These two photos are in the home of an Indian family we met in Jaisalmer. We got talking to their son at the local market; we had asked him to recommend a good restaurant for dinner, he said his house wasn’t bad:) And that we could go to eat there and leave a donation if we wanted. We had a great home-cooked meal. And for the second time during the trip we had the pleasure of seeing a wedding photo album. It was a really prized posession for both families. The eldest son had been married earlier in the year by arranged marriage. The father was very proud of how much he had spent on the wedding. On the day that the girl met her future husband there were 25 members of his family present and none of hers! Slightly intimidating I’d imagine. Now that they’re married she has come to live in his family’s home. She had her face covered with a scarf for most of the time we were there and seemed quite marginalised within the family. We had an interesting chat with the father about Indian and Western family values. He said that they could never seperate because his wife needed him to carry her to the gates of heaven. Nothing to do with the Zero rights she’d have if she were seperated. Marriage in India is for good and quite often arranged! But he was quite insistant that they were all very happy. He spoke for everybody, of course. They did seem quite happy though, it has to be said.

By: thisisnotspicy

Aug 27 2009

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Category: Jaisalmer (13)

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Aperture:f/3.5
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Camera:Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi

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2 comments on “These two photos are in the home of an Indian family we met in Jaisalmer. We got talking to their son at the local market; we had asked him to recommend a good restaurant for dinner, he said his house wasn’t bad:) And that we could go to eat there and leave a donation if we wanted. We had a great home-cooked meal. And for the second time during the trip we had the pleasure of seeing a wedding photo album. It was a really prized posession for both families. The eldest son had been married earlier in the year by arranged marriage. The father was very proud of how much he had spent on the wedding. On the day that the girl met her future husband there were 25 members of his family present and none of hers! Slightly intimidating I’d imagine. Now that they’re married she has come to live in his family’s home. She had her face covered with a scarf for most of the time we were there and seemed quite marginalised within the family. We had an interesting chat with the father about Indian and Western family values. He said that they could never seperate because his wife needed him to carry her to the gates of heaven. Nothing to do with the Zero rights she’d have if she were seperated. Marriage in India is for good and quite often arranged! But he was quite insistant that they were all very happy. He spoke for everybody, of course. They did seem quite happy though, it has to be said.”

  1. good story


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