They set up my profile and described me as a kind-hearted person, working in Toronto, born and raised in Canada, with good family values, well-liked by everyone and known to be very down-to-earth.
I’ve told them to start looking at girls here in Canada or in the U. My friends, mostly the Indian ones, know about Shaadi, and they aren’t surprised I’m using it. But other people think it’s strange that my parents are so involved.I don’t see why it’s a big deal that they set up a matrimonial page for me.Other parents bug their children, too—they just do it in a different way.At first, I rejected everyone they sent my way because they had only selected girls who are in India.I don’t want to date someone from India; the cultural difference is too big.
My parents have an idea of what kind of daughter-in-law they want—they’re Christian and they want a religious person, but religion isn’t that important to me.What’s important to me is someone who is nice and funny.and other dating sites, Shaadi contains pages and pages of users’ profile pictures, interests and hobbies.But Shaadi bills itself as a site for people who want to marry, not a hangout for promiscuous daters, and it requires that its members indicate skin complexion and religion and caste—decidedly old-fashioned ideas that have created something of an image problem.Many of its members deny they use it out of embarrassment.And yet that hasn’t diminished the site’s popularity; 24,000 of the GTA’s 684,000 South Asians now use Shaadi’s services, including parents who set up profiles for their eligible children—a computer-age variation on the arranged marriage. They argued that if I didn’t start looking, there wouldn’t be anyone left to marry when I’m older.