One more link on arranged marriages:
And this is a review on "Monsoon Wedding", a recent Indian movie, which was, i think, a good reflection of today's urban Indian marriage scene
chinmayee_s- Fascinating article....thanks. I had read, many years ago, a story about an American woman who married an Indian man, and moved in with his extended family. Her insights in reference to familial relationships were similar to those discussed in the article that you posted.
Interesting....do you have the link?
That aricle was written in 1971, which was probably around the time that I had read the story that I mentioned. Has there been much change since then, especially amongst the more educated classes?
Good question, phoenix..But India being so diverse it's difficult to gauge the change. Some things have changed - like women's clothes. No eyebrows raised at cleavages or bare midriffs - i'm sure that was not the case, in 1971. More women work now and are independent. And women have equal say in family decisions (even when in-laws live with the couple).
I do know that a lot more older people plan their retirement well, lead active lives, and enjoy themselves independent of their sons and daugthers-in-law (irrespective of whether they live together or not)....
But not everything has changed in the direction of progress...take a look at this link: