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By Perveez Mody

This e-book presents an ethnography of love-marriages within the past due Nineteen Nineties in Delhi, opting for the ways that marriage is ever extra a pitch of extreme political contestation. It bears upon anthropological understandings of marriageability, city morality, gender, kinship and the research of the person and the couple in modern India.

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10. Though Muslims do not use the term 'kanya daan' ('gift of a virgin'), a daughter is nonetheless 'given' by her father in marriage to the family of the groom. Here 1 am not interested in emphasising the meanings of the gift (I am aware that doctrinally, Islam is accepting 14. 15. of remarriage and, consequently, the emphasis in marriage is not on virginity bit on the consent of the girl), other than to draw attention to the fact that in these forms a girl never gifts herself in marriage to a boy of her own choosing, but that the gifting and receiving is done by the two families.

Urban Collectivities and Identities Delhi, or Dilli to those who prefer its Hindi name, also contains the kernel of the Persian word 'dil', meaning heart, or soul or spirit (McGregor 1997:496-97). 7hIn equal measure, however, people I spoke to described the city as heartless and cruel: a place of loneliness and misery. 7million in 2001),n this is an unsurprising state of affairs. The city is swelling at a remarkable rate, and its civic machinery is being pushed beyond its natural limit. 78Another million people are known to commute daily to Delhi from its satellite towns ('bedroom towns' as they are popularly known-places where people return only to sleep).

To understand everyday social interactions in Delhi, one needs to first recognise that this is an intensely hierarchical society, with strong emphasis on theforms of social interaction that often hark back to its Mughal past. 'Tehzeeb', manners, and 'tameez', cultured conduct, are still highly regarded in this city, and are signs of descent from a 'good family'. As someone from Bombay,x4I was marked as Introduction 4 41 sorely lacking in both, in part because Bombaiya (Bombay speech) the plural pronoun with the personal-thus introducing a familiarity and informality that Delhi people consider rude, particularly when coming from a young Indian woman.

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