Modern Arranged Marriages

Indian Online Dating

One recent trend is the onset of Indian e-business, and online marriage-brokerage sites. They are being used by the single looking for "love matches," as well as by parents and siblings looking to play the matchmaker.

One popular site is helping parents and children find a suitable partner. The site claims to have 7.5 million members.

An example of how successful this site can be, comes from Southern India. The parents of a software engineer working in Chennai, had problems finding their son a suitable bride, so they took their search online.

Their requirements were to find a "suitable Hindu Nadar girl of Sivaski/ Madurai side origin, preferable employed as a software engineer in Chennai, age between 21 and 24, height 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 6 inches, and sufficiently good-looking." She also had to speak Tanai.(4) delivered, and the couple is now married. (4)

A Korean Bride and Vietnamese Brigesgroom, who met online, are standing on an old bridge

A range of similar sites are doing the same job. Even the regular commercial sites, such as e-harmony, are proving useful for those trying to arrange a marriage.

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