I came across this post sometime back. Its really interesting! Check it out…. Some may be able to really relate to what is being discussed here!!! 😉 For readers from the west, this whole subject may sound absurd! This is more for the Asian readers and readers from countries where marriage is more of “arranged” or “arranged-love” type! 😀
How to get a nice wife
[Miscellaneous Masala/Spicy Stuff] There are times in a person’s life when he needs to take crucial decisions on his own. Marriage is one of them. Believe me, the decision on whom to marry is the most important decision a person will make in his life. After marriage, your wife is the most important person in your life. She can make or break your life. The mere thought of this is very frightening.
Some of the questions that crop up are –
- What sort of a girl do I marry?
- Will she adjust in my family?
- How can I decide on a girl by just meeting her for a few times?
- When should I get married?
- This is my life. So, I should choose the girl I marry, but then what if I make a mistake? .. so on and so forth.
I will try to address these & many more questions in the following sections.
The Nine Rules of Arranged marriage
Rule 1 – Magic no. 28
In an ideal scenario, a girl goes to college at the age of 18. By the time she graduates, goes for her post graduation and/ or works for 1-2 years, she
will be about 23- 24. This means that she has spent about 5 years away from
her home. In the 5 years period, she would meet many smart guys at college
or during her first few years on job. So, in all probability it would be
difficult to find a good girl older than 24 yrs. Secondly, in Indian
families there is lot of pressure on the girl’s to get married by the time
they become 24-25.
Statistics says that there is a generation gap after every 5 years. So, in
such scenario, one would prefer to marry a girl who is about 3-4 years
younger to you. Thus, working backwards, an ideal age for a guy to get
married is by 28. Earlier the marriage, the better it is.
Well, as we all know, in the current market scenario, there will never be
stability in our career. So, I believe there is no such thing as, “I will
marry when I settle down”.
Rule 2 – Subset of marriage-able girls
At times you hear statements like, “I am not getting the right match, I will
look after 3 months, I will find a better match then”. Well the truth is
otherwise. The subset of unmarried girl looking for a match is fixed. From
this subset, there would be girls who would get married & there would be new
girls added who would be looking for a match. The net result is that at any
given time, the variety & number of marriage-able girls are fixed.
Rule 3 – Competition for girls
Like all other facets of life, there is lot of competition for good girls.
So, if you are looking for a girl who is post graduate, done her Engg, is
working, very beautiful, smart, from a good family etc. etc, just think
again. There are other guys who are also looking for similar girls &
probably they are better off than you in terms of career, looks personality
etc. Given a choice every guy would like to marry Aishwarya Rai. So, set
your expectations accordingly.
Rule 4 – Understanding girls
You would have met a lot of people during your life. As we all know, its
difficult to judge a person based on a few meetings. I am sure you would
agree with me that in case of girls it is even more difficult to understand
them in a few meetings. I know people who are still trying to understand
their wife. ;-).. Understanding your spouse is a life long assignment. So,
then how do you select a girl based on a few meeting? This is where you need
to take the help of your parents/ friends & latest technologies like
email/chat to choose your girl.
Rule 5 – Society expectation
The selection process is tough on every one who is involved in the process.
In arranged marriage, involvement of family & society is pretty high. You
can’t meet a girl 3-4 times & then say no to her. It is bad for her future.
So, you should have a good short-listing criterion. Meet only a few girls &
be sure what you are looking for. It is for the benefit of everyone
Rule 6 – Marriage between equals
Unlike love marriage, in arranged marriage you also marry into the girl’s
family. In arranged marriages, family support plays a major role in ensuring
a successful marriage. This is where the compatibility of social status,
family values & caste/religion plays a major role. Its important to note
that in case there is a perfect match between the two families, the marriage
is destined to succeed.
