Even if she's a crorepati, she must follow the customs.
If she violates those, I can even kill her." That's Dalip Singh Sheoran, 52, father of Anita, the 25-year-old much-lauded gold medal wrestler at the Commonwealth Games (CWG), when he's asked in the midst of festivities in Dhani Mahu village about her marrying out of the caste.
It's enough to stun the chirpy Anita into silence as curious visitors who have gathered to congratulate her in the 5,900-strong dusty Bhiwani village look on. "It's a combination of Holi and Diwali that we've been celebrating," says the truck driver-cum-small farmer.
"Now I want her to reach bigger heights."This is Haryana. A 90-minute drive away in Balali village, with 90 per cent of its nearly 2,000-strong population being Jats of the Sangwan gotra, a dozen men are playing cards in a chaupal in front of Mahavir Singh Phougat's well-furnished seven-room house as the hookah is passed around.
Phougat's daughters Geeta, 22, and Babita, 20, both in BA final year at the Government Girls College, Bhiwani, have just returned after winning a gold and silver.
Every few minutes, turbaned men and veiled women drop in to congratulate Phougat and hand over anything between Rs 10 and Rs 100 as shagun while congratulating the girls. "Not bad," says a proud Phougat, 51, a landlord-farmer and coach to his daughters.
"Nothing less than an Olympic medal will satisfy us now," he adds, gazing steadily at the huge wrestling mat placed in the open ground near his double-storey house.
OB Pier 50th Anniversary Art Show Reception – June 30th Join the celebrations at the OB Pier 50th Anniversary Art Show Opening Reception on Thursday, June 30, from 6-9 p.m.
There will be a local chef showcase (serving hors d’oeuvres), wine from Gianni Buonomo Vintners, beer from Mike Hess Brewing Ocean Beach, and music by John Tafolla.The exhibit will be on view at Teeter from until July 31 during their business hours, 9 a.m.-7p.m. The Ocean Beach Main Street Association, Teeter, and Luminous Views by Michael James Slattery are pleased to collaborate on an art show celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Ocean Beach Pier (#OBPier), which opened on July 2, 1966. Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off set for June 25 More details later …Point Loma Neighbors See Violation of 30 Foot Height Rule in New Construction On June 20, a land surveyor taking photos on the corner of Emerson and Evergreen streets in the Roseville neighborhood of Point Loma was interrupted by a middle-aged couple driving by who asked, “Are you building a hotel here? While her view is safe for now, she is concerned about those below.Haryanvis are dreaming big, with the state's sons and daughters winning 27 of the total 101 medals that India won, among them 15 of the country's total 38 golds, even though it sent only 54 participants to the 600-strong national contingent.But what's most impressive is the achievement of the state's girls: five gold, two silver and two bronze.Yet, girls like Geeta and Babita, says Phougat, will have to "marry according to our traditions." But then Haryana is notorious for being anti-women.