Quotable Quote

“I told my husband I was getting married for specific emotional and physical reasons. If I had to make a purely financial decision, it made more sense for me to stay single. If I chose to be a wife, I wanted to be treated as one. I wanted a husband who would look after me. I wasn’t about to write my own cheques and live like a flatmate. That too, a flatmate without equal rights and with a sexual duty to perform. Sorry. That wouldn’t have worked for me.”

– From ‘Spouse – the truth about marriage’ by Shobhaa De- a bold, straightforward and practical book.

Isn’t that simply, truly, beautifully and powerfully said about the modern ‘marriage market’ scenario?


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12 responses to “Quotable Quote

  1. hmm.. good.. too good.. in fact enlightening..

  2. Monisha

    Hi Priya….

    Hows u doing. So u reading Shobha De? I truly love the quote mentioned by you and did discuss it with my hubby when i was reading the book!

    I think u will really get more of such thought provoking quotes in the book.

    Happy reading and enjoy your trip!

  3. You read Shoba De ?? :O

  4. priyaiyer


    yep, aint it?


    hi! hows u doing? how r the other beautiful gals? i m doing great and enjoying! 🙂 yep, have picked up shobhaa de now, and i m loving the book! 🙂 loved this quote in particular. found it very straight and powerful.


    yep, i read anything and everything i can lay my hands on!:)

  5. Hi, hope you are doing great! A very straightforward quote. I am remembering your post, what women actually wants?

    Keep smiling……….Bless U Always!

  6. priyaiyer


    hey, i am doing great! 🙂 thanks a lot! 🙂

  7. nice quote to read but the fact is still different……..shobha de is used to explore the highsociety with her nib….u and i both know still the women liberation is yet to welcomed…..even in the higsociety…….

    i always admire and love everything u write in favour of women

  8. priyaiyer


    no comments on the current scenario. 😦 however, i feel women are waking up slowly and gradually. it will take ages for radical change to come, but there is indeed a slight change. 🙂

    thanks! 🙂

  9. Taral

    why we all the time talk about this historic topic “women’s liberty” as this has been past and has already been in place…we write because we still beleave and still wants other to beleave..and all this things always comes from sucessful women …great example shobha de …and many others

  10. priyaiyer


    yes, i don’t say the status of women has not changed. times are changing. what i meant was there is still a lot that needs to be done. 🙂

  11. priyaiyer


    moreover, i was not talking only about women’s liberation here. i was talking about the ‘marriage market’ scenario nowadays, where ‘matrimony’ is often misunderstood to be ‘matter-of-money’. it is fast becoming an arrangement, with love having little place. holds just as true for girls as well as guys. just wanted to bring out that point. just my humble opinion, nothing else. 🙂

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