. The poor confused Groom, he doesn’t know what’s hit him!. I’m sure he’ll get used to it! More power to her.

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  6. Good for her! Just remember to get the dowry back.

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    1. She would. She’s smart enough not to leave them alone. Thanks Sandra.

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  7. My kinda girl 🙂 And what has honour got to do with it anyway? I can’t understand why women have to be the upholders of honour 😦

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    1. Same here. Guess it will take a time, at least some while before things change.

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  8. Wow! That takes some courage alright. Let’s hope her family still speak to her afterwards. Nicely written Neel

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    1. It does take a lot of courage. They would if they are truly ‘family. Thanks for the compliment, Lynn.

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      1. My pleasure Neel 🙂

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  9. Dear Neel,

    What a woman! Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. She sure is a strong woman. Thanks for the compliment, Rochelle.

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  10. michael1148humphris

    That was well told. Neel

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  11. She is one brave lady. Hope her family agrees or she might be in for some flak. Are things changing in that regard in India Neel?

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    1. She sure must have the support of her family if they are truly her ‘family’.
      Yes, things are indeed changing for the better in India but i guess it will take a while before the wheel comes full circle. Thanks Irene.

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      1. Glad to hear change is happening. It takes a long time. From the industrial revolution to now there is still change happening here and in England in regard to equality of the sexes (and that has taken a very long time.)

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  12. Moon

    Powerful story and the fact that it’s been told by a man makes it even more unique.

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  13. I would think she would be in danger of her life for taking a stand like that. Maybe things are changing over there more than I knew anything about.

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  14. Good on Rita! It’s appalling that the dowry culture still prevails.

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  15. That’s great. My husband knew a man who married a woman by stepping forward when she got angry at the last minute and said she wouldn’t marry the proposed groom but any other good man in the wedding gathering. She did it too. The tide is turning because there are now more men than women. Good writing, Neel. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  16. Such an interesting glimpse into a culture so foreign form my own. Thank you.

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  17. Kudos to you, Neel, for tackling such a controversial topic. It’s time things changed. I hope Rita isn’t harmed for her brave stand.

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