inspiring brides 2021: The Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah actor Dilip Joshi’s daughter Niyati Joshi got hitched last week in Nashik. What made her wedding special was the fact that was seen flaunting her grey hair at the wedding. A lot of netizens took to social media and praised her for sporting her grey hair and not colouring it due to societal pressure.
Niyati is a quintessential bride of the 21st century who has broken stereotypes pertaining to how Indian brides must look or behave on their big day. Here are 5 more inspiring brides who broke stereotypes this year.
- The bride who rode a horse on her pre-wedding ritual
Kritika Saini, a resident of Rajasthan’s Sikar district, left people surprised by riding a horse to mark the pre-wedding ritual of ‘Bandori’. She did the Bandori ritual just like a groom. Reason? She and her family wanted to convey the important message of quality between the genders. The parents also wanted to drive home the point that one should not distinguish between daughters and sons and should be given equal opportunities. Read more about it here.
2. The bride who requested father to donate dowry money
Understanding the pressing need to promote girls’ education, a Rajasthan bride reportedly requested her father before her wedding to use the money reserved for her dowry in the noble cause of constructing a girls’ hostel. The father agreed and donated ₹ 75 lakh for the same. Read more about this inspiring story here.
3. Dia Mirza ropes in a female priest to solemnise her wedding
Hindu wedding rituals are commonly performed by male priests but Bollywood actor Dia Mirza, who got married to businessman Vaibhav Rekhi early this year, shattered gender norms by roping in a female priest for the same.
4. Bride cancels wedding after groom shows up drunk
A bride in Rajgarh, Madhya Pradesh showed great courage by refusing to get married to the groom after he showed up drunk at the wedding venue. The incident took place on November 7 this year. The bride took the decision on realising that the groom was so inebriated that he couldn’t even stand properly. Muskan Sheikh, the bride, decided to call off the wedding and didn’t even sit in the nikaah. Read more about her courageous act here.
5. Bride performing martial arts after wedding
P Nisha, a Tamil Nadu bride after getting hitched, wielded sticks and weapons to perform a set of martial arts, in a bid to raise awareness about the need for women to know self-defence. Her video went viral on social media as she could be seen performing stunts in a traditional wedding outfit with a garland around her neck. Read more about it here.
6. Bride refusing to Kanyadaan
IAS officer Tapasya Parihar secured 23rd rank in the UPSC examination. She refused to kanyadaan on her wedding by telling her father, ‘I am not a charity thing, I am your daughter.’ In an interview, she said that she didn’t like this ideology of giving away daughters since childhood. How can someone donate her without her wish, she used to wonder. Her husband and family were quite supportive of her decision and agreed to it. Her marriage took place without giving any Kanyadaan.
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