In a last hope to get married, several bachelors were seen lining up Shiva temples at various locations across the country. Most of them have also been carrying a glass of milk.
Our team reached a Shiva temple in Shahibaug area of Ahmedabad, and we were really shocked to see youngsters from even surrounding areas. When asked, one round-faced young man in his late twenties said – “We are here to get married!”. Our reporters were both shocked and surprised, so much that our cameraman lined up along with them, and so I had to take this picture from cellphone.
After further questioning it was found that a TV soap named Taarak Mehta ka Ulta Chashma, which is considered to be a family entertainer, broadcast an episode where Popatlal, a young journalist who was longing to be married finds his wife accidentally in a Shiva temple. It is believed that the woman ran away from her own wedding because she was tired of her parents who were forcing her to marry a man of their choice.
Inspired from that episode, someone started the hashtag #chaloshivamandir and in a matter of an hour it started trending nationwide. It was this hashtag that inspired the smartphone addicted bachelors.
“I searched Shaadi.com, Bharatmatrimony.com and many other matrimonial websites, but girls these days are too demanding,” says Anuj, a software developer in a private company.
“Girls expect partners who earn 12 lakh per annum, between 22-26 years, between 5’4” and 5’10” and weighing between 56-68 kgs. I fail all criteria and hence I am single while all of my friends who had invested their time in girlfriends during college are having 2-3 babies! I used to repent spending my time over my career – getting different degrees and certifications. Hopefully one glass of milk on the Shiva ling will put an end to my miseries,” he said cheerfully.
Meanwhile the locals have decided to cash on this opportunity. A glass of milk costs Rs. 100 and posters of “Patrakar Popatlal” are sold at Rs. 299, but that doesn’t stop these people from buying them.
“Popatlal is my idol – I am just like him: bold, out-spoken and adventurous. These are characters of an alpha-male and I am sure just like him I will find my girl too,” a man in his early thirties said while posing with a poster.
Whether their wish is granted or not, we can’t say now. We should wait for them to update the news using the #chaloshivamandir hashtag.