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The practice of taking dowry has long been declared a criminal offence. Yet, it shows no signs of abating even in educated families, with the bride’s side continuing to bestow it in the form of cash, gold, luxury cars, apartments and so on to the groom’s eager family. Why is this? Is there any economics behind it? Is dowry like a scarcity rent? Does the relative bargaining position of women vis-à-vis men affect a woman's ability to find her preferred match?
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NEW DELHI -- Last weekend, they were honeymooning in the Himalayan foothills. Now, the newly married husband is left holding his wife's purse, while she has fled, presumably with her lover. On Monday,...
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"Did you have a love marriage or an arranged one?" I am asked this question all the time. And every time my answer (arranged) seems to stun the other person into a loud, "No way! Who would have thought?" I cringe each time I get asked this. Because the fact of the matter is that the question itself--one that is blindly passed down generations like a banal legacy-- is increasingly losing its meaning and relevance.
It's fascinating to know that such forthright and bright men and women are today willing candidates for what some say is the outdated 'arranged marriage'. There seems to be a return of this phenomenon, almost in sync with the return of the 78 vinyl record to be played on a stylus.
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What if the divorces were 'arranged' the way marriages are in many Indian households? For starters, the ceremony would be called Roko instead of Roka. Instead of sweetmeats, karela (bitter gourd) wou...
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Arranged marriages are still a popular phenomenon in India, if the explosion of matrimonial websites is anything to go by. But finding the perfect match can be like searching for a needle in a hayst...
For the wide-eyed guests, arranged marriage means that I was gagged and packed off. The incongruence of the situation baffles them more. Each time the conversation ends in, "You guys do not look like an arranged couple." Of course we do not. We are a deranged couple.
In an attempt to addre the bizarre reasons that Indian society gives single youngsters to get married quickly, Hyderabad-based online dating portal QuackQuack recently launched a campaign titled #Hap...