It is a wise woman who marries the man who loves her rather than settling for a man she loves. Kashaf chose wisely though the circumstances leading to the decision were thrust upon her. 17 episodes into the show, ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’ has finally picked up steam and arrived at the crux of the story only to move forward from now on. ‘Will she, won’t she’ was never the question but ‘How will she, Why will she’ were the foremost questions on our minds that were put to rest in this episode.
As snap decisions go, Kashaf’s acceptance of Zaroon’s proposal takes the cake but in a very pleasant way that makes you want to dedicate the entire bakery to her. Ek garam chai ki pyali ne jaadu kar diya. Never in our wildest dreams did we ever imagine Kashaf to base one of the most important decisions of her life on a simple incident that proved a major point to her. Strangely, I understand her readiness to marry a man who would, without a hint of hesitation, shield her from harm by placing himself before her. Replace this scenario with him readily taking a bullet for her; none of you would ever question her decision then.
Before I proceed, I have to mention this: Kashaf with a trace of blush on her cheeks, a far away look on her face, a hint of a smile tugging at her lips, was a mesmerizing sight for sore eyes that have until now, has only seen an uptight Kashaf always ready to bite someone’s head off. If this is a beginning of a transformation a certain Zaroon Junaid can bring in Kashaf even before the engagement, am looking forward to their marriage.
Zaroon’s confession of his feelings for Kashaf came from his heart. Am glad he did not beat around the bush and came right to the point. He kept it simple and straight forward and my guess is that is something which caught Kashaf’s attention even before the garam chai happened. Note for the guys: Honesty and simplicity will always get top points with a girl than any other virtue.
Hold your horses’ ladies; I am still not convinced Zaroon is head over heels in love with Kashaf. There is a long way to go before we can officially announce that Zaroon has flipped his lid for Kashaf. The reasoning is simple: He does not know Kashaf as well as he claims to know her. So, it can be safely said that love is yet to happen to both of them. Both of them have their ideas/misconceptions about each other from their University days. Some that are true and some that no longer are, which both of them are prone to find out for themselves in the course of their marriage.
Osama’s new assignment came as a surprise after him proclaiming to wait for Kashaf indefinitely. Ever smiling Osama did not even find it appropriate to inform Kashaf of his engagement. Kashaf’s initial decision to accept Osama’s proposal was not surprising though since she felt him to be a safer option than Zaroon. Anything to get away from Zaroon!! Ha! But then it is hard to fight destiny.
In our society, why is a woman not allowed to remain single by choice? Is marriage a default function for a woman of age? Kashaf for various reasons did not find marriage a great option but had to bow down to society, which was drawing their own conclusions about her mother not getting her married. Why is a stigma attached to a single woman of marriageable age, content with her life, refusing to get married just for the sake of tradition? Rafia, like any other mother, is right in her place to worry about Kashaf’s decision to not get married. This situation has no right answers, only hurt and compromises.
Zaroon’s parents are not too keen in their son’s choice for a bride. Social status aside, his parents do not seem to have lot of faith in his decision. Is it because he comes across as a happy go lucky guy who rarely is serious about something? While Zaroon tries his best to assure them that he has thought this union through, his parents remain unconvinced and still believe he is blindly jumping into this decision on the basis of lofty ideals that might create practical issues for the couple in their marriage. On hindsight, they might not be totally wrong, since its nigh impossible to get along with Kashaf without knowing her well enough not to misunderstand her rudeness as a personal slight, or to be able to steadfastly breach her boundaries to get to know her better.
Sidra is the sweetest sister ever and Kashaf is lucky to have her on her side. If there is anyone who has stood by Kashaf, knows her inside out and still loves her dearly it is her sister Sidra. She was adorable while talking to Zaroon over the phone. She was blushing!! Would it be wrong to say she probably nurtured a teeny weeny crush on Zaroon just by hearing Kashaf drone on about this guy from College? Sidra and Sir Abrar played efficient matchmakers and led Kashaf – Zaroon to their engagement. I hope they don’t rue the day they decided to play cupids! You never know with Zaroon and Kashaf – a volatile pair!
Precap for Episode 18
The Marriage of the titans! Much awaited and hence holding our collective breaths to see their marriage and what comes there after. Will their life together be as smooth as no one anticipates? Ha Ha! All of us know there are going to be some mighty bumps along the way for these two. So, are you guys ready for the ride? I certainly am!
Reviewer, Talk Soap