The well made-up lady, accompanied by her daughter entered the sitting room, feeling as if she was conferring a big favor on the hosts.
After pleasantries, a sumptuous tea she asked the lady of the house to ask her daughter to come and sit with them.
Meera’s mom knew this demand was coming and she had asked Meera to be ready to meet her prospective in-laws.
One look at the girl’s face and the lady exclaimed, oh she is so brown, I had asked that the girl be fair of complexion.
Meera got up and before going addressed the woman, “ I have far better things than a fair complexion, like good education, high values, and intelligence, but they would be wasted on narrow-minded people like you!
Meera’s mom stood there in despair, she feared she won’t find a good match for her beautiful daughter who had a darker skin tone than was fashionably acceptable.
This story may not make much sense to the people in the western world, but in countries like Pakistan and India, having a fair skin tone has become a usual demand from the boy and his family. Here 70-80% marriages are arranged by parents and it is the burden of the girl’s family to meet the reasonable and unreasonable demands of the boy’s family.
PROMPT WORD: FAIR
Written in response to Six Sentences Story- Fair, hosted by Girlie on the edge’s blog