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A promising prospect

india Updated: Mar 08, 2011 22:53 IST

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The big fat Indian wedding’s added a little more weight going by the recent trend of couples wanting to write their own vows. So, in addition to seven swings around the fire and endless rituals, we must now hear the about-to-be-hitched telling each other all the things that they will do for each other.

We understand that newly weds Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi exchanged such pleasantries based on their respective professions. We feel that rather than twitter on in a cringeworthy manner about all the lovely things that you are committed to providing for your partner, one should be upfront and tell it like it is.

It could help remove several irritants on which the marriage could flounder after the first flush of love. One could be enunciate who gets what in the case of things going off kilter. This way, you will not have to fight for your favourite sofa and the affections of the pet dog when you decide to give the beloved the heave-ho.

It would also be wise to decide on who gets to sit on the recliner in front of the television and who gets to operate the remote. Wars have broken out on these issues in some households.

The banning of nauseating endearments and pet names in public could go a long way towards ensuring that one’s dignity is intact. The strict regulation of familial visits from either side will instantly brighten the atmosphere at home. There is nothing more bone-chilling than the mother-in-law or barmy uncle turning up at the door with luggage to last three months.

The compulsory uttering of white lies on the appearance of the partner is a sweetener even as you hope you won’t burn in hell for your exaggerations. A decision on what should be on the menu will eliminate that urge on the part of every spouse to go in for organic vegetables when all you want to do is sink your fangs into a leg of ham. These are just some ideas from us.

We are sure that you will use your imagination to come up with more innovative ones. It will keep the vow factor alive in your marriage.