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No More Kitchree For the Groom Audio
12020-06-21T00:04:54+00:00Saide Singh2a9e06a636eb89311c320b7ffd316e247adb680371Audio of Rajkumari Singh's "No More Kitchree For the Groom"plain2020-06-21T00:04:54+00:00Saide Singh2a9e06a636eb89311c320b7ffd316e247adb6803
I squirmed for me, for you, especially for the young Hindu bride who, but a while ago, smiled in maiden innocence, glowing in magenta wedding garb, sindoor brilliant on straight hair-part, eager on the threshold of womanhood.
In an instant this unique emotion gave way To hurt dismay, shattering dreams, joys, ideals, as groom and relatives played a game of cheap bargaining for costlier, more lucrative gifts, as though treasured maiden daughter was snatched from a brothel to bag a husband.
Where in the scriptures is it writ that groom in Sasur’s home should slight the kanyadaan in lieu of filthy lucre with saffron rice honourably placed to satisfy the physical hunger?
Fathers, brothers, uncles: Hindu men arise! Let not diabolical custom defile the consecrated Maro, humiliating Innocence, Parents, Man.
Away… away with it now! No more kitchree for the groom!