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  • The other day an elderly relative told me about a couple
    who had got engaged, but had later broken their engagement.
    And the girl was getting engaged again to another boy .
    They were getting married soon.
    There was a note of wonder in the relative’s voice. Till a
    few years ago breaking an engagement was something
    unthinkable and the girl getting engaged so soon after
    breaking an engagement was unheard of :)))
    Human society is male dominated,the degree of male
    domination being more or less according to that society.
    But society was and is male dominated :) But, things are
    changing now in many small ways.
    I am talking about my part of the country, in many places
    the conditions and way of thinking are still as they had
    been about thirty years ago. Then,community and class
    and caste were almost like physical barriers which people
    could not even think of crossing. This was specially so in
    the case of marriage. They were equally prevalent in other
    fields.
    There were a few brave hearts of course, who had the
    courage to live life on their own terms.
    My father-in-law ,who is 87, always says that there were
    very few changes in his first 60 to 65 years, life just went
    on as it had for generations, but in the last 15 years or so
    there have been such rapid changes that it is hard to believe.
    It is good,there have to be changes,otherwise there would
    be stagnation and death. And most important we have to
    change our way of thinking as the years pass by :)

    "All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy;
    for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must
    die to one life before we can enter another ".
    ~Anatole France
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