Married Life: A Eunuch Marriage

When I got married to Mr.B little did I know how much time I’d be spending in the air and between continents! One wouldn’t have been surprised if the wedding itself had taken place on a plane! I’ve also been spending a lot more time in India as a result which has been beneficial in a few ways, for instance my Hindi is somewhat better and I’m not completely lost when watching a Bollywood film anymore. Being in Mumbai has also taught me a great deal about Mr.B and the limitations of marriage vows.

We often find ourselves taking cabs around the city as we run errands and what not and as any couple, we were talking about what needed to be accomplished during our time in the city. The taxi started to slow down as it approached a red light when a park across the road caught my attention.

Turning around, I stared out the window and admired the greenery when suddenly a eunuch appeared from nowhere and began to beg for money. Before I knew it another two ambushed us. I looked at the cab driver ahead hoping he’d shoo them off but he continued to ignore them. The ‘He-Shes’ started clapping and offered to bless us with beautiful kids (in exchange for some cash of course);

Expecting Mr.B to rescue me from the hands that were reaching in to the cab through the window, I anxiously turned toward him…….and found him ‘asleep’. He had literarily rested his head on the back of the seat and shut his eyes! I called to him over and over again but he didn’t budge. The Eunuchs ignored him and gathered around my window and chanted in unison;

‘Hai Hai, arrey chickni, Bhagwaan tera dua karega!’
(Hey fair girl, God Will Bless You!)

Finally the light turned green and the cab slowly moved away from the mob of ‘chakks’ and behold, my husband miraculously awakes from his slumber! What does he say you ask?

‘I’m sorry baby, they just freak me out!’

Marriage Tip 35:

For better or worse, except, when around eunuchs!

Welcome to our married life in the New Year!

About the author:

Born in Africa, Chandru grew up between Nigeria, India and the UK. With a Masters in International Business from the University of Westminster, he moved to New York where he worked as a Business Development Manager for three years. In 2002, he returned to Nigeria where he currently resides and runs a trading company. Chandru has been writing for Beyond Sindh (www.beyondsindh.com) since 2004 and has published numerous articles in the quarterly publication. His story entitled ‘The Love Letter’ won the Mirage Book short story contest and was published in an anthology titled Inner Voices in January 2009. His short story ‘Zero’ is scheduled to be published in the anthology Indian Voices towards the end of 2010.
 
In December 2009, Chandru’s first novel, ‘The Journey of Om’ was published in India by Cedar Books.
 
For more information on Chandru visit www.chandrubhojwani.com
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