Shackles, Incense, and Dancing

“She loved life and it loved her right back.”

Arranged marriages are a strange and unknown affair for most of us westerners, and though we often think of them as a negative thing, most people here in India don’t. There are of course problems, abuse and marriage for money, but there are many issues in our “love marriages” as well. Usually the father of a young girl wants to find a suitable husband for their daughter, so they try and arrange their marriage with someone with whom a union will be successful. As most Indians say “marriage first, love after.”

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An Indian Wedding

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”


Attending an Indian marriage gave me an insight into just how different cultures can be. The day of the ceremony itself was filled with food (served from buckets as everyone ate rice, mutton, and dal with their hands) and Indian music and dancing. From the outside it looked like a pretty simple affair, until I learned the details about marriage in India, which confirmed what I already knew… I will never marry an Indian man!

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