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The day I said 'No' to an arranged marriage

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This article explain about arranged marriage, and that there are people who wants to marry someone who they love, and not because of someone arranged marriage for them. The narrator mother want to arrange marriage with the narrator's cousin, but the thought of it make the narrator feel disgusted. Therefore, he tried to rebel his mother purposes, and start his own belief, which is to marry someone that he loves.
This article is similar to the story The Mango season because in both of their situations, they both deal with the arrange marriages. Both the main character of the Mango Season, and the narrator of this article refuse the idea of marrying someone that someone arranged for them. In the Mango Season, the main character broke her family traditions by finally telling her parents that she is already engaged to an American boy , " I didn't pan to fall in love with Nick, it just happened. And I can't just marry someone else. I don't want to marry anyone but Nick." (Malladi 168) . Priya's parents weren't happy with Priya decision but Priya ignored all the negatives , and plan to move on with her decision.

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LOOK: Indian Girl Who Fled An Arranged Marriage Becomes Millionaire

LOOK: Indian Girl Who Fled An Arranged Marriage Becomes Millionaire | The Mango Season ~ Arranged Marriage | Scoop.it
An Indian girl who took a blind leap to escape an arranged marriage has returned home a millionaire.
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This article is about the girl who escaped arranged marriage , and fled to Boston. Chanda Zaveri is the indian girl who didn't want to have arranged wedding. When Zaveri parents told Zaveri that it's time for her to have arranged wedding, Zaveri fled to Boston by selling her gold earrings, and buying an air ticket to Boston. Zaveri took various jobs as a maid at elderly homeowners. Due to her work ethic, Zavari was recieved $30, 000 to go to Harvard. During her studies at Harvard, Zavari tried as hard as she could to be successful , then Zavari completes 2 units necessary to complete a Master's Degree. After that, Zavari went to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) to begin biochemistry research under visiting professor Linus Pauling, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist. Professor Pauling was really impressed by Zavari's ambitions to become a successful chemist. The first ever product she made which improved collagen in the skin became the best sellers in the field of cosmetology. Today, Chanda Zavari is the co-founder of skin care Actiogen , which was a number one seller .Not only she is very successful and rich now, she devote her income to research for curing cancer. After her success, Zavari returned to India to visit her family, and she hoped to give a message to fellow indian people that "I hope for a day in India when people, irrespective of their status and gender, will treat each other as equal ", ( Zavari).
This article is related to the book The Red Mango because both of the women ( in the article & the book ) fled to America to find a better future, and better education. Zavari didn't want to have arranged wedding therefor she fled to Boston. However, Priya fled to America for education ,but she quickly realized that she should marry the one she loves, not the one her parents arranged . Although , Priya have doubtful mind of not agreeing to have arranged wedding, Priya told her parents the truth about her engagement, " I came to India at this time to tell you all that I'm in love with an American and I plan to marry him," ( Malladi 165). Both of the women also think that women should be independent , and that , they do not have to follow the rules of their culture if they find that they don't need to.

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Arranged' Marriage

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The article from new york times magazine describe the arranged wedding as sometimes with success and sometimes with despair. This article tells the pros and cons of the arranged wedding. Pros include low rates divorce , and the cons include dissatisfaction, unhappiness, and so on . This article mainly focused on the true definition of arrange marriage. Then the author talked about her arranged marriage life. The author revealed that she's happy with the decision that her parents made for her. She revealed that she is happily married for 2 years now .

This article is related to the story The Mango Season because the major theme for both pieces is arrange marriage/ culture. The author got her wedding arranged due to her religion , and so is the main character from The Mango Season . At first, they both hesitated , but they agreed to meet the boys that their parents arranged them for. Although Priya , in The Mango Season decided to go against her culture in the end, Priya did listen to her parents by meeting with the boy that they arranged for her. Priya thought about going with her parent's decision but she was already engaged, " If i were single, I would've probably agreed to an arranged marriage to this hunk without even speaking with him ," ( Malladi 145).

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The Dowry Bride

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One sultry night, a young bride overhears an extraordinary conversation. The voices speak of a plot to murder a wife who has failed to pr...
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I would read this book The Dowry Bride because this story seems interesting. The Dowry Bride tells a story about a wife who is running for her life because of her mother in-law is plotting  to kill her. Her mother is plotting a muder to kill her because she failed to produce a child and therefore, she failed to produce her family the promised dowry.

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The Mango Season

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From the acclaimed author of A Breath of Fresh Air, this beautiful novel takes us to modern India during the height of the summer’s mango...
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The Mango Season is a story about a girl having to choose between her family tradition , and her personal favors . This story mainly rely on the topic of culture. In the story, Priya is faced with two different worlds. Priya is a 27 years old student who left her country when she was 20 years old to get better education in America. She did not return back to India for 7 years due to her schooling in America. Finally after 7 years, she decided to return back to India to break the new that her parents or her whole family will not want to hear. During her stay in America, Priya got a boyfriend , who is an American , and he's not Indian. And priya and her boyfriend got engaged and Priya finally decided to go back to india to tell her family about her engagement. During her stay in India, she is faced with many challenges, such as how things are different from her childhood to now. As Priya struggle with trying to fit in , she was afraid to tell her family about her engagement , "I am here. Looking for approval. Some kind of okay sign for my marriage plans. I need them to say "yes it's all right for you to marry the man you are in love with" . Which is ridiculous! Who else should i marry but the man I love," (Malladi 19) . Priya's mom pressured priya to meet an Indian boy, and have her wedding arranged just like everybody else in priya's family. Due to the pressure by Priya family, priya hesitated and decided to not tell her family about her engagement. In fact, Priya agreed to meet with the Indian boy that her mother arranged. As she struggles to break her secret from family, she decided to tell her family. Although her family wasn't thrilled about it, her family decided to gave in. The ending of this story is shocking as the story introduced a new theme , which is racism. Basically, Priya boyfriend is African , but Priya family thinks that Priya's boyfriend is Caucasian.
The major issue of this story The Mango Season is cultural conflicts. Priya was forced to choose between her family traditions , and the western traditions. Priya got engaged to an American boy , and her parents who is in india is planning to arrange wedding for her. This story is filled with struggles as Priya have to choose between her love one or go along with her family's tradition. The "Mango " represent priya's happiness, although she has a huge decision to make, making mango juice or thinking about her childhood in India such as picking mangoes with her brother make her happy. Priya doesn't feel like she belong in India anymore which makes her feel like a "semi foreigner" .
I think that this book The Mango Season is really interesting. Also by reading this book , I learnt about Indian's culture, and their aspect on arranged marriage. By reading this book, I was able to see both sides of the conflict. The conflicts were whether Priya should go with her culture, or another. I would totally recommend this book to read because not only you will learn about different culture, also this story tells you to follow your gut , and do what ever makes you happy.

