But if you see the marriage, the boy will garland the girl by sitting only but the girl has to get up from the seat and bend and garland the boy. The situation changed. These are all our customs only I think.
Going down on one knee is a western way of proposing to a woman. By, the proposal here it means asking the woman if she would be the man's wife. The bending down is followed by a question – will you marry me? Or will you be my wife? There is a ring involved, usually a diamond or an heirloom or some other precious stone.
What is done in India is a copy of a western tradition. Instead of the ring guys here give a rose, because more often than not, in India when someone says 'proposed' they usually imply, to go steady – become a boyfriend/girlfriend. Guys here do not take the decision to marry – right?. That is the parents' job.
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But such things happens only in case where the boy does such thing genuinely and is serious about such matter otherwise a mere showoff is clearly visible and easily detected by the sharp brain and eyes of a girl and she will definitely reject such proposal.
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Such drama does not have any place in present materialistic society (either western or eastern). It has now become a meaningless ritual devoid of any chivalry.
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Some girls might like this way of proposal as they like a man who cares and loves them with zero ego issues and this proposal by kneeling down exactly shows this. There is no guarantee for the approval of your love just because she like your way of proposal, because a girl has to do many complex calculations before doing it. if every calculation regarding the boy are satisfied, then this way of proposal may be the cutest and will be memorable for the couple in their married life.
Venkat Satish Mamidisetti,
Power Plant Operations Engineer.