I Did the Unthinkable – I Married for Love
August 8, 2022
I never thought I would have a love marriage, but that was exactly what was in store for me.
Ours was a love marriage.
Growing up in a relatively traditional Hyderabadi-Muslim household, I never thought that would ever be my reality. When I was younger, I often overheard stories of how married couples in the family had met. Most were arranged by their elders, as my own parents and sister were. “Love marriages” – called this simply because they were outside the norm – were much more rare. An arranged marriage guaranteed that your child married someone of a similar background and social status. Love marriages, however, eschewed those very things, being based instead on the couple’s personal compatibility first and foremost. I always liked the idea of a love marriage, but accepted early on that it was just not my lot. My siblings and I weren’t even allowed to have friends of the opposite sex! And I never broke this rule.
How does a girl like me then end up marrying the man she fell in love with? “My Adventures in Husband Hunting,” as I call them, took place over a period of six years after college. As a good Hyderabadi girl, I went along with everything my parents did or suggested.
Read the full article here: https://thetempest.co/2016/04/27/life-love/love-sex/i-did-the-unthinkable-marry-for-love/
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