Sunday, 14 February 2010

M Is For Marriage

I've always thought that people who dwell too deeply in the lives of others usually do so because they are so unhappy with their own lives.. that interfering, condemning, goading, not supporting, applying pressure, expecting from or even gossiping about others - gives not only some semblance of purpose to their miserable shitty existence.. but for those moments they forget how shite it is to be them.

Is that a harsh point of view? Maybe, maybe not, but I think as I think. Maybe I'm acidic about it coz I'm a little frustrated about it right now.

Recently I graced the shores of India - after almost 10 years and if I'm being honest with myself I never liked being there even 10 years ago.

The worst thing about India is that the substantially different culture and mentality of the country's inhabitants are harder to digest than stone. 

As an unmarried 27 year old in India.. I'm at the latter end of the "appropriate age" for marriage and this means EVERY person in my family older than me is married or engaged. 

So what does this mean to me?

Well it means that I'm fair game and it is the personal responsibility of ALL the elders in India (by elders.. I mean those my age & above) to ensure I'm tamed and settled down immediately. And this should be done without holding back. It's a matter of importance that can not be given anything less than their full-focus.

This apparently isn't so much in my interest mind.. it's about me looking after Masi (Aunt) and my parents.. which according to every familial resident of India is the responsibility of my currently non-existent wife.

Now I do appreciate that those of my grandparents generation want to see all their grandchildren married, settled and producing 'sprogs'.. and I even can stomach them saying as much. Honestly.. I can. 

What it is that pisses me off is the undue pressure and constant harranging. Like serious.. tell me once a few times when you meet me.. maybe a couple more times as you talk to me.. maybe even a parting comment.

But seriously 163 times in less than an hour? That takes the biscuit in my book especially when that's the first and only time I'm ever likely to meet you.

And I swear that was the amount of times just one person went on about it.. you can imagine how many others were like that.. none quite as bad mind but still there were several contenders very closely behind.

The flash of annoyance and anger that must have been evident on my face everytime someone so much as mentioned the word marriage must have carried. I'm sure of it. I don't suffer fools gladly and have always been crap at masking my annoyance.

When I was asked if I had a girlfriend.. it was easy enough to say NO.. it's true afterall. There is no girlfriend. No-one asked if there was a boyfriend. That would have been harder to evade. I would certainly not have lied and said no if someone had asked but I would not have answered. It would have been a case of evade evade evade.

I will note that despite everything I didn't cave into the pressure.. which I have to admit was far worse than I had anticipated. 

But what got me.. and it REALLY REALLY did get me.. was the realisation that I'll never be able to have a partner that truly fits into my all aspects of my life. I will never be able to escape it. I will forever be awkwardly single, unmarried and incomplete as far as all these people are concerned. Wifeless and empty.. never able to share my love, my life, my partner openly, freely, comfortably or happily. I will forever have a shield around my life.. a guard of privacy and isolation. I'll never be able to walk into a room of family members with my partner as my partner. To them I'll be alone. Forever and always.

And for someone whose family is as important as it is to me.. well that hurt. That hurt more than I can articulate.

And that for reasons that I couldn't fathom.. that really really depressed me. I had thought I was past this. Past allowing this to hold me down. Past letting it affect me. Past caring. But guess like so many other things.. I must have been kidding myself.

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Jules said...

Oh My Gosh Sweet SB... this absolutely has me in tears. I'm bawling right now. How unfair that this trip has made you feel this desolate. Baby, you have done so well to try to overcome stereotypes, become your own self, discover what makes you happy. I'll be damned if a 2 week trip to India is going to break your newfound spirit. I am horrified at how this has happened, though not oblivious at all to the realities behind why it did... and part of me did expect and fear it for you as I heard you were going. Can't you just deflect people by saying "well, be thankful I'm not an only child, cuz a wife is nowhere in my future". I know, it's not that simple. But that's true. You not being an only child means your family can make up where your elders view you not being able to fulfill those obligations. If you were an only child, I could sort of quantify the horrendous traditions being followed through.

Oh I know I'm going on and on... please, Baby... don't be sad and depressed. We've worked too hard to liberate you. I promise you one thing, nobody will ask you about when you're getting married when you come here, k!!!

Tender hugs and much love..
Pinky xoxoxox

Shruti - now making better butter said...

u sound so much like me.
dammit man.. u've been echoing my thoughts all through.. almost!! I have been telling people that the first book I publish will be called 'Disadvantages of bein Indian' One reason being the habit of clinging on to meaningless traditions and the lack of unity in Diversity, the hypocrisy of saying that the caste system should be eradicated and actually never wanting it to happen, the passion with which they express about things they really need not bother to bother about!

Marriage is fear factor for me. There wsa a time when I wanted the person mentioning it to disappear into thin air. To think that I go thru that 163/hr times thingy everytime I talk to mom.

Do u HAVE to go to this place that will make u low everytime u go there?

Cheri said...

Hey Amit, been a while.

I hope u're doing well.

just breezing thru.

madgal said...
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madgal said...

hey SSD or SSM

oh whatever ur still SSD ok!!!

It had been agessssss since I read your blog! this is madgal by the way. forgot my passsword to borth email and blog. trying to reset.

What did you expect! We are ASIAN!!
Come off it you boys get away with more then us girls. that is teh fav topic of everyone except from land and duty. duty actualy comes into marriage with them aswell.

But i did feel for you. 163 times!!!!

good to see ur still around!

unsungpsalm said...

How strange I never came across your blog... Definitely an appealing theme of content

27 is not that old! Lots of guys get married at 30... Tell them to hold on a bit, and give you some time... and deal with the rest in 3 years :-)