Feel like cringing at the worn Bollywood plot of ‘Boy and girl fall in love, and their families go ballistic’?Well, sadly, art continues to imitate life for many Indian-Americans!Like most parents, my mother and father wanted their children’s lives to be better than theirs. Yet, they continually struggled with the fear of losing their grip on their homeland.The traditions and culture they held on to were ingrained in them.
In time she was married and my brother and I also came into being!
The success of Tinder in India has encouraged several Indian entrepreneurs to try their luck at matchmaking.
A raft of dating apps has come up in the last few months, attracting both handsome funding and an ever-increasing user base from across the country.
All through high school the common theme among Indian parents was, “don’t focus on boys/girls.” “No boyfriend/girlfriend business, focus on your studies.” During college I had many friends who were scared to tell their parents about their respective relationships (I could not muster up the courage to tell my parents about my own relationship until the ripe age of 21).
What’s funny is that once we graduate college or grad school the situation turns around 180 degrees.
I grew up with movies like “Dil To Pagal Hai” and like any 90s Bollywood movie you see the following: Boy meets girl, girl meets boy, they smile, they know with a glance that they’re into each other, a few conversations and a very awkward, long hug later the hero and heroine are professing their love to each other.