After dating for four years, Rhea and Vicky were finally getting married. There was resistance from both families but they had dug their heels in. They tried all possible means to convince their parents, but nothing worked. They threatened to elope. The parents relented. They could certainly do without a scandal.
Considering the degree of the confrontation they had faced, the couple expected frosty treatment from both sides, for a while. But they were in for a surprise. Rhea’s parents welcomed Vicky into the family with open arms. He was pampered to the hilt at every visit. Vicky’s parents showered Rhea with all the attention deserving of a to-be daughter-in-law. Everybody seemed to have taken a complete U-turn!
Rhea was a die-hard romantic.
The furore of resistance (which she thought was rather thrilling) had subsided, and she looked forward to a ‘perfect’ wedding.
It sure seemed to be happening that way. The families were not just happy, but very enthusiastic; the wedding preparations were on in full swing and she was on top of the world!
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It was the wedding day. Adorned with white orchids and pink lilies, the mandap looked like a slice of heaven. Vicky looked dashing in a white sherwani and a gorgeous Rhea tried hard to keep her eyes off him. The pandits chanted the mantras in chorus creating a magical ambiance. It was all perfect!
After the rituals, it was time for the pheras. For the first six pheras, Rhea would walk behind her groom, and for the seventh phera, Vicky would walk behind his bride. This signified that both man and wife should be willing to follow the other if required, in any situation of their life.
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It was all so idealistic and Rhea looked dreamy-eyed as she moved forward for the last phera. That is when she stepped on her heavy lehenga and twisted her ankle. The pain was sharp and she could barely stand. The parents were alarmed…it was inauspicious and the phera had to be completed! Rhea panicked…she didn’t want to look stupid, limping around the sacred fire with the help of a dozen eager aunts.
How could she be so clumsy and spoil it all? She was terribly embarrassed and hurting as tears rolled down her cheeks.
Just then Vicky whispered something into the pandit’s ears. The pandit deliberated for a few seconds and then gave a nod of approval. Vicky gave a reassuring look to Rhea’s parents and then whispered into her ears, “Hold on tight, baby!” Before she knew it he had lifted her in his arms! Rhea was stunned for a moment. She then looked lovingly into his eyes as Vicky completed the phera, amidst murmurs of “How romantic!” and “Isn’t that sweet?” and “What lovely photographs this would make!”
Rhea was delighted! She had the most romantic moment a bride could ever have…thanks to her twisted ankle!