Family Weddings & Cousins Who Turn Into Prospective Grooms: Why I Don’t Attend Nikaahs

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Family Weddings & Cousins Who Turn Into Prospective Grooms: Why I Don’t Attend Nikaahs

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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t was around the fifth time when I sought my parents’ permission to skip a cousin’s wedding over a school-related thing that had “compulsory attendance” that they started becoming suspicious. They knew I wasn’t up to any mischief and had only one best friend, so leaving me behind wasn’t really a problem. It’s just that it was uncharacteristic.

It’s not that I’m introverted or I don’t like attending weddings. The shararas, the jhumkas, the dolling up, the all-round prettiness, and damn, the food… weddings are my jam. But only when someone I’m not related to is getting married. You see, being Muslim comes with superb benefits, like say, not being reborn – but the yin to this yang is that I can also marry a cousin.

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