Recently, I joined a company for an internship in Content Writing. However the company, kind of, vanished into thin air in a few days. They gave me an assignment to write a few words on the topic “Can Love Be Arranged?” I am sharing the article I wrote here.
Love is the greatest mystery in the universe. Even in this age of science and technology, where every mystery from the Bermuda Triangle to Jack the Ripper is being solved, love remains unsolved and unexplained. In various parts of the world, including India, arranged marriages are the norm. The parents of the groom-to-be go from house to house, village to village, city to city, to see the bride-to-be if she is suitable. Favorable characteristics can include beauty, height, education, salary, cooking skills, caste, etc. Smoking and drinking habits are frowned upon. The parents usually make the decision. But can such a marriage be fruitful? Can it be happy? Well, humans, in general, have a power. They can adapt to any situation, however bad it may be. And when the newly wedded couple have a child a few years into the marriage, they have something to center their marriage and their lives on. They have a reason to be happy. But is that all that love can be? What about going out to watch a movie, without the baby? What about spending a weekend together, away from it all? Somehow, such hopes and desires are fulfilled by watching movies at home while feeding the baby, or while cleaning its diaper. And, of course, sometimes, these marriages turn out to be unhappy, very unhappy. Only a few years ago, when they were going off to college, their parents were telling them not to mix too much with the opposite gender. And now they are telling them to marry and live the rest of their lives with a complete strangers. Isn’t there something wrong there? What is wrong with love? Yes, it hurts at first. But isn’t it worth it, if one day, you meet someone whom you actually want to spend the rest of your life with?