Marriage and being dark-skinned
I am a 26 year old Indian woman and most people may know how Indians are obsessed with fairer skin.
The thing is I am not ready for marriage but my parents want me to settle down, Indians have this belief that once a girl hits the age of 18 their parents start looking for a potential life partner for them.
They think that 26 is too old for an Indian girl to get married but I don't. What it is, Indian guys in our culture are in a hurry to get married, and they say that if a girl leaves it too late she may not find a good life partner.
I have to admit my parents are traditional and very old school but they don't understand that this is the 20th century times are changing and people marry who and when they want to.
Indians have this whole status thing going on that if you marry out of your cast people talk and so on.....
Last year I went to India to to meet some guys for marriage purposes I met a few but nothing really clicked with any of them because despite being Indian and brought up in the west I have traditional Indian views as well as western views and I did not really click with the guys from India.
So we came back home empty handed and now my family from mum's side think that guys did not choose me because I have dark skin. I don't know why they think this I am not exactly dark skinned I am more dusky and I look alright but Indian guys are shallow they don't look in the mirror some of them are really ugly but they want someone that is out of their reach.
Because of this dark skin issue I have started to get low self esteem and lack of confidence because of what people think and I don't know what to do. Any help?