by Nuggehalli Pankaja
Herewith I have redirected a Matrimonial advertisement my friend from India sent me;It had appeared in one of your papers.I really felt upset after seeing it;You will understand why,after reading it.Tell me,have we brides become so cheap? I feel like taking that eligible bridegroom to court.
Your loving daughter
- ‘Wanted a tall slim fair beautiful girl of ……community,to an eligible bachelor of the same community in U.S.A.She must not be more than twenty four twenty five,...Boy is about twenty eight-thirty, well qualified,working in a reputed firm, and earning well.Reply with photo.”
From Mother (Karnataka)
Saw the advertisement;Nothing wrong in it; It is ‘Man’s world,' hence his privilege to demand the best.Why don’t you try?
Herewith I send you a matrimonial AD,and my mother’s letter. See what the world has come to! We are supposed to hunt for our bridegrooms-like Savitri of puranas! Well, anyway I tried,and here is the reply- and mine to it; Read both and tell me your opinion—The Advertiser’s letter-
“Dear aspiring bride,
I saw your photo-hum,pretty,in a way,but since it is only till the bust, I am unable to gauge your height.You do look a bit plumpy,but we can rectify it by strict diet; Since there is a lot of make-up, I wonder whether you are really fair. My mother wants a very fair daughter-in-law so that the next generation will be fair. My father wants a lucrative profession-holder as my wife; I do agree with him. Tell me frankly,how many dollars do you make? I hope you have saved most of it,and not frittered t away on your parents like some silly girls..Side by side, you should manage the house completely, since,as you must be knowing,servants are hard to come by in States. You will be everything to me.
Oh, by the way, I hope you are a green card
Ram” Her reply to that letter-
“Dear Mr.Eligible bridegroom,
Thanks for your prompt reply;That means you are in a hurry to get married,at the same time choosy. Well,I am in no hurry, as such,can afford to ask a few questions.You have stressed on ‘Fair colour’ (to be handed out for generations), does that mean you are dark?
Alas,we girls also like fair men;(Not for reasons of handing down to posterity.)
You have not made any mention of your height,or sent a photo. For all I know,you may be short-fat,or puny.Alas,we girls also want tall well built husbands;and gentle in nature;Are you gentle?.
You have stressed on professional qualifications- more or less a computer-bride spinning out money. Your emphasis on dollars collaberates it. Does that mean you are not earning that well?Alas,we girls also want husbands bringing home a big packet.Re.my savings,may I know how much you have saved?Wasted over your parents?
Like some silly boys?
Reg.green card,I hear many seemingly eligible bridegrooms marry for green card,to stabilise their stay in U.S.A.Are you one of them? Reg.housework,we working-girls believe in sharing even small piece of house-work-beginning from toilet cleaning to cooking! Otherwise--divorce! Believe me,I am soft-natured, (not just soft-ware),yea,very much soft-natured, as long as I am not rubbed on the wrong shoulder.Tell this to your dear mummy and daddy.
Well Sunita,what do you say?(There has been no reply from that ‘mama’s boy)Sunita’s reaction-
Excellent! It is time girls give back as good as they got!If not, at this rate, a time may come when so-called eligible U.S.A-based bridegrooms may also advertise for strong- healthy-young‘IN-LAWS’ (without encumberances) to come at their own cost whenever there is emergency, and devote all their time-energy, to helping out their daughters in all matters apart from baby-sitting!
Foolish girl! You have spoilt a wonderful alliance!You have spoilt your own life by your own hands…Have you any head?………….”