Nirma? What’s your problem? You stay wide awake like an owl all night and sleep like a log all day! I was having such a nice dream.
Why do you have to barge in there too mom? Your dreams can go to hell. Get up and get to work! I know. You have a problem with my good dreams. I’m tired of your fake dreams. Muneeb’s family is coming with a proposal.
Get up and get to work. Who? I’m not marrying any Muneeb, I’m telling you mom. I said enough with your tantrums. I already feel embarrassed in the neighborhood. You’ve already said no to two proposals. What will people say about your attitude. Not a single proposal comes back. Of course I have an attitude! Why do you have to bring the poorest proposals of all for your beautiful daughter? I’m telling you. I might have been born amongst you poor people. I will not die amongst poor people like you. Be thankful. We poor people are getting good proposals. Otherwise its hard to find good proposals these days! What? Don’t you know about aunt Parveen.
Her daughters… they had such ugly features and yet they got beautiful homes. They’re so happy. You should be ashamed. Why are you talking about other people’s daughters. What should I do? You get such proposals only. Should I fight your fate? If that Muneeb gets here, I’m telling you.
I’ll throw acid on his face! I’m your daughter. I’m not a charity case, why do you have to bring such poor proposals. Even if you force me to get married, you’ll keep cursing yourself for giving birth to me. What exactly do you want? Tell me! That’s the problem. You don’t know what I want. You lazy woman! What will you do! Tell me! Will you find a man yourself? Will you be a characterless woman? Yes, so? Girls who find their own matches, are they characterless? Oh God. My sister in law got caught writing letters to my brother. And then you got them married. Does this mean my sister in law is characterless too? Shut your mouth you shameless woman. Shut up! You have no shame. Do one thing, get up, pack your things and leave. Forgive us. Find yourself someone. Do what you please. You have problems with every proposal. Someone’s fat, someone’s got a big nose, someone doesn’t have any money. Your feet never stay on the ground. So what? When I have the sky to fly, why should I walk on the ground like ordinary people? Mom? Mom? Yes? I’m leaving. What’s the emergency? Do you have to put out a fire? Have breakfast at least. Dad I might get late if I sit to eat. And I already have a plan for breakfast with my friends. Dear, I know where you rush off to so early since three four months. Mom, tell me if you get to talk to sister in law over the phone. Bye. Bye. Did you see?
Your son has forgotten to eat anything. Sister in law! I’ll call you later. Hurry up and get my glasses and waist coat. You’ve always stood in front of her like a shield. Call and ask her if she likes anyone.
We’ll invite them over. Now we’ll start doing these things in this house! Majid! Can’t you be quiet? You make everyone quiet! Call her and ask why does she reject every proposal. Hajra, Nirma is my daughter. And I’ll not be unfair to her.
Be afraid of God. These children will have us punished in the hereafter. Oh, by the way Zubia mentioned Nasir. You should see him. Yes mom. They are even ready to come.
I’ll call them over if you say so. Who am I to tell you? Ask madam Nirma or ask him. Or if you want them to be insulted then call them over. Its your wish. Nasir? That boy with a shop? That grocery seller! Yes Majid. He’s a very good boy. Our Nirma doesn’t want a good boy.
She wants a rich boy! But he’s well settled. And they’re sitting ready. They’ll come the very moment we invite them. No. I won’t say anything. Ask him Nirma or ask him.
We’re just parents by name. I can easily reason with a wall. But trying to make you see reason is very difficult. Zubia, dear, call them over. Yes, dad. Yes dad! Dad’s little darling! See brother, you know that Nasir is our only son. And I can assure you that, your daughter will be very happy in our house. Yes brother, my son is very simple. He only goes to his shop from the house and comes back. Never goes anywhere else. And see brother, its right in front of you how Nasir, made a new house with his earnings from the shop. Of course. Your son is better than those educated boys who wander the streets with their degrees. No brother. My son is rather educated. He’s passed his 10th grade. They had to find this illiterate, uneducated man for me! I’ll just check. What happened? Can’t you see? I dropped them by mistake and they broke. Do you even know you have a proposal waiting outside? So what’s the big deal? Why don’t you have your sister
married to this grocery seller? Yes?
