An arranged marriage, by definition, implies a wedlock that is arranged for, by friends and family, in which the prospective partners have no ulterior affections involved.

By-gone generations will vouch for the durability of such unions, where prolonged cohabiting tends to bring out the eventual passions. In contemporary times, arranged marriages are less preferred due to lack of personal involvement.

While relatives and well-wishers make technical arrangements and evaluate the prospect on economic viability and sustenance, no one considers emotional compatibility anymore.

Arranged marriages have evolved beautifully since then, to constitute a family-approved courtship period.

Nowadays, matrimonial websites bring the prospective matches within reach and further personal liaisons help in ascertaining the perfect partner.

The idea of hosting a reception was unheard of when my grandparents got married.

Similarly, the practice of arranged marriages has always been changing since my grandfather got married.

Indians are masters in embracing the new and the old.

We drive around in fancy, state-of-the-art cars but make sure we have a Ganesha idol on the dashboard.

Marriage, considered an auspicious union of partners, has transcended from age-old traditions to modernity, over the course of time.