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“I had just returned home in the evening after hoeing the corn field all day. ‘Parents have given you away!’ screamed my younger brother. Apparently, a family from Khorsane gaun (village) in Chirang district in Bhutan had visited my house earlier to ask my hand for marriage. An astrologer...

Marriage

“What do I remember about my wedding? Hmm… not sure you will get much of an interesting story out of me. My marriage followed a similar procedure as did the other marriages in Bhutan. I was about 10 years old when I got married and my wife was nine....

Marriage

“I should have been 9-10 years old when I first got married in Dallayni, under Chirang district in Bhutan. I don’t recall much from my wedding day. I vividly recall though that I was scared. I did not know what marriage meant then. I wanted to continue to stay...

Marriage

“I was 27 years old at that time and she was 23. I was working as a peon in her village called Purano Basti in Sarbang, Bhutan. I was from Toribari which was 15 kilometers from her village. But I used to live in her village for my job....

“I think I was 20-22 years old when I got married. Although my marriage is both special and unique, many others may not believe it. One day, I had spent all my morning chores working in my crop-land, and I returned home drained looking to eat lunch. Januka, 16-year-old...

"I do not remember much of my marriage. I was just seven when my father decided about my marriage. It was the prevailing custom. I did not know what was forthcoming. At the age of playing with mud and sticks and with goats, I and two of my cousins...

Birkha Rai

“I was twenty-four and my wife was sixteen when we got married. My wife and I lived in the same village block called Patale in Bhutan’s Chirang district. Our houses were close to each other. I frequented her home and she mine, and so did our families. There was...

“म डेढ वर्षको हुँदै बाबा बेपत्ता हुनुभएकोले एक्ली आमाले हुर्काएको कान्छो छोरो म । आज ६५ वर्ष पुग्दा पनि बाबाको कतै दिसोपत्तो लागेन-सम्झिँदा खल्लो लाग्छ । अनि बिहेको कुरा गर्दा आफैंलाई तन्देरी जस्तो पनि लाग्छ ! मेरो विवाह, म अंग्रेजीको साल जान्दिनँ, नेपालीकै संवत पनि थाहा छैन ! तर,...

“I was 13 years old when I got married. How do I tell you the story? Well…of course they came to ask for my hand. That was the tradition. No one eloped back then. It was the month of Magh (Nepali calendar). My husband and his elder brother came...
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