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Brazen show of sensuality frightens away the soul of love and marriage

The under-nourished marital relation may find hard to survive when the sharpness of the sensuality goes blunt.

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Both opposite genders pray for the successful marriage --- though it mostly falls apart pretty too early.

By Salil Gewalli

Even in the West, the marital relationship is still a treasured subject. Both opposite genders pray for the successful marriage — though it mostly falls apart pretty too early. Of course, the reasons are various. While some are clearly understandable, some are little beyond one’s mental grasp. True, our conditioned mind swayed by modern proposition and narrow likes and dislikes always fail us to see the thing as it is. Again, for one’s flawed discrimination and sensibility, coupled with the false expectation and its fulfilment, one often witnesses too many crises after marriage and also after the break-up. One just likely to fall into an unpleasantly unexpected situation and run into troubling issues. Thank God, nature, so designed by the Almighty, itself teaches some, with a few hard blows, to come to terms; while other weak lots, who can’t cope with, just plunge into the sea of depression.

 The Guardian of UK/USA, which has recently published a beautiful article, attracted my attention. A discerning female writer from Michigan – Ms Rose Hackman chooses the long title for the article, as   – “Is marriage really on the decline because of men’s cheap access to sex?”.  Ms Rose should be appreciated for not trying to bury her head in the sand. The discussion in the article is concerned with the modern makeup and the increasing failed marriage. The writer logically reasoned out some of the important factors in the article. She quoted an eminent sociologist from Texas — Mark Regnerus who paraphrased an adage – “nobody will buy the cow if you’re giving away the milk for free.”

Moreover, every philosopher has proposed that an object/subject of utility is valued when it is obtained with difficulty. The scarce availability always makes one’s heart ache for it. But, however, people start finding less appealing, even wants to “keep away from” an object/subject if they are flooded with that only. Again, going by the comments on that article, which run into 5/6 thousand, one comes to believe that the unsuccessful marital relationship and incidental crises of the west will surely be going to affect our country too.

The discussion in the article is concerned with the modern makeup and the increasing failed marriage.
The discussion in the article is concerned with the modern makeup and the increasing failed marriage.

I don’t think one needs to go deeper into sex phenomenon and its inherent “binding force”. But here the main concern is that its “binding strength” is rapidly getting weaker and weaker. Many ascribed this situation to the easy availability of sex. One scholar thoughtfully remarks: “So much splurged on the media, so much on display, and so much abused, the “sensuality” is no more sensual. Then what is there in store to attract the opposite sex?” Yes, “desensitization” of sensuality is already the bane which ails everything. In the similar vein, science as well explains many natural phenomena with the theory of “saturation”. A dry cotton absorbs the moisture/water more quickly while the wet cotton cannot do that. “Mind” that is fast becoming like a wet cotton, cannot respond to the moisture of the sensuality.

 On the other hand, if you have a lot many opportunities to eat delicious food outside, your “lovely kitchen” at home will be just ignored, you don’t even turn your head to pay a glance over it. You would never care whether the kitchen is clean or untidy, or even infested with sneaky rats, mice, and cockroaches. Figuratively, in the situation, ones have to call out only the virtues from within, if any available, to salvage the marriage.

Subsequently, one also just becomes less respectful of that which is ubiquitous. I don’t think it is a healthy trend in the society. However, for instance, if the same “sexual sensuality”, which is in existence for the purpose since the dawn of the creation, could have been achieved with difficulty, and with struggle, if it’s a private affair, it would have made ones definitely go “crazy after”.  Mind would just become keener on it.  Then, one even would love to “get lost” in the romantic imagery. The serenades by the likes of Keats and Shelley would have been burst out.  But now, in the midst of the brazen show of the immodest indiscretion that poetic romanticism cannot find its emotional expression.  There is no space for the healthy imagination.

