TGIF! – Arranged marriages with a twist

Disclaimer: I don’t intend to offend anyone (except if you’re against same sex marriage. in that case offence is kind of intended) so if you do find something offensive, please be gentle and I’ll be happy to correct the mistake.

I heard something positive on the radio when I was driving to work the other day. Here’s A matrimonial ad with a difference. Read carefully!
Arranged marriages are India’s big normalizer, I think. The universal experience has already cut through class, caste, and religious barriers. We’re now working on sexual orientation.

The news went to Rajini and he was all…

Why should only brides have all the “fun”? If it’s an arranged marriage, as a gender equality champion I would like the wedding to look like this:

Once the first couple of arranged marriages work out, methinks more moms will jump on the bandwagon and be all be like…

The sons will all be like…
Because the beast must extract its price from all those who pass through its shadow. We can still go on with our IIT-IIM-social skills optional groom obsession though it might get tricky if two women want to get married and we enforce the “no working after marriage” rule. It’s ok, we’ll work out something.

Once the movement gathers momentum, Alok Nath will look at all the weddings happening and be all, “Goody!!” He’ll be all, “Kanyadaan is a state of mind.”

Someone will make a comment at some point (maybe even something like the vadai are good but I didn’t care for the appalam) and then Arnab will get all…

The news hour debate will reach incredible decibel levels before everything will be settled for good like this…

Seriously, if we’re even seeing matrimonial ads, Isn’t it time we stepped into the Century of the Fruitbat and actually legalized what should never have been illegal in the first place?

obligatory: Lavanya Mohan’s piece. Gotta balance the Iyer view with the Iyengar 😉

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Politicizing Pooping #ToiletForBabli

The biggest of my bathroom woes is walking into a public restroom and encountering a dirty stall. Or carrying a sanitary pad to the restroom discreetly or disposing of it discreetly. Having studied in an all girls school, l never needed to worry about being secretive about any basic biological functions. l cannot imagine having no bathroom – not for a few hours but as a general feature of my life. It’s insane!

The Corporation recently placed Bio Toilets at a prominent location on Besant Nagar beach in Chennai. This move has drawn a lot of negative comments from residents. “We don’t need toilets here. They should move them near {non posh part of beach}”, the local newspaper quoted a woman as saying. What about the vendors and workers who spend long hours at the beach? Don’t they need a bathroom? As a society we’ve rendered invisible the basic biological needs of entire sections of our population. How many of us give our domestic help access to our bathrooms? Do we even wonder how they manage?

How do little girls manage if they have no access to toilets in their schools? They don’t go to school. Kids don’t get an education because they don’t have a place to pee. Can anything be a bigger shame for us?

As someone coming from a very privileged background (and frequently forgetting it), l likely sound like this dinosaur here. Where did I get the comic? I blame xkcd for my short lived obsession with Dinosaur Comics. 🙂

Note to self: Homework for this weekend is to find a way to support a school.


ps: This post inspired by the Indiblogger Happy Hours.
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