Chapter 3: GOING IN A BARAT

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Desi Writers

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In a week’s time since I arrived in Gwalior.

 Seth Girdhari’s house was bustling with activities in connection with the marriage of his elder son Ramesh, which was to be solemnized at the bride’s house in Morena. He was tense. He awaited a phone call from Jimmy. He had told him to give him a call as soon as the work was done and come back before his son’s marriage. Seth Girdhari had booked a luxury bus for the marriage party comprising of his kins, relatives and friends who would be going to Morena to participate and celebrate the marriage ceremony of his son Ramesh with Ragini a daughter of a rich businessman of Morena.

Seth Girdhari had given the responsibility of welcoming and looking after all the guests to his younger brother Krishna Gopal and younger son Suresh. The followingday the Barat (marriage party) was about to leave for Morena. Nearly all his relatives had arrived. Seth was eagerly waiting for Jimmy. Jimmy was a trusted employee of Seth Gopinath, who was a close friend of Girdhari.

Jimmy had been assigned the job of procuring modern gold ornaments worth ten Lakh rupees. These ornaments were meant to be displayed and given to the bride at the time of marriage. Eventually, Jimmy arrived and Seth became relaxed.

The following day at  about 12o’clock in the noon the bus set out for Morena with the loud chanting of “Shri Ramchandra ki jay Pawan Putra Hanuman ki jay (victory of lord Rama and son of wind Shri Hanuman). According to local practice and for safety two gunmen were also taken to escort the marriage party. These gunmen were not any hired professional. They were some relatives of Seth Girdhari. There were around 50 persons, including a few children in the Barat. Among them, I was also there. Ramesh was my former schoolmate and friend. He had invited me to his marriage and insisted on my joining his Barat


Submitted: April 01, 2015

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