Why not? If you say yes Akbar, we’ll begin our preparations. You people coming over is like a permission to us. But we’ll we just discuss it over with everybody at home. We’ll come to your house soon. Of course. If that grocery seller is so good, why doesn’t she get her sister married to him? Nirma? Are you crazy?
Tell me what does he lack? He earns good, has his own house and shop..
And you find it amazing! Then why doesn’t she get her MA passed sister married to him? Why bother me? I think she has hopes of a prince coming in. Where do you find boys with their
own houses in this age? The street is littered with them mom.
Tell me and I’ll show them to you one day. I don’t want to get married right now. Why don’t you people understand? So will you model then? Yes I will. What will you do? Tell me! I’ll give you a tight slap! You’ll work! Majid! Shut her up! Are you crazy? I’m telling you, I’m not getting married! Nirma! Aren’t you ashamed? Why should I be ashamed? Those who should be ashamed, aren’t! What did she do wrong?
She brought such a good proposal for you. Nirma, that boy has his own house and his own shop. What else do you want? So? Why is he dancing on our heads with his house and shop? I’m not your enemy. I don’t think bad for you. And work doesn’t make anybody less of a person. Wow, amazing proposals these are. Someone’s a bettle leaf maker, someone a grocery shop owner! What do you mean by a grocery store owner?
He has a super store! My dear brother, there’s no difference between a grocery shop owner and a super store owner. Haven’t you seen dad, he has been a government employ all his life, but what does the entire neighborhood call him? Akbar, the grocery store owner. Aren’t you speaking a little unnecessarily? You’re being shameless! I’ll kill you. What will you do Majid? Want to hit me? Do it! But I’m telling you all, I might have born to a grocery store owner, but I won’t marry one. Are you seeing how she talks! What are you looking for Zubia? I had kept my gold ring here. I don’t know where it is. It will be here if you kept it here. Yes but I cannot find it. You must have kept it somewhere else and forgotten. No. I remember very well. I kept it here on the table. Ask people in the house. Maybe someone has seen it. Not now. Don’t talk about it. Already everybody is in a bad mood because of Nirma. If we talk about this, it’ll spoil things further.
Let it be. It was a gold ring Zubia. Yes it was but please let it go for now. You go and make Nirma understand. I don’t want to talk to that ill mannered brat. I’ve thought it through Ahmed. I’ll stay out of this matter now. Can I tell you something? I cannot find my gold earring. What do you do Zubia? How can you just keep and forget about your gold jewelry? What is it to the thief?
He’ll find it no matter where I keep it. Alright. And whose the thief here? Oh. Please just let it be. Go and talk to Nirma and make her understand. If you don’t make her understand, who will?
Right? Alright. I’ll see. Mom? Mom? Mom?
Where are you? Mom. Listen, don’t make food for me. I won’t have lunch. I’m leaving and give me 5000 rupees right now. 5000?
What do you need 5000 for? For my university admission. Didn’t I forbid you from getting admission in a university? Don’t you understand? As if you people understand what I say! Be quiet and sit at home. Will it make you happy if I roam around with a boy, all dressed up? Tell Zubia to find some other machine for that Nasir. You should be ashamed! See, I’ve been telling you this for a thousand times.
I’ll tell you again. Being born poor isn’t a crime.
But dying poor is. That’s why I want to be educated so that I can make a lot of money. I want to spend a good life, whats the harm in it? See, I’m not refusing this proposal and you should say yes to it quietly too. I see someone being greedy about his shop and his house. We’re asking you right now.
Next, we won’t we ask you. This means you won’t give me money for my admission? No. Fine.
I’ll ask someone to loan me. Shut up.
At least look at your father’s face. Don’t make me curse you. Go ahead and curse me. Its nothing.
As if I will be cursed for good. Nirma! So you refused the proposal in front of your family? So? Think about it. I’m so good looking.
Do I have nothing more than these useless proposals? You’re right.
You are really beautiful. But, you really don’t know how to use your beauty. What do you mean? I mean, my love, if you want to fly, you’ll have to break the shackles. What flying, what shackles are you talking about?
Just wait and watch. Luck will come to me itself.
My dear, luck isn’t a magnet. Its pure iron. Make yourself a magnet and then see. Luck will be attracted to you itself. You’re right actually. When God has gifted me with so much beauty, I should try and cash it. Of course. Should I tell you something? What? You know Azeem? I’m going on a dinner with him.
