She emphasizes this when she notes this expectation from her parents; 'He must have a good sense of family and a financial portfolio fat enough to take care of the next 15 generations.' In contrast, she acknowledges her parents' wisdom by admitting her frivolity of being concerned with finding a man who shares a common taste in music.
Saleem acknowledges that her parents have given her fair warning of her impending marriage to prepare her mentally. She has known all along that she has to face an arranged marriage. She has grown up in dual cultures of western independence and Pakistani religious culture. However, Saleem explains that her personal preference is one of filial piety. She says; ' But as a young Muslim woman, I also expect myself to accept the obligations I have as my parents' daughter -- regardless of the emotional cost to me.'
Saleem is in favour of the arranged marriage as she says that following her Pakistani culture and religion would give her 'security, familiarity and ease'. She would be saved from religious condemnation if she has proximity with the opposite sex if she dates on her own. Her parents would be saved from social criticism from their relatives. Saleem notes the hypocrisy of failed arranged marriages that persevere for the fear of the social stigma of divorce.