The atmosphere was festive. The stage was decorated with white gerberas outlined with red hibiscus. The huge lanterns placed on either side of the stage was beautiful. The naadaswaram heraded the arrival of the bride. She came in resplendent in her bridal fineries accompanied by her cousins, parents and aunts and uncles. She took her place on the stage. The groom came in next accompanied by his set of family and friends. There were too many people at the wedding. The stage was overcrowded. Everyone was talking and smiling and clicking pictures at once.
Dia was sitting in the crowd opposite the stage. She was surrounded by strangers in a strange land. Sameer had insisted on attending his friend’s wedding. Other than the groom, there was not a single familiar face.
The naadaswaram and drums increased in pace as the groom was about to tie the taali (mangalsutra) on the bride’s neck.
Then she saw it. Sameer was searching for Dia in the crowd. And their eyes met, across the sound and shenanigans, over the people’s heads, through the floral showers. Time stood still. The noise receded. The moment was frozen. Sameer nodded at Dia and smiled.
And Dia realised, she would never be lonely, not in a strange place, not even in a crowd of strangers.
**This has been written for the A to Z Challenge 2016. My theme is A to Z in the life of Dia and Sameer, a geek and non-geek couple. Short stories on their approach to daily life. Do you know people like them? Do share the stories with me. ***
The characters Dia and Sameer are fully imaginary. Any likeness to people is purely coincidental. The views are the characters’ own and light-hearted. They are not endorsements.