India is a nation which is progressive and has a large middle class population who enjoy the benefits of this fast growing economy. But when it comes to marriage most of India relies on Arranged Marriages which binds communities together with similar traditions, language, dietary preferences, dressing , attitudes and more.
In the old days when communities were more local and not widespread Indians had the Matchmaker who would bring families together through marriages.
A good description of the matchmaker is the song from the movie Fiddler on the Roof :
Make me a match,
Find me a find,
catch me a catch
Look through your book,
And make me a perfect match
(courtesy : http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/fiddlerontheroof/matchmaker.htm)
Indian arranged marriages Wikepedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arranged_marriage_in_the_Indian_subcontinent
With an Indian diaspora with global dispersion the Indian arranged marriage has become a challege to deliver.
The finalization of the Indian arranged marriage is the engagement ceremony followed by the lavish wedding a few months later, a cooling period between the two partners to make sure it is all going to work out.
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I was in an engagement last week of an Indian arranged marriage and the girl and boy were in fine spirits. They discovered each other on a matrimonial website (maybe hosted on the cloud) and it matched all the criteria set out by them and their families for their future life partners This was the first step of identification of prospective life partners.
Then it was the Facebook connection, the chatting and the sharing of the photographs. The girl and boy met only about a week before the engagement. The boy was in the Silicon valley and the girl was in Mumbai.
But they spent hours chatting with each other to make sure they were meant for each other and their marriage would work for them, the outcome of weeks of online socializing and online commitment was the engagement ceremony.
The boy sang a song which was the clincher for the acceptance from the girl, wow how did he do that with 10000 miles of separation. When I asked the couple about how they could sing to each other, hey gave me a quizzical look, have you not used Skype.
The Indian arranged marriage has all its tools for its trade in the internet, the matrimonial website, Facebook, Google for discovery and Skype, everything that is needed for two hearts to meet and culminate in matrimony.
Thank you cloud computing for keeping the Indian Matrimonial process effective in a digital world.