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Dowry is an age-old tradition in India. Even though the people are far more educated than ever, still there are some unscrupulous elements in the society who openly pushes this heinous custom and shamelessly boasts about taking the dowry.
But then there are people who are striving hard to completely exterminate this vicious custom of dowry by saying no to it and setting examples in front of everyone. One such inspiration example is set up by a Kolkata based lad, Suryakanta Barik, an English teacher at a private school in Sonarpur city (West Bengal) who refused to take any sort of dowry from in-laws.
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However, there is a twist in the story. Amazed by his determination of not accepting the dowry, the bride's family decided to flabbergast the groom by planning to give him a surprise gift that any intellectual would love to have. At the wedding day, when Suryakanta arrived at the venue to tie the wedding knot, he was dazzled to see the huge pile of books in front of him.
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" He made it crystal clear initially that he won't accept the dowry in any condition, so we decided to give him a surprise. As he is a voracious reader and reading books of the different genre is something that he loved to do in the meantime, my family planned to gift him a set of 1000 books worth 1 Lakh as the wedding gift."
" I am so lucky to have a husband like him who understands me well and have unshakable moral values. My father knew that he and I both love to read that's why he gave us this precious gift."
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The bride also placed a special request to the guests not to bring any special or luxurious gifts. Instead of that, they can bless the couple by gifting them flowers and books.
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Well, the gargantuan selection of the books included the work of Nobel laureate like Rabindranath Tagore, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, and various other prominent others.
We believe that the world would be a lot better, happier, and serene place if more and more people start thinking the way like Suryakanta Barik. All hail to the couple and their families for taking some serious steps in abolishing the evil named dowry and setting a shining example in front of the world!
BY Aayush Pareek | 16 Feb, 2019
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