Matrimony II.

I feel like kicking myself!  This is an aspect that I am aware of but did not cover in my earlier post on Matrimony.

It may not be such a big deal in the West but in India, it is expected that men get married when the time is right to the girl chosen by the parents as are the women.  No one bothers to find out if either is interested or not and many marriages flounder because of this single factor.  There is also a lot of ignorance about homosexuality which translates into further problems as can well be imagined.  I am glad that at least now these matters are being brought out in the open and discussed.  The laws needing to be changed is something that has been agreed on but with the change of government has delayed the process.  I believe that now that the Supreme Court has said it’s for the “competent legislature” to take a call our Parliament should remove Section 377 from the Statutes.


Another new whammy!  I know of a young lady who is a student in the Pune University who eloped with her gym trainer and informed her family after the event that she will continue to live with them at their expense till her now husband can afford to take her to a home and finance her education.  What chutzpah!  But this development was asking to take place too!  With subliminal messages constantly being sent to women to be thin and different from what they are, gyms are flourishing and hormones and testosterone  are doing what they are supposed to be doing.

Now to add some mirchmasala (Condiments And Spices, for the clueless) to the whole issue of matrimony here is a news item that is, to say the least amusing!

Deja Vu. An Update.

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
Macbeth Act 5, scene 5, 19–28

My readers will be as distressed as I am, to know that the lady who jumped out of the fifth floor flat to escape the wrath of the wife of her boy friend succumbed to her injuries last night.

Here is an update in our local newspaper.

What a waste of a young life.

Eternal Triangle – II

A lovely young lady who I consider my adopted daughter and who I hope to give away in marriage soon, has sent this bouquet to be posted as a follow up one to my post “You Choose The Title”

U, ME and …..

“Never tell a loved one of an infidelity: you would be badly rewarded for your troubles. One dislikes being deceived, but one likes even less to be undeceived….”

This picture brings to mind some anecdotes heard from time to time.

An elderly couple is sharing an intimate dinner in honor of their 75th wedding anniversary.
The man says softly, “Dear, there is something I must ask you.
It has always bothered me that our sixth child never quite looked like the rest of our children.
Now, let me assure you these 75 years have been the most wonderful I could have hoped for, and your answer will not take all that away.
But, please tell me: did he have a different father?”
His wife lowers her eyes, pauses for a moment, and then confesses, “Yes. Yes, he did.”
The old man tightens, very shaken, the reality hitting him hard.
“Who? Who was he? Who was the father?”
Again, the woman lowers her head, trying to muster the courage to finally tell her husband the truth.
She says, “You.”

See what I mean? Here’s another.

Three friends are in a car driving to the ballgame when a big truck runs them over, killing them instantly. They find themselves at the Pearly Gates being interviewed by St. Peter.

“OK, you,” he says, pointing to Vito, “How many times did you cheat on your wife? And don’t lie, I’m St. Peter you know.”
Vito hangs his head and replies, “Honestly Pete, I was with two maybe three different women a week.”
St. Peter says, “OK, your car in heaven is that used Geo Metro over there, goodbye.”
He looks at Eddie and asks, “How many times did you cheat on your wife?”
Eddie replies, “I must admit that in 15 years of marriage I did cheat on my wife 3 times.” St. Peter says, “OK, your car in heaven is that LeBaron, goodbye.”
He then looks at Jacob and asks, “And you, how many times did you cheat on your wife?”
Jacob lifts his head high and replies, “I am proud to say that over 20 years of marriage, I never cheated on my wife! In fact, my beloved has been dead for 2 years now and I remained celibate the whole time!”
St. Peter replies, “Very impressive. Your car in heaven is that Ferrari convertible. Goodbye!”
A couple of hours later, Vito and Eddie are waiting for Jacob at the park where all three had planned to meet. Jacob arrives a couple of minutes late in his Ferrari, and his friends notice that he is sobbing like a baby. Vito asks, “Hey! Whats the matter with you? We should be crying! We’re stuck with these ugly buckets and you got a new Ferrari!”
Jacob, between sobs replies, “I just saw my wife on a skateboard!”

And lest I offend my very good friends of the feminine gender with all this woman bashing, let me redeem myself with this last one for us MEN!!

5 Rules For Men:
1 It’s important to have a woman, who helps at home, who cooks from time to time, cleans up and has a job.
2. It’s important to have a woman, who can make you laugh and feel good.
3. It’s important to have a woman, whom you can trust and who doesn’t lie to you.
4. It’s important to have a woman, who is good in bed and who likes to be with you.
5. It’s very, very important that these four women never meet.

Thank you dear S.

You choose the title.

Welcome to the Extra Special LBC (Loose Bloggers Consortium) post when the still surviving five members of the consortium have decided to write a post each based simply on this photograph.

The other bloggers are Ashok, Conrad, gaelikaa and Grannymar. The blogger to come up with the idea? Yours truly.

The idea came when I saw the picture which was to advertise an Insurance Product, with the copy reading “Anything can happen in life!” Like many other things that happen synchronistically for me, at that time, I was reading a fascinating book and the temptation to blog combining the two was irresistible. Then the clown in me took over and I thought why not get four other approaches too. So, here is mine. Nothing original. I am no Procrustes. Just putting pieces of published information together. The ending flowed automatically from my memory bank.

I choose “The Eternal Triangle” as the title for this post.

“People have many reasons to lie when asked whether they have committed adultery.
That’s why it is notoriously difficult to get accurate scientific information about
this important subject. One of the few existing sets of hard facts emerged as a
totally unexpected by-product of a medical study performed nearly a half a century
ago for a different reason. That study’s findings have never been revealed until now.

“I recently learned those facts from the distinguished medical scientist who ran
the study. (Since he does not wish to be identified in this connection I shall refer to him as Dr. X.) In the 1940s, Dr. X was studying the genetics of human blood groups which are molecules we acquire only by inheritance. … The study’s research plan was straightforward: go to the obstetrics ward of a highly respectable U.S. hospital; collect blood samples from one thousand newborn babies and their mothers and fathers; identify the blood groups in all the samples; and then use standard genetic reasoning to deduce the inheritance patterns.

“To Dr. X’s shock, the blood groups revealed that nearly 10 percent of those babies
to be the fruits of adultery! … There could be no question of mistaken maternity: the blood samples were drawn from an infant and its mother soon after the infant emerged from its mother. A blood group present in a baby but absent from its undoubted mother could only have come from its father. Absence of the blood group from the mother’s husband as well showed conclusively that the baby had been sired by some other man extramaritally. The true incidence of extramarital sex must have been considerably higher than 10 percent … since most bouts of intercourse do not result in conception.

“At the time Dr. X made his discovery, research on American sexual habits was virtually
taboo. He decided to maintain a prudent silence, never publishing his findings, and it was only with difficulty that I got his permission to mention his results without betraying his name. However, his results were later confirmed by several similar genetic studies whose results did get published. Those studies variously showed between 5 and 30 percent of American and British babies to have been adulterously
conceived. Again, the proportion of the tested couples of whom at least the wife had practiced adultery must have been higher for the same … reasons as in Dr. X’s study.”
~ Jared Diamond – In “The Third Chimpanzee”

I wonder what would happen if the same studies are undertaken in all the countries of the world!

Just to get a bit nostalgic, here is something, young broken hearted men of my generation used to sing. Chuck, I dedicate this to your spectacular memory! Please turn on the speakers.