She was happy, jubilant in an extended family gathering. At seventeen, an engagement had been announced to Heer by a hunk of a man and any girl could be envious of her good luck.
He was a desirable man, very handsome and wanted to marry her, what more she could ask for. She fell in love then, at that moment with him.
It was sudden and, a shock for everybody present. When he came with a box full of traditional sweets and put a piece in her mouth in front of everyone announcing, ‘now she is engaged to me’. The claim loud and clear for all concerned and his boldness stole her heart.
He became her heart, the heart that hummed the rhythm of his name. She forgot everything else and at last, she became him.
she became the prime and live example of a famous poem by Bulley Shah,
Ranjha Ranjha Kardi Ni, Me’N Aapay Ranjha hoi
Sado ni Me’N no Dhido- Ranjha, Mano Heer Na Akho Koi
( English translation;
Uttering Ranjha Ranjha I have become Ranjha myself.
O all call me “Ranjha,” let no one call me Heer.)
Heer was a classically beautiful girl and came from a traditional household where family always came first. A man could come to ask for the hand of a girl in marriage from her elders but it was utter disrespect what Ranjha did. Still she became his in name and all and sundry got the news that a marriage alliance had been fixed between Ranjha and Heer.
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