Rule number one: no pawns in this marriage game

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Rule number one: no pawns in this marriage game

Board game helps South Asian girls escape the dreaded ‘aunties’ who push them into arranged marriages

Sonia Elks

When Nashra Balagamwala’s Pakistani family started pressuring her into an arranged marriage, she decided to get creative to avoid the myriad of suitors being foisted upon her.

Like many young women in South Asia, she was targeted by older women, nicknamed Rishta aunties, who wanted to pair her up with eligible men.

“It truly started when I was 18, right as my sister got married ... literally, the day of wedding, all the aunties started coming up to me and saying, ‘You’re next, you’re next’," said Balagamwala, now aged 27 and living in New York...

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