In one of the gatherings, I was approached by a friend who had a grown-up son, "There are no supermarkets of brides in my sight". I responded and parted with a decision never to discuss with him about a girl for his son. They were looking for a match for him.
"What kind of a girl would you prefer?" I asked.
The man replied, "Our son is a computer engineer".
"Oh Mashallah! So what kind of a girl are you looking for?"
"He earns around 2000$ in India itself."
"That's very good from the Indian standard. So what type of a girl he prefers to settle with?"
"He is very tall, around 6 feet and also fair and handsome." The father said proudly.
"Subhanallah! Would he prefer a girl who knows very good Qiraat?"
"He has a Honda Civic and often travels abroad for holidays", his father added.
"Then a religious girl would be very ideal for him", I suggested.
"He gets so many proposals from girls and their parents", his father said gleefully.
"I know a lovely family with a grown-up girl", I said .
"Hmmmm, is she very beautiful?" He asked.
"The perception of beauty differs from person to person", I tried to explain.
"Tall, fair and of course her father must be equally rich", he said.
"I wonder why you didn't find a girl of that type till now", I wondered aloud.
Many of the parents whose sons are little good-looking and earn good, prefer a daughter-in-law excellent in looks with a wealthy father, as if wealth and good looks are assurances of a happy married life. Well, dream girls and dream boys are not available for sale. You have to train them in character building.