My Indian colleague went back to his home country for his annual vacation. As I have mentioned before, expats in Dubai are entitled to 30 days of paid vacation after one year of service. He left last May 1.
He had been talking about getting married but without a girlfriend, asked for his parent’s “help”. While couples of the West are nonchalant about marriages brought forward by parties other than the bride and the groom, arranged marriages are still very common in India today. Yesterday, I heard from my colleagues that MR (the one who left for vacation) will get married this weekend, just two weeks after his homecoming and just a few days after his parents found a girl for him.
I have Indian friends (women) who got married through the arranged marriage system. Some of them even only saw their husbands on the wedding day itself. Honestly, I am amazed by their courage because I don’t think I can do the same. How about you?
Some information of arranged marriage in India can be found here.