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zone87 Goldie

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wow, this thread is interesting!! women have come a very long way quite fast. i am from maharashtra, and i have seen some old ladies following the traditional 'touch me not' policy during their periods.
my hudsbands grandmother is a widow - an educated lady - she done her BSc and speaks some english, but even then - she wears only white, cooks her own food, has food only cooked by a brahmin and does some other really unfathomable things. she's 92 but insists on following the old widow rules.
i know of one more terrible thing they did to widows in maharashtra not too long ago - and that was shaving off their  hair. it sounds so cruel, that you wonder why it was done. maybe it was for some sociological reason like making them really unattractive to any men folk around, who may otherwise take advantage of them.
whatever, it was a real cruel life, especially for a young widow. what i woudl like to see here is for sugana's in-laws to take her to their place since they have no kids, and to insist that she live a normal life, educate herself and get re-married. that would be the progressive story,and i am so hoping that is what they show.
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In gujarat where my parents are from they shave off the widows hair to before and they never grow it back but that has been done away for the last 20 years.  When we would go to India to visit we would not go by my moms' mom because she was bald and wore these really bad black maroon sari and that would scare us to death.  I feel bad now but we were around 2,4 and 5. 
zone87 Goldie

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really that is terrible  but sad:(
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Originally posted by ellesmera

im frm nepal where the more orthodox form of hinduism is still followed esp by the older gerenration. my parents are pretty openminded but my grandmother (daadi)is a vaishnav and very orthodox. <br><br>she was married when she was 7 and had her gauna at the age of 10 so she was mostly raised up at her inlaws. like jamuna in the serial she also faced many miscarriages but eventually had 9 children. she had her eldest child when she was 15. her character is sort of like daadisa in the sense that she loves her own blood... her childern her grandchildren and her maika ppl to death... but to her daughter-in-laws she is extremely strict. she choose all her bahus frm family less rich than my dadas and frm villages. thats why she choose my mum too but unfortunately for her my nanas family were actually quite well off and educated. my mum had studied in a convent in patna. till date of all the bahus my mum is the only bahu my daadi cannot bully (others still cower in frnt of her). <br><br>in her house when the girl has her first period she wasnt even allowed to see daylight... she is kept locked in a room for seven days. though this is no longer done even now during those days (in that house) no one can touch u esp the cook.. ur food is also given to u seperately. it feels so horrible (thats why when i go to visit im carefull of the dates).when i saw was anandi had to go thru i completely understood how she felt (but my mum told me that for some reasn achar does get spoilt if made my a woman in her periods..something to do with hormones) even on normal days the food is cooked without onions and garlic.. and noone can enter the kitchen once the food has been cooked until she has eaten. <br><br>when my granddad died as per the custom dad , his brothers and daadi had to sleep on the floor on chatais and eat food cooked by themselves for 13 salt , masala, nonveg, etc. and could only wear clothing with no stitches like dhoti or saari. daadi also follwed eveything that daasisa in the serial ahd said.... for a year she wore white and had her own seperate kitchen. she slept in her own room but the bed was changed to a hard charpai bed with a straw mattress and a thin cotton one on top of that. she did all this for a year till the barsi. now she doent wear red or veyr bright colors but everthing else is like before.. there r no rules here like widows being apshagun at functions or widows having to shave their heads. but till the one yr barsi a mourning period is observed in all the childrens houses. for a yr the immediate family (barring grand children) doesnt go to functions like weddings etc. for the rest of the relatives its just 3 days i think. and here the brahmin families follow this. the funny part is the ppl who keep this 3day mourning thing could be upto ur eight cousin!! after that u rnt considered related. we actually have a family tree book that gets updated every 10 yrs and can trace our family back to 17 generations!!! last yr when someones wife died during the hols my daadi took this book out to check if he had to follow the custom... thank fully only my granny had to .. hers was the 8th generation!!<br><br>my daadi isnt a bad person at heart but yes i guess it would be very diff to change a lifetime of conditioning esp at her age. she does tell us to follow the reeti reevaz but she also loves and spoils us grandkids to bits.<br><br>

WOW! really?
actually, i am half nepali and half indian and i used to live in nepal [Katmandu], before i moved here to USA. and i am so shocked to hear that people still follow this...because i visit nepal every year and when my family and i go to far away villages then we get to know that people their have become more educated and they don't follow every little bit of the "old believes."Plus, in some villages it is illegal to follow some of the cruel rules. so i was pretty surprised by your story since nepal has changed a lot and there are really not any place left in nepal where these kind of things are followed or allowed. But thanks for sharing your story. It was very interesting to read.

By the way, do you mind me asking what part of nepal are you talking about? if you don't want to answer then that perfectly fine. :) i was just wondering.

-Lara Smile
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I think in some villages these things are still practiced..
Wrackspurt IF-Stunnerz

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ellesmera that was a really interesting thanx for sharing it.These rituals are still practiced in many places........not only in villages but in towns also.......widows are considered as apshagun and god knows what all difficulties they have to face..........its really unfortunate.........people need to wake up.
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i keep reading the newspapers n these kind of news r still there...but i have heard all these things from my grandmother..bec. at her time, such customs were followed...she tells us abt it but she has never forced them on my mom or us...she felt her children must not face any difficulty in right n they were given complete freedom to decide for themselves... in today's age many of these customs have vanished but widow remarriage is still considered bad..

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