Q: What is an arranged marriage?
A1: Arranged marriage is the process through which a loser like him will get a knockout like her that he will never get in real life.
A2: Arranged marriage is the process through which she will get the BMW of her dreams by marrying the doctor of her nightmares.
Q: How many functions are there in a desi marriage?
A1: It depends on how much your parents love you and how much they are prepared to spend on you. Parents, if you have two kids, decide which one you love more now. The other one is going to elope.
A2: Three functions.
Q: What's the first of the three functions?
A: It's called a holud ceremony, literally the "yellow" ceremony.
Apparently, we have discovered a breakthrough scientific formula.
Brown + Yellow = White.
Q: What is the second ceremony?
A: It is called the akht. This is where the imam decides because a girl is silently crying she is happily agreeing to the marriage, whereas the boy (who should really be the one to be crying) has to soundly pronounce "I do" before the imam will say the magic words "you are now married".
They say marriage completes half of your deen (religion). It is observed that men become more religious after marriage. It is because they realize what they have gotten into and start praying more often.
It is also noted that men become fatter after their wedding. It is due to the fact that when a bachelor comes home, he sees what's in the fridge and goes to bed. Whereas the married man comes home, sees what's in the bed and goes to the fridge.
Q: What is a walimah or reception?
A: This is the occasion where we invite all the people we don't really like but have to invite anyways (also known as relatives), so that they can stand and gawk at us making corny jokes about our supposed night of passion.
Q: Who is the first person to leave the gathering?
A: It's the imam. We invite him so he can say the obligatory Quran recitation, do some lecture on why marriage is important, eat and then leave, so we can start our gaana bajaana (music). It's usually best to invite Bengali imams. They know very little Quran so they usually recite Surah Asr (only three verses - very short). The translation is even shorter as they don't know Arabic so just talk in general of why the President of America is an evil man.
A guide to checking out the bride:
Yes, we all know why you are really in the line to take a picture with your 'friend' and your new bhabi - you really want to see how lucky the bast*** got. So this is how you do it.
1. Keep your gaze down.
Be like a good modest desi and lower your gaze. That way, when the time comes, you can look up. Slowly. And check her out completely from bottom to top. If you start at the top, once she starts saying "Hi" you are stuck, you gotta look at her face and make small talk.
2. Don't let out a whistle.
How to check out the groom:
Just gaze at any standard guy in a tux and a tie. They all look the same.