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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,...
After the groom showed up drunk to his wedding, the bride chucked her garland and walked off the stage. The bride from Sidhauli village and the groom from Sujaur village were to marry on Monday near...
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Marriage in high society today is a bit like a 24/7 convenience store. The basics are always available, but the soul is often out of stock. We have gone through a social crisis in the last decade or so. Delhi, as a case in point, has seen the biggest tectonic shift. From being a city of politics and power it has become a city of new money. Too much of it.
Day after day during our pubescent years, and mostly over jam and bread after a long school day, my girlfriends and I would be tutored about the importance of the hymen. And not just that it should remain intact until your wedding night, it should also be gift-wrapped and handed to your husband. Our ayah would regale us with stories about how new brides had to ensure they bled, not just faked the pain. It made marriage seem like a death sentence.