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Review:alias999 says:
Hi I really love your stories but I found your stereotyping rather offensive. It's not the first time I've come across the concept that Indian families are all obsessed with marrying off their daughters. Just because its an Indian family, it doesn't mean you have to add the marriage pressure and the whole rebellious, therefore 'Western' ideal.
Other than that your stories are super fun.

Author's Response: Hi!

I'm sorry you feel that way about it. A lot of the point of the Dormitory 2.6A-verse is that I tell stories that myself and my friends have personally experienced. As a Bengali girl who has many, many Bengali and Indian friends, there aren't many of us who don't feel the pressure to be married. I'm not one of the oldest in my family so it's not so bad for me, but there's still a sense that "marriage is The Way, preferably when you're 24 or 25". I wouldn't be writing about such a subject without proper insight into it since it's obviously a delicate matter. I myself have been told I'm "Westernised" for practically nothing.

Dahlia's entire family aren't obsessed with marriage; Auntie Supriya is. Dahlia's parents married young, but in no way do they pressure her to do the same. They're accepting of her life as a witch and as someone with strong ideals. She gets in trouble at the end of the chapter not because she doesn't want to get married, but because she disrespects her aunt. The concept of marriage is simply one of many aspects of Dahlia's growing up into an 'adult' journey that I'm exploring here.

Anyways, sorry for writing hella loads there, just wanted to explain the decision properly. I'm glad you enjoy the rest of the story and hope you will still read future updates.

Plums xo


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