Nalini says goodbye and travels to Navsari, India to prepare for an arranged marriage.
Nalini’s meeting with Prakash is not a success.
Nalini is struggling internally with her two cultures and doesn’t know what to do. She meets with another man, and they get on well.
A recap of the first part. Nalini makes a choice to keep her parents happy. Preparing for the engagement, Nalini reflects on her choice of husband.
The engagement ceremony. Nalini’s Mum reflects on arranged marriagesk. At the ceremony Nalini learns she has to sign legal documents.
Nalini returns to NZ to wait for Prakash, then decides she wants the marriage undone. Her parents reflect on their role in Nalini’s arranged marriage.
Credits from this episode.
Presented by future National Party MP Melissa Lee, this Asia Dynamic episode tells the story (discovered by reporter Bharat Jamnadas) of Nalini Chhima, an Auckland-born Indian woman and accomplished classical dancer, who travels to Navsari, India, to prepare for a traditional marriage. Like her parents, Chhima thinks an arranged marriage has a better chance of surviving than a love marriage. This documentary tracks Chhima’s emotional journey, and her desire to please her parents and be true to her culture. Asia Dynamic was later re-named Asia Downunder.