In India, when we look for a partner or matrimonial match for our children, we see physical compatibility. The height, complexion, looks, personalities, family culture should match. We go for looks; but do not go for mental compatibility. No thought process goes into finding out if the views match.
And then we tie the knot…and leave the couple grapple with that incompatibility. The result is often one person in the couple ends up sacrificing their values, beliefs, and opinions in a quest to achieve a common ground. Parenting becomes another source of clash. Both fight a lonely battle…sometimes with each other and sometimes with oneself.