(Please read this with your tongue firmly in your cheek and without any prejudice )
My daughter, though your dad may not agree,
it is time for you to fall in love, I think
I could not do so
as my parents invoked the family pride
and all those notions
but I want you to lead your own life,
be your own woman
and make your own choices independently
matrimonial sites are a big scam
dating apps may be even bigger ones!
go, my dear, fall in love
conquer a heart and rule the world
I free you from the shackles of age old traditions
to give you freedom to choose your life-partner
now, how about that tall guy on the seventh floor
I found out he is from our own caste
or what about Priya massi’s* nephew
he has a good job and is well settled too!
okay, okay! I will not make any more suggestions
go ahead and find your own guy
but do keep in mind the following pointers
he should be taller than you, is a given
(you know the tall, fair, handsome of Mills & Boon type)
as is the fact that he should be older,
older in the sense 3-4 years gap is perfect
don’t fall in love with someone
a decade and a half older than you
THAT would be such a sacrilege!
NO falling in love with a younger guy
you know men are so immature
you will be mothering him all your life!
don’t forget to ensure we have similar backgrounds
it will help you to settle easily in the new set up
make sure he is well educated and has a good job
you can’t marry someone less educated than you
and can’t even feed you!
if he is from the same caste
that would be like the icing on cake
your father may come around to an inter-religion marriage
but marrying from a certain religion would be a BIG no-no!
mind you no living-in before marriage
nor going on vacations before we seal the deal
my daughter I am giving you wings to fly
to experience the beautiful feeling of being in love
that I experienced only after marriage, perforce
live your life as you want, my dear
but don’t forget the points mentioned afore.
*massi – maternal aunt