Arranged Marriage in Modern Indian Culture in Books by Jhumpa Lahiri and Anita Jain

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In “Going Ashore”, the character, Hema, views arranged marriage as an answer to her unfortunate history of past relationships and her focus on her scholarly career. In the story, Hema is a middle aged Indian women, a Professor of Antiquity at Wellesley school, is engaged to Navin, a Professor of Physics at Michigan state, but had a past relationship with Julian, a fellow professor. With Julian, Hema floats around the concept of arranged marriage, holding off on any sort of arrangement due to her relationship with Julian, a married man. To her, arranged marriage isn't needed because of her love for Julian, and his intent on divorcing his wife so they can be together. However, this quickly changes as Hema grows tired of keeping up with this charade, like they had been doing for many years, “After nearly a decade.” (Lahiri 626). Hema spent a long time waiting on Julian, and constantly bugged by her parents on the idea of her getting a man, eventually introducing her to Navin. Another view of Hema's is her idea that accepting Navin and marrying him, will act as proof that aside from being a responsible adult…

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