The Pressures of Marriage
These pictures were initially meant for a different post but after the shoot, the photographer said to me, "Gosh Joti, you will make a beautiful bride." Her words hit me quite hard.
Indian women are often pressured by their families to get married. I am no exception. From the moment that I became the last single child in my family, my mom started pushing me to find Mr. Right and settle down.
In all honesty, I never saw myself as being a bride and settling down. I was always on the move and enjoyed my independence. But, as I sat and looked at these pictures, I wondered if my busyness and independence were actually a way for me to not think about the fact that I haven't yet found Mr. Right. I feared that I hadn't pictured myself as a bride because I worried that I may never be a bride.
However, as I saw myself in this bridal-esque dress, I had a change of thought. The idea of marriage actually started to become something more concrete.
It's funny how a piece of clothing can result in such profound reflection.