Thursday, August 10, 2017

'Darkness masked in lightness': the designer using a board game to avoid arranged marriage

THE GUARDIAN
By Nadja Sayej
‘If I am ever in the situation where I have to get married, I want to have enough funds to be able to leave’ ... Nashra Balagamwala on her arranged marriage board game. Photograph: Lucas Vasilko
Pakistani women can face incredible pressure to wed at a young age. Pakistani designer Nashra Balagamwala has worn fake engagement rings to weddings, cut her hair to look less feminine and even “become more tanned and therefore more unappealing”, she said. Now she wants to shed light on arranged marriage in a new board game called Arranged!, which will be released on her website on Wednesday. The strategy game follows three young Pakistani women as they try to avoid a matchmaker. There are escapist tactics and genuine ways to finding Mr Right. [More]