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Rebel Brides And Ex-Wives

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This article explain the cons of arranged wedding. The article explains the struggles of being in a marriage by force. There are many struggles that this article explain. One of the biggest issue that this article address is that arranged marriages usually lead to unhappiness. Also it explains that many of the college undergrads are now rebelling the idea of arranged weddings. The people who follow arranged wedding are normally the people who follow the traditions , for example, ( parents) . Nowadays, new generations are exposed to internet in which they have more knowledge of marrying their own choice.
This article is related to the book The Mango Season because they both rely on the topic of arranged wedding . In the book The Mango Season , Priya had to make a choice between arranged wedding or marrying the one that she loves. Priya is fully aware of other culture since she had been living in states for 7 years . But then when she went back to India, she was influenced by her parents , and her surroundings to have arranged wedding . However, in the end, Priya chose the one she love by telling her parents that she got engaged ,
" Ma , these things happen. I'm sorry that you don't approve, that you feel I've betrayed you, but this is my life and I have to live my life, you can't live it for me. I have to be happy and I can't let you be happy for me. And for me to be happy, I need to marry Nick. It's all that simple," ( Malladi 169).

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Arranged Marriages, Matchmakers, and Dowries in India

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This article explains that arranged marriages have been the part of Indian culture ever since 4th century. Many follow the traditions so that they will help maintain the social satisfaction system in the society , also they respect the parents by making them control over their marriages, and to enhance the ancestral linage . Also, to strengthen the kinship group, and to maintain family's property or to increase the value of the family.There is always a matchmaker for arranged marriage in India . A match maker can be a distant relative or a family friend, Matchmakers can serve two functions: marriage scouts, who set out to find possible matches, and as negotiators, people who negotiate between families. A match maker can serve as a negotiator , or a scout. A family send match maker to seek possible matches, and they consider family background, economic position, character, family reputation, value of the dowry and other family matters. Also, this article explain more about what happens during arrange wedding process. Once a marriage agreement is met, the matchmaker may be asked to assist in the marriage preparations: jewelry and clothing buying, ceremonial set-up, and notification of the marriage to the community.
This article is related to the book The Mango Season because in the book, Priya's grandmother is a matchmaker of Priya's arranged marriage. Priya's grandmother eventually found the "perfect guy" for Priya which he met all the requirements such as family's value, economic position, and personal qualities. "Love isn't all that it is cracked up to be , Priya. Marriage needs a lot more than love." ( Malladi 58).

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Arranged Marriage in India

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This picture shows a man putting on a ring on a woman at their arranged wedding.

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National Geographic Live! - Too Young to Wed

Photographer Stephanie Sinclair and writer Cynthia Gorney investigate the world of prearranged child marriage, where girls as young as five are forced to wed.
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This documentary is about how young Indian girls are forced into arranged marriage. In India , most of the people get married by having it arranged because of the cultural belief. Indians people believe if marriages are arranged, it brings luck, and goodness into their family. Therefore, many young girls are the victims of being forced into a marriage . Many young Indian girls are being forced into a marriage since Indians believe that girls should get married as early as she could.

This documentary is related to the book The Mango Season because they both talk about arranged marriage. Many young indian women are being forced into a marriage , and in the book The Mango Season, Priya was pressured by her family, and her commnunity in india to get married , " Don't do us any favors. We find and excellent boy for you to see and ..... ," ( Malladi 140) . Priya didn't like the whole idea of arranged marriage, but Priya's family pressured her to go meet a guy that they arranged for her. Priya had no choice but she had to go and meet the guy , Just like in the documentary where girls were forced to marry.

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Unholy Matrimony - A documentary on forced marriages

Some communities in the UK still believe that forcing children into marriages can safe family honour. Even if they don't at least they would be happy to help...
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This documentary tells a story about a girl, who was forced to marry . Some communities in the United kingdom believe that forcing children into marriage is a moral thing to do. Some believe that if children were forced to marry, it brings luck and family honor to the family. When they are not able to force their own children to have arrange wedding, they help others to be able to have arranged wedding .

This documentary is related to the story the Mango Season because in the book, Priya was forced to meet with a guy who she was supposed to wed. Priya strongly opposed the idea of having her wedding by force. In fact, Priya was already engaged to an American boy , but she couldn't tell her parents and other family members due to the cultural conflicts. Priya was disgusted by the idea of having to meet a boy " you won't believe this but some nice Indian boy is coming over tomorrow afternoon to "see me." Bloody Hell! How dare my parents do this to me. Nick? This is Humiliating. They expect me to participate in this barbaric ritual of allowing some man to come and assess my worthiness as a wife." ( Malladi 118)

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