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'My girlfriend belongs to a different religion...'

I don’t know how my mother will take it as she is extremely traditional. My girlfriend is willing to elope with me but I don’t want to break my mother’s heart. Even her parents are the conservative types so there’s no hope for us. But I’m sure of one thing — I won’t marry anyone but her.
— Amar


Illustration/ Amit Bandre

Dear Amar,
You have made up your mind, so what is stopping you from taking the plunge? Considering that your mum has broached the subject, it is the ideal time to tell her that there is someone on the scene. She may react but you have to gently pursuade her to realise where your happiness lies. It will not be easy and you will need loads of patience. Nowadays there are a lot of inter-community marriages, so it is no big deal. Your mum will agree but it will take a while. So instead of rushing in and making elopement plans, aim to get your mum agree to the alliance. Best of luck.

Diana will solve it!
Write to Diana at diana@mid-day.com, or fax her on 24150009. You can also post letters to Dear Diana, Mid Day, Peninsula Centre, Dr S S Rao Road, opp Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, Parel, Mumbai 400012 

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