I’ll be his second wife. How is it?
Give me a high five! What? Why his second wife and not anyone’s first? Nirma, first or second wife doesn’t matter.
A person should only have money. And this is what I’m trying to tell you about Nasir. Zubia keeps telling me that he has his own house, his shop and everything else. So, you put a condition for him to give you his shop and house first. You know, whenever I think about it, I find it rather doubtful. So you use your beauty and get things done.
You have beauty in abundance. Yes. I can actually do that. And do you know, I’ve heard he really likes me. That’s amazing. Who can not like you? I have told you often but you never understand. Its very easy to make men dance on your fingertips. And since he really likes you, half you work is already done. You’re right. Everything has a price. And you have to pay for it. And my love, you only have to quote the price.
Not pay it. Yes aunt, we had to discuss this at home.
But you consider the proposal accepted. We’re not saying anything because we want her married alongside Majid. You know how everything has become so expensive. Yes, we have finalized a girl for Majid.
We’ll be visiting her soon. As soon as it is finalized, I’ll tell you first. Alright. Fine.
Bye. Zubia, tell me this thing first, why has everyone started to love me so much that you’re hunting for proposals for me. Nirma, I do what I am told.
And everybody wants you married off. Why does everyone want to marry me off? I wasn’t caught writing letters to my brother like you. Nirma.
Mind your language. I’m your sister in law, not your friend and you keep forgetting it. But my dear sister in law, the truth is, you people want me to get married and leave this house. But my share in the shop and this house,
I’ll never forsake it. Enough is enough.
Everything is being done with your consent. I am not a sheep, who you can tie up at your will. I will get married at my own will. Aur, whoever he is, if he really wants to marry me, then, ask him to give me his shop and house. Yes we could talk about it. So then tell him my condition first. If he agrees, I’ll think about it. You know I never say anything about anything ever. But my sisters are being dragged into it. Zubia dear, don’t take everything to your heart. And honestly, if you won’t do all this, then, who else will? I am not complaining dad. I talked to aunt Zubeida myself about giving the shop to Nirma and she has agreed as well. Are you serious? Did they say something? The one who is to get married to stalling. But now since they’ve agreed to her condition, she should agree. She’s a young child, and a girl. It isn’t good to force her. You’ve spoiled her entirely. If it had been up to me, I would have straighten her up with two hits. We’re also being robbed of things in our house lately. What? Yes! Zubia’s gold earring and a ring is missing. She must have kept them somewhere and forgotten. Had there been a thief, he would have taken something else too. Why are you looking at me like this?
Will you blame this on me too? Nirma dear, who said that to you? But dad, they did tell you. Nirma! Nobody has asked you or said something to you. She has lost her things, and she shouldn’t question? My gold chain got lost too.
I never asked anyone. Why are you people fighting?
Stop these arguments. Zubia, look for it in the house.
You’ll find it. Mom, I’m telling you. Stop her from seeing Sameera. She is exactly like her. Have I ever mentioned your loafer friends from the neighborhood? Everybody even thinks of you as a loafer! You.. Leave me. Mom.. Majid! Leave her. She’s your sister. Be mindful. Hello. Why do you have to fight with everyone? Because you never speak for me in front of everyone. So much is being done for everyone,
right in front of you. A good house, good people. Why do everyone has objections for me, dad? No dad. Whatever your family does, they do it for your good, dear. You say as if everyone in this house is good, except me and they think the best for me. There is absolutely no one like my daughter So did you ask them? They asked for your beautiful daughter’s hand in marriage but what does their son do? Is he educated? Does he earn enough? Will he be able to keep your daughter happy? We’ll check everything and ask you before we say yes. I’ll meet him first and then decide. See, I’m ready. Lets go. But how will you go without me? Where are you going? Why is he going with us? Dad, it doesn’t look good. How can he himself take a proposal for someone? Why? Tell me? Did you take a proposal to mom? You mind your own business. Why? You remember all traditions when its my turn and forget everything when its you. You keep telling me to wait, be patient. You too, be quiet. Come on all of you.