Have we gone too far by overdoing? Have we not over-exposed what should have been relished in the hallowed privacy? William Shakespeare rightly says,  It provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance”.  Is it not then that by sipping the drink of modernity and shedding values of decency we have almost killed the goose” that would have continued to lay golden eggs? A renowned economist Alfred Marshal had thought out a golden principle as “Diminishing Marginal Utility” in order to bring home the market situation with respect to an object of importance/value/utility. And, it well explains how an object is detested by the senses when it is over-supplied. I notice the same principle perfectly applies to sex and sensuality which the modernity is casually and brazenly juggling with. Phew, the under-nourished marital relation may find hard to survive when the sharpness of the sensuality goes blunt.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’.  Twitter: @SGewali.

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Getting Hitched? Ease The Burden a Little With These Tips

You can't predict weather and disasters but you can surely prepare for them

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Getting hitched? Avoid last-minute disasters. Pixabay

Wedding preparation is a hectic task but with proper planning, time management and help, you can ease the burden a little. Here’s how.

Sushma Gohil, Chief Customer Relationship Officer, The Wedding Brigade and Tanuja Sharma, Director, TAP Events, have suggested things you can keep a check on to avoid last-minute glitches on one of the most special days of your life:

* Money Matters: Follow your budget calendar

 You’ll always find reasons to spend more money on the function, so deciding on the budget early in the planning is a must. It is always better to chalk out in advance a list of things where most of your money will be spent. Make sure you prioritise and figure out which matter to you the most as a couple. Some may decide to spend lavishly on the outfits, while others may feel that they want to have a lovely destination wedding.

Also, it is always better to design the budget by making your families agree on combining the functions of both the bride and the groom. It’s always more fun and budget friendly.

* Keep a check on your guest list

One of the trickiest tasks during wedding preparations is creating a guest list. The guest list governs most of the other elements of your wedding — from the catering bill to the ceremony seating arrangement. To make your planning easier, you may take help of guest list managing applications, where you can categorise the guests under ‘maybe’ or ‘surely’ and ‘finalise later’.

* Book your dream destination/venue on time

Avoid any last minute hassles or dissatisfaction regarding your wedding venue by being the early bird. Advance bookings should be done way prior to your wedding day especially if your date is during the peak ‘wedding season’. It is ideal if the couple plans and decides on the wedding venue mutually, taking into account the convenience of both the families.

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Things you can keep a check on to avoid last-minute glitches on one of the most special days of your life. Pixabay

* Your wedding outfit should not go off trend

Choosing a perfect outfit for your wedding can be daunting. For the latest trends, surf online but do not forget to raid the offline markets too. Offline stores give you the chance to try out the attire before you make the big purchase. The time of the wedding function should also be an important factor impacting your attire choice, especially the colour of the outfit.

* Choose your vendors sensibly

Behind every fantastic well-planned wedding, there is a team of hard-working vendors who make it happen. Do thorough research about the vendors, their past work, reputation and track records before you finalise them. If you cannot afford to get in touch with all the vendors yourself, hire a wedding planner and let them spearhead all the functions.

Making a detailed contract document and incorporating all deadlines, quality, quantity, and expectations is also a must-do. Avoid any vendor disagreement at the time of wedding and save yourself from last-minute blunders. You don’t want an absconding vendor two days before the wedding.

* Check on the weather

Weather is one of the things you can’t control. An ideal weather is obviously subjective, but most of us look forward to having a dry and sunny day for a perfect function. Decide early between an indoor or an outdoor set-up and prepare accordingly.

In case you choose an outdoor setting, make sure your property vendor provides canopies. Backup plans are a must as added protection serves well. So consider getting an event insurance if possible.

You can’t predict weather and disasters but you can surely prepare for them.

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* Make travel arrangements on time

We all have significant number of friends and families living out of town. And it is obvious for the ‘out-of-towners’ to go through a lot of effort and expense to come for your wedding. Right management of transportation is very crucial especially in a destination wedding where all the guests need transportation throughout the trip. (IANS)