In India, the custom of arranged marriages is centuries-old. Traditionally, men and women were not allowed to marry outside their caste or religion. Nowadays, these stipulations are not as strongly upheld as they used to be, but they are still influential in the match-making arena. This means that if you have your heart set on marrying an Indian bride, you have to impress her family as well.
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If anyone told me I would fall in love with someone I met online, I would have laughed until it hurt. After a string of bad relationships, my parents urged me to find a good desi boy to marry before I turned So I signed up for the dating site upon hearing successful stories of my friends finding their spouses online. But unlike my American friends, the hardships of Indian online dating went far beyond being stood up or ghosted.
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A week after my mother's wedding, my mother and her strange, new husband headed to the Madras airport to pick up a visa. They were moving to America together; my mother had met him only once, ten days before the wedding. When he went to ask someone for directions—taking their luggage and all of my mother's money with him—my mother stood petrified and unmoving, afraid that this man she didn't know had abandoned and robbed her. That man was my father, and they have been married for 34 years. I've been hearing this story my whole life: