The 28 'Something' Bachelor
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The 28 ‘Something’ Bachelor…
Are you 28 years old or above??
Are you single??
Do you get nervous these days before you login into social media with the fear of somebody posting a status or a pic of their engagement…marriage or even the birth of their child??
Are you avoiding paying a visit to your relatives??
Or are you simply fed up ducking the question of WHEN ARE YOU GETTING MARRIED?? Then this one is truly for you.
Remember the famous dialogue from the Rani Mukherji starrer movie ‘Hum Tum’ where she ends up confronting, ‘Jab tak ek ladki ki shadi nahi ho jati…logon ko chain kyu nahi padta’ (why doesn’t anyone finds peace till the time a girl gets married) but I personally believe it holds true for everyone. I think life isn’t as easy as everyone thinks for boys even.
The Settle down logic
The moment you are in that age bracket everyone from your mausi (aunt) to your chachi (Another aunt)…from your milkman to even your maid ask or I should say poke you with the same question or to put it nicely with a caring suggestion, “Beta why don’t you get married now?” why don’t you settle down, as if I am a dust particle and the only motto of life is to settle down at a place. Unknown…Unseen…Unheard people appear from all corners of the world with their logic of why one should get married and they try to convince you with all their might. I think if you ask a person who has been married for let’s say about 50 years…I am sure he/she won’t be able to answer the question how can marriage be related to the concept whether a guy is settled or not?
‘Budhape ka sahara’ (Old age policy)
If you try really…and I mean really hard to explain your side of the logic of why you are not getting married…some of them actually end up agreeing with you but then come up with their own philosophy of, ‘Beta!! We understand that these days marriages are not lasting as long as they used to but don’t think about the present…think a little ahead…think about the future when you will be 45-50 years old.’ ‘Then at that age you will surely need someone to share your morning walks and evening talks.’ But then how can one make these people understand that if anybody wants someone at that age then he/she can find someone of that age…at that age…rather than screwing up your life some twenty odd years before.
‘Responsibility se bhag rahe ho’ (You don’t want to shoulder your responsibilities)
The third most common ‘stirrer’ used by the world against you…or in other words for you to get married is that you are running away from your responsibilities and you don’t want to shoulder them. At times it angers me but most of the time it muses me when someone says this to my face…because the same people forget…what the hell a guy is doing when he tries to fulfill his parent’s dreams of becoming a successful person…how is he running away when he is the one who is already taking care of his parents and closed ones or will be taking care of you in your old age. According to these people the only logic which survives is that ‘if a guy is married…he is responsible otherwise he is just a loafer who is busy dodging bullets of responsibilities.’
‘Shadi ki ek age hoti hai’ (The right age for marriage factor)
Everybody has plans…and he might also have some plans…and marriage might not be on the cards on an immediate basis. Having said that, I know, there is a right age for marriage and if the plunge is not taken at the right time, it will surely have an effect on the ‘Quality’ of offspring but given the current lifestyle and the expenses of settling in a metro requires some planning…some savings and a lot of mental toughness. What if the guy is simply not mentally ready??? In any case these days’ people are deciding to get married at a later age when they feel that they have at least tried to cover all the corners.
‘Kab tak akele rahoge – khana kaun banayega’ (Till when you will stay alone…and for God sake who will cook for you)
I guess the day my mom realized that my dad can’t even put on a gas stove she decided that her son will be able to suffice all his cooking needs. Still the so called caring relatives…the ones whose life is already hell…try to make sure…yours is surely one too. ‘Now that you are already have a good job…a four-wheeler…and you have already booked a flat…why don’t you get married?’ ‘At least when you return from work someone will be there to share your day and more importantly till when will you cook by yourself.’ My logic, if I have to stay…’happily married’…in a big city…both the partners need to work to meet out the expenses and the expectations and in that case a maid needs to prepare the meals for both of us…so if I have to eat maid cooked food after marriage too…why not let me cook my meal…and stay… ‘Happily unmarried’ 😉 .
‘Duniya kya kahegi…jarur ussi me kuch kami hogi…baal bhi kam ho rahe hai’ (The world will think that there is surely something wrong with him only…and more importantly you are losing hair day by day)
If you take too much time to decide on your marriage…the world will think that there is certainly something wrong with you. Some may come up with wild medical guesses others will somehow link this to your old heartbreaks and believe me this definitely happens. Even your friends begin to taunt you, ‘bhai sab kuch thik hai na…kabhi field me cricket ball to nahi lag gayi’ (is everything totally fine with you medically). My simple reply to this is a silent…stern…smile.
Then there are the ones who really treat you as their son. The moment you reach their place they will have a newspaper cutting saved for you with new Ayurvedic hair oil, which can increase obviously your hair growth. And you slowly fold that paper…into your pocket…with a genuinely ‘fake’ smile…’Ji aunty main kal hi ye tel kharid leta hu’ (I’ll definitely buy this one tomorrow). But I don’t blame them only…it’s the ‘awesome’ mindset of our society that the moment a guy starts losing his hair…he is considered old…an uncle. I really pitied my cousin who had to get a hair transplant just to get married…sad.
The ones who have taken the plunge also begin to push
Even the ones with whom you have shared your childhood…your bruises…your secrets and your memories begin to push you to get married. Sometimes for the simple reason because they themselves don’t want to be the one who have to swallow the pill alone. ‘Yaar tu kab tak akela rahega…bhai!! Ab tu shadi kar le’. You call them in the middle of the night with some of your issues and the only resolve they will come up with is, ‘Bhai!! Ab tu shadi kar le’. You will say…these days I don’t find interest in office with the profile that I am handling…and their reply, ‘Bhai!! Ab tu shadi kar le’ (Dude!! Get married).
Infact these days…some of the long-lost friends ping me only, either to share their CVs so that I can refer them or to check on me…when I am actually getting married. My ‘bhabhis’ (Sister-in-laws) have found even a newer way to harass…every time I wish them…their only blessing is ‘Jaldi shadi ho bhaiya’ instead of ‘Jeete rahiye bhaiya’. I remember recently attending a school friend’s marriage and out of all the friends who turned up…I was the one who was single…but I guess that should not be the reason to get married…Right!!!
The Emotional Attyachar
The list will never end for the singles out there…but the last one…the big one…which I believe the parents use to get daughters as well as their sons married is ‘the emotional attyachar’ (the emotional blackmail). ‘Beta!! Hum marne se pehle pote-poti ka muh dekhna chahte hai’. It’s so pathetic that they use their death to blackmail their kid for marriage…leave alone their choice for the marriage. It’s so convenient for them…they decide all your childhood…they decide more or less what career you choose. I believe the decision with whom you want to spend your life with…whether you want to spend it with someone or not should be yours.
For all those who are going to ask me after reading this whether I am actually going to get married is, my reply would be, ‘Arrange marriage main karunga nhi…aur pyar humse koi karta nahi’
For all those who are 28 years old or more,
For all those who face similar issues,
For all those who are married,
For all those who are bachelors,
For all those who believe Singlehood is awesome
It’s not a GOODBYE,
But its a GOOD BYE…Aur han…Believe me I still believe in the institution of Marriage…
Manas ‘Sameer’ Mukul
Humorous yet debatable…but why is it that people think staying in a bad relationship is better than being single..? Marriage is a great institution but before u want to get married, please make sure you are moving out of your comfort zone and celebrating each and every moment of your life with your spouse… Good one bhaiya 🙂 🙂 .. like always, I enjoyed reading it this time also… At last, I would say, It is fabulous to be single… Enjoy people !!!!
He he he.. Nice one Manas.. This is the problem of our generation hum shadi bhi nai karna chahte aur uske bina bhi reh nai pate 😉
Thank you so much Anjali for reading and your kind words…Please keep reading…Do read the other posts…Thanks again…really appreciate 🙂
Nicely written … humorously presented… Are these the contemplations of someone who thinks like a kite and celebrates freedom more than company of love and commitment… or shall we just say the thoughts are careful articulations of someone who has had a lot of sour grapes all along and is just condescending to misrepresents facts…
Very well penned. Great points..
Thanks Mazz…Really appreciate…Keep reading…Do read the other ones 🙂
Good thoughts Sir.. 🙂
Manas my brother, this was right in the feels. KO punch bro. I know dude, I know it all. Let me share this one thing, apart from all this, to make matters worse. I am the Lord of the FriendZone, Have a look if you feel like and again, this was awesome. keep it up. https://sambansalblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/lord-of-the-friendzone/
Thanks so much Samir…really appreciate…keep visiting and keep reading bro…Enjoyyy
Humurous and crisp – each point logically analysed and concluded! Awesome!! BTW this isn’t a 28 something crisis, it starts at 24 itself!
Thank you so much Raj for taking out time and reading the post. Keep reading and keep commenting. Thanks again 🙂
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Totally relateable even today. I faced exactly the same when I was 28 and unmarried. Much to the satisfaction of all those aunties, I “settled down” at 29.
Thank you so much Mahak. Keep visiting and encouraging.
Hahaa! Nicely done. I’m fortunately not reaching that age any time soon but surely going to keep this stuff in mind. Personally, I feel marriage is not so bad but it is the reason for getting married which eventually ends up suffocating the individual and eventually the relation. In fact, nowadays seeing how busy we are with work it makes more sense to see if one can last in a relationship first. Because we all need our own space first before we can carve out time for another person.
Thank you Babar for loving it. I am also not against marriage… It depends on case to case but I strongly believe to get married it should be one’s own decision rather than anyone else forcing it on you.
Absolutely agreed 🙂
That was a wonderful post, funny and true. I can understand what bachelors go through. Very well written. Enjoy life that is more important.
Hahaha, what a post… full of humor in each and every line. Enjoy bachelorhood few are blessed to enjoy it till date.
Thanks for taking time to read this old one.