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Stand By Your Man: Part 29

Post by Onna Carr

"You are married now, Sunil?” Addi queried. “No,” Sunil answered. “Ah, last minute preparations?” Addi questioned. “No. My father called it off, the girl came home from India with a child,” Sunil replied. “Sunil, what is your last name? Is it Bhinder?” Addi asked. “Yes, why?” Sunil questioned. “Because apake (your) father is the eek (one) who was trying to arrange a marriage with maim (my) Emmaji, which he called off as soon as he found out about Tamil. It seems he didn’t mind if my granddaughter died as long as Emma had no children,” Addi said. “Emma was going to marry maim (me)?” Sunil inquired with surprise. “She didn’t know it was you, Sunil. She didn’t even know. You see, when Emmaji was twenty-three, maim (I) arranged her engagement to a man from a family in Bharat (India), and they corresponded for a year before he came for a visit. He arrived on her twenty-fourth birthday. Everything seemed to be going well, until after dinner that night. You see, maim (I) never allowed pictures of Emmaji or of the man to be sent. Maim (I) had explained though that Emma was very fair, but obviously, maim (I) was not clear enough. The man proposed a toast, wishing us all lied to as he had been lied to. The man called my wife unfaithful, saying no woman married to a Hindustani (Indian) man could bring forth a daughter as fair as Emmaji unless she was of ill repute. He called Emmaji illegitimate. He left our home and broke Emmaji’s heart. For the last six years, Emmaji has done nothing but teach at the University and work in the Gardens near our home. Emmaji’s mother died recently, and maim (I) convinced Emma to take a trip to visit maim (my) sister and her family in the Punjab, hoping she could forget the pain easier there. Maim (I) then got a call from your father while she was away concerning the marriage of his son and maim (my) Emmaji, and maim (I) decided to set up a meeting. If she had agreed after meeting tu (you), the marriage would have been a go. However, maim (I) didn’t tell her about the possible marriage as maim (I) wanted to wait and have her meet tu (you), and maim (I) thank God maim (I) did not as it fell through via your father. Life is strange: that Emmaji would meet tu (you) at the Lincoln Airport and that you both would share planes all the way to the Punjab and back. Then, tu (you) tell Emmaji tu (you) are engaged and getting married to a girl as soon as you get back, never knowing that she is the girl,” Addi continued, shaking his head at the irony.

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