Sunday, April 24, 2005

Bizzarre coexistence of technology and tradition

Indicative of changing times, a traditional Muslim family in this Uttar Pradesh capital arranged their daughter's nikaah ceremony over the Internet.

Shabnam, the 26-year-old bride, said Qubool hai (I accept) to groom Abdul Kalaam in front of a web camera Friday.

While Shabnam was sitting in a cyber cafe in Lucknow's walled city, Kalaam positioned himself before a webcam thousands of miles away in Makkah in Saudi Arabia.

And it was not as if the two had struck a chord while accidentally browsing the net.

Shabnam's brother Hazrat Ali said his mother and elder brother had finalised the nuptials with Kalaam, who hails from Tamil Nadu. "The marriage was arranged by us and my sister and Kalaam have never met before. She will soon join her husband."

Muslim bride says 'I do', online- The Times of India:

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