A beautiful story, a heart opener, a soul pinching and the true face of society. A grown-up girl and the only daughter of her affectionate parents and grandparents, she was a jewel in the house, and was useful to each and every elder. Getting up early and contributing lots of efforts in the kitchen and house-cleaning. Of course she was fair and of the marriageable age and her parents and grandparents were already worried about her departure. But there was one problem. She was very tall as per the Indian standards and her height was a big hurdle for her marriage.
Whenever a family visited to see the elder girl, the younger one was confined to a room. "Because once, accidentally, she came out to serve tea and got selected instead of the elder". It was very hard upon the heart of the elder sister to be rejected and her younger sister being proposed instead. She was completing her 27th year and according to the Indian village standards, she was growing old. Professional matchmakers also tried with the hope of getting good financial returns if "the deal clicked", but alas! The father did not even have enough money to offer dowry if someone accepted his daughter.
In countries like India and Pakistan, even looks are brushed aside and the couple is counted to be pleasantly matching if the father of the girl is rich. So what if the girl is plump and short and the boy is extremely handsome, well shaped and highly educated? Finally, things got extremely tensed when some relatives remarked, "At least, get your second daughter married. Look, even she is growing old". The father was reluctant. After all, all daughters are beloved to their fathers. Every daughter is the most beautiful lady for her father. "I don't want to hurt my elder daughter", and he kept on trying to find a match, but then he ran short of being rich too. "In our land, either you should be rich or your daughter should be extremely fair and pretty to get married, otherwise it is better not to have a daughter", goes a common saying in the Indian subcontinent.