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    The Great Indian Damaad

    If there is one person in this huge wild world who enjoys utmost royalty, it is the Great Indian “Damaad” (Son-in-law). So revered and honored is he that often a girl’s parents could go to any extent to keep him happy. It is like as though the Good Lord himself has entered their family and wed their daughter. Saroj, my laundry lady, seemed unusually anxious.  “Didi paanch hazaar rupaye chahiye” (I want Rs. 5000/-), she said. My eyes popped open for a moment. Not that I had issues extending the loan, but the amount seemed large for a daily wage earner like Saroj. In a city such as Delhi, with…