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I Hereby Attest Thee... Man And Wife

So we were married, followed by laddoos and the instruction: You may now cross-feed

I Hereby Attest Thee... Man And Wife
Sandeep Adhwaryu
I Hereby Attest Thee... Man And Wife
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When I first visited Delhi in the days before India was wooed by the world as a looming hyperpower, I spent a lot of time hanging around in government offices. You needed a permit for everything then: crossing a state border, having a drink, going to Sikkim. Queuing and queue jumping had become a national pastime, even a sport.

This summer, 21 years on, I found myself sitting in an office discussing with my wife-to-be how to circumnavigate the bureaucracy. Like everyone else, I had lost the old fatalism—the assumption that everything had to be this way.

"You have the documents?" asked the Marriage Officer.

"Which documents?" Then it turned out that because I was, in technical terms, a Christian, we could only get married in India under the Special Marriage Act, 1954.

"Birth certificate duly attested by gazetted government officer, attested affidavit on ten rupee stamp paper detailing appropriate information, stating you are not related within the prohibited degree of relationship as per the Act, attested copy of ration...

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