The manzim yuor (marriage broker) gave them a call.
“They have accepted the proposal. Get ready for the thaph (ring ceremony). I will come today,” he said.
The kori moul (girl’s father) was delighted, and so were other members of the family.
The manzim yuor was accorded a warm welcome. The prospective groom and the bride had seen each other a few days ago. Now everything was settled. A day was fixed for the thaph.
Elated, the buchi called her friends. They went to the market to buy her bridal robes. They returned late, but were spared the mandatory scolding.
The day of the thaph arrived. Mother and brother took the buchi to the appointed place. The groom arrived in time. He was looking great.
He handed the bride a beautiful ring, and rishta pakka hogaya.
A few days later, the groom’s father arrived. He had three gold coins with him, which he gave to the bride.
The manzim yuor came the next morning. The kori moul gave him six gold coins for the groom.
For one year, the two families exchanged valuables. The manzim yuor always deferred the visit of the kori moul to the groom’s place on one pretext or the other. The kori moul grew suspicious.
One fine morning, he undertook the visit without informing the manzim yuor.
He knocked on the door. A woman answered.
Good God! It was not the groom’s home. The shocked kori moul stepped back and took a good look at the house. It was the same house the manzim yuor had shown him.
He went to the shopkeeper who had assured him of the groom’s ‘reliability.’ He could not find him. The man sitting at the counter refused to recognize him.
The kori moul realized his mistake. He had not talked to the owner of the shop. He had talked to someone standing there. Most probably, he too was a member of the manzim yuor’s gang.
With a head heavy as lead, the kori moul went home and gave his wife the dukhi story. The buchi started weeping. The search for the manzim yuor began there and then. He was missing.
Later, the kori moul came to know that the manzim yuor headed a gang of thugs. The groom was a member.
Finally the thug was found. He was given a sound thrashing, but the gold could not be retrieved. Now he pays installments to the kori moul.