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Thursday, October 14, 2004

When the compromise is better than good enuff
Had this talk abt arranged marriages with a friend yesterday. Now the system has many flaws - you don't have any idea of what you are getting into; the two people might be totally different; the parcel might be very different from the packaging etc. etc. etc. However, it seems to still work brilliantly in India, even with modernization on the roll. My guess was that in arranged marriages, given the setup, both parties expect the worst to start with. We assume that everything will be messed up. So whatever happens pleases us and we are psychologically willing to adjust a lot more to make things work. Yeah! It's a compromise of sorts - but it works pretty well - right?

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