Posted: 02 April 2011 at 1:18am | IP Logged
In this episode, the men and women of the Nanavati family, plan how to overcome the obstinacy of Ashta, the immature daughter of Mohan and Bhakti Nanavati.
Ashta argues with her elders and asks them, why they did not tell her the truth regarding the auspicious day, earlier. Manjula Nanavati, the eldest daughter in law, of the family, gives an evasive answer, which does not satisfy her niece.
They advise her that to get married, other things, besides the auspicious day are needed, like the horoscopes too have to match, and that only a pandit qualified for the job, can do it. Ashta asks her aunts to get a pandit tomorrow and finalize the wedding as only two days are left, before the greatest auspicious day in the Calendar.
Aunt Manjula calls Jugnu, who is their obliging partner in the charade, and tells him to do the Pandit act, and they offer him money for the job. They demand that he tell them that the wedding can not go on, as the kundalis (horoscopes) do not match, and if they get married, there will be constant fighting between husband and wife. The women feel that they have won the battle in taming their niece, who may still outwit them with the divine help of her trusted Laddoo Gopal.
Next day, the Pandit comes, and Ashta is anxious to find out the result. The whole family gathers round the Pandit in the spacious lobby of their palatial residence called the Nanavati Home, but he, the pseudo pandit, has already been bribed by Dev, Ashta's partner in her business, to give a positive answer, and also has given him more money than the aunts. Jugnu,the turncoat, in the pandit;s attire, pretends that he is studying the horoscopes, and after performing a series of antics, comes out with a positive answer, and Ashta says, her Laddo Gopal showed them the way. She is overjoyed, to the dismay of Manjula and her cohorts. The cohorts, do so just to please the Great Aunt, whom they want to be in good books with. The husbands are meekly submitting themselves to the dictates of their wives, and admit that their acumen is not as great as their wives. However, Mukesh the elder brother snubs Manjula, his wife, saying that in spite of calling herself smart, she has again failed, and she smarts under his insult and is more determined than ever, to win this battle of wits.
Manjula then secretly rings her house telephone with her pre-set mobile hidden in her saree, and as the telephone starts to ring, she lifts the hand set of the land line, and talks and sobs and tells them their Rajkot aunt has passed away of a heart attack, and this means, that for the next 13 days they can not have the marriage, and Ashta is bewildered and sad and resigned to their wishes.
Hardly Ashta goes out, she sees this Rajkot aunt who looks younger than her niece Manjula, (quite possible, if her parents were much older than the aunt) coming into the house, and shouts with joy to the others, that the Rajkot Aunt has not died, but she is here and someone must have made a prank call, to mislead them. Manjula is dumbstruck, at what has turned out, to be one more failure on her side. It never strikes her that she may be on the wrong side of destiny. Ashta with her deep faith in Laddoo Gopal, tells them that there is going to be a wedding anyway, and since Manjula did not inform her aunt before, the Rajkot Aunt is angry and she upbraids Manjula and all the rest of the older people, and walks away from the house, saying "I came here from a pilgrimage to offer prasad, and have landed in the wrong place, which does not deserve it". Manjula tries to explain, but her Aunt is more adamant than her niece, the haggardly old Manjula, who struts around thinking she has all the answers to all the problems that beset the family. She makes poojas, but her faith is not as strong as Ashta's in spite of her being not fully developed.
Then, Ashta, who comes out as the true heroine, tells them, that since the aunt has left, there should be no problem for the wedding, but Mohan then has a fit, and walks away saying, that he can not marry. He goes up to his room. Ashta follows him to the bedroom, and sees him in front of Bhakti's photo, and she sits in front of him on the bed and asks why he is angry with her. Mohan mellows at the sight of his innocent child, and tells her that it is her Bhakti Ma's death anniversary, and when Ashta asks him, if he would marry after that, he yields to his child and says that he will marry after that. Ashta is prepared to wait.
The women pounce on Vrinda, and tell her she has to act the negative role for the next thirteen days, and she agrees.
Edited by walquest2000 - 16 April 2011 at 3:19am