Family, India

Arranged marriages!

“Love marriage” is one way of getting married and there is yet another way of getting married which is highly prevalent in Indian homes and it is known as an “arranged marriage”.

India is so beautifully diverse with its languages(all of the four southern states have a different language) , cultures, religions and climates (If you ask me how diverse India is – I could do an entire blog post on that too!! :)) , but they are all united by one novel way of getting married which is the “arranged marriage”.

What is arranged marriage?

‘Arranged marriage’ is when a boy and girl get married as per the parents and/or grand-parents wishes! 🙂 There is no “getting to know each other phase”, “living together phase”, “seeing each other’s parents phase” – some arranged marriages get completed in a matter of months.

How do the parents know that the “boy” and “girl” are made for each other? 🙂 ( well, that might be for another post ;)) – for now, they just “know” that they are made for each other!! 🙂

Given the complexity of human personalities and the constant change it undergoes with respect to its environment, it is truly amazing that arranged marriages work and continue to work. “Arranged marriage” is in my opinion -one of the most surreal of all relationships! 🙂  I don’t know how it works and till this date I try hard to wrap this thought around my head “how two people who have absolutely no clue about each other, each other’s personalities, each other’s habits and most importantly each other’s families are told to spend the rest of their life together and they successfully do! 🙂

Given the huge success rate of arranged marriages, it is a sure bet that this unique and blissful relationship will continue for more years to come!

India

Wayanad, Kerala

Continuing in the series of being enraptured by India and its beautiful locales we visited Wayanad, Kerala in 2015. ‘Wayanad’ is the district situated in the north eastern part of the state of Kerala and is nestled in the Western ghats . ‘ Kerala’ is ‘God’s own country’ and perfectly lives up to this name. The air is free of pollution and the natural greenery makes it a great getaway for those tired of a hectic city life. Just breathing the natural air makes you feel more relaxed and cozying up on mother nature’s lap is the ultimate experience.

 

Kuruva Island:

We visited ‘Kuruva island’ which is an island which can only be reached by a raft. This island is situated about 40 kms from Kalpetta.  The island is uninhabited and is situated on the Kabini river. Entry to the island is restricted during the monsoon season. The natural landscape of the place is disturbed only by visiting humans and the place is surrounded by lush vegetation and greenery. It is also home to different species of birds. The entire experience of walking the 2 km stretch across the island is an enchanting one for nature lovers.

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At the end of the 2 km stretch is the Kabini river where one can dip their feet in water and relax and have fun.

Banasurasagar dam:

Our next stop was the ‘Banasurasagar’ dam. The ‘Banasurasagar’ dam is the second largest earth dam in Asia and the largest earth dam in India. It is situated at the foothills of the Banasura hill.

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The view from the speed boat ride was a mesmerizing experience and being surrounded by Banasura hills along the speed boat ride was a new one.

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Horse back rides and shopping for new types of plants from the local nursery completed our Banasurasagar experience.

Ayurveda and Kerala:

No trip to Kerala is complete without looking at Ayurveda. Ayurveda and Kerala go hand in hand. All those who seek a different form of treatment move to the Ayurvedic form of  treatment. The medicinal herbs found in the Western Ghats help all those with pains and aches. There are variety of ‘thailams’ like the ‘Dhanavantri thailam’ that soothe sore joints.

The air was  fresh and clean and life was innocent at Wayanad, Kerala. We came away taking precious memories of ‘God’s own country’.