What’s the Best Way to Match a B’ful, Homely Bride With a H’som W’stld Groom?
India’s parents use abbreviation-stuffed newspaper ads, not the internet, to seek marriage partners for their children
A majority of marriages in India are still arranged, often with parents meeting before the potential bride and groom get a chance to see each other….
Potential brides are B’ful and grooms H’som. SM4 is suitable match for, and Send BHP means send biodata (or a résumé), horoscope and photo. W’stld is well settled, meaning well paid. Wkg is working. PQ means professionally qualified, T’tot is a teetotaler, and a PSU is a public sector unit—where jobs impress.
The ads also often list the father’s job—fthr sr bnk offcr, or father senior bank officer, for example.
The personals also have their own unique vocabulary. If a woman is listed as “homely” it means she doesn’t work. If a man is issueless (abbreviated as i’less) after a divorce, it means he doesn’t have children. Potential mates listed as having a “wheatish” complexion have light-brown skin.
Let’s play matchmaker. Write a marriage ad for someone — your children, another relative, a friend, or even yourself or your spouse. Highlight their most attractive qualities. (Add in “buyer beware” warnings if you want.) Do your best sales job!
What’s your opinion of arranged marriages?