The Royal Dudda
Nath, his wife and parents sit to discuss matters pertaining to the pre-marriage
ceremony feast. In honor of their son, which falls due only a couple of months
or so. The arrangement of the feast is fixed for the day of Mehindirat, a
couple of days before the ceremony.
list of guests is arrived at as follows:
members and collaterals 50
Parents and their relatives 50
relatives and friends etc. 200
estimates of the feast Menu stands as:
Potatoes 2 quintals with matching quantities of cheese, Lotus roots,
vegetables, for as many as for twenty different preparations.
Vegetarian: A quintal of mutton etc. All preparations are made
and invitation cards distributed.
family elders and the head cook sit together in a meeting a day or two before Mehindirat
and settle about the exact quantities of Palav, Dama-alloos, Red
cheese and Roganjosh pieces to determine the number of guests for whom the food
and Palav have to be cooked and Damalloos, Red cheese and Roganjosh
pieces are to be provided for the members of the vegetarian and the
non-vegetarian dishes arrived at in each case is 150 and 250 respectively.
father of Bhola Nath who is quite experienced and mature in respect of Pandit
marriages and marriage feasts says, "Ashpuzji (Head-cookji), let the
Damalloos Red Cheese, Roganjosh pieces be fifty more in each case and one Degchi
(big kettle) more of Palav. So please prepare 200 Damalloos, 200 Pieces of Red
cheese, Five Kettles of Palav and three hundred pieces of Roganjosh so ,that we
may not feel embarrassed in case the number of guests exceeds the number we have
provided for Gulaba, an accounts officer of the gazzetted rank in the A.G.'s
office is busy at his table at the head of a group of his assistants:
after they relax for a while on solving a knotty problem that has caused them
headache for days on end and heave a sigh of relief, one of his assistants in
jubilant mood interrupts saying: -
Nath's son is to be married on October 4. They have arranged for a pre-marriage
feast on Oct .2 on the occasion of Mehndirat ceremony. Their closest
women folk have been invited for dinner and the others for lunch on Oct. 2 the
next day. " Yes sir, I have also precise information about the feast,"
says his head assistant Gulam Din.
is expected to be a grand feast as many VIP's too have been invited" says
another clerk, Ramo.
mood of hilariousness. Gulaboo interjects," What a relief after great
exhaustion all these days!
2 is a gazzetted holiday. We'll all certainly participate in the feast whether
invited or not. We'll go there together from my home at 2 P.M. when most of the
invitees are expected to have already left, to get better attention from the
sir, we will accompany you." came the reply in chorus. Gulaba is an expert
accounts officer. He is capable of detecting the most intricately hidden friends
and locating even a tiny pin from a heap of dust so to say. Even so, he is not
destructively critical as auditors generally are, but a fearlessly constructive
commentator for improvement as an unparallel honest sentinel of government
accounts Hence the wide respect he enjoy and the halo his office has developed
and party arrive at the feast exactly at 2P.M. when only a few top VIPs are
party is well received and take their seats at a prominent place. Everybody
comes to greet them with salutations and prenams.
over, pleasantries are exchanged among the VIP's hosts and Gulaba's officials
the end Gulaba in jubilant tone says,” Gentlemen, Do you know? I’ am not a
DUDDA. My men aren't Duddas either.
are certainly invited not only by Pt. Bhola Nath but also by his beloved parents
too. Isn't it so, my colleagues?" "Certainly sir, certainly it is
true, we are genuine invitees"
respond in confirmation.
Nath sweats profusely in at his lapse of not having invited a generously honest
auditor like Gulabo and his assistants.
moved by the profusion of droplets of sweat rolling down the cheeks of Bhola
Nath in self-abasement, Gulabo turns towards him saying. "Never mind dear,
Bhola Nath. I was simply joking. Why do you take it so seriously? Be assured, we
certainly are not Duddas but very honored guests. We had been duly invited not
only by you but also so cordially by your good and gracious parents, though you
seem and feel like not having done so.
you included us in your miscellaneous list of invitees and made additional
provisions of 50 Damaloos, 50 pieces of red cheese and 50 pieces of Roganjosh
with proportionate additions of other items of your menu of the feast?
Hearty thanks for the
sumptuous feast and warm reception.