Saturday, February 18, 2006

Shaadi

When I signed up with shaadi.com, I was not at all serious. I still find it very difficult to digest the idea of marrying someone through matrimonial columns -- be it online or otherwise. But ever since I started getting responses, I have been scanning the website rather seriously. And believe me, there is a galaxy of women out there who, in real life, would make you fall on your knees and plead, "Will you marry me?" If one of them comes along, I will readily tie the knot. If not, I can always say I was against the idea of marrying through matrimonial columns.

This afternoon I was looking at the profile of a girl -- good-looking and all. Educated too. But there was a rider: "We want a non-smoker and a teetotaller. SC/STs please excuse." Since I am a smoker and I also love my drink, I found myself disqualified to click on the 'contact her' icon. But I wouldn't have clicked in any case because the "SC/STs please excuse" pissed me off. It is just not politically correct. Ok, none of us are politically correct when it comes to being practical, but there are subtle ways of putting things. I only hope that Mayawati or any of the leaders of the Dalit parties don't read the profile, or else tomorrow you can expect the matter being blown up into a political issue.

The profile, needless to say, was posted by the 'parent/guardian' -- for that's the generation which did not let education alter its biases. It is so much fun to read profiles posted by 'self', as in the girls themselves. Some of them are really irresistible.

13 comments:

ppm said...

ho ho...
funny guy. most matrimonial ads are put in by parents( relatives).

I find your blog interesting, mostly as a the fractured view into you... you are not a kid and you write for a living... you shoudl know how to mask yourself better...
maybe you just don't want to... or maybe this howard stern-esque facade is a part of the big complicated charade ...
or maybe I am giving you more credit than is due :P
anyhow, nice meeting you.

Hiren said...

Your post really makes me feel that I was born in a different era and could say like the movie "Mujhse shaadi karogi".

If only I could do it all over again but then "Once bitten, twice shy"

Bishwanath Ghosh said...

ppm: You say I should know how to mask myself better. Maybe what you see is a mask. Or maybe not. :) Nice meeting you too.

Hiren: Thanks for your comment.

Beks said...

lakshadweep, kovalam, goa and varkala.

anilshankar said...

One week,no post,what BG? hooked?

Sangeeta said...

already?

Gangadhar said...

Interesting point!!
hiee bishwanath,
first time here via Atul's blog..nice meeting here..

HutumpaNcha said...

its nothing but a coincidence that I chanced upon your blog courtsey shaadi...and lo behold the post too is shaadi!!!

CHEERS!! may you find someone who will cook, sew,...and-all-such-other-propah things

vandy said...

why shaadi.com?? Just tell an elder relative at home...arranged marriages are not that bad after all :-)

Could relate to and enjoyed all the posts of "Sunday headline"

visithra said...

humm where have u gone missing nearly a month now

Leya said...

Well, start writing again.....So many of us are waiting to read you......

anilshankar said...

BG,post or no post are you ok?

Vivek said...

c'mon BG write again soon......coz there are lotsa peaple waiting to see your next blog