Recently I attended a couple of marriages along with my friends and the first thing they remarked was how plain the bride looked. ‘We wonder how the boy fell for this girl?’ they said and answered it themselves recalling the cliché ‘Love is Blind.’ I still wonder who and when the person has coined or used this expression first and concluded it certainly would have been a man though it is the woman who comments on the looks of the fair sex.
The moment we get to hear or are invited for a wedding, we are curious to know whether it’s a love or an arranged marriage. If it’s the former, more often than not, we expect the bride to be a ravishing beauty for the boy (no matter if he is handsome or not) to have fallen in love with her. If the boy happens to be handsome and his bride is plain, we readily use all the negative adjectives we are aware of to censure the girl’s appearance and the foolhardiness of the boy.
To say ‘Love is Blind’ is meaningless because a person falls in love with his eyes fully open. Whether it’s a Love or an arranged marriage we forget that marriage is a gamble which may or may not pay off!
n.meera raghavendra rao