This is not a woman seen in Gujurat but in Rajasthan. We are used to seeing Muslim women with their faces covered but not Hindu women. The question of why , was asked of Vikram, our guide in Jodhpur. He explained that Rajasthan is very traditional and that married Hindu women must cover their faces with this thin filmy fabric when out in public. It is a bit confusing as the woman’s face is partially hidden but also visible. . . . .a tease really, I think.
He also explained that he had an arranged marriage where he was given a photograph and ask to say yes or no for the perspective bride. He remembered grumbling that he couldn’t make that important life decision from a photograph, and his grandmother saying, “At least you have some choice!” He thought a moment and agreed, saying yes for his bride. Now that they are married and moved into the extended family of the groom, the new bride also was required to wear the veil over her face when in the company of her new in-laws and grandparents. Vikram’s mother told her daughter-in-law she needn’t wear her veil when it was just the two of them but to wear it in front of her father-in-law and grandparents as a sign of respect.
Vikram told us that the marriage arranged by the couple’s parents had grown from an arranged marriage to a marriage of love!
So ends the lesson on Indian marriage customs for today!
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