Life is indeed cruel to men. It all started when I read the following statement:
"When they are born their mothers get compliments and flowers, when they get married their brides get presents and publicity and when they die their wives get the sympathies and the insurance money."
I sincerely believe that whosoever termed the fair sex to be weaker sex has done an unfair thing since the weaker sex is indeed the stronger sex because of the weakness of the stronger sex for the weaker sex. The world is full of men who convert this weakness into a lifelong bondage, euphemistically called marriage. They are perhaps too innocent to realize that marriage is the name of the game where the man loses his bachelor's degree and the woman gets her master's degree.
But then hey, different bachelors have different compulsions to walk into this bondage.
Sometimes stealing a kiss leads to life imprisonment - crime and punishment. Some others fall into this trap after calculating that it is cheaper to marry a girl and keep her home than not to marry and take her out.
Some people marry in haste. Alas they now repent in leisure also :P. It is true that marriages are made in heaven but when the couple join hands on the earth it becomes just another union that defies management. As the resonance of the wedding turns into a cacophony, and the 'better-half' starts looking like a bitter half, it does not take long for the man to wonder 'what happened to the girl he married?' or/and for the woman to wonder 'what happened to the man she didn't?' :P
But most often the discord happens on account of the the average husband's ambition to be able to afford what his wife is spending. As it always happens in such cases, the joint account is never over-drawn by the wife, it is always under-deposited by the husband. :P
Many of the old couples however say that such differences between husband and wife are spice of connubial relationships, for where there is no difference there must be a vast degree of indifference. The harmony arising out of love is the essence that sustains marital happiness. It has certain well defined secrets. ' To be happy with a man you have to love him a little and understand him a lot; To be happy with a woman you have to love her a lot and understand her a little'. Mutual trust and confidence is the other criterion for marital harmony, as every husband expects himself to be his wife's first love while every wife hopes herself to be her husband's last romance. :P
Finally, however, marriage turns out be a cafeteria: you choose what you like and pay for it later. What you pay and how much you pay depends upon your luck. For it takes quite a bit of luck to make a wife out of a woman. God created woman after man, and ever since then she has been after man. :P