Congratulations Millennials, You’ve Now Killed The Wedding Proposal

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Congratulations Millennials, You’ve Now Killed The Wedding Proposal

Illustration: Ahmed Sikander

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ve been house-hunting across Bombay with my girlfriend recently, and the number one question on every potential landlord’s lips is, “Are you two married?” On a breathless march from one matchbox-sized Bandra apartment to the next, my broker slipped me a word of advice. “Just say you’re engaged, men.” So that’s a lie I’m living now. We aren’t engaged, and it isn’t likely to happen soon, because seriously, who is going to pop the question when social media has turned the simple proposal into an affair more elaborate than the Royal Wedding and Modiji’s inauguration ceremony rolled into one?

Back in school, we showed off our fancy compass boxes and Nike sippers. In college, it was your iPod model and bike that brought you social credibility. And now that we’re in our mid-20s, the chosen battlefield for obnoxious displays of wealth and bad taste is the social media wedding proposal.

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