Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher StaplesLife is both sweet and cruel to strong-willed young Shabanu, whose home is the windswept Cholistan Desert of Pakistan. The second daughter in a family with no sons, she s been allowed freedoms forbidden to most Muslim girls. But when a tragic encounter with a wealthy and powerful landowner ruins the marriage plans of her older sister, Shabanu is called upon to sacrifice everything she s dreamed of. Should she do what is necessary to uphold her family s honor-- or listen to the stirrings of her own heart?
Arranged Marriages, Matchmakers, and Dowries in India
Literal Comprehension: In this essay, Serena Nanda discusses the marriage process practiced in India. In India arranged marriages are practiced than other types of marriages. Family members, especially parents are much concerned with the individuals being married. Parents choose a partner of their son or daughter. They have to go through a long process in finding the suitable marriage partner for their son and daughter.
The anecdote “Arranging a Marriage in India”, by Serena Nanda published in “ The River Reader 10th Edition” book, is about the process of marriage traditions .
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Arranged marriages have been part of the Indian culture since the fourth century. Many consider the practice a central fabric of Indian society, reinforcing the social, economic, geographic, and the historic significance of India Stein. Prakasa states that arranged marriages serve six functions in the Indian community: 1 helps maintain the social satisfaction system in the society; 2 gives parents control, over family members; 3 enhances the chances to preserve and continue the ancestral lineage; 4 provides an opportunity to strengthen the kinship group; 5 allows the consolidation and extension of family property; 6 enables the elders to preserve the principle of endogamy Prakasa 17 see Gender and Nation. The practice of arranged marriages began as a way of uniting and maintaining upper caste families. Eventually, the system spread to the lower caste where it was used for the same purpose see Caste System in India. The specifics of arranged marriages vary, depending on if one is Hindu or Muslim. The Child Marriage Restraint Act of states that the legal age for marriage is 18 for females, and 21 for males,with most females being married by 24 and most males being married by their late twenties McDonald.