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I was less than halfway through a night of gay speed dating for "bottoms" and "tops" and had already been asked three times if I was in the right group. You're gayer than Judy Garland's Christmas ornaments. " I eventually "lost" my name tag at some point in the night. Far too many of the men, who were essentially about to go on at least 15 first dates, were wearing T-shirts and tank tops.
One of the first Sindhi women to go to college in Lahore in the 1940s, she recalled that she learnt through common friends on campus that she was engaged to be married.
She did not know the boy, had never seen him as the alliance had been forged by their two families, but she was ecstatic!
Brijesh Aswani of New Jersey was introduced to Anita Jotwani of North Carolina by common friends at a desi party in New York.
This year all three couples were married, without the entanglements of parents or matchmakers.
Looks like the once-glorified and powerful matchmakers are headed the way of the manual typewriter, the telegram and the record player!
Until recently, Indian marriages had all the trappings of a business transaction involving two deal-making families, a hardboiled matchmaker and a vocal board of shareholders - concerned uncles and aunts. They just dressed and showed up for the wedding ceremony.I happened to be one of the first guys to register with the organizer, and I took the opportunity to grab a beer and watch the men herd into line to register like cattle to the slaughter. " the organizer asked one man, who responded with a nervous chuckle. To be blunt, most of the men on either side (including me) were average-looking -- sometimes aggressively so.There was a drizzle of uneasy laughter from the men in line. These men weren't the living mannequins you see gliding on the roller skates of their good looks through Chelsea.Purvi Patel, 29, from Lawrenceville, Georgia, exemplifies these dynamics when she talks about how dejected she was as she left yet another matrimonial convention in 2008.“There were 350 people there, and none (seemed promising),” Patel says, still sounding a little heartbroken.And this tends to sit at odds with the social and cultural norms of the Indian community, where marriage is an ingrained institution.