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Bonded Labour Day

October 24, 2009
Today my wife and I are celebrating ‘Bonded Labour Day’. Even after 19 years we have not come to a consensus on who is bonded and who is labouring. The argument still continues.
19 years ago on this day we united in bondage for the rest of our lives. Wedding, the two syllables sound like the finality of a tomb door shutting.It was an eventful day. I am eternally indebted to Shri L.K.Advani and Shri Laloo Prasad yadav for making it an eventful day. Before you jump to any conclusion and think that these gentlemen had graced the occasion, let me request you not to let your imagination run wild. The day before our marriage was to be solemnised, Shri Advani, who was trying his damnedest to become a modern day Rama, by undertaking a Rath Yathra (Journey on Chariot) was arrested by Shri Laloo Prasad Yadav.

Politicians from various political parties of every hue and colour in Kerala who get out of their bed everyday wondering how they can bring the State to a halt that day, couldn’t have asked for anything better. Promptly by evening, they had called for a Hartal the next day. The whole logistics had gone for a toss by a tiny act at Samastipur very far from Trichur. Lot of discussions were held. To postpone the wedding or not. As will be the case, everybody who was somebody had an opinion to offer. Finally better sense prevailed and they asked the opinion of the bride and the groom to be. I was scared that the wedding would be called off citing this as a bad omen. I couldn’t possibly go through another ‘Penn Kanal’ (selecting a girl for marriage) successfully. So I suggested that we go ahead as planned. My wife also decided in going ahead, probably for the same reason. We took the help of my cousin Shri Rajgopal Narayan who was IG at that time, to get a couple of constables and a police jeep for protection.

Everything went off well, the thaaliketu (tying the nuptial knot) at Parmekkavu temple and ceremony thereafter at Sankarankulangara. It was a pity people who were nearby who had planned to reach early in the morning couldn’t attend the marriage but relatives and friends from afar could. These 19 years we have gone through many ups and downs, birth of our children, death of my father, brother-in-law and 2 cousins all three younger to us, a few transfers, a few promotions, a period of being jobless. Life has generally been good and no complaints.

Now when we play the CD which was converted from a video cassette ( we didn’t have CDs then) and watch the car which I am going to the temple with a police jeep in front, my sons comment it looks a like wedding of a convict on parole. I agree entirely, I am still serving the sentence. Aaahhh. A rolling pin has just landed on my head. Time to scoot.

P.S. For those of you who want to know if my wife reads my blog, she proof-reads all my posts. She was always good at finding fault. Aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh……….

17 Comments leave one →
  1. hitchwriter permalink
    October 24, 2009 15:03

    Laloo and Advani gave you a warning…. but alas… !!!!!! you didnt listen… !!! πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

  2. Soumyendranath Roi permalink
    October 24, 2009 18:08

    Happy anniversary! Best Wishes! No quarrelling between you! A section of IPC will be invoked!

  3. charusree permalink
    October 24, 2009 18:17

    Best wishes on your wedding anniversary!

  4. Shilpa permalink
    October 24, 2009 19:07

    Happy marriage anniversary to you and your wife Govind ji…. πŸ™‚

  5. Gaurav permalink
    October 24, 2009 22:20

    Happy anniversary and many happy returns! You kept me in the dark, my boy! I remember the day when we trekked through the neighbourhood of Trissur to go to the wedding place. Ganga, Naresh and I were the first to land in Trissur on the previous morning at 5. We paid an auto Rs.5 (!) to go to Chembottil Lodge, which Naresh immediately renamed as 'Gum Bottle' Lodge. In the evening we went for a walk on the "Round" when we were confronted by column after column of marchers carrying burning torches. I think the Nazis made a similar march in Munich in 1938. Made a hasty retreat to "Gum Bottle" and the next morning trekked through the empty streets of Trissur. What an experience, including travelling in a police van!

  6. shail permalink
    October 24, 2009 22:29

    Lol @the wedding of a convict on parole.
    Hitch is right, you didn't (and neither did your wofe) heed the signs of warning from the politicians. Now you are both serving sentence together for the lapse.
    Happy Serving of Sentence to the pair of you!! And here is wishing you both more and more years of serving the sentence.

  7. PRG permalink
    October 25, 2009 10:39

    @ Thanks Hitchy Bhai (Gottcha).My mistake like Julius Caesar I didn't heed what the stars were saying and am paying the price for it.
    @Soumya, you know I will not mess with you.Don't you?
    @Shilpa, Happy to be wished by somebody as sweet as you.
    @Babuman, Yeah good old days! sigh….
    @Charusree, Thanks
    @Shail,you know even a life sentence is only for 14 years

  8. PNA permalink
    October 26, 2009 09:48

    at last!!! Thank u Govind :p
    u got over Mind n Mindset, though I started to read that post of urs in bits and pieces, a para a day types…
    Will get back to read the post :))))

  9. PNA permalink
    October 26, 2009 14:49

    Wow!! Marriage on a hartal, a motorcade of police jeeps to the pandal!! Didn't Malayala Manorama reporters come up to interview you guys and splash ur marriage pics in their paper the next day with a rekha chitram!!

    Lovely to hear about the 19 years and going strong bond n the rolling pin. Enjoy the day and the years to come, both of you


  10. Dhiman permalink
    October 26, 2009 17:50

    Happy anniversary …. I know what a 'hartal' can be being from a similar state famous for its meetings, processions and 'Bangla Bandhs' …. I must say a Historic day to get married πŸ˜€

  11. PRG permalink
    October 26, 2009 21:26

    @`Ashes Thanks. i know it was starting to stink like stale food in the refridgerator. What to do? Little caught upp with work.

    @ Dhiman Thanks. I know we Malayalis and Bengalis share lot of things. Hartals, Communist governments, Love for fish,education, more knowledge about rights than responsibilities. The list is endless…..

  12. PRG permalink
    October 26, 2009 21:29

    @ Ashes, Oh I guess the journos were busy covering the shuttered shops. Neither Malayala Manorama nor Mathurbhoomi thought it fit to cover our wedding,but our videographer made up for it. Know what I mean?

  13. Dreamer permalink
    October 28, 2009 09:43

    ROFL at "Even after 19 years we have not come to a consensus on who is bonded and who is labouring. The argument still continues". Belated anniversary wishes. My sis-in-law got married on a hartal day too and various chronicles of the episode have become part of the family lore. So I can imagine, what you went through. It's a lot better nowadays, I think with the haratal-ophiles taking it easy on wedding groups etc. Thank you for commenting on my blog πŸ™‚

  14. October 24, 2010 03:46

    >ROFL!!!! A very belated Happy Wedding Anniversary πŸ™‚

  15. October 24, 2010 14:06

    >This has to be one of the most adventurous wedding courtesy jokers from BJP. I am glad you decided to marry that day inspite of all the happenings. Joy always,Susan

  16. October 25, 2010 07:37

    >@ Pallu thanks@Susan, it is not jokers just from BJP but jokers from all parties.


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