We’re late. Come. You, wear something in your hand. Wear that set, we’re visiting new people. It doesn’t look good. Mom, I don’t have that set anymore. What do you mean? It has been stolen? How? How was it stolen? No. I mean I might have forgotten where I kept it.
I’ll find it. What does it matter? Our brother will bring in more jewelry for our beautiful sister in law. What nonsense? Oh God. Whatever I said was the truth. If you think its nonsense, go ahead. I don’t care. And even our dad has taught this to us since we were children. But its you who didn’t understand anything. Who asked you to tell them everything? God knows what would they be thinking about us? Did we have to lie about it, dad? Are you watching her dad? See, how she talks back? What? What are you telling dad! I’m watching you! Shut your mouth. She tried her best that they say no to this proposal. Oh God, forgive me. Dad, Majid is unjustly blaming me for this. Tell me yourself, if I take my dad’s teaching wherever I go, am I doing something wrong? Is it nonsense? I’ll not spare you. Stop Majid! Whatever Nirma said, is right. Even I, wouldn’t have been able to say it. And it ends the matter here. This daughter takes exactly after her father. Now, deal with it yourself. Sir, I think, sister in law has taken an off today. Why are you so tensed about it? Do your work! I’ll just come. Okay sir. Mom? Mom? Yes. Yes Nasir, I’m here. Come here. Hello Mom. Hello. What is it dear? Mom, why isn’t Zubia answering us? They’ll answer us soon.
They’re not running away. Mom, why don’t you go there yourself unannounced? Nasir, why are you so restless, so eager? You like her. We’ve conveyed them the message. Now they’ll think and answer. And yes, did you tell Zubia that we agree about the matter of the shop? Yes. I told her. But dear, I’m really not in its favor. Mom, please call yourself or ask dad to go meed Akbar uncle. See dear, this is our work. Let us do this our way?
Okay? Why are you so restless?
Everything will be fine. Alright mom. Mom see if you want me to excuse myself for last night, I’m not doing it. I don’t care. I know. I’m going to Samina’s place.
Its her mother’s death anniversary. Give me 500. Where is the money? Why do you need money to attend a death anniversary? Is it arranged at her house or a hotel? Whats wrong? Should I just leave with an empty pocket?
I might need something. I don’t have any money.
Go ask your dad. Do you people ever have anything for me? Everybody revels in luxuries in this house. But not me. You count the number of breaths I take.
Enough. Stop eating my head. And listen, stop meeting Samina.
Your brothers don’t like it. Why? Just stop it. Sit at home.
You’re getting married soon. We’ve fixed your wedding with Nasir. The princess you’ve brought for your son.
Ask her to sit at home. She keeps talking nonsense all the time. Every time. See this. Is this fine? I think, the excuse of a death anniversary you made, you want to stick to it. Why?
Isn’t this okay? No. This isn’t fine at all. Do one thing, go inside and check my wardrobe.
Wear whatever fits you. I actually thought this was the best. See my love, if you want to set things on fire, then for that, you’ll have to be fire yourself first. Ladies and gentlemen.
Lets welcome, miss Nirma and Samina. Isn’t Nirma back yet? Majid? Yes dad? Come here dear. Majid.. Dear, call Nirma. Prayers for the death anniversary usually with the evening prayers. Talk to your dear one yourself.
I forbade her as it is. Alright. I’ll talk to her. Your family is calling, lets go. Are you crazy? The food was so good.
Lets try the desserts. Nirma, you’ve been eating for so long.
We’re creating a scene. What scene? What scene? Everyone’s left.
They’re creating a scene themselves. Nirma, come one. If your family comes to my place, they’ll create a scene. They won’t come.
Let it be. Lets grab a taxi and go home. Oh, its no problem. Okay. Can I take this glass.
No. Come. Its 12. She should be back by now. If someone gives her the permission to go there after today, I’m telling you, I’ll leave this house and go away. Why do you say this Majid?
She’s your sister. Once she’s married, she’ll leave this house. With the mind she has dad, her getting married seems difficult. Majid’s in laws are asking for an engagement. I think we should get the two of them married together. Nasir is a good boy. Mom, you can let me be. But get her married first. Yes you’re right. Let him be.
