Amen, Eshal Rose! I live in India and all of what you’ve said in this article resonates very deeply with me. The whole notion of 'market value' itself is so demeaning and the blatant sexism that comes with it in the name of tradition just exacerbates the agony of being single.
I sometimes wonder how many years will it take for things like these to fall away. But until then there’s not much to do but watch one’s ‘market value’ fall and not let it interfere with your sense of self worth