In India, a common practice is arranged marriage. Parents usually choose a suitable husband or wife for their sons and daughters. However, not everyone follow their parents advice. Diya, ran away from home, marrying the man she loved. Read her story.
The husband of Diya, was born into the wrong cast and economic situation for her parents to bless the wedding. She had a choice, marrying a man that her parents found for her that she did not love, or marry the man she loved with the wrong background. She selected the last. This leading to that the family rejected her.
Few woman choose this. During may stay in India I asked several woman, and they actually said they prefer marrying the person their parents choose for them. Believing that the marriage will last longer. Some research argue the same. Nonetheless, love marriage is becoming more common and accepted within the new generation.
Today, Diya, is still happily married with a little son of three years. Unfortunately, only seeing them in the weekend, due to work as a nurse in the country side for a local NGO. If you ask her if she regrets on her decision to choose love marriage above arrange marriage, the answer you will get is: No!
What did I personally learn from meeting Diya and her story? She made me appreciate that I was allowed by my family to marry the man I love. Despite that we are from different countries, ethnic groups and economic situation. My best friend, lover and companion. The one I believe is my soulmate. Mi Alecito!