Way back in 1973, when Shib Prasad Choudhary, a modest farmer of Salarkalan in Gopalganj district, broke the news to his wife that he had fixed the marriage of his daughter Rabri with Laloo Prasad Yadav from Phulwaria, she was far from pleased. For somebody had already told her that the groom-to-be lived in a thatched house unlike her daughter who had a concrete room over her head. It took Choudhary some time to convince her, that Rabri was not going to marry a house but somebody who looked too promising to lead a life in penury for long.