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Dynamics of Dough'ry & Dough'ters

Sunday, June 19, 2011
One incident of a well-off Indian couple needing to take a loan to give dowry for their daughter's marriage made me wonder if the concept of 'giving dowry' is even feasible in the society in the long term, in view of reducing sex ratio, from perspective of 'supply-demand' or 'market economy'...
I read a blog post about a well-off couple's first hand experience of using up entire life's saving + additional loan just for daughter's marriage!

First of all this doling the dough is just wrong. But then I also wonder if it will be a feasible phenomenon long term. This trend cannot continue in India if another trend continues. As the sex ratio in India is getting more and more skewed, there would be a scarcity of females in the 'marriage market'. So even if there is a huge cultural barrier, wouldn't the law of supply-demand act out in the end? A 'commodity' with higher demand than supply would be at higher premium. The guys would become the needy ones. So dowry thingy should go away. But that is just the less extreme end of it. Being the rarer commodity in the market, maybe females will start demanding dowry :P.
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10 comments :

Dishita said...

'Being the rarer commodity in the market, maybe females will start demanding dowry"-I would love to see that happen even for a week. Images drooling already, just for thought, what would girls demand in dowry, ;)

Richa said...

Watch the movie 'matrubhoomi'.
They actually showed the parents of a girl marrying their daughter for cash and kind to 5 brothers at once.

Stupidosaur said...

@Dishita
I can't even begin to imagine what your imagination would be because
1) I am a guy
2) Never though about what I would ask for dowry because it is not going to happen.
You can enlighten and make me shudder though ;)

@Richita
Thanks! Now I watched the movie! (On Wikipedia ;)). Now that's what I am talking about!

Dishita said...

Well, it don't think imagination is restricted to being a guy or girl.
FYI: guys giving dowry to girl's family is african custom, often called lobolo or mahadi.

Stupidosaur said...

Oh c'mon you cannot escape from telling what thing you felt like asking for, just by bartering it for a piece of African dowry trivia!

Dishita said...

As i said in my first comment, i already had images drooling. For glimpse, I can imagine (http://www.mintedlife.com/2011/06/16/marriage-stereotypes/) when dowry demands are not meant.
Besides, i am not escaping, i wanted to see how you would have put your sarcastic humor to that situation. Since you mentioned you don't know what to post next, might be something you wanna brood over or how about "ramdev in salwar" :) PS: One of your posts on he he and shee has so adversely affected my text responses.

Dishita said...

*read as not met instead of not meant in the above comment.

Socially Awkward Paint Monster said...

Are you married?
You would't be. Now now, I'm scared and shitting bricks bro.

No really, I think dowry slut died long time ago?

No it didn't.>.<

Zeba said...

Ah. And wouldn't that be a day to wait for? :)

deluded said...

i find a much better way is to pool all the money and then play strip poker.
because well, when everyone's in their underwear, who'd demand dowry?
plus you get to stick a note on your favorite person's knicker.
win win i say

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