As a South Asian American, I feel a bit predisposed to pressure.
I know I should be a certain size, especially because the only people who look like me in film are a certain size.
However, one of the biggest pressures of all is one that many 20-year olds of many cultures feel, but that South Asians especially feel, is the pressure to get married.
Don’t get married because all of your friends are married.
Or because you are worried about what the aunties will think.
Don’t get married because on Valentine’s Day, you feel lonely.
Don’t get married because your little sister is next in line.
Or that you will have company in your old age.
Don’t get married because if you don’t, you will become a “marker.”
Don’t get married because your ex-boyfriend is getting married.
This definitely do not do.
So then…when is the right time to get married?
When you find the one who deserves your time.]
* Some notes for those who are new to this South Asian culture:
– An aunty can be an aunt, a family friend, a loved one, anyone who is a female and looks out for your well-being (i.e., a female who feeds you too much).
– A marker in the case is someone who is markedly different.
Katrina Kaif expresses a deep worry that many South Asians feel (men and women) that goes beyond just their age. It goes straight into the root of why it is difficult as a single 20-year old, a dating 20-year old, and a taken 20-year old.
Maybe a 20-year old 20 years with ads like this will face completely different pressures. Or maybe, hopefully, none at all.