The Honeymoon's Over

When Archana Sharma got married in 1999, she saw it as a chance to keep her family out of poverty after her father's untimely death. A strikingly beautiful folk dancer from the north Indian state of Haryana, the then 25-year-old had turned down several offers to act in regional-language films because she came from a conservative family, consenting instead to wed a Toronto-based astrologer she knew through her maternal uncle. "I agreed to marry a man I had never met, thinking he would take me to a better life in Canada," she says. "Once settled there, I would take...

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