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FIRST COMES MARRIAGE THEN COMES LOVE By Ira Mathur India A suitable boy is first spotted by Bharati Narvanis uncle at a wedding in New Delhi India Bharati then lived in Trinidad where her parents migrated some 25 years ago from the Gujarat region of India The 21-year-old university graduate was brought up with the customs and values of India The boy Manoj Solanki 29 a civil engineer is also of Gujarati parentage Born in Liberia and educated in England he went to India with his parents to find a bride Soon after that New Delhi wedding Bharati accompanies her parents to India on one of their regular visits She knows that her parents are making this trip with the hope of finding a groom for her She is amenable to the idea Bharati was never allowed to date or mingle freely with boys her age She didnt rebel unlike some of her peers in Trinidads Indian community Her friend Sujata the daughter of a well-known surgeon reluctantly agreed to marry the son of a family friend in India Before the wedding she committed suicide by drinking gramoxone a poisonous pesticide Sujata was in love with a young man in Trinidad and was too afraid to tell her parents There is speculation that she might have been pregnant and saw no other way out That will not be Bharatis fate She will follow the ancient script of courtship and marriage that still prevails widely throughout India Once the Narvanis arrive in New Delhi the uncle -- the closest senior male relative in India -- arranges a meeting of the two families Manoj is accompanied by his mother and aunt Bharati by her mother and uncle A discreet discussion takes place among the elders Is Manoj able to support a wife Can Bharati adapt to a foreign country The Solankis make clear they do not expect a
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