4 min read.Updated: 29 Jul 2020, 09:29 PM ISTAnirudh Tagat
A matchmaking show on Netflix seems to skim over the market deficiencies that scholars have studied in depth
Social media and the internet is awash with the world’s latest fascination with India: How marriages are made by matchmakers. Thanks largely to Netflix’s latest special, Indian Matchmaking, the spotlight and discussion is on how matches might be made in heaven elsewhere, but in India, it’s down to the matchmaker. The show documents various individuals who Sima Taparia, a matchmaker based in Mumbai, attempts to match with future partners on the basis of parameters set by them. Typically, a person who approaches the matchmaker submits a document (biodata) on his or her personal characteristics and also preferences of desirable qualities in a future partner. Taparia returns to her database and goes by these parameters to match them with one or several biodata submitted by others. The criteria vary by gender, age, country of location (there is a particular emphasis on non-resident Indians, or NRIs, in the show), and by parental influences, among many other independent variables.