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I think "skin colour" is a huge bump on the scale. I did it for me (little do they know) skin colour: "wheatish" caste Kshatriya (warrior) unemployed, no alma mater height 6' father's profession "teacher" dowry: 25 Lakh (is this the price of a Big Mac?")
Getting there, slowly but surely. Right now, your dowry rate is 25 Lakh. If you want your dream dowry, this might not be the most optimum time for you to get married. There are times in life when we are standing on crossroad and need to take some tough decisions. You could go either way from here. Be the master of your destiny and steer it towards your dream dowry. Best of luck!