A VERY SHORT STORY
“Do you drink…?” she asked me.
“Yes…” I said to her.
“You will have to quit drinking if you want to marry me…” she said.
“Quit Drinking…?” I asked her, curious.
“I don’t want a husband who drinks alcohol…” she said to me, “my husband must be strict teetotaller…”
I thought about it.
I had really liked the girl – she was beautiful, well-educated, and from a good family – she was elegant, smart and graceful – I felt attracted towards her.
In fact – she was exactly the type of wife I had wanted.
I wanted to marry her.
On the other hand – I loved having a drink too.
So – I decided to see if I could convince her to soften her stance.
“Well – I am not a drunkard or alcoholic – but – I do enjoy drinking once in a while…” I said to her.
“Well – you will have to give up drinking completely…” she said.
“I feel you should be a bit flexible…” I said to her.
“No – it is non-negotiable – I don’t want a husband who has the vice of drinking…” she said – in a rather imperative tone of voice.
“Isn’t that being a bit too harsh…?” I said to her, “in today’s world – drinking can hardly be called a “vice”…!”
She looked at me and spoke.
“Drinking alcohol is a “major vice”…!!! If you want to marry me – you will have to quit drinking totally – I will not allow you to drink even one drop of alcohol…” she said to me – in a rather imperative tone of voice.
“Please…” I tried to reason with her, “you need not be so rigid…”
But – she interrupted me quite rudely.
“It is quite clear to me that drinking alcohol is more important to you than marrying me. So – in that case – I don’t think it is possible for me to marry you…” she said to me in a firm tone of finality.
And so – that was the end of the marriage proposal.
Dear Reader – I forgot to tell you the name of the girl – her name was Nisha – yes – her name was “Nisha”.
Story to be continued in Part 2_____
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