1940 A REAL STORY OF BRIDEGROOM RUNNING AWAY FROM CHURH--WHEN FEW MARRIAGES WERE STILL ARRANGED BY PARENTS; WITHOUT THE BOY AND GIRL SEEING EACH OTHER

THIS STORY HAPPENED IN THE INTERIOR OF TRAVANCORE KINGDOM(NOW KERALA STATE) IN THE 1940'S
IT WAS AN ARRANGED MARRIAGE ;OF TRAVANCORE CHRISTIANS .THE PLACE IT OCCURED WAS BETWEEN KANJIRAPPALLY TOWN AND KOTTAYAM
THE TIME OF MARRIAGE WAS DECIDED BY BOTH PARENTS AS MORNING 10 AM
 THOSE DAYS KOTTAYAM AND KANJIRAPPALLY WERE SEMI URBAN OR ALMOST RURAL VILLAGES IN LIFE AND MANNERS[BELOW A TYPICAL KERALA CHURCH]

THE BRIDE AND BRIDE GROOM WERE ALSO SEMI LITERATE
 THE BRIDEGROOM WAS STAYING NEAR TO THE CHURCH WHILE BRIDE HAD TO TRAVEL A LOT OF DISTANCE TO REACH THE CHURCH BY BULLOCK CART{VERY FEW  CARS  ; BUS SERVICE ONLY TWICE A DAY AND IRREGULAR ; NO TARRED ROAD AND NOT MANY  BRIDGES ]
 SO NATURALLY WHEN THE BRIDE REACHED THE CHURCH WITH GREAT DIFFICULTY CRAMPED IN A BULLOCK CART ;ALONG WITH THE BRIDES PARENTS AND RELATIVES IN THE SAME BULLOCK CART ;HER LEGS WERE CRAMPED DUE TO IT
  BELOW-A PICTURE OF COVERED BULLOCK  CART USED FOR PASSENGERS AND FAMILY
THE BRIDE GROOM WAS STANDING AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE CHURCH TO SEE FOR THE FIRST TIME THE WOMAN TO WHOM HE WAS TO GET MARRIED ;AND HE WAS IN FOR A SHOCK ;BECAUSE THE BRIDE WAS WALKING OUT OF THE BULLOCK CART WITH A LIMP!![BRIDE AND BRIDEGROOM WERE ALLOWED TO SEE EACH OTHER FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE MARRIAGE ,WHILE THE PARENTS DECIDED THE PAIR AND DOWRY BEFORE HAND!]
  HE DECIDED TO DO THE DISAPPEARING ACT ;DECIDING NOT TO MARRY A LIMPING WOMAN !!

BUT NOBODY NOTICED THE SUDDEN ABSENCE OF THE BRIDE GROOM AS ALL WERE BUSY WELCOMING THE BRIDES PARTY WHO REACHED CHURCH IN TIME ON THE CART
BUT SOON EVERY BODY NOTICED THE SUDDEN DISAPPEARANCE OF THE BRIDE GROOM AND THERE WAS GREAT  CONFUSION IN THE CHURCH
  TIME 5PM -EVENING:- -
MY FATHER WAS PASSING BY THE CHURCH AND STOPPED BECAUSE THERE WAS A BIG CROWD SEARCHING FRANTICALLY FOR SOME BODY ,IN THE SURROUNDING SCRUBS AND AGRICULTURAL LAND  .HE ASKED WHAT IS THE PROBLEM.WAS TOLD THAT THE BRIDE GROOM DISAPPEARED JUST BEFORE MARRIAGE
.SAME TIME SOMEBODY FOUND HIM HIDING IN A DITCH AND WAS PULLED OUT AND TAKEN TO CHURCH BY FORCE .
BUT HE WAS STILL NOT READY TO GET MARRIED TO A 'LAME' GIRL
 SO THE GIRL WAS MADE TO WALK IN FRONT OF HIM AND THE WHOLE CROWD TO CONVINCE HIM THAT SHE IS NOT LAME
  THE MARRIAGE TOOK PLACE UNDER KEROSENE LAMPS

NOW A DAYS MEN AND WOMEN ARE SO FREE ,CAN EVEN STAY TOGETHER AND HAVE FUN WITHOUT MARRIAGE .

 PEOPLE OF THE PRESENT  GENERATION WILL ALSO GET SHOCKED BY THE ATTITUDES,AND LIFE STYLE  OF MEN AND WOMEN AFTER ANOTHER 50 YEARS ,SURE