“After that one encounter, my mother was committed to spending the rest of her life with a man she had just met.
Since then, Indian society has changed considerably. Globalization flooded the nation with Western goods — and ideas. Younger women today are far more open in their outlook than were my mother and aunts.
Even arranged marriages have changed among urban, middle-class families. Parents still introduce men and women to each other, but they are usually given time to get to know one another before an engagement is announced”.