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Indians: You Don't Need To Get Married Just Because People Want You To

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So here's a cool thing that happens to a lot of us Indians as soon as we show mild signs of adulthood: your family descends on you like a pack of predators, ready to ship you off to a life of marital bliss.

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And suddenly, every aunty and her nani is sending rishtas your way.

But wait! Look at you.

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I know your family can turn ANY conversation into a reason for you to get married.

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And I know your grandmother has suddenly decided that grandchild-related emotional blackmail is her hobby of choice.

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And if that wasn't enough, your social networks are congested with people your age tying the knot. People who you thought were your friends. People who you believed in.

Even the country depends on you to find marital bliss.

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You've been brainwashed to such an extent that there are days when you find yourself thinking that it's not that bad an idea.

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But STOP.

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Unlike this archaic ad suggests, you DO have a choice.

And you don't have to make this decision under duress.

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And, let's be real, you have a hard enough time committing to lunch plans with anyone, let alone agreeing to spend YOUR WHOLE DAMN LIFE together.

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If you've found the one who is going to be giving you butterflies in your stomach for the rest of your life then good for you.

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But for the rest of us, it's not an easy path to take.

But before making any harsh decisions, think about it. Really think about it. Are you ready to be with one person for the rest of your life?

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Do you have the mental maturity to take up a lifelong commitment?

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Weddings sound so much fun and you've had your sangeet songs picked even before your life partner but have you thought about the "after"?

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Also weddings may even cause real, physical damage to your person.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3e1V-8eDRVQ
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*legit scenario to be afraid of*

Marriages end ALL THE TIME, for increasingly absurd reasons. This poor groom never saw it coming.

PLUS you're going to have to leave the comfortable life you've been leading thus far (and maybe even your house and parents).

I mean there's an entire ritual dedicated to crying on your wedding day. WHAT IS THAT?
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I mean there's an entire ritual dedicated to crying on your wedding day. WHAT IS THAT?

There are a lot of reasons to get married, and there are a lot of reasons not to. The good news is that, either way, it's YOUR choice.

You're gorgeous, smart and sexy, and it's totally okay to be confused and not have everything figured out.

Like falling out of love, not being completely over your ex or just not feeling it yakno?
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Like falling out of love, not being completely over your ex or just not feeling it yakno?

Maybe you just grew up and realised that everything you thought you wanted is actually BS.

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And maybeeee, it’s possible that you already know what you want. And maybe it doesn’t match what everyone around you wants you to want. And maybe that's OK.

But TOUGH.
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But TOUGH.

And as Vennu so eloquently put it, you can do whatever the fuck you want.

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So the next time an annoying, jobless aunty is trying to get all up in your business, you know what to do.

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And if nothing else works, you can always throw yourself a fake wedding like these Argentinian trailblazers.