uncle's grocery shop in a small village, was getting married. He asked for a loan of tenthousand rupees in those days. It was ten times of his salary. My uncle explained butin vain. The young man borrowed money from his relatives and friends and in fewyears he had to sell of his house to repay his debt. There are thousands of youngIndians and Pakistanis who go out of their way to celebrate their wedding on thingswhich are enjoyed for only few hours. This has promoted even the banks to come outwith loans for weddings, as they say in Gujarati.. Where ever there are greedypeople, frauds and
go hungry...The minimum budget for a wedding ceremony is $34,000, say wedding planners, whilethe upper-middle and rich classes are known to spend upward of $2 million. (Theaverage American wedding costs $26,327.)
This doesn’t include cash and valuables
given as part of a dowry. Yesterday's Times of India reported that the British Muslimsspend a lot on stage decoration and Mehdi ceremony! With the medhi artists andmakeup artists charging around 300 to 500 pounds , weddings are getting expensiveglobally as average Asian wedding in UK costs around 40 -50 thousand poundsequivalent to 300000 Rupees !!Two years ago The Time Magazine had published an article The
Big Fat IndianWedding Grows Bigger and Fatter
(http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1653427,00.html#ixzz1b1F8xq3Z)showing how much money Indians spend on their wedding. The article did not haveany moral or lesson except that it spoke big and loud about such marriages. In a layman's language it glamorized and encouraged such marriages.
A group of Sikh leaders called for a July 28 meeting of representatives from New
Delhi’s more than 400 Sikh gurdwaras, or temple
s, to discuss ways to rein in over-the-
top weddings… the Sikh leaders said the deluxe wedding trend puts an unfair burden on brides’ families, who traditionally pay for the parties.
I wait for the day our Masajids also call such meetings and rein our expenditures inweddings..
With no malice towards anyone who is getting married in nearfuture.....
Mean whileAuthor : Nisaar Nadiadwala speaks and writes on socio-educational issues from IslamicPerspective. He can be reached at email@example.comRegards,