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Modern India vs Traditional India: Who Will Win?

Surya C.

Joel J.

Thano C.






"This drawing represents the couple walking around the fire, which is the worship of the god and deity,Agni. They wish to receive blessings from Agni. They perform 7 blessings in the ritual with the priests to praise Agni."




      The time of change has come over India, the concept of dating has just started up and the marriage system has changed greatly. Back in the day, marriages would have a 7 day reception and then take place, while nowadays it is done with in a night or two. Over time the way that the marriages took place changed, just as the rest of the world as it continues to modernize and change. When the caste system was around, parents would choose the marriage themselves, therefore it would be arranged, and the other family usually had to have some sort of requirement. Some of them would be the bride and groom had to be in the same caste system and the bride’s family had to give a good dowry, so that he groom can look over her well. Usually in our modern time the groom does not require dowry and the caste is not looked at, now it is all about wealth and whether or not the life lines of the bride and groom can go well together. The wedding would actually take place in a temple and infront of the god, but now it is taking place in wedding halls which came a couple decades ago. When dating started it was very controversial because now the girl was seeing multiple men as long with the groom, and usually under the eyes of the parents, also it is now becoming more and more popular in Bollywood movies as a theme and many traditional minded parents think that this concept is unruly. Also the influence from the western countries (mainly America) is pressuring India to change into a more modern type of country and introducing newer ways of life and new customs that are in constant battle with the traditional ways.


We chose to do this topic particularly because it seemed interesting to see how a family is made in Modern India . . .








"This is a Traditional Indian wedding in North India in which they are exchanging each others' clothing,valuables, and the initial dowry."


In this picture, you can see the bride and groom dressed in the traditional wedding gowns. The parents are surrounding the bride and groom. You can tell that this is a private wedding because they have exchanged the initial gifts.




"Modern dating in India vs. the arranged wedding above"


In this image, compared to the one above, these people are dressed a semi-modern traditional Indian gowns.





"Modern Wedding suits in India"


This picture depicts a very modern version of traditional Indian wedding gown.




Mock Dialogue


(Uncle calls nephew)


Uncle: So, I have learned that you are getting married soon. When and where will it be?


Nephew: Whats up dawg, we’re getting married in the club!


Uncle: Oh, I thought you were going to get married at the temple, what is your parents’ outlook on it?


Nephew: Man, they don’t know. I don’t really care about the old traditions.


Uncle: Fine, but to whom are you getting married?


Nephew:  I’m gonna get married to this girl, Sha’Queefa.


Uncle: What kind of name is that?


Nephew: An American name.


Uncle: Oh, well, does she attend poojas? I haven’t seen you there in awhile too.


Nephew:  I dislike wasting my time on boring stuff like that.


Uncle: Ah, I am disappointed in you, young betha.


Nephew:  Why?


Uncle: Because you are betraying your gods; you are marrying a random girl who disrespects our culture, and you are disrespecting our culture.


Nephew:  But there is nothing wrong with this, you’re mad because I’m not marrying a girl from our culture.


Uncle: Perhaps, however, understand that I just want what will be the best for you.


Nephew: I know what is right for me, it’s all about me, so don’t worry about it, take care of yourself uncle.


Uncle: So, have you lost all faith and tradition in your life?


Nephew: No not really, but I just find it so boring, the same stuff over and over again. I need variety in my life, not some old traditions that never change.


Uncle: I am sorry that you feel that way nephew. I will see you at your wedding. Have fun with your life.


Nephew: Don’t worry, I will. See you at my wedding. Bye.


Uncle: Bye


(They hang up the phones)




India Wiki Scoring Rubric




_____ (3) Original title.  First name, last initial and section right below title


_____ (7)  Introductory paragraph develops contrast and/or conflict, explains reasons for topic choice


_____ (4)  At least 2 large quality images, (high resolution), URL cited


_____ (8)  Visual images with captions,  captures “tug of war”


_____ (8) “Mock dialogue” between characters/persons representing both sides in the tradition vs. modernity tug of                war.  Be imaginative and creative.


_____ 30 pts.





Works Cited


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Gill, Sarbjit K. A Comprehensive Indian Wedding Planner. Voorhees, New Jersey: Bookmark Press, 2001. 

Leach, Maria and Jerome Fried, Editors. Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology, and Legend. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1984.






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