The prophecy was loud and clear" In the month of July 1990 you and Soorya will get married". Maa Durga!
In between whence, Soorya had left for the USA there was some communication intact between the two. Communication by letters was the possible means then. The event was surprising as none of them had proposed to each other for Moh Lal Rai the relationship was purely platonic without any closeness betwixt them. But she guessed after his break up with another girl he might start to look at her as a prospective life partner.
The prediction reoccurred many times and convinced Moh Lal Rai of the future. She was not in love with Soorya and had no emotions for him but it was destined so she gave in and waited. Eventually, the marriage took place but for Moh Lal Rai it was destined and she could go against the prophecy.
The die was cast and for the rest of her life, she nurtured a grudge against her destiny.
As someone who believed in true love a search for her soulmate was to continue till in another prophecy in Las Vegas she hears that she will meet her true love in India.
The excellently written true romance book is about the interlude that happened in her life - heart mind and soul. In a later chapter, the author Poonam Uppal provides a vivid description of the relationship between Moh Lal Rai and Gaurang.
Now things are changing rapidly, and widows remarry if it suits them. But this may not be common in remote patriarchal settlements but modern education is changing things fast among next gen.
pateluday, Thank you for pictures, practicalities and products.
My sister has acquaintances from Nepal. They mentioned that as recently as the last part of the last, 20th century a very young relative married and was widowed shortly thereafter when her husband fell out of a tree. She was expected to be his widow for the rest of her life. Would that have happened in India then or now in the 21st century?