1. How important are ceremonies in our lives?
Answer: Ceremonies are a part of our very existence and they represent our cultural Identity, religious norms, traditions, patriotic feelings and often our inner joys and expectations as humans. From this regard, they are quite significant. Without ceremonies, life would have been monotonous and we would have very few occasions to enjoy, celebrate and have reasons to be surrounded by friends and relatives. Personally, I feel more alive and more socially connected during the major celebrations we observe.
2. Do you see the role of private and public ceremonies changing in the future?
3. Have attitudes towards marriage changed in recent years?
Answer: Marriage is still an influential aspect of our social bonds, but thanks to the changes in our mentality about marriage and that help prevent early marriage which was so common even only 30 years ago. In the past, late marriage for females was unacceptable and often considered an unfortunate event. However, this is no longer the case, and both males and females, these days, want to have a career before getting married which, in my opinion, is a positive trend. However, an increasing number of single parents and unmarried population are often indicated by many to be a concerning issue and I accord with them in this regard.
Overall, our perceptions and attitudes towards marriage have changed to a great extent and I believe the changes are mostly positive.
4. In what ways do men and women feel differently about marriage, in your opinion?
Answer: I think that depends on the type of marriage we are considering and the country where the marriage is taking place. For instance, both girls and boys in our country cordially accept love marriage while they feel differently about settled marriage.
Moreover, a boy has to be an earning member before he can get married while this is not the case for girls. Since a bride starts living with her husband’s family in our country, this is a major shift for a girl. Grooms, on the other hand, focus more on starting his own family and thus their thoughts and preparation for the marriage are different.
5. What sort of national events makes headlines in your country?
Answer: Any major political decision, crisis or agenda get attention from mass media and become headlines in our country. Besides, whenever our national cricket team wins a game, that is also a piece of major news. I can recall a few occasions when the achievement of an individual, who brought glory for our country, also became headlines in newspapers and television news. Any catastrophic event that causes loss of life and property are often the headlines of the news. Finally, our Independence day is highly focused on different media throughout the month.
6. Does the media in your country pay more attention to global or national events?
Answer: This depends on the type of media we are talking about. If it’s a national TV channel, for instance, it primarily focuses on national events. An English newspaper or a satellite TV channel that has a global audience, on the contrary, has more global than national news.
However, as a whole, national news and events get more attention from the media white prominent and important global events are also highlighted in the media we are talking about.