Maya Malhotra

Born: 27th January 1937

Agra, India

Date of interview: 7th June 2006

Map showing where Maya Malhotra came from

So ... your father was looking to choose a good mother-in-law as well as a good husband for you.

Yeah, yeah. He thinks and I think he was right there, that it's not only the person you marry, because in India the concept of marriage is totally different than here. So you don't marry just the man, you marry in the family, and because of our ... way of living, mostly it's a joint family, in my time, not any more now, but, so that you had to cope with other family members as well, apart from getting used to your husband, and I think the family background does make a lot of difference.