‘Q’ for Queen

…is the story of a girl called Rani (Queen) from a traditional Indian family, who sets out on a solo honeymoon after her marriage is called off.  During the trip she learns to fall in love with herself, realizing that there’s much more to life than being married.

What is an Indian marriage? A compromise? A love story? A pretense? A success?

Hard to say. But I can tell you what it is not. It is not the coming together of two hearts (at least not just two). It has nothing to do with individuals and everything to do with two families as well as their extended relations uniting forever!

FOREVER. You can never divorce your partner — not because you’ve promised to be with him until death do you part, but because what would the mother in law think! What face would she show the world!

The wedding, of course is even more important than the marriage. The traditional Punjabi wedding is a lavish affair celebrated with lights (power cuts notwithstanding), sound and gaeity. The festivities could last upto 10 days.

To attempt a rough translation:

You’ve gone  from one to two 
O girl, what to do?
You’ve now become the man’s..tu turu turu
You walk in high heels, make a tuk-tuk sound,

You read and talk in English
just like Queen Victoria..

You’re the bell(e) of Big Ben
Entire London dances with you

And maybe they are not totally wrong when they claim that entire London is dancing, as you can see below!


I would also suggest that you read the real life story of another Rani or Queen, here.

This post is the 17th in a series of 26 posts that I am writing throughout the month of April as part of the A to Z challenge 2016.


7 thoughts on “‘Q’ for Queen”

  1. Oh Durba, how sad to marry for the family’s sake and not for the love of two people. I’m glad this young lady decided to marry herself and learn what a wonderful individual she is.

    I love the picture of your header. What a beautiful area. Have a delightful day.

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    1. It is sad in many instances Gwyn (especially when love is thwarted by the family) but very surprisingly a lot of them turn out to be successful, happy marriages!! Thank you so much for stopping by! Glad you like the picture 🙂 It is of the North East of India.

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  2. It used to be the same in Azerbaijan. It was marriage of families and often wealth, rather than union of two hearts. And strangely, as you pointed out, many of those marriages were stronger somehow. I guess, the families stuck together and stopped it from falling apart. Could have been my fate, to be honest… Anyway, my heart skipped a bit when I saw the title of your post. Mine is Queen too 😀 A different one. Great post.

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  3. I know of such customs but to my knowledge have never met anyone in an arranged marriage. The idea seems odd to my western sensibilities, but I suppose that such marriages have different expectations than our love matches. Fascinating topic, this one.

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    1. Perhaps when 2 young people spend time together, working towards the common goal of making an arrangement work, they end up falling in love sooner or later. But that’s just another guess 🙂 Thank you very much for this visit!

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