How nice to see happy familes like this...A few days ago, I was invited home to a friend's place. The wedding had taken place at Chennai in Jan 2020, long before the Covid menace. I missed out due to some reason. The father of the boy, known to me for decades, personally invited me to their house at Besant Nagar, a fabulous locality of Chennai city.
I had known the father but not so much about the boy, as he had studied at a leading Deemed University at Tanjore and then worked for a while in New Delhi and then Canada before getting married. Though they hailed from a village near Salem, the father had worked for a while in Mumbai, as he was a bander.
The daughter-in-law was born and brought up in New Delhi. He was a trained environmental expert, with a big interest in economics. Though she belonged to a Tamil Brahmin family, she had lived the life of a New Delhi girl. I was made to spend the whole day. The lunch was simply fabulous. It had a mix of both the typical South Indian and also North Indian vegetarian dishes. The entire family was so co-operative and the mother-in-law was always praising the daughter-in-law, who said she worked for an NGO and as a consultant in some organization.
The boy, an IT expert, enjoyed all the fun. The father-in-law and his wife seemed to be giving the young couple a lot of space and allowed them to do whatever they wanted. In the evening, all of us went out shopping in a prestigious shopping complex at T.Nagar. The daughter-in-law wore a sleeveless blouse and the boy's mother praised her, saying she looked so good. The daughter-in-law reciprocated, saying the old lady hardly looked her age!! It was big fun all the way and a lot of caring and sharing. The young girl had plenty of Bengali friends who stayed in the same gated community and seemingly was quite famous in that place.
I only wished that every modern family was like this. What young people want is their freedom. Everyone was so serious about the protocol to be followed during the COVID time. I was also given a traditional herbal drink, said to be having all the anti-viral properties. It was such a nice day, after such a long time. They were a bit sorry that my wife could not come. They happily rang her up, asking her to come soon.
If only every family were to be like this...