April 14, 2007

Today's Gem

Extract from my Statistics reference book:

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A man wants to marry a girl having the following qualities:
White complexion - the probability of getting such a girl is 1 in 20;
Handsome dowry - the probability of getting such a girl is 1 in 50;
Westernised manners and etiquette - the probability of getting such a girl is 1 in 100.

Find the probability of him getting married to such a girl when the possession of these attributes is independent.
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I don't know what's worse - the prerequisites for marriage, the absolute lack of anything that remotely makes sense or the low probabilities of finding such girls according to the author. All that I can say to the book's credit is that it was printed in the 1960s.

Initially I found it half-disgusting, half-funny and somewhat antiquated.

But here's something to ponder on: Has much really changed? Don't matrimonial ads today still read "Wanted: Fair, beautiful, convent-educated, home-loving bride"? In contrast, the ones published by women looking for men at least have some variation and novelty, and a sign of an independent mind at work. And when wants diverge so much, is it any surprise that fewer and fewer people are getting married?

17 comments:

Asterix said...

Dowry ke chances one in 50?? In 1960 it should have been 51/50.

Other than that, the author seems to be talking about my chances of marriage, and now thanks to the book, everyone knows the answer!!

Bleue said...

We sail in the same bluddy boat, behenaa..these books leave no stone unturned in amusing me, every single day..such is the plight of Indian education..
& they're preparing us to become CAs..*goes into deep thought*
...
*shudders back to reality*
I want an Amul Tricone & I want it NOW..
Yeh re, matrimonials are amusing as ever..arey who needs matrimonials, read Stats text..wait till you do Mathematical Expectation..
& Law..omigosh..

Blog on..keep the padhaai spirit up!

Arey how does one use the HTML tags man!?
Cheers \m/, (+.+) ,\m/

Vishisht said...

hahahahhaha...

Vishisht said...

totally true....

azmeen said...

the rules of the society are pathetic.one MUST get married...even if it's to a man extremely hairy,with half an eyebrow and incapable of controling his lungi.

i guess its easier living in the city..poor chicks in the villages..

to think our statistics book actually contains that matter, is quite horrifying for 2 reasons...one of which is that i desp need to open that book now(its long overdue)

you take care
:)

shoumeli said...

seriously dude...this whole sytem of searchin for da perfect bride SUCKS!!
i have a cousin whos 34, they've been searchin for a bride for him since the past four yrs.. n every female is either too short or too fat or too dark..i mean, come on!!
n ya, women do make a lot more sense in wat they ask for;-)..definitely a sign of an independent mind at wrk..lol!!

aprajita said...

Arrrey screw this bride shit .. i say STAY SINGLE :D:D .. lifes more "varied" tht way ;) :D:D ..

anirudh said...

"Fair, beautiful, convent-educated, home-loving bride?"

Why cant they try Barbie-Dolls??

If externals is all they want...

I can tell yu a lot abt Dowries..

In SOuth India.. theres a rate..

Like doctors Rs XYXX Engineers-Rs.XXXXX ...

I can tell yu a lot more...

contact me for tht..
ys,
Anirudh...

Pratz said...

lolz

Mudra said...

@asterix: Lol... what a defeatist attitude!

@bleue/peru: Mathematical expection is fine, dude, wait till you get to Theoretical Distributions!! And w.r.t. HTML - you should have taken IT instead of French as your option! Hah!

@vishy: Thankoo :)

@azmeen: Lol... wild imagination you got. But yes, city life is much better, especially for us. ;)

@shoumeli: Hence our loss of faith in the male half of population. ;) And since we've been through this about 157 times on the phone, I won't write any more here. :D

@apra: Agree totally on that, Appu! You know that!

@anirudh: Interesting! And w.r.t. "barbie dolls" - wait a little, one day you too shall choose one! :P

Tweety said...

Interesting !
And btw, Statistics books seem to have interesting problem nowadays... I just remember solving boring ones with Red, White and Blue balls in a bag :)

~Tweety

Vandana said...

LOL!! :-)
I guess Stats books are becoming interesting.. we had such boring ones..
Oh and about matrimonial ads.. it has become more like wanting a superwoman these days.. someone who has a career and/or professionally qualified who should be able to cook, clean, take care of the family and extended family.. etc etc..

André de Souza said...

How's this for an alternative explanation:
It's not usual for women to express their wants openly in matrimonial ads. Those few that do are exceptions, breaking with, for want of a better word, tradition, and therefore unusual. It doesn't seem too outrageous to claim that there are also unusual men seeking women who rate highly on sensible criteria.
So the claim that women who put ads in have independent minds is true, but that doesn't mean that women as a rule don't look for things as arbitrary as men do...

aditi said...

shit i totally agree with aprajita man...getting married is a pain!

acrid said...

Hehe..! Well..Dat was totally funny..
Not all dat antiquated and
ummm no comments ferr being "disgusting"..

jaydeep said...

strange how all the ad-placers happen to be 'good looking, tall, handsome' guys earning six figure salaries, or 'fair, beautiful and educated'girls . ..
kinda makes you contemplate the need for placing an ad, don't it?

jaydeep said...

oh wait ... i almost forgot ...

this blog is AMAZING ...

for chiquita mariposas atleast ...

[NOTE:take note of my being a villager before
going all excited.]