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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
April 2013

If you’d like to attend a wedding in India, but can’t make the trip, perhaps you can be there through Skype, the popular video chat program. That may not seem too unusual, but what if it’s your own wedding? How would you feel about exchanging vows with your future spouse over the internet?

It’s not a dream scenario by any stretch of the imagination, but internet marriages are apparently rising in some immigrant communities. Sarah Maslin Nir of the New York Times recently described a wedding in which the bride, Poonam Chowdhury, a U.S. citizen, sat in a mosque in Queens, New York, while her groom, Tanvir Ahmmed, sat with a Sharia judge in his living room in Bangladesh.

After the bride and groom exchanged the words to make them husband and wife, “guests erupted in applause; the bride and groom traded bashful smiles,” Nir wrote. “Just then, the internet connection cut out, and the wedding was abruptly over.”

Hopefully, the marriage was consummated over a more reliable broadband connection.


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