Thursday, February 23, 2017

Arranged Marriage Date aka Matrimonial Interview – The First Question

Do you remember the first thing your said to your dating-partner on your first date...? 

And – if you have had an arranged marriage - do you remember the first question you asked your prospective spouse on your Arranged Marriage Date” aka “Matrimonial Interview...? 

Here is a story of an Arranged Marriage Date. 

Please read the story carefully – because – there is a quiz question at the end...

A Story

Circa 1982

It was a typical Arranged Marriage Date.

Yes – a Boy Girl Seeing Kande-Pohe Ceremony in Pune... (aka Matrimonial Interview)

The very first question the Boy asked the Girl was: 

“Do you drink Liquor – do you Booze…?”

The Girl was shocked. 

(Remember – this story happened 35 years ago in 1982 – when girls were not as “liberated” as today and alcohol was taboo for middle-class girls)

So – the Girl was shocked when the Boy asked her this question right in the beginning: 

“Do you drink liquor – do you booze…?”

She had not expected this to be the very first question from the Boy.

Also – she had not rehearsed for this question.

But – the Girl recovered her wits – and  the Girl said truthfully to the Boy: 

“No – I do not drink liquor – in fact – I have never touched alcohol in my life…” 

“That is good…” the Boy said. 

The Girl was curious to know why the Boy had asked this question right in the beginning.

Maybe – the Boy was a strict teetotaller who never touched alcohol.

So – the curious Girl asked the Boy: 

“Please tell me – why did you ask me this question whether I drink alcohol – and that too  right in the beginning…?” 

The Boy looked at the Girl and he said to her:

“Ha Ha Ha...

I asked you whether you drink  because I drink heavily – yes – I am a drunkard”.

I am a heavy drinker – and – I love alcohol. 

So – if you drink alcohol too – and – we both are drunkards – that will be terrible – isn’t it…? 

We do not want to be a husband-wife team of drunkards in the house – do we…? 

Just imagine  how disastrous it will be for our children  if both the father and the mother are drunkards…” 

After speaking these words of wisdom – the Boy smiled at the Girl.

The Girl was amazed by this logic.

The Girl smiled at the Boy.

She seemed rather amused.

Then – the Girl asked the Boy:

“Can I ask you a Question…?”

“Sure – you can ask me anything you want…” the Boy said.

“Do you know how to cook…?” the Girl asked the Boy.

“Yes – I know how to cook – in fact – I can cook quite well…” the Boy said.

“That is good…” the Girl said.

“That is good…? What do you mean by “that is good”…? Why did you ask me whether I knew how to cook…?” the Boy asked the Girl.

The Girl looked at the Boy – and  she said to the Boy: 

“Because – I do not know how to cook – and  it will be a total disaster  if our children have to starve – because both of us don’t know how to cook – isn’t it…?”

This Boy and Girl are “happily” married for almost 35 years now.

The Boy quit drinking alcohol long back – yes – the Boy gave up drinking more than 15 years ago (in the year 2002) – and – the drunkard” Boy is now a strict teetotaller who does not touch even a drop of alcohol.

But – the Girl still does not know how to cook


Dear Reader: Can you guess who are the Boy and Girl...?

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This is an abridged and updated version on my story posted online earlier in my Academic and Creative Writing Journal Blog on March 27, 2015 at url:  and and

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