She was anxious, her heart rapidly pacing…
The day was here… when her future partner, she’d be facing…
Her father, wealthy and reputed,
Whose word was respected, never disputed…
Was looking for the perfect guy,
For his beloved daughter, the apple of his eye…
A contest was held to choose,
The perfect guy; he won’t afford to lose…
Her father had dreams… and demands,
He wanted a guy, who’d obey his commands,
Who’d love his daughter the way he did,
And bring her everything she’d need…
Who’d give her all the world’s joys,
But did he care to hear his daughter’s voice….?
He wanted a wealthy, reputed, virtuous and handsome, son in law,
A puppet to his commands, a robot basically, who’d never get tired…
But her wish was different… A soul mate, a friend, a true lover;
Someone who’d stand by her and care for her… Was all she desired….
But an obedient daughter, as she always was,
Chose to abide by her father’s laws….
The day arrived, the contest was held…
This was the last chance, upon her it dwelled…
From every direction, people had come,
Some to try their luck, some just to join the humdrum….
There were doctors, lawyers, princes and youth wise,
Who had come with sweets, gifts and chariots of every size.
Some were concerned about looks, some ’bout riches,
Some were enchanted by her beauty, and sent her flying kisses
She, on the other hand, was tired and dizzy,
The crowd that had assembled, made her uneasy…
She lastly decided to leave everything on fate…
Cause now, maybe it was too late…
The contest began, candidates were full of zeal,
Their passion, everyone could feel…
Horse riding, sword-fighting, archery and chess,
The contestants had to face challenges no less,
They even had to sing, dance, entertain and cook,
And give answers to questions (picked randomly from any book)
They had to give an account of their earnings, achievements and fame,
And had to belong to a good family with a reputed name…
The one who passed all these tests,
Would be marrying her among all the guests!
Her father was the judge,
In front of whom, no one dared to budge,
Yet they fought bravely and used their mind,
They put in all their efforts, cause their lady love, they wanted to find….
Finally, the results were announced; among four, it was a tie….
How could this be? There’s only one bride….Oh my!!
The father was confused, his wisdom fell short; if he didn’t find a groom today, it’d be an insult…!!
He didn’t know what to do… Finally, his daughter, he decided to consult…
She climbed down the stairs, to the hall where all had assembled,
Her long gown hid her limbs, which trembled…
She was graceful and pretty,
But her condition now, was a pity…
But her father trusted her, he knew she was wise,
And she proved her mettle, separating truth from lies!!
“The one who’d give the most satisfying answer, would be my groom…” she said,
And she put forward the question, as she bowed her head…
She made them swear on the sacred book,
“Be honest…!” she gave them a warning look!
“Why do you want to marry me?”
The most simple question as it could be…
One said, “I’m the Nawab….and you the most beautiful girl in the city…”
“If I can’t have you, it’d be a pity!”
“Your father posed a challenge, our courage he questioned,” said another,
“It was to prove my ability, to maintain my dignity or else I wouldn’t even bother!”
The third screamed, “Who wouldn’t want to be his heir?”
“In his riches, to have a share…”
The fourth stood silent, with a sly smile…
He finally replied after waiting for a while…
“I wouldn’t dare to say this, but cause I have sworn…
Lemme tell you what makes me yearn!
The day I first saw you… It was ten years ago…when I was a child and so were you,
You stole my soul , my peace, my heart too….
I am here not ’cause I want you…
But only, because I love you…”
She blushed a bit, but knew her father wasn’t satisfied…
He didn’t understand his feelings intensified…
So she asked the next question,
“Tell me what you can promise me… The things you can give me, all you can mention….!”
The first said, “I promise you all the luxuries and riches in the world,
Be it jewels or gems, or my secret treasures unfurled…
I promise to never let you cry,
To give you all pleasures, I’d try…”
Now came the second, “I promise to protect you… None would even look at you without my permission,
I promise to give you the fame and the credit of all my successful missions!”
Now jumped the third, “I promise to be your loyal villein, a servant to your commands,
And you’d be my mistress, I’ll put in all my efforts to fulfil your demands…”
Now she turned towards the fourth with hope in her eyes,
“I’m sorry, madam, but I can’t afford to tell lies…
I can’t make such great promises to you, but all I can say,
Is that I’ll love you till the end of the day!
I can’t promise you eternal pleasure and joy,
But I promise to be with you in your sorrows…” said the boy.
“I can’t give you all riches, chariots, gems and a horse,
But I promise, all that I have, will also be yours…
I won’t say that I won’t let you cry, I might not be able to shoo off your fears,
But you’ll always have me by your side, right there to wipe your tears…
I would not always protect you, but trust me,
I’d make you strong enough that self dependent you’d be!
I won’t compromise with your freedom, but I won’t give you my credit…” the words he hurled,
“I’d help you to make your own place in this world!!
I’m sorry, I won’t be able to follow you blindly,
But let me walk together with you, kindly…
I’d give due respect to your opinion and view,
But I expect exactly the same from you,
You have an existence, your own thoughts, your individuality, and so do I,
Our standards may be different, but I consider you an equal, and this isn’t a lie…
I am ready to share with you and care for you,
I’m ready to laugh with you, suffer with you, enjoy with you and cry with you,
Its true that I want to live a happy life with you,
But I’m not afraid to even die with you…!!
Thats all I can promise, but trust me, my words are true,
As pure as my love for you!!”
That was all she wanted to hear,
Now she had overcome all her fear;
She had tears in her eyes,
And her father….. He was proud of his daughter so wise!
As you all must have guessed, she chose him as her future husband,
And he turned out to be a charming groom, proud to be triumphant!
Her father hugged his loving son in law, and his beloved daughter, shy,
Whose joy knew no bounds, cause she knew… Yes, he was the perfect guy!!
This was the reward of all their unending endeavour,
Yeah she knew, she’d be happy forever!!
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