I married and retained my maiden name.
Navy has no issues with it. Travel agents seem to. They make us Mr and Mrs. A, as in my name. It got us into trouble when we went to Bhutan because the ticket and passport did not match. We have been careful thereafter.
We still do not have a marriage certificate. It will be interesting if we are asked to prove how we are related.
Imagine situations where the authorities think we are a couple on a clandestine affair. Or when we fill in a ration card application ( yes, I do not have that either) , insurance / MF forms, maybe school applications for Anush.
In "You, Me and Dupree", the FIL( Michael Douglas) asks his son-in-law to take on his surname. So that the lineage continues. The SIL finds it blasphemous but tell me, why not?
Why can't both surnames belong to the new couple (except that our names may become too long). Would it not signify a coming together of two families?
A new surname can totally change how you perceive the individual? After all we have our own theories/ stereotypes of ethnicities/ religion. It also means reprocessing various documents.
If you end up with a hubby who shares the same family name as your father, lucky you.
PS For the non Hindi reader, the title means "just like that" though it literally means "for the sake of a name".
SURELY THIS ONE IS LOST IN TRANSLATION.