Saturday, July 30, 2011

Big Fat Indian Wedding

There is no end to the amount of wastage you can do in an Indian wedding.


Expensive clothes bought in bulk, most of which will not be worn more than 1 or 2 times in the person's life.

Jewelery, which, if real, will probably just sit in the locker most of the time, and is anyways worth less than 70% of the money you paid for it (the gold not being more than 18K pure, plus the making charges).

Elaborate reception menu, with sooooo many items per plate that a normal person cannot even taste, let alone eat them all! (In short, more wastage.)

Decorations... on the gifts, at the marriage venue, on the cash envelopes... all serving no particular purpose other than looking good in your wedding album.

And all this "show off" for people who care zilch for you (at least 90% of them)!


Maybe this mental perspective is one of the reasons why I'm not married yet. But I've always found it very difficult to spend my Dad's earnings on non-essentials. I mean the man spends all his life earning, and instead of taking a holiday with his wife on some exotic tropical island in the world, he saves it all for this meaningless expenditure in his daughters' weddings!

Totally stupid system, if you ask me! But Indians live for this!

At least they have done so till my generation. But, maybe things are changing now.

Maybe my generation, and the ones that follow, are becoming more interested in spending on themselves rather than saving for the weddings of their future kids.

Maybe that's why more and more young Indians have started thinking of marriage as a non-necessity in one's life.

Maybe it really is a non-necessity.

I don't know.

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6 comments:

Rashmi said...

Exact sentiments, i second you completely. Welcome back from the sabbatical :)

Chicky said...

:D

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

Marriage is a non-necessity. You can be lonelier in a marriage than out of it.

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

I agree with the part of it being a non-necessity. And I agree that a person can be lonelier in a marriage that out of it. But, marriage can be a very beautiful experience too.

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

It certainly can, Chicky. It is nobody's case that marriage is bad.

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

yes.

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