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About one out of every eight Internet users in India is signed up on one of the country's so-called "matrimonial websites." These are the Indian version of online dating sites like but with the understanding that "the first meeting between two paired users will be to chat about their wedding," writes P. Jenkins is an American man living in India who discussed the trend for The Atlantic after signing up briefly with matrimonial site

is one of India's three most popular marriage sites, according to Jenkins, along with and Bharat

When Shreyas Deokule phoned his parents in Mumbai, India, in the summer of 2008, he received unexpected news.

They had posted his profile on a matrimonial Web site.

Last week, I joined Shaadi.com, India’s oldest and most popular matrimonial website.

"We had a major argument after that," said Deokule, 30, who works as a software consultant in Kansas City, Mo.

Eventually, Deokule said, his parents managed to persuade him to leave the profile up on the matrimonial Web site.

They succeed for the same reason every online resource does: They offer convenience and expediency in an arena with high demand for it.

It’s connubial bliss for a 21st-century India, where, by some estimates, 90 percent of marriages still classify as “arranged”—in other words, established on factors other than mutual love and attraction between the bride and groom.

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