Wednesday, December 16, 2009

[ZESTCaste] At this marriage fair in Gujarat, you can look beyond caste

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009 10:12:00 AM

At this marriage fair in Gujarat, you can look beyond caste

S Krishnan / DNA

Now, giving a matrimonial ad in newspapers is a passé. Engagement
fairs are the latest way of finding a life partner. Such a fair, first
of its kind in the city will be held next week. This fair will bring
face-to-face more than 1,000 bachelors and single women, providing
them with an opportunity to choose their life partners irrespective of

The 'Bhavya Jeevansathi Pasandgi Mela' will be organised for Vaishnav,
Jain, Brahmin and Patel on December 25. This will help introduce the
potential brides and grooms as their faces will be flashed on a giant
screen with their respective details, including academic qualification
and career details.

Bhavikaa Shah, lecturer in HK College of Commerce, who is organising
the event, said, "The choice of proper life partner is a major problem
for every youngster. The idea of this mela is to gather maximum
candidates along with their parents at one place in order to give them
a wider choice in choosing their life partner irrespective of their

She further said, "The fair will also provide relief to girls who have
to go through humiliating experiences like groom's parents measuring
their height, or examining their feet and hands."

"There are cases where the boy's family reject a particular proposal,
causing an inferiority complex in the girl."

Gujaratis are increasingly becoming open to out-of-caste marriages.
"Most people like to marry within their own caste. But, here in this
mela, I have provided the prospective brides and grooms to interact
with each other without bothering about their castes. Hence, providing
an ideal example to the society." explained Shah.

Free jyotishi seva will also be made available in order to match
horoscopes. Shah explained, "Three supervisors and around twenty
students from H.K. College of Commerce will help in organising the
event. More than 1000 members including NRIs will be taking part in
the event."

Pratik Patel, a third-year B.Com student, said, "It is a good thing."


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