Eventually Neha told her elder brother who replied, "It's your life and your choice to make.But if our parents find out, don't count me in." Neha was shocked to hear her brother's words.
To me, there is a big difference." Kamala's parents met in England where her father was stationed with the Royal Indian Army. "I never felt different from any other family," says Kamala."This was my own flesh and blood going against me." Within one year, Neha stopped socializing with other people because it made Mohsin jealous. "We walked separately at school so that no one would notice us," says Neha.She recalls, "I never cared that Mohsin was a Muslim until it started interfering with who I was. I would have to wear a veil, etc." Mohsin didn't want Neha to pursue graduate school or act in theatrical productions. "Still, I would get stares from Hindu people I didn't even know. I lost fifteen pounds." Neha finally broke off with Mohsin six months ago and decided to marry a Hindu. Some of your closest friends have done it and everybody gossips about it-mixed marriages. Slowly, awkwardly, Hindu society is facing it and finding it's a lot healthier to talk about it and positively adjust to it when it happens, rather than hide it, fight it or ignore it. They were discussing the recent marriage of her cousin Rahul to a black woman. It's an issue of mixed emotions, mixed philosophies and mixed cultures. We all like to think of ourselves as liberal people and dismiss the issue of interreligious marriage by saying, "If they love each other, that's all that matters. Visionaries laud it as the making of a multi-ethnic, golden race that will bring peace to the planet. Neha Pancholi, a 23-year-old girl from Ann Arbor, Michigan, experienced what many Hindu youth are facing in America. What religion would a child be if the parents were Hindu and Jewish respectively?Does "love make the world go 'round," or does religion, tradition and society? The computer science student at the University of Michigan, agreed to share her story with Hinduism Today on the basis of anonymity.Neha met Mohsin Ali at a party which her elder brother held four years ago. "I was always very friendly and had no reservations about race or religion.Do religious differences necessarily create barriers or problems? Ellaru, from Houston, Texas, is the proud mother-in-law of a white Christian girl.Her son Raghu married Christina after they met at a hospital in Indianapolis where Raghu was training. Ellaru, "I didn't have any opposition to my son marrying an American girl. She likes to do these things on her own, and we appreciate it." But Vignaraj, a Hindu of Silver Spring, Maryland, feels that children bear the heaviest burden of mixed marriages.As long as they are happy, we are happy." However, deep down inside, do we really feel that way?How does one truly feel about inter-religious relationships and marriages?