When will Fair & Lovely Stop Being Beautiful?

I am not dark skinned. I don’t know how I would fare on the “fair-o-meter” (pun purposefully intended), but I am pretty fair. Not milk-fair but fair enough, if there ever was such a term. But when I was growing up, I wasn’t as fair as some of the girls around me, and was made to realize that every now and then.

Ashish & Zara – The Secular Couple

I don’t think there is anything grimmer or more undo-able for Indian parents to give their son/daughter off in marriage to a different religion. And yet, here we are, shoving our passports and nationalism at anyone who would listen, that we are a secular nation.