I don’t like dating shows. Never seen any of the Bachelor franchise. Couldn’t even name another dating show if I tried.
Indian Matchmaking on Netflix…
(there’s about to be spoilers if reality TV can have spoilers)
I may not like dating shows, but I am obsessed with how two people find one another. If there’s such a thing as soul mates. The whole two become one thing fascinates me. So how could I not watch a show about matchmaking?
Quick synopsis. Indian matchmaker is about an Indian Matchmaker- it’s all there in the title. She finds love for Indians in America as well as back in India. I know arranged marriages are still a thing in India. Which leads me to wonder:
What are the pros and cons of arranged marriage? (you can choose to write two paragraphs on this instead of answering all the questions)
Our Indian matchmaker uses a few different techniques when trying to unite lovers separated by sheer lack of meeting one another. One tool she uses is “Face Reading.” When I saw this I wanted to know what it was, and how one goes about getting their face read.
I did five second of research. According to PureWow in an interview with Lillian Bridges, the simple definition is: We are always reading faces, and our faces define who we are. It is said to help people understand themselves- “who you are, who you’ve been, who you will be. for example, a person with big eyebrows is said to have a bad temper.” disclaimer- this is just the example that Bridges sites- not a declaration
I totally want to know what my face says about me. Does my lack of lines around my eyes show that I never smile, or that I moisturize the eye area really well?
Do you think you can tell something about a person by looking at their face?
Sima from Mumbai (our matchmaker) also uses horoscopes. Apparently, she often checks if two people’s horoscopes align before she even introduces them. Should dating websites contain an algorithm to see if the stars are in sync before you even go on a date with someone? Better question: is there a dating website out there that asks you just for your birth details and dispenses with the 500 question quiz? Am I missing out on a million dollar idea?
Do the stars predict who will be a good match? Does star sign matter when it comes to love?
Indian Matchmaking (the show) faced much criticism. Westerners scoff at many of the things that the show promotes. One woman looking for love was mocked because she was looking for someone who knew about the Bolivia Salt Flats. She was mocked for being too picky.
Is it fair to mock someone because they have interests that are not mainstream?
Is it wrong to want to be with someone who is on the same intellectual level as you, or share the same interests?
As a Westerner, the other thing that was difficult for me to accept was the parental interference. One young man is 25 and works in his Father’s company. He is enjoying his life. His Mother tells him that he is ruining her life because he is still single and he is the cause of her high blood pressure. His mother said that her goal was to have her son marry between the ages of 23 and 25. She also tells her son that he is ruining his brothers life by not being married because his brother and sister in law will not have a child until he is married. Talk about guilt trip.
Should a parent ever guilt a child into getting married?
I know some Western parents that do a pretty good job of guilting their kids as well…
Did anyone else watch Indian Matchmaking? (I know Cindy did)
What do you think about the whole thing?