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Viral joke “pre-nup” reveals key to a successful marriage



Cerith Gardiner - published on 07/20/22

The friends of an Indian couple drew up the perfect clause for the newlyweds' marriage contract, and millions of people have seen it.

When Shanti Prasad married her college sweetheart Mintu Rai, their friends made them sign a fake pre-nup that captured the very essence of the couple. The video was shared on social media and has been viewed an incredible 45 million times.

The bride and groom, who married in a traditional ceremony in Guwahati, in the north of Assam, pledged to only have “one pizza a month.”

The reason stems from the bride’s love of pizza, and the groom’s inability to keep up with her passion. In fact, their very first date was over a pizza, as Rai shared with the BBC: “We bunked [skipped] the last class of our day and went to a nearby pizza outlet. I knew I had to take her for pizza because she always talked about pizzas.”

The “pizza freak,” as Prasad is known by her friends, confessed, “I am very fond of pizzas. On dates, I would always say let’s go and eat a pizza.” And while the couple never argued about food, Rai has sometimes complained to friends that he’s had enough of eating pizzas all the time.

“Her love for pizza is second only to her love for Mintu. I think she thinks about pizza in her free time and even in sleep,” pointed out the couple’s friends, Raghav Thakur, who instigated the contract.

The joke pre-nup also included some other important clauses; about gym membership; Prasad wearing a sari as Rai finds her pretty in them; and Rai cooking breakfast every Sunday and taking his wife shopping twice a month.

Of course, none of the contract is legally binding, but the group of friends who came up with the pre-nup wanted to highlight the couple’s passions, and show them just how much they really know the newlyweds and all their little foibles.

“We had no idea that our friends were planning this for us. But then our classmates really know us well,” shared the bride.

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What the document does highlight is that we go into a marriage with all our quirks and passions as individuals. For a marriage to work, couples need to take this into consideration. Perhaps the can combine passions, or at least make sure that each one of them is able to enjoy what is important to them.

What is particularly lovely for the new Mr. and Mrs. Rai is that their friends have shown them that they’ll be supportive throughout their marriage — perhaps urging the beautiful bride to try other foods. Although considering the groom has reported that they’ve already eaten two pizzas since marrying two weeks ago, we’re not sure that will work!

The couple has actually framed the pre-nup and put it on the wall in their home. Not only will it be a fun reminder of their beautiful friendships, but it will also provide a little encouragement to consider each other, always.

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