Indian women dating culture

02-May-2017 18:16

“While talking about Akbar’s many wives of different faiths, he cited our marriage as an example,” said Divya.

“I found it out of place since he was talking about Akbar having a good time with many women.” Mixed-race couples often have to deal with scepticism about their relationship masquerading as concern about cultural differences.

Chris, her American boyfriend, had accompanied her.

One day when walking on a street in Pune, Neha’s hometown, a biker slowed down near the couple and almost hit her. She said she sensed a mix of repressed fury and lust in the man’s tone, when he hissed back: “I will f*** you.” To many Indians, the idea of a mixed-race couple is alien, repulsive even.

Probably every woman in India has one story about having been subject to lecherous looks as she has walked down the street. The male gaze turns more brazen by several orders of magnitude.

Ketki Pradhan, a French teacher in Pondicherry, told me about the time she was holding her German boyfriend’s hand when a group of men started making vulgar gestures.

Of course, not everything can be breached ahead of time.

An Indian woman who has got a white man must be enlightened, even by complete strangers.

A lawyer whose services I was seeking for a few marriage-related formalities started by giving me a sermon on running a background check on the man I wanted to marry because “you never know how these s are.” I didn’t call on her again.

When Aarya decided to tie the knot with Nicholas in 2010, she often got lectured about the sanctity of marriage and how it should be preserved.

Such attitudes towards mixed-race couples are just another expression of the intolerance that won’t countenance Hindu women marrying Muslim men.

Of course, not everything can be breached ahead of time.

An Indian woman who has got a white man must be enlightened, even by complete strangers.

A lawyer whose services I was seeking for a few marriage-related formalities started by giving me a sermon on running a background check on the man I wanted to marry because “you never know how these s are.” I didn’t call on her again.

When Aarya decided to tie the knot with Nicholas in 2010, she often got lectured about the sanctity of marriage and how it should be preserved.

Such attitudes towards mixed-race couples are just another expression of the intolerance that won’t countenance Hindu women marrying Muslim men.

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