Monday, August 3, 2009

The bride

Dedicated to my sister, Supriya who is a bride to be.

The dewy eyed bride
draped in bridal chiffon..
a complexion of molten gold...
tresses flowing down like a cascade of waterfalls...
adorned with glittering jewellery…

That’s how the bride
reflected in the pristine waters looked-- lovely and adorable.
But the image couldn’t portray my inner turmoil.

With every passing minute,
My heart loomed large on me
with doubt and apprehension…
Will he love me?
Will he care for me?
Will our minds be in sync?
My heart, it posed a thousand questions,
each demanding to be answered first.

There he was beside the holy fire.
An arranged alliance it was,

I only saw him from photographs
They are still hidden under my pillow
I furtively stare at them often.
But he looked something different in real…

Handsome and gallant he looked,
Trustworthy and cordial was his demeanour.
Light played through the edge of his hair
and made him appear like a guardian angel.

Besotted, I was swept away by his charm.

Finally the auspicious moment dawned upon…

The incantation of dulcet mantras…
The flicker of holy fire…
The fragrance of incense sticks and camphor…
Lingered in the environs.

As the ember blazed in the flame…
He held my hand, the warm touch, firm yet gentle
Stealing glances I dared to look straight into his eyes for a moment
His sharp eyes conveyed it all—
Silent, incorporeal promises he seemed to make—

“I’ll overcome all odds
and embrace every adversity for your sake.
I’ll keep you happy, my bride”

Reassured I looked down
with blushing cheeks, to avoid his glance.
All my apprehensions and frisson
dissolved into oblivion.

My heart leaped out
thumping audibly in my chest…
As the 3 knots were tied
bonded with trust and love…
The 7 steps were trodden
around the flickering fire…
For I00 years of togetherness
and lifetime commitment…

Revolving around the flickering fire,
as he led me confidently,
I experienced an epiphany of marital bliss.

I offered a silent prayer—
“May this marriage last till eternity
I’ll treasure this permanent union
and vow to stand by my soul mate
during the various vicissitudes of life”


  1. You overwhelm me each time i read you !! :)

  2. beautiful....da whole scene just dazzled before my eyes....wonderful description as always!

    wish arrange marraiges rilly held such allurement....dis is an ideal situation every1 would wanna b in!

    luvd dis one! :)

  3. Beautiful !!!! Best wishes to your sister ... You depicted the feelings of a bride in arranged marriage perfectly.

  4. This is an apt post for readers like us in our early twenties... who will soon have to experience these emotions

    loved the blushing of the bride

  5. Beautiful Dear :) Best Wishes To Your Sis :D

  6. Congratulations to your sister! It was inspiring, My sister is also a bride to be =P I'm just spending maximum time with her.

    This post was an inspiration and I'd like to dedicate a post to my sister too =)

  7. gr8!!!liked it..

  8. just happened to stumble upon your blog.
    this poem is certainly charming, you captured all of it quite well :)
    looking forward to read more of your work :)

  9. ahan a nice super dedication..congrats to your sis :)


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