Indian Journey Part VII: Why Indians Rarely Divorce

July 1, 2010 in India, Travel by pacejmiller

I don’t want to paint with a broad brush, but statistics (of which I have none at hand) show that Indians rarely divorce.  There are probably many cultural reasons for this, but having just been to an Indian wedding, my guess is it’s because they never want to go through another wedding ever again.  It’s a lot of hard work.  And it’s exhausting for everyone involved, especially the bride and groom.

I can only tell you what I experienced as an outsider who witnessed bits and pieces of the three days that I attended.  I am from the groom’s side, but I assume other things happened separately on the bride’s side too.  Hindu weddings are conducted using Sanskrit, an old language which most Indians cannot understand, so it must have been equally tedious for all the Indians in attendance as it was for us.  Nevertheless, let me assure you — as grand and merry as it was, no sane person will want to go through it twice!

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