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The (in)Convenience of Arranged Marriage

By Xavier Bennet

Copyright 2012 Xavier Bennet

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Chapter 1: Marriage???

My name is Alvin Adaikalam. I know it’s a weird name. My dad wanted a western name and my mom a south Indian one; so my dad selected Alvin and my mom selected Adaikalam. My family is basically from southern India but we made Delhi our home 27 years ago. In our neighbourhood we were called Madrasi, short form for south Indians, I guess. The funny part was that when I spoke in Hindi, people looked at me as if I was speaking French and asked me how I knew Hindi despite being a south Indian. Needless to say, the fact that I was born here was not a convincing answer to them. But no matter where you are born in India, there is one thing that everyone has to face and that is the system of arranged marriage. It was likewise in my beautiful extended family. All members were waiting for my biological clock to hit 25 and when it did Voil! Anyone I spoke to was talking about the same thing, "MARRIAGE". I began to feel like the mediocre hero of a TV soap whose claim to fame is suspect.

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