Friday, October 18, 2013


   Leena entered  her destined place as a new bride.She was married to Shyam  the day before yesterday.Now she was made to understand that her presence must be a pleasant as presents for ever to the whole family of her destined place.She was so tired  with her marriage related rituals  and with her hectic schedule for the past one week.She really needed a sound sleep minimum for one hour.How could she expect this in this new atmosphere especially being the center of the  attraction.

   Leena was looking around  for her Shyam hoping to get any chance of leaning over a bed.At distance he seemed to be busy with the arranging the things to keep them  in order with the help of his close friends and his dears and nears of all age group.She could understand his tiredness also but as he was engaging some activities he seemed to be managing his tiredness to some extent.But being here in a part of a big square hall with her own relatives on a big and beautiful mattress she was unable to cope with her posture as gentle as a brand new bride.

   Noticing all these from the distance,Shyam's grand mother Parvadham  came towards Leena. From the beginning of the her marriage proposal,Leena noticed that Shyam's grand mother is the 'Queen Elizabeth' of this family.She deserves it. Leena approved. Parvadham has that smartness.With her tall and admirable plump wheat color healthy body goes very nice with her elegant dress sense for her age.Her husband Rajagopal is always  very proud of his position as being her King.All soft skills in her seem to be in good proportion with her diplomacy in handling people of all age and the situations of all kind, in an elegant way.Naturally she becomes a close and strict friend to everyone of the family.

    Watching Shyam's grand mother Parvadham walking towards her, Leena becomes a bit nervous.As a gesture of respect Leena tried to be on her feet. But Parvadham with her all smiling face kept her hand on Leena's shoulder tried her best to bring some comfort in her."Oh our Shyam's angel! your eyes seem to need some rest.Let them have for a little while.Go to upstairs and there some music systems.Have some power nap and come back to have our lunch together.We shall take care of your relatives."Then she gestured one of her relatives to take Leena to the upstairs.

   Leena was so relieved.She reached the upstairs.The room seems to be in comfortable size with comfortable things.In a corner there is a medium size bed which is covered with a light colored designed bed spread which invites Leena with some fond gesture.The next moment Leena has been detached with this world affairs.

    After having a sound sleep which really gives her a good comfort.Forgetting her present atmosphere she starts humming some tune.Before she realized her present position, her Shyam entered into the room with some giggling. Leena doesn't know what to say but her blushing face tries its best to make the things better.

   Shyam,'Do you know how many times I raced from down to up and up to down to see my angel is ready for lunch.But we must appreciate my grand mother's timely concern for your power nap.How do you feel now my sweet heart?".Blushing again,"I am so sorry! I couldn't control myself.I must thank a lot to your grand mother ;No!no! our grand mother for her timely help.Otherwise I would have been the laughing stock."Leena grasped her Shyam's hand with all love.

   They reached the dining table where almost all relatives finished having their lunch. Leena could sense the teasing smile of the both families.Before things get complicated Parvadham came forward and held Leena's hand,"It's all right my child.Hope you feel better now.We all had our lunch.Never mind.Make your lunch a jolly trip with your lovely Shyam. Enjoy!".In a husky voice she uttered the lost word and shut the door behind her. Leena was in an utter confusion whether she is really brand new bride or their Grand mother Parvadham. When she expressed her doubt to her Shyam he burst out laughter.

   The next day all her relatives left for their places leaving behind with so so many many advises in the name of suggestions or so so many many suggestions in the name of advises for Leena. In fact Leena couldn't remember many things.Leaving everything behind she tried her best to be present in the present.

   Shyam and Leena ,both have almost fifteen days in hand out of thirty days sanctioned for their marriage by their respective office.They had to consult among themselves and with their family members How to plan the available days for their honey moon and to attend the relatives feast days.To Leena's surprise Shyam's parents Krishna kumar and Seetha both are also working couple,they don't find any difficulty with their every day's schedule at home as well as at their working place. Seetha,Leena's mother-in-law seems to be very comfortable with her parents-in-law as if  she is dwelling in her birth place.

    The open secret has been disclosed very practically in the coming days.All family members do honor their roles.They respect each other.No egos,no pretensions,no complexes and certainly no negative vibrations. Hearty inquiries by every one about everything like have you had nice sleep? to how is your project going? and so on.  Both Parvadham and Seetha, before they go to bed they let them be their own personal assistants,they schedule their next two days program with their family members.Starting from their breakfast menu it goes on reminding the things to be done on those two days for every one of the family.A planned schedule leads to a smooth sailing of the family.

