Gone are the days when parents would ask the priest, close family and friends, leaders of the community or the elderly people to suggest a suitor for their son or daughter. Going to a marriage broker who demands his commission first is also passé. With the advent of technology, Matrimonial sites have come into play which has made the ‘cupid’ a thing of the past. They offer free matchmaking and dating services. The age-old Indian tradition of arranged marriage where the parents would choose the partner first and the children will have to agree has also come a long way, due to the matrimonial sites that provide online matchmaking.
Although different people have different opinions about online dating and matrimonial sites, there are some distinct advantages this type of match-making offers: Economic – Save Time and Money The parents don’t have to travel and cover long distances to see the suitor or initiate marriage because they can easily find a handful of individual profiles that fit their requirements. The sending and receiving of photos and bio-data has been replaced with emailing. Thus, matrimonial sites are economical in terms of time, money and efforts. Myriad Options The matrimonial sites have large databases of suitors. You don’t have limited options based on the personal networks of friends and family, and you can find suitors from all walks of life. There are plenty profiles available with similar interests and goals as yours, this will give you plenty of choices to help you make the right decision. Easily Accessible They are easy to access from any internet connection and have a user-friendly interface. Today, young people are technology savvy and don’t have time to waste in meetings with marriage brokers.
sThey can use the matrimonial sites or the mobile applications where finding profiles is made easy and convenient. Counseling Most of the matrimonial sites have blogs that answer your questions, provide counseling and give an insight on every nitty-gritty detail involved in finding a partner and planning a wedding. From pre-wedding jitters to the reception and after party, everything is explained. Some sites even offer live counseling for new couples. Privacy If you’re afraid that the whole world will know that you’re in search of a match then, forget all your worries as these matrimonial sites offer secrecy and anonymity.
Some sites allow you to keep a private profile, which is viewable only to your matches and not to the public. Security All the profiles on these sites are safe and secure. They’re also verified by the site. The chances are very low that you’ll come across a fake profile. One obtains a profile only after applying for membership, which is a scrutinizing process. Filtered Results If you’re looking for a certain background and certain quality in your match, all you have to do is provide your specifications and you’ll get filtered results. Example: If you belong to the Sikh community and you’re looking for a Jatt Sikh who is a banker around Delhi, you can tell the site these requirements, and it will show you all the matches.
Easy to Communicate Fortunately, you don’t have to send letters through traditional mail like the olden days. Now, you can just sit in front of your computer and have a live chat with your suitor. If someone you find on the site strikes your interest, you can have a live text or video chat with them. Informative You get detailed information about the person, even if it’s their second marriage, whether they’re a Non-Resident Indian, etc. The profiles are informative and provide you every tiny little piece of information, and all the information provided is honest and accurate. This way, you’ll be able to search through different profiles and decide who you want to spend your time getting to know before you decide who to marry.
Matrimonial sites have made the long search of finding a perfect match much easier. If you or someone you know is considering a marriage soon, have them click around different websites to figure out which ones best suit their needs in finding a partner. Sanavee Kumari is an expert and topic writer about all things involved with Indian fashion and society.