Parag’s call woke her up next morning. ‘How are you Tani? Listen, I know I am rushing this and I am sorry for it but I need to tell my parents about us today,’ Parag sounded unusually uncomfortable. ‘I never held you back from telling your parents about us but how come all of a sudden?’ she knew it definitely had something to do with the ongoing bride hunt. ‘My parents think my bride will stay with them and take care of the house.’ He realized it won’t go down well with the Doctor. She told herself, ‘as if moving to North-East wasn’t enough.’ She then calmly asked, ‘How will telling them about us change that?’ ‘I don’t know but I don’t want to visit the houses of my father’s associates and be the centerpiece of an exhibition anymore. This is by far the most embarrassing experience of my life,’ he blurted.
‘Parag, don’t get me wrong but I don’t want to give you false hope. First of all, I don’t want to move to North-East. No matter how much I think about it, I just cannot leave my work and career goals. Secondly, staying with your parents in your hometown is out of question. It is such a small town,’ the response was defiant no matter how absurd it could have sounded. ‘Don’t say that Tani. We will see if we can work something out,’ he assured. ‘If I ever wanted to live in a small town, I would be living with my parents Parag, not here in Delhi. I want marriage to be something that helps me grow not something so horrible that it puts a full stop on my career and ambitions. I am sorry but it doesn’t seem like we can work out on something unless you give me another option except leaving Delhi for North-East,’ she was quite exasperated.
There was an awkward silence for a few seconds.
‘Tanya, are you seeing someone?’ the pitch was strong.
‘What makes you think so?’