Sologamy, or wedding ceremonies in which people marry themselves, has become increasingly popular in the West in recent years. It has now made its way to Indian beaches.
A customary Hindu ritual for Kshama Bindu is set to take place on the evening of June 11 in a temple in Vadodara, Gujarat’s western state.
The bride will do the traditional seven circles around the sacred fire, she tells me over the phone, dressed in her crimson bridal gown with henna on her hands and vermilion powder in her hair parting.
Early in the day, pre-wedding rituals such as Haldi and sangeet will take place. She will go to Goa for a two-week honeymoon after the wedding.
Only one thing will be lacking from all of the festivities: a groom. That’s because Ms Bindu intends to “marry” herself in what could be India’s first sologamy lawsuit.
“A lot of people say I’m a good catch,” claimed the 24-year-old sociology student and blogger. “I tell them, ‘I caught myself,’” says the narrator.
Ms Bindu claimed that by marrying herself, she would be dedicating her life to “self-love.”
Her family and friends have given their blessings and will be present at the event.
Carrie Bradshaw, a character in the enormously popular American sitcom Sex and the City, originally brought up the idea of “marrying” oneself about 20 years ago. The show, however, was a comedy-drama.
The announcement has also sparked a social media controversy. Some praised her, saying she would be an inspiration to many, but the majority of them were simply trying to comprehend the concept of sologamy.
On Twitter, one woman questioned why there was a need for marriage if there was no one else involved. According to another, Ms Bindu appeared to be attempting to avoid family responsibilities.
Sologamy has been dubbed “an odd and sad behaviour” by some, who blame it on “chronic narcissism.”