We’ll get her engaged first. Go. Open the door. She’s here I’ll go see. Your beloved daughter is here. Actually, she suddenly felt very sick. See, didn’t I say something must have happened for her to be so late. She was absolutely fine. What happened to her? Mom, actually I ate a lot of fish and prawns. Fish and prawns on a death anniversary? Yes uncle. We girls made them together. Alright. Samina take her to her room, I’ll get some medicine. No. You go. Your taxi is waiting outside.
I’ll manage. Yes aunty. I’ll have to go. Taxi is waiting outside. You take care.
You leave. Bye. Bye. I feel like throwing up again. Hajra, don’t create a scene at this hour.
Voices echo in the entire neighborhood. Is the neighborhood blind? Won’t they see this girl coming home in the middle of the night with her friend? Well, she was only with her friend. You stop it. I cannot handle it anymore. I’m calling Nasir’s parents for their engagement tomorrow. Call them but please talk to Nirma first. Of course. I will bow down to her and take her permission to accept the proposal. This is what our religion teaches us. We have to take the girl’s consent. Amazing. Your daughter wants to fly high in the skies and you’re asking for her permission. Actually, she wants to meet Nasir. What? She wants to meet Nasir? Yes. What happened? They’ll sit and talk. They have to spend their lives together. What mom? You’re making spinach again! I’ve told you a thousand times that I don’t like spinach. Yet you feed me this as if you have a spinach field. I’ll see how you eat meat everyday once you’re married. You and your tantrums. And listen to me. Nasir’s family is coming in to fix a date for your wedding. Didn’t I say no? Will you only understand if I tell you a thousand times? We’re not saying no now. But tell me why do you want to say no? I have no reason. Why do you have to know the reason again and again? Listen to me, you’re getting married to Nasir and nobody else. Do what you please. Please wait for four years at least. I’ll marry anyone you say after that. What? Four years! Four years are very long. Your father wants you married by next month. Of course and in the next minute you’ll be telling me how you keep unwell. And its the end of your life and that I should be married while you’re alive. You don’t have to be so dramatic. I’ve thought it through. You and Majid are getting married together. And poor Zubia talked to them about the shop and the house. What else do you want? Don’t you understand? They’re lying? Who gives away their property to someone just like that? What do you mean? Mom, don’t you know how people lie these days?
Has anyone told you on your face? Did they say that they’re giving you their shop? Alright. I’ll talk myself. You don’t have to talk. Tell them clearly, if they come to fix the wedding date, give me the papers first. I am not getting married without it. She’s right.
And don’t feed me spinach everyday. I’ll feed you poison. Alright. Ill mannered brat.
Look at her tantrums. You’re getting such a nice shop. Don’t let it go. I don’t like him at all. He’s so fat.
So kick him out later. Had I been in your place, I would have had the papers of the shop drawn in my name first. And would have locked myself inside until I had the papers in my name ready. And only when I would get the papers in my name, I would have come out. Alright. You’re right. And everybody is pressurizing me to say yes.
So say it. See for yourself. Sit here. I’ll make you understand. How much is a small shop worth? Its around 2 to 3 million. And when you meet him, ask him to have his house papers drawn in your name. He loves you after all.
And there’s always a price for love. What? This love is all nonsense. But actually, I have told mom. If you meet him, try and find out what else does he have. And how can we get our hands on it. We can think about it. What is there to think about it?
Lets do it. There’s just a fear in my heart. You know how this world is. Relationships are dying. You’re absolutely right. I’ll talk to Nasir’s father. He was saying this himself. Aunt, I’ll advise you to get them married instead of an engagement. You can give in the papers the same day. Yes. Its great. We’ll avoid unnecessary spending and extra functions. Then please talk to your husband. And tell us the date. We want to get Majid married on the same date. See, sister, we only have a son. And this house will belong to him only. Where will we take it? Aunty, Majid’s in laws have fixed the 30th of this month. Oh. This is very good. But the matter of the shop.. Should I tell Nirma about it. I don’t know why she’s scared. Alright. You can talk to Nasir’s father about it. Alright aunt. We’ll call and talk. Hello. Be careful dear. Oh. I’m so sorry. I’ll clean this up. Your daughter is very pretty. She’s the light of our house. Dear, do you know why we’re here? You’re going to bring light into our dark house now. Actually, I.. had told my family to refuse.