Interesting and Funny “Interview” session before an Arranged Marriage (Video)

Every "interview" session is unique for all, but this is very typical - as in the discomfort, pauses, and uncomfortable questions - of the "dating" in an arranged marriage.  Interesting and funny!     Related articles from External Sources Forced marriage in our own backyard ARRANGED MARRIAGES: To be in one, or not to be? 'Arranged-with-love' marriages blend India traditions, modern culture Arranged Marriages Arranged Marriage and Shopping...Not so dissimilar after … [Read more...]

“Maitri Karar”: Gujarati Social Custom of keeping mistresses by circumventing Hindu Marriage Act

In Gujarat, there is a social tradition that is used to circumvent the provisions of the Hindu Marriage Act by men so they can "have another woman" in their lives.  Hindu Marriage Act only allows one wife.  Polygamy is a punishable offense. In Gujarat a system prevailed in which a man and a woman entered into a friendship agreement, a legitimate contract before a magistrate. It had a social and legal sanction and was popularly known as "maitri karar". Later this practice was converted into a … [Read more...]

Why are Indians prudish?

Someone asked this question on Quora in this way: The older codes of Indian law define the following six categories of children (sons) and their legal inheritance rights, excluding adoptions: 1. Born of a woman through her wedded husband, called the son of the body (ourasa) 2. Born of a woman by her second marriage, called the son of a remarried woman (punarbhava) 3. Born in accordance with the law of Niyoga(*), called a son begotten on a wife (kshetrajna) 4. Born of a married woman by an … [Read more...]

Punjab Govt bringing law to counter NRI Grooms who desert their Wives in India

In Punjab, the NRI grooms are notorious for deserting wives in India.  The people in Punjab are also obsessed about marrying NRIs and going abroad and for that they do whatever it takes to find and hook onto such a groom.  Many times it doesn't work out.  Not only is the girl deserted, but the in-laws have extracted a heck of a lot of money as well from the bride's family by then.  This needs to be stopped.  And now, after so many years the Punjab Government is proposing some … [Read more...]

The Greatest Indian Dance Performance of this Century

Indian Marriages are a world unto themselves.  The behavior is typical and interesting.  Bride and Groom are accidental diversions.  People actually go to live a fantasy.  Many things are common and have grown into people's imagination not because of any genuine reason, but because they are peculiar. So it is very common for all the adult men to drink and not just drink but do so out of a car trunk converted into a bar.  The car trunk-turned bar is the most common feature of the Indian … [Read more...]

Man, Woman and the Marriages in Indian context

Recently, I have seen a spate of failed marriages in India and amongst Indians abroad. The traditional framework of marriage is under stress and that is visible in how easily and regularly the separations and divorces are happening. Even in cases where the marriage is intact, there may be interest of a spouse outside his/her marriage. Why is this happening? When one looks at the situation, it is fairly obvious that the reasons seem very common. The lady feels she wants more freedom and more … [Read more...]

A Return Which Killed Her – Story Of A Muslim Girl

Her eyes shone with the dangling of her earrings and the tinkle of her anklet, as she was swinging on the simple rope swing tied to the tree on that cool evening. It was a lovely feeling for her, as her life had changed, she has her share of joy of marital bliss and it was beginning of her family life, she was expecting. Her husband Toufeeq was equally excited for his baby. He was glad he could marry the girl he liked so much since his childhood and now it is a good news which has filled the … [Read more...]

Goodbye – A Story Of A Young Woman

"Papa, can I come back to you?" She murmured hesitantly in her cellphone, standing in a corner of her verandah, just outside her marital home. Sudha spoke as softly, as she could, lest her husband would hear her conversations. Sudha's father, Mr Kumar just knew what her daughter was saying, but he pretended ignorant and said "sure beta, do come, is Shailesh also coming with you?". Sudha understands it clearly how she, her feelings and her thoughts have been crushed all her life by this very tone … [Read more...]


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