Bihar, u know, is a contageous virus. Its a headache in any form u take it; for ex, why not take the elections? Newspapers of the past many weeks r infested with this n that of bihar. i m sure elections of ny other state are covered with as much fervent as that of bihar...n guess what? Biharis take pride on this.
Even while bihar is 2 blame for rendering cover pages of newspapers ineffective, i had a big revelation this week. Two of my wingies r Biharis n two more r Jharkhandis who claim bihari origin. N i never knew that the biharis have got 4-5 marriage proposals (first was when they were in std. 12!). surprisingly, one of the proposals 2 a frnd was from one of the self-proclaimed 'Kings Of Bihar' for his daughter (which number i don't know) n this proposal he received after clearing the prelims of IIT JEE!
Well, if u don't know let me xplain how the system works in Bihar. Once u cross a preliminary (be it jee or civils) ur demand in "market" increases and so does the "Demand Price" bride's father is willing to give. If u accept an offer, u don't immediately marry but there is an immediate formal engagement. Even if u r a minor, u r engaged. After completion of study/ course, when u start earning, u HAVE TO marry that gal.
There is an instance i can relate regarding this. A young student in his teens had been fixed for marriage by his family to a girl...both being youngsters. Money and other "gifts" (dowry being illegal) had been exchanged etc etc. however, when the student passed out and got a good job, he rejected the girl. U know what happened next? He was called back home on the pretext that his father was ill and forced to marry that very girl!!
Anecdotes abt Bihar n Biharis never fail to surpriseme