Rule 7 – Know yourself
Unlike love marriage, in arranged marriage you first marry a person & then
fall in love. So, it’s very important that you do a self-assessment on the
kind of person you would love. They say, “Opposite attract”, while they also
say, “Bird of same feather flock together”. So, you take a call on what sort
of person you like. Take a pen & paper; write down the kind of attributes
you are looking for in a girl. Say, she should ideally have the looks of
Sonia, the style of Monica, the voice of Sheena, the patience of Rashmi. You
will certainly not find the perfect girl, but then you would have a good
idea of what you are looking for. The secret here is to set some minimum
criteria for selection. Don’t forget rule no.3 here.
Rule 8 – Girl’s Beauty
A girl’s looks attract, but then no one wants to end up marrying a dumb It
is like buying your bike. When you initially buy it, you are crazy about the
looks, but later on you love it for its reliability, fuel economy & comfort
level. Similarly, a girl’s looks are important, but then it should not be
the most important criteria. Later on in life, you will get bored of her
looks. It is then that her personality & behavior will make all the
difference to your marriage. I am sure your parents will be able to advice
you a lot better on this topic.
Rule 9 – Taking advice
As I have mentioned in the next rule, it’s very important that the final
decision on whom to marry must necessarily be yours. However, don’t do the
mistake of isolating yourself from the world while planning your marriage.
Discuss with your parents & very close friends on this issue. They are your
well wishers. Secondly, in such important matters its necessary that you
analyze all possibilities. Remember, I am not suggesting that you follow
others’ advice, but don’t forget to take their advice.
Rule 10 – Own decision
All said & done, it’s your marriage & your life that is at stake. Once you
are married, you & your wife are the only persons who will be facing the
music. Don’t marry a girl just because your parents or friends asked you to
do so. After marriage, if things don’t work out & you end up saying, “It’s
because of my friends or my parents that I married you”, then your marriage
is destined for disaster. If the girl is of your choice, it is you who will
be responsible for whatever happens. That’s when the marriage works out
perfectly. So, ensure that you marry the girl of your choice.
How to approach the selection process? From the day, a person decides to get married; the selection process takes a minimum of 3 months. The whole process needs a lot of patience & commitment. The ideal steps to be followed are:
Define the minimum criteria for the kind of life partner you are looking for
in terms of education, physical appearance, social status, family values,
future career plans. Remember the Rule 3 here.
Lead Generation phase
Place ads in various newspapers, magazines, websites, through friends,
family friends, family societies & association etc. You need to exhaust all
possible means of getting bio-datas at one go. Remember the Rule 2 here.
Short listing phase
Based on your selection criteria, short-list the interesting bio-datas. The
general process followed for correspondence is as follows:
- The initiator sends a one page profile of himself/herself.
- Based on the profile, the receiver sends his/her one page profile along with request for detailed profile, photo, horoscope.
- The initiator then sends the requested information along with a request for similar information.
- The receiver sends similar information.
- If the bio-data is selected, it is passed over to the next phase.
Casual interaction phase
Based on short listing, about 7 to 10 bio-datas are taken forwarded to this
phase. The next step to follow here is to exchange email/ chat ids. The guy
& the girl then interact for 10 – 15 days to try & judge mutual
compatibility through email/chat.
Family interaction phase
Based on the earlier phase, about 5 leads are taken for consideration in
this phase. During this phase, the parents get involved & check the
background information about the families to find mutual compatibility.
The dating phase
Based on the earlier phase about 3 leads are taken forward to this phase.
During this phase, the guy & the girl interact by going out alone for 2-3
times. The guy needs to prepare a set of simple questions like who is your
favorite star, what are your hobbies? He needs to use his judgment to
analyze the girl based on her responses.
The D-day phase
Finally, the D-day comes when the guy has to select the girl he wants to
spend his life with. If the process if followed systematically, there will
be no ambiguity in deciding who should be your life partner.
Finally, my dear friends, marriage is all about compromises. In spite of all
the planning that you do, there are a lot of uncertainties in a marriage. In
fact this is the best part about marriage. Just remember that the person you
marry must be of your choice. In such case, there would be no going back for
both of you.
A few words of advice: To make your marriage a success; just believe in the
age-old virtue, “Never do anything to others that you don’t like for yourself”.