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Bushnell’s gyaan on marriage

entertainment Updated: Jan 26, 2011 00:54 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi

The high-heeled and perfectly manicured Candace Bushnell, the author of Sex & the City, was a hit on the penultimate day of the Jaipur Literature Festival, which closed curtains on Tuesday.

At the just concluded Jaipur Literature Festival, Candace Bushnell, the author of Sex & the City, had a lot to say to Indian girls about career, relationships and marriage.

In a session moderated by chicklit novelist Ira Trivedi, Bushnell’s message to young girls was: “Be a person first and a gender second. Get a job, earn your money, make your choices, work hard, be disciplined … it’s a delayed gratification but it’ll work.”

And marriage? “No one should be married before turning 35 or 40,” said Bushnell. And since this is India, Bushnell shared some gyaan on arranged marriages, too. “The idea of having to marry someone you don’t know is a kind of slavery.” Most Indian parents will frown upon Bushnell’s talk, but she also added, “On the other hand, our parents know more about us than we know ourselves.”

Conscious of the fact that she is twice the age of Trivedi, Bushnell said, “You’re 26, I’m 52. I know what it’s like being in your age. You’ll have too much to drink and then something would happen. At my age, it won’t happen.”

Any regrets in life, Candace? “When I was in my 20s, I wish I wasn’t that worried about men.”