The truth about marriage in India

While reality show Indian Matchmaking has drawn flak for portraying outdated attitudes, its creator says her aim is to depict the tradition of arranged marriage as it is

Indian-Americans Vyasar (left) and Rashi are two of the singletons matchmaker Sima Taparia tries to bring together on the show, Indian Matchmaking. PHOTO: NETFLIX
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The Netflix reality show Indian Matchmaking has been a massive hit in India as well as the United States - the countries that elite matchmaker Sima Taparia jets between as she attempts to arrange marriages for young Indians.

But the series has been controversial, sparking a lively debate on social media and in the press about the dark side of arranged marriage, which is the norm in India.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 20, 2020, with the headline The truth about marriage in India. Subscribe