Love and Marriage, Indian Style
Mumbai is a bustling city on the coast of the Arabian Sea. With its high-rise buildings and paved roads, it is more developed than other parts of India. It is also the center of India's movie industry. In fact, its nickname is Bollywood! When I first arrived in Mumbai, something I noticed right away was that the women seemed more outspoken here than in many of the countries if the Middle East. At first, I thought this meant that Indian women were treated better than Middle Eastern women. After a little time in this new country, however, I learned that in some ways this isn't true.
One day, I was visiting a temple with my friend Myriam, when I saw a women who was sitting outside the building and begging for money. I wondered what happened, so I decided to talk to her. Her name is Shasheev. She is 24 years old and has been living as a beggar for 2 years. She ran away from her husband and his family because they treated her so badly! "I was like a slave," she said.
Indians have different views about marriage than most Americans. People don't usually marry just because they are in love. Marriage is much more practical. Over 95% of marriages are arranged by people's parents or family members. Often times the young men and women getting married barely know each other! Shasheev
It might sound very strange to you, but in many cases it works out just fine. Unfortunately, for Shasheev it didn't go as well.
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