“While talking about Akbar’s many wives of different faiths, he cited our marriage as an example,” said Divya.“I found it out of place since he was talking about Akbar having a good time with many women.” Mixed-race couples often have to deal with scepticism about their relationship masquerading as concern about cultural differences.“One of them grabbed my other hand and held it very tightly for a few seconds, and ran away,” Pradhan recalled.
A lawyer whose services I was seeking for a few marriage-related formalities started by giving me a sermon on running a background check on the man I wanted to marry because “you never know how these s are.” I didn’t call on her again.
And a mixed-race couple in which one person is black often brings out the worst kind of racism.
When I decided to marry a Frenchman, my family’s concern was the normal one that parents have about whether their children have made the right decision; my partner’s nationality played only a minor role.
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