Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Rapid Questions Round

It is a truth universally accepted in the Indian society that a single girl, who is working, and is from a well-to-do family must be in want of a husband. Then that would-be husband and his family have all rights to ask whatever uncensored questions they want, in front of everyone. Questions could be as follows:

  • What are your hobbies?
  • Can you cook?
  • Do you like non-vegetarian food?
  • Do you like to listen to music?
  • Would you mind if you have to move out of your city? (Nobody bothers to ask what she would do about her job then.)
  • Do you wear saris? Do you like wearing saris? Do you have a collection of saris?

Did I tell you that these are standard questions? A recently introduced question, that will make your heads turn is:

Have you put on weight recently?

And they might sometimes forget to ask these questions:

  • Can you walk?
  • Can you talk?
  • Are you human?

But don't worry. Every girl eventually gets used to being asked all these questions. She also learns to answer them tactfully. Of course, when they are asked for the first time, the girl will be angry, flustered, irritated, and not to say flabbergasted. She will then learn that the greatest "virtues" of being a girl are patience and self-control. She will learn that she has to control herself so that she does not walk out on the folks who ask these questions, or worse, slap them hard.

This experience is very necessary to learn the role of being a good "wife." Unless she passes in this test, she is not accepted as "marriage" stuff.

So gals out there thinking of getting married soon, remember, be patient and practise self-control. Because those virtues are your ticket to wifeydom, nothing short of martyrdom.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, by the way, the "is working" criteria applies to almost every girl (or maybe every other girl) these days. In Jane Austen's time girls only had to be single and from good families :) What pressures on this gender are increasing :P