The Accidental Wife – Excerpt #2
Rihaan gave a wry shrug.
“Okay, then let your mom choose your wife and live happily ever after with my blessings,” Rudy said, grinning widely.
“No! Never! I can’t!”
Rudy looked puzzled. “What do you mean?”
“I can’t get married to someone she chooses. I’ll be finished. All those obligations, parties, demanding wife and in-laws. No way, man, I’d rather kill myself.”
“But that’s what marriage is all about—compromise.”
Rihaan nodded. “Exactly. That’s why I’ve kept away from it this long. I don’t want to compromise. I have no interest in assuming the role of a dutiful husband and son-in-law. What I want is somebody who will stay out of my way. Mind her own business while I mind mine.”
“You don’t need a wife. You need a servant.”
“Don’t get me wrong,” Rihaan said. “I just want someone who will comprehend me and my work. I want to continue like I am now…without any distractions. She can do what she wants; kitty parties, pujas, whatever. Just don’t expect me to be a part of it. We’ll get a bigger place. She’ll have all the luxuries she wants.”
“If that is so, I agree. You won’t find a girl like that here. Even if you do, her family won’t leave you alone.”
“Then what am I to do?” Rihaan asked, feeling desperate.
“Maybe you’ll find someone suitable back home?”
“Really?” Rihaan was unconvinced. “Are girls less demanding there?”
“Well…that’s for you to find out.” Rudy shrugged. “Besides, a guy like you is a dream catch. Any father would give his right hand to get a son-in-law like you. Plus, the perk of coming here to the States. Anyhow, that seems to be the only reasonable option for you now.”
“How am I supposed to find this mystery girl? Fly to India and search with a bloody microscope?”
Rudy shook his head in mock disbelief. “Pal, haven’t you heard of the world wide web?”