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The great marriage escape produces mixed reactions (The Funny Side)
Wife: "The house is on fire! Get the kids out first!" Me (Stuffing "Star Wars" figurines collection into pockets): "I'm on it! Really soon! Almost immediately!"
 
Fortunately, it turned out to be a dream - or more accurately, a nightmare. No husband/father should ever be forced to make an impossible moral choice like that.
 
The challenges of being a family man were on my mind when I got to the office that same morning to find a reader had sent me an extraordinary news story on that topic.
 
Sixteen women in a single village went shopping one morning, and none of them came back. It is already being called The Great Marriage Escape. Some were pregnant.
 
That village main street is now full of dazed, stunned men trying to work out what happened to their lives - just like every other married man on Earth.
 
The strange tale started last year when a matchmaker turned up at Zhanzhi, a farm town in China's Fujian province, and said she had a supply of marriage-ready "plug-and-play" brides from Vietnam at just 60,000 yuan ($9,200) each.
 
Women are so rare in parts of China that males form obsessive relationships with badly drawn female anime characters. No, wait, that happens everywhere.
 
Anyway, one farmer said yes, was delivered a pleasant, charming woman, and started a stampede by lonely men clutching banknotes.
 
Zhanzhi village became the happiest, most romantic place on earth - until a chilly Tuesday in mid-February. The wives went out shopping and none returned. The matchmaker disappeared too. The longest marriage had lasted six months and the shortest three days.
 
The curious thing is that people to whom I showed the tale of the Great Marriage Escape had very different responses.
 
Married guy: "Why do some men have all the luck?"
 
Single guy: "Can this format be standardized for all marriages?"
 
Single woman: "Did the girls get to keep the money?"
 
The one married woman present just looked thoughtful and left the room quietly, possibly to make Group Escape Plans with her friends.
 
Not that everyone is so cynical about marriage. One female friend always says: "It's fine as long as women go into marriage thinking of it as a form of adoption, only you get a very large child."
 
I contacted the original source of the story, a China watcher in Beijing, to ask him to identify the signs of a society's wives planning to depart en masse. "In each case, the woman said she was going shopping that day for clothing and/or food," he said. "That's probably not very useful, is it?"
 
True. On the other hand, most married men I know hate it when women say "I'm popping out to do a little shopping", because we are misers, and now at least we have an additional reason to be suspicious of it.
 
A colleague has just pointed out that even the most shopping-phobic male in the world must at some time enter a retail establishment. Not necessarily. We might order everything through the internet, and even then, we only purchase vital household essentials, such as collectible "Star Wars" figurines.
 
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Ramakrishna Annasamudram

1 year ago

This is irrelevant article as it may be a business(cheating) ploy right from the beginning.This article finding a place in Moneylife is more hilarious.I would expect such articles in TOILET tabloids :)

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MDT

In Reply to Ramakrishna Annasamudram 1 year ago

Thanks for your comment. There are two things... One this article is no written by Moneylife. And second, it is meant for lighter, funny reading on a weekend. No harm in reading the funny side, sometimes.

Passenger car sales fall by 4.21 percent in February
New Delhi : Passenger car sales in Indian domestic market fell by 4.21 percent to 1,64,469 units in February compared to 1,71,703 units in the year-ago period, industry body Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) said on Thursday.
 
However, overall sales of passenger vehicles including utility vehicles rose by 1.68 percent at 2,34,154 units in the month under review.
 
While demand for commercial vehicles and motorcycles grew by 19.93 percent at 62,359 units and 11.05 percent at 8,59,624 units respectively.
 
And total two-wheeler sales increased by 12.76 percent to 13.6 lakh units compared to 12 lakh units clocked in the like period of 2015.
 
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ED summons former officials of KFA, IDBI
Mumbai : Four days after booking Kingfisher Airlines founder Vijay Mallya in a money-laundering case, the Enforcement Directorate served summons here on Thursday to KFA staffers and officials of the state-owned IDBI bank which he has defaulted of around Rs.900 crore.
 
Among the top bank officials issued summons are former chairman-cum-managing director Yogesh Aggarwal, chief financial officer A. Raghunathan of the now defunct KFA and other top executives.
 
Issued summons under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, these officials have been directed to provide details of their personal finances and ITRs of the past years, pointing to suspected cloudy dealings or kickbacks.
 
These would serve as a prelude to summoning the flamboyant former KFA boss and liquor baron Mallya, who is now said to be abroad even as cases against him pile up in different courts and agencies.
 
Last Monday (March 7), in a double whammy for the beleaguered Mallya, ED Mumbai lodged a case under PMLA while the Debt Recovery Tribunal in Bengaluru barred British alcoholic beverages giant Diageo from paying him a $75 million settlement till the pending case against him was disposed off.
 
Two days later on Wednesday, the Maharashtra Service Tax Department moved Bombay High Court to recover Service Tax dues worth several crores of rupees collected from the KFA passengers but not deposited with the department. The case is likely to be heard on Friday.
 
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