The concept of arranged marriages has always fascinated me.
MAYBE, it's because one of my best friend's (Indian background) went through the "process" while we attended university and I watched from the sidelines. Her mother was quite forceful about it. From the sidelines, I noted her mother didn't feel she would have "done her duty as a mother" if she didn't marry off her daughter to a good Indian man that was suitably compatible. Note - although my bestie participated in her mother's requests down the arranged marriage path, she eventually met her future husband through work friends and is still happily married.
Or MAYBE, it's more to do with the fact that it's like one of many different "pathways" to finding a marriage partner that might actually work. I mean, to find your partner there are only oh-so-many ways you could meet... through friends, at school, in a nightclub or on the social scene, randomly or otherwise. The "arranged process" is just more formal with clear steps (which I'll get to, a bit further on...)
Or MAYBE, it's also there are friends of mine who have made arranged marriages work, whilst others who haven't..
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