Indian Matchmaking

Indian Matchmaking Sima Taparia guides clients in the U.S. and India in the arranged marriage process, offering an inside look at the custom in a modern era.

Dating today is hard work. So why not enlist some professional help?Enter Sima Taparia, an matchmaker and star of Netflix’s new showIndian Matchmaking. The series offers an intimate look at the traditional custom of arranged marriage, as Taparia works to find the perfect pairs and guides clients in both the U.S. and India through the process.We see the process unfold in the new trailer for Indian Matchmaking, premiering here on Refinery29, as Taparia painstakingly hears her clients’ (parents mostly, but their children seem to have some input) wishes — and as these things go, the requests often pretty specific. One woman specifically reminds everyone that she is simply not a fan of comedy.

Sima Taparia as she pairs up single millennials in the US and India, promising to help them find “true love”, while working in tandem with their parents. The Indian Matchmaking trailer seems to understand the inherent absurdity in some of what’s going on, as it points.

The elite matchmaker carefully curates her pairings by learning exactly what her clients are looking for in a match. Then analyzing compatibility based on astrological readings, career ambitions, family dynamics, and more. And according to the trailer, it looks like there’s a fair share of fun and often awkward dates that follow.

The rest of the trailer follows Taparia’s clients going on dates with each other. While some of dates are shown to be very successful, other seem to be at best, adorably awkward worst, complete disasters.

Netflix had lightly touched upon the custom of arranged marriages in Indian culture in Mindy Kaling’s Never Have I EverThis eight-part series claims to offer insight into the benefits of arranged marriages. Especially for people who feel that dating apps don’t yield the desired results for them.

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