So apparently the name of this new-age matchmaking company is Marrygold : a take on the flower marigold used for weddings and auspicious ceremonies.
When I got this email, I was tempted to laugh it off. But then I read it once again and it made more sense the second time round.
Isn’t it true that many young people today are looking for the man/woman of their dreams but don’t have the time/energy/means to find someone suitable?
They work hours on end, and there’s hardly any time on the weekends. It goes in a flurry : paying bills, cleaning house and catching one’s breath : and then it’s time to start the next week again.
So where is the time to embark on a journey to find Mr or Ms Right? I have several friends who have not found their â€˜ideal’ mates even after years of looking. I got an email recently from a school friend who writes that she hasn’t given up on love, she’s just waiting for Mr Right.
But how does one find Mr Right (Ms Right)? Personally, I am quite cynical about the whole concept. I think if you find a person compatible, who shares some of your ideals and beliefs, who you like spending time with – isn’t that enough to go ahead? What are the characteristics of a â€˜Mr Right’, I am yet to determine. But I digress.
Are we ready for this kind of a service? Or do we still tend to go back to traditional means of finding partners? A few friends have found love beyond age, religion, state boundaries : on the Internet and some via other innovative and interesting means! A recent couple I met said they got acquainted through the radio. She heard him giving an interview on Radio City, emailed him. They spoke, exchanged emails, met. And love blossomed!
So are we today, more open to looking for love, beyond the established means? Are we, as a generation, open to marrying outside our communities, states, castes, religions etc?
In my opinion, we aren’t. Most friends who are looking for their suitable mates, still tend to stick to their own communities, not willing to look beyond either because it will be unacceptable from the family’s side or they’re not willing to take the risk (if it is one). Parents too, inspite of bringing up their kids in cosmopolitan environments go back to their communities when it comes to the question of the big M.
So where do we stand today? Do we need a Marrygold or are we perfectly ready to find partners using the traditional means?
I’d live to know what you think, whatever state you’re in : single, married, looking, not looking, cynical, optimisticâ€¦
Matchmaking with a difference
â€œIn the hustle and bustle of the urban living, people have lesser time to interact and choose life partners. We thought about this situation and the idea to assist people in match making struck us.
‘Marrygold’ intends to help professionals above 25years of age, who do not have much time to focus on finding partners for marriage. We meet people who approach us, find out their expectations, and assist them in finding the person they are looking for. Marrygold is concerned about the mind and emotional compatibility of people who want to get married. Thus, the focus is not on caste, creed, and horoscope as criteria for marriage. We expect the same from those who need our assistance.
To register, we collect a nominal fee. We look at like-minded people, education and compatibility when looking for an individual’s life partner. At a later stage, we involve the families to finalize the marriage. We take references of friends and family members from each applicant and verify the authenticity and intention before proceeding with registration.
Registration form has a personal touch to help us know more about an individual and his/her choice of partner. We find out like-minded people among the applicants or even outside, meet them, and fix a time and place for both to have a conversation. This is usually in coffee shops or other such places and not in secluded places. We then let them take a decision.
‘Marrygold’ is coined from the flower ‘marigold’, which is used along rose petals to shower blessings on couples in Indian weddings. The orange colour of the flower signifies Hope and Optimism.â€
1564-1566 Nilgiris Super Market Cross Road
St. Thomas Town P O
Bangalore -560 084 (landmark – Nilgiris Market)
Contact Matchmakers : Nandini Chakraborty & Aparna Viswanathan