    During the discussions they consult the whole family members whether they are comfortable with their own schedule.The whole plan is in such a way that either Parvadham's or Seetha's presence is to be at home to take care of  the  whole family.First and third week end would be the senior couple's week end i.e (Rajagopal and Parvadham).The second and fourth week end would be the junior couple's week end.i.e.Krishna kumar and Seetha's week end.While the former take care of the home the latter have that  day a day to enjoy themselves thoroughly.This plan gives the whole family a good space and privacy and they have so many comical and serious experiences to share.

   As Shyam and Leena are new couple of the family they are allowed to have every week end as their day on concession basis for some time. Leena is so surprised to see this gelling nature of this family with any one and with any atmosphere.She feels more confident.

   When Shyam and Leena's all enjoyment reaching the closing ceremony Seetha is in the kitchen to prepare some evening snacks for the family. Leena enters into the kitchen in case Seetha needs any help. Seetha turned to Leena,"So you people enjoyed your holidays nicely. Didn't you? "Of course ma".Leena replied with all happiness.Watching her happy face Seetha continued,"You are looking so happy.Preserve this happiness for ever.This is the pride symbol of this family.I would like to say one thing.Would you lend your ear to me?".Seetha asked in genuine voice.

  "I am always ready to lend my ear ma!Please go ahead."Leena said politely. Seetha very casually continued as if she was talking to her close friend,"Our Shyam's angel Leena! I will come to the point.Since your arrival to this beloved family,your observation of our family matters seems to be a good signal for me to discuss this matter with you personally.You see!I would like you to know that, we family members do not come between you and Shyam, you and your birth place,you and your friends and you and your office.In the same way if you don't let all these relations to come between us,I mean between you and this beautiful family for the sake of the pride of this family, I feel this is the best way to honor our roles.All these years I have been following this strategy and it works.How do you feel about this suggestion.?"

    "Wonderful ma!As a living example you are here, following that fantastic strategy to run this family successfully,I am your ardent disciple.Nothing to worry.The day you people selected me for your darling Shyam,I started loving our beloved family.Impeccable love of our family members brings miracles into our family.I promise I do my best to be a good family partner".Seetha hugged her daughter -in-law as if she was her own daughter.Invariably Leena also felt so.

   After having their evening snacks with pleasing coffee,Parvadham called Leena for a walk. Leena could understand that like Seetha her mother -in-law, Seetha's mother-in-law wanted to say something for the welfare of the family. Leena couldn't help admiring  Parvadham's full of beans nature. She wondered how this is possible for around eighty years old lady to cope with all family members preserving her own pride and prestige.They reached the nearby park.

   They seated comfortably on a park bench and enjoyed watching the people of different age with different taste of games with different attire with different facial expressions.This dusk reminded Leena,about the husky voice of Parvadham's "Enjoy" tone on the first day of her destined place lunch with Shyam. Leena waited for some time.She could sense Parvadham's how to start expression. Holding Parvadham's hand,"Would you like to say something grandma?".Leena asked politely.With astonishing look Parvadham,"How shrewd you are my child! yes I would like to say something but I wonder with what words I can fill up this generation gap" "Not words grandma it is love.Impeccable love can fill any generation gap".Leena uttered this with all smiling face.

    Now  a doubt arise in Parvadham's mind whether she is grandma to Leena or Leena is grandma to her.With all happiness Parvadham hugged Leena,"Oh my God! Thanks a lot. Our family is blessed with a shrewd and sensible grand daughter.She kept her warm palm on Leena"s plump cheek,"My child I needn't say anything else.You are a born well wisher.A born well wisher would bring all forms of wealth to a family."

   It is all right grandma.As you are so am I.Now let me know what you would like to say?Leena demanded. Parvadham heaved a sigh of relief,"Leena!I already told you I need not say anything to you as you are our darling child but you would like to know about my suggestion.I will tell you.Assume yourself  a small cat.Let your big cats be big cats.I mean let your parents-in-laws be Tiger and tigress.Let them have their own pride and prestige.Never let them down.Once you let them down means your learning stops so as your growth. .Respect them.Be a passive listener.One day you will learn all tactics and strategies through proper training from them either directly or indirectly to become a big cat I mean a Tigress yourself to reign your family.You will have the same capability to make your next generation small cats to become big cats".Have I made myself clear?

   "Hundred Percent grandma"Leena assured. To her surprise both ladies uttered the same suggestion with different version for the welfare of the family.i.e Unite we big cats and small cats stand and divide we fall. Leena took a resolution that whether she is in the position of small cat or big cat she must put her whole efforts to strengthen the family.i.e she wants to stand.





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