This. Is. Hilarious! I am past 26, almost there. Fortunately, I haven’t met too many people who care about my marital status yet, but I sympathise.
On a different note, there is a short story contest that is part of Kumaon Literary Fest (KLF) and you might want to participate; I am guessing that you are a rather regular writer, and so letting you know. The prize is gettignyour story published in an anthology with the best of Indian upcoming authors and a INR 50,000 grand prize.