It's been a bit since I've last posted. There are two main reasons for this:
1. I had some kind of virus attached to the conversion widget that was on my webpage, and was trying to get rid of it. It was causing a pop up message on every link found on my page. If you experienced problems with that, my apologies. The widgets been removed and it seems to be at least allowing navigation to occur.
2. I've been girl shopping. No, I don't mean shopping for girly things. I mean shopping for girls. Let me explain.
I was asked by a family to help find a match for their son. Since arranged marriage is one of my favourite (okay my VERY favourite) topics, I thought it would be a great experience. I was wrong.
Let me tell you how it starts out:
1. You post your profile on a marriage website like www.shaadi.com (there's even a www.secondshaddi.com for those who's 1st marriage didn't work out). This is the equivalent to a dating site sans the expectation of dating.
2. Interested parties (or more likely the parents of interested parties) review your online profile, and if they like what they see, email you a profile of themselves (or their son/daughter).
3. You review the profile and decide which families you'd like to meet with. Let's pause here.
Let me tell you about these profiles. They're all CRAP! Here is the information presented to you, in order to decide if you want to meet someone:
- School and Degree with Occupation (if applicable)
- Complexion (The only options here will be fair, very fair, extremely fair, and they're all lying.)
- Fathers Name and occupation
- Mothers Name and occupation (housewife)
- Sibling count, names and occupation(s) as well as where they are living (this is important if they're abroad)
A photo will of course be included. Generally it will be touched up so much that if you do go to meet the person, you won't even recognize them as compared to who you saw in the profile picture. Remember the options we learned about under the "Complexion" category.
Sifting through profiles seems totally pointless to me, because they're all going to tell you the same thing: NOTHING! There's nothing to be learned by them. There's no intriguing information about the prospective match. The photos are basically fakes and the there will be less information about a potential spouse found in those profiles then you'll find on someone resume. I don't even understand the point of sifting through them, but that's how it begins.
I leave you now, with one of the best newspaper ads I've seen in search of a spouse. Considering the family paid money to post this, I'm not going to protect his identity, but I should caution you, with an ad like this I'm positive his only attractive, God fearing daughter was snatched right up. Especially considering he posted a bounty, I'm sorry, dowry, right in the ad.
I wonder how much he had to offer up for his ugly, uneducated, Satan worshipping offspring?
To be continued...