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100 Words On Saturday – Week 11

Introduced in February 2013 – an invitation, a prompt, a linky. Write exactly a 100 words on the prompt and publish it on your blog – a story, a poem, a mini-essay. The linky will be open right up to next Friday, after which I will have a new prompt and a fresh linky.


100 Words On Saturday 11 Prompt: YOUR CALL



They met at the bridge like they had agreed.  No words needed, they fell into each other’s arms.

He was back home, flush with money and ready to ask for her hand.

“Let’s go straight to your house and talk to your Dad.” he said

“I’ll join you in a little while,” she answered.”

His knock on the door was answered by her mother.

“Now you’ve come….?” she shrieked. “Soon after your call her father arranged a marriage for her. She left a note for you when she jumped into the river. You’re too late!”


This story is inspired by a tale that does the rounds of  Saligao, my village in Goa. I heard it from my grandfather over forty years ago – but it seems so vivid even now. I’ve taken artistic liberties with the times it was set in. 

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  2. G Angela G Angela June 3, 2013

    That was really sad corinne ! last month, there were 3 suicides, I felt horrible, one was just in the same premises where we work. A PhD scholar, he would be getting his doctorate in the next 6 months, carried a Pepsi bottle in the lab, mixed some chemicals and drank – It was such a sad sight to see a young man lying dead in the early hours here. Another one was hanging on a tree in the campus, and there was one more from EFLU who died hung himself in a mosque close to the college before viva… .. it is becoming so common, the tolerance level of youngsters these days are so low.. stress, family pressure, insecurity, depression are the major killers …..

  3. katiebloggys katiebloggys May 29, 2013

    Its really tragic. Superb writing.

  4. Viren Viren May 29, 2013

    It can be very painful but arranged marriages are still prevalent in some parts of the world.

  5. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury May 29, 2013

    Awww – how sad! Family pressure can be a pain!

  6. Melissa Melissa May 29, 2013

    Oh how tragic BS… how true for some ~ I’ve also heard of this where I stayed before… 🙁

  7. Anne Anne May 28, 2013

    Oh wow, Romeo and Juliet all over again 🙂

  8. AJ AJ May 27, 2013

    She could’ve at least waited for the boy. Teenagers – so impatient and impulsive!

  9. My Inner Chick My Inner Chick May 27, 2013


    I didn’t want that to happen! Xx

  10. Rachna Rachna May 26, 2013

    So very sad! Wish she had ended it differently.

  11. Shail Shail May 26, 2013

    Sad end to a love story.

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  13. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando May 26, 2013

    So sad and haunting . . . Makes me want it all to turn out differently.
    Blessings, Corinne!

  14. Pixie Pixie May 26, 2013

    I wish her mother had stopped her.. sigh!

  15. Talya Tate Boerner Talya Tate Boerner May 26, 2013

    I have a very good Indian friend who had an arranged marriage. Although I cannot imagine, his marriage has lasted longer than most of my American friends…

    sad story.

    Thanks for the prompt. I love 100 words on Sat! T.

  16. Naina Naina May 25, 2013

    I had kind of a meloncholic mood all day today and this post just touched the raw nerve.. 🙁

    When we get the courage to love, why dont we stand up and fight for it? Why does giving up often look like an easy option?

  17. Bhavya Bhavya May 25, 2013

    Aww…. that was a sad ending! Why couldn’t she have sorted it out instead of taking the escape route 🙁

  18. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg May 25, 2013

    Oh! That’s sad! May be she felt that was much easier to do… 😐

  19. Ruchira Ruchira May 25, 2013


    Alas destiny had something else in store for this couple!

    Great writeup Corinne. Will try to make up something and link up!

  20. Jyothi Nair Jyothi Nair May 25, 2013

    Nice Prompt. And yes, many have had to face this fate. And yes, some still do.

  21. janu janu May 25, 2013

    To some this is the easy way out. Nice prompt.

  22. Cairn Rodrigues Cairn Rodrigues May 25, 2013

    I’m not sure how legally binding these arrange marriages are, but if I was her, I would have skipped suicide and just skipped off the bridge with my new fiance.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 25, 2013

      They’re not legally binding at all, Cairn. However, it’s all about family ‘prestige’ (refer my post of yesterday). Societal pressure was extremely high in those days and sadly, girls being forced into marraige is still a reality in many parts of our country.

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