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Until Netflix dropped Indian Matchmaking, its new reality TV series, the term “arranged marriage” invoked images of underage newlyweds, being dragged across a village in a bullock cart. Friends would look alarmed when I suggested my parents had had an arranged marriage where they grew up in Sri Lanka, wondering if they should check in on my mother’s welfare. Arranged marriage, in their eyes, meant forced marriage – after all, who would possibly opt to marry someone their parents picked out for them?

Indian Matchmaking is fascinating, because it shows a lot of people would do exactly that. And this includes Indian and Indian-American millennials – who like fancy cocktails, fusion dining and who’ve swiped their way through Tinder and Bumble. Sima Auntie, “Mumbai’s top matchmaker” meets her clients and their parents, shares with them “biodata” (a CV of sorts) for those she thinks might be a good match, and arranges meetings between prospective partners.

The show has some resonance for me, not just because of my parents’ arranged marriage. Even now, I have relatives everywhere from America to Australia, who’ve had arranged marriages through a web of online sites, “aunties” and astrologers. My parents and their families already knew each other before getting engaged – but a week after getting engaged, they ended up tying the knot.

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