TU || Flax Golden Tales || Four Levels of Interpretation Lesson 23

Level: B.A/ B.B.S || Lesson 23 Arranging A Marriage in India (Serena Nanda)

Words Meaning

Matrimonial = relating to marriage

Sophisticated = civilized

Rebellious = revolutionary

Reluctance = indifference

Prominent = important

Distress = trouble

Fool hardy = foolish person

Deferential – respectful

Gala = celebration

Prospect = hope

Up bringing = rearing

Roam = wander

Proceed = go ahead

Distress = sorrow

Modest = simple

Geared = want ahead

Pursue = quest

Chic = smart

Upbringing = caring of a child

Anxious = worried

Coincidence = chance

Thrilled = enjoyed

Potential = possible

Womenfolk = group of women

Summary

This text Arranging a Marriage in India was written by Serena Nanda in 1995. She was an American professor who observed Indian society very nearly. She found that arrange marriage is popular among Indian people. In this marriage system parents seek bride or bride groom for their children. In some places love marriage also takes place. The young boys and girls also make their parents responsible for finding their husband or wife. Parents take great interest in match making.

The writer herself went to India to know about marriage in India because she also used to teach anthropology in America. Anthropology is the study of the human race. She meets an unmarried girl in India and asks her lots of questions about the way of marriage in India. That lady was Sita who the writer asked about marriage system. Sita informed to the writer that Sita had let her parents choose the boy for her. Then the writer surprised because in American girls spend all their time worrying about a man to get married. Six years later she came to India to do field work.

The writer herself engaged in match matching and decided to help and Indian friend. Her Indian friend had a marriageable son. She herself involved in finding a suitable girl for his friend’s son. She found a girl. The girl was among the five sisters. The boy’s mother didn’t show any interest in that girl because boy’s mother thought that girl’s father couldn’t afford for marriage. The writer went to another girl. The girl was well educated but boy’s family again didn’t took interest in that girl because the boy’s parents said that the girl is more forward that the boy’s family. The mother gave reasons that smart and educated girl couldn’t adjust to the family. Then she went for another girl. The boy’s father and girl’s father were friends. The girls father had already seen the boy. But the boy’s parents didn’t like that girl because she was short and the girl had spectacles on her eyes. Now the writer felt sad and became restless.

She found match making is a difficult task the writer went to America. Two years later, she again came to India. Her friend’s son was still unmarried. This time she met a family having marriageable daughter. She was simple. A year after she returned to America and she received an invitation to the wedding of her friend’s son who was going to marry the girl she had proposed.

The writer became happy for making successful match making. Then she knew that match making process takes a long time and there are some conditions for getting married. These condition are: the boy and should be from the same caste. The boy the girl should have similar economics status and the family should be reputed.

Four Levels of Interpretation

  1. Literal Comprehension

This text Arranging a Marriage in India was written by Serena Nanda 9n 1995. She was an American professor who observed Indian society very nearly. She found that arrange marriage is popular among Indian people. In this marriage system parents seek bride or bride groom for their children. In some places love marriage also takes place. The young boys and girls also make their parents responsible for finding their husband or wife. Parents take great interest in match making.

The writer herself went to India to know about marriage in India because she also used to teach anthropology in America. Anthropology is the study of the human race. She meets an unmarried girl in India and asks her lots of questions about the way of marriage in India. That lady was Sita who the writer asked about marriage system. Sita informed to the writer that Sita had let her parents choose the boy for her. Then the writer surprised because in American girls spend all their time worrying about a man to get married. Six years later she came to India to do field work.

The writer herself engaged in match matching and decided to help and Indian friend. Her Indian friend had a marriageable son. She herself involved in finding a suitable girl for his friend’s son. She found a girl. The girl was among the five sisters. The boy’s mother didn’t show any interest in that girl because boy’s mother thought that girl’s father couldn’t afford for marriage. The writer went to another girl. The girl was well educated but boy’s family again didn’t took interest in that girl because the boy’s parents said that the girl is more forward that the boy’s family. The mother gave reasons that smart and educated girl couldn’t adjust to the family. Then she went for another girl. The boy’s father and girl’s father were friends. The girls father had already seen the boy. But the boy’s parents didn’t like that girl because she was short and the girl had spectacles on her eyes. Now the writer felt sad and became restless.

She found match making is a difficult task the writer went to America. Two years later, she again came to India. Her friend’s son was still unmarried. This time she met a family having marriageable daughter. She was simple. A year after she returned to America and she received an invitation to the wedding of her friend’s son who was going to marry the girl she had proposed.

The writer became happy for making successful match making. Then she knew that match making process takes a long time and there are some conditions for getting married. These condition are: the boy and should be from the same caste. The boy the girl should have similar economics status and the family should be reputed.

  1. Interpretation

In this text writer tries to present the marriage system in India. She is from Western society where girls spend their life looking for a life partner. But in India she found a different situation where she saw parents involved in match making. The daughters or sons don’t have any worry for their life partner. The writer preferred love marriage but when she heard much about arranged marriage, she liked arranged marriage. She found Indian couples happier than American couples though they don’t see each other before their marriage. They let their parents seek their life partners.

  1. Critical Thinking

This is an autobiographical essay. The writer her self observed the Indian society and later on she wrote this essay in 1992. She has used easy English to understand. But the writer only gives focus on arranged marriage and according to her arranged marriage brings happiness in couples but we have seen that many people that many people who get arranged marriage, get divorced later on. It is also necessary to be good understanding between the boy and the girl before they get married.

  1. Assimilation

When I read this text, I remembered my elder brother’s wedding. My elder brother had an arranged marriage. He hadn’t known his wife’s name before his marriage. My father and grandfather had gone to bride’s house for a girl. My elder brother didn’t get chance to see the girl before marriage. But both are spending their conjugal life happily. They have got two son’s and one daughter and they are also doing well in their studies.

Possible questions

  1. Discuss whether the arranged marriages are decaling among the educated professional class of India on the basis of Serena Nanda’s research essay.
  2. What are your views on subject of arrange marriage?

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