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    A matchmaking website that dispels old stereotypes

    If your fairytale romance needs a bit of a push and you’re reluctant to tap into the usual matrimonial websites, MatchMeCupid might be worth a try. Mandeep Kaur, an MBA from Symbiosis Institute of International Business and the brains behind this website says that it was created specially for the younger generation. “There has been a paradigm shift in a way people address marriage today. MatchMeCupid recognises that change, and will help make that experience less guilt-free and simpler,” she explains, adding that they have a screening process for members.

    Different beats
    And if you are looking for a partner from the ‘same community’, stay away from this one as it’s all about moving away from stereotypes. “There is a stigma attached to online matrimony. A lot of single people will never put their profile up on any portal, as they can’t relate to it. Thus there needs to be a revamp in this sector,” says 30-year-old Kaur, who avoids traditional matchmaking formats. Select members get their personal Cupid — a relationship manager who will help set you up with your perfect match. And unlike virtual set ups, this one begins with an informal meet-up. Members are also offered grooming and counseling sessions to make that meeting less awkward. “Human interface works better than a computer, and the focus needs to shift to offline meetings,” elaborates Kaur. They even encourage you to meet up with other members at events so that people can know you as a person before they start to think of you as a potential partner — not necessarily marriage. So the basis for MatchMeCupid is not just to find the perfect partner in general, but the perfect partner for you.

    Rs3,500 per month.
    Details: matchmecupid.com

    —Aakanksha Devi

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