Yes, I know I’ve blown the trumpet loud enough before, but you’ve got to understand that now whenever I see my face in the mirror and then look at my Facebook cover photo, shouting this out loud is my way of pinching myself. Sure, the fiancée expected me to change over passage of years, anniversaries and even the event called ‘engagement’, and in some ways I think I have changed, so let us have an honest discussion here. (and by honest discussion I mean I’ll write nonsense here and you’ll ignore it and move on with your life)
1. Looking at other women with a different view.
No. I don’t mean I look at them like they are my sisters. It’s just a quick transition from “She’s out of my league. Her friend too. The other woman standing behind her too.” to the post-engagement viewpoint of “ye waise bhi kahaan patne waali thi X 3″. Also, life has taught me that Haley’s comet and Raanjhanaa’s first half becoming a reality happens only once in 76 years. So, now I just take quick, platonic glances at women and follow it up with a deep sigh and the words “no yaar I wasn’t staring at her please mera vishwas karo!”
2. Taking better care of my looks.
Now I’ve started alloting more monthly expenses to my personal grooming, which means I’ll get an upgrade from haircuts from ‘Dilsad Men’z Hair-Dresser Parlour‘ in Shahdara, because the fiancée says you might as well take care of them till they last, and I can make up for money lost with the fact that my shampoo expense will decrease in coming years.
She has strictly warned me against getting a Honey Singh haircut again, because she is a firm believer of the thought that a non-idiotic haircut gives a person confidence in his professional and personal life. That, and her parents would’ve said no to me because of that.
3. Becoming more responsible.
This is an extremely confusing status to achieve, because everyone has a different definition. My mother says it is about refilling the water bottle and putting it back in the fridge. My seniors say it is concentrating on the monitor in the OT, and my fiancée says it is avoiding cracking a joke or singing a song parody in the middle of a serious discussion, and then she very rudely slammed the phone down while I was in the middle of my oddly feminine rendition of ‘Sorry‘ by Justin Beiber.
4. Manage my finances better.
2017 was a quite bad year financially, as there was another annual hike in the rent of my accomodation near my workplace, and it means that while I pay money worth a view of the Green Park shopping complex, I get to wake up to a scene of Tuesday market next to a drain. In addition to that, I’m sure my feet haven’t stopped growing, and now I have to part way with more money to find shoes of size 11 to make sure my foot isn’t folded onto itself inside my shoe. Also, the food is getting more expensive because the Tiffin service has started cooking ghiya more often than ever and I’ve dedicated my life to the mission of avoiding such a dinner.
Growing up was never this tough, and it seems I’d have to become an adult pretty soon. It is going to be tough, because there is one thing I have tried to avoid more than ghiya: Becoming an adult. Hopefully the ring will give me power.