It was on August 15, 1947, that India got independence from the British reign, but it wasn't until nearly three years later, in 1950 that India's constitution was formally drafted – a book of regulations that told that India was now a democratic republic. This draft describes, how things will go down in India – its rules and regulations.
This got me thinking, what if you wanted to date a country – not the entire country, of course – just a girl with a personality of her own. How about if these were the rules made by a girl who you wished to date. So, I've taken my liberty, you know, with my freedom of speech, …to re-design a set of those rules, as things that you should know about her.
So, here are some pointers you should know before trying to impress India.
She is smart and can speak many languages. And she admires anyone who respects this.
She is a gossip queen - she absolutely needs to know everything. 'Sab jaanna h isko, bhaari panchaayat.'
She's open about religion. She is quite secular in her thoughts. So, you can easily approach her, regardless of your culture and religion.
She had been in a relationship before, but, it didn't work out quite well. Her British boyfriend was quite a rascal, and after a long, painful relationship, she was able to end things with him.
She toh totally loves Khichdi. Though, she's a bit uncertain of how she feels about non-veg - just cannot seem to make up her mind.
She likes to keep herself healthy with Yoga. Though in this pollution, it isn't always easy.
You can say anything about her - until it's something good. She doesn't take criticism well.
She cannot stand homosexuality. "Aadmi hu, aadmi se pyar karta hu" doesn't really sit well with how she sees society.
She has a beautiful relationship with her father. But he's often on tours abroad, and very rarely spends time with her daughter.
She's a follower of Gandhigiri – No Violence. So, she wouldn't want to see guys fighting over for her. (Though, it would make for an incredible gossip story to tell.)
And FYI, if triggered, she knows pretty well how to fight back (Looking at you, Nosy neighbor).
Illustrations by: Ishita Bansal
So, you think you have what it takes to date India? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. And if you think, there's more to her, that I missed out on, you can reach out to me on firstname.lastname@example.org