Indian dating customs

"You've got mutual friends, you see photos of them with your friends, and you think, 'Hey, this person might be nice, I could consider going on a date with him," says 23-year-old advertising account executive Komal Shah, who is going on a blind date next week.

Says ad guru Prahlad Kakkar, "Technology has made life much easier for young people.

We perform prayers every morning and evening, chant ‘Ramayana’ regularly, eat Indian food, dress according to Indian culture and Of all the intergenerational conflicts that Indian immigrants and their children straddle perhaps none is as intense as dating.

The children grow up in a far more permissive and liberal culture and often resent the restrictions imposed upon them by parents over conduct commonplace among their student peers.

Now, the social stigmas have taken a backseat and the young generation of India is mad to love and ready to commit.

The dating norms in India are fast matching up to the norms of the West.

In most cases, dating in this region starts after parents arrange marriage.

“My mom doesn’t like me hanging out even at the mall. I mean…I feel that is the only way I have,” says Patel.Muslim invaders, beginning with the Muslim King ‘Babar’ entered India through this route.During invasions, the looting of property and the rape of females was common.Driven by social media Social media has drastically changed everything about dating.Social networking sites play many roles — connectors of mutual friends, precursors to blind dates, playgrounds for pre-date flirting and re-connectors of exes and long-lost lovers.The results of this are slowly brewed love affairs which have a charm of their own.


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