My ebook: Journeys with the caterpillar

My ebook
"
Journeys with the caterpillar: Travelling through the islands of Flores
and Sumba, Indonesia
" is available at
this link


Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The world after Shaadi.com

Yes, the world shall never be the same again. Shaadi.com and several other matrimonial sites have spread into our consciousness. If your colleague is working late at office, please check, he may be getting married soon.
Shaadi.com is good for the economy as so many new services may open up. There will be third party profile rating services in the lines of credit rating or movie reviewers. These raters would provide independent reviews of the attractiveness of profiles at Shaadi.com - **, *** etc. Soon the market will be flooded with countless self-help books - How to write a Shaadi.com profile in 24 hrs (like Learn HTML in 24 hrs), You can get married too (like You can win), What they don't show at Shaadi.com (like What they don't teach at IIMs), Know your audience (girl or girl's father)
A mobile version of the site and its services may be available in future - one could then browse through countless profiles during that arduous train journey from Churchgate to Andheri!!!!!!!
The matrimony sites have also showed how Indian traditions, values and ethos are so very compatible with modern technologies and innovation - Religious and Casteist feelings have a ball in this supposedly liberating media.
The only concern I have with the popularity of these sites is that this may seriously widen the digital divide. As men from internet savvy families get married to women from internet savvy families only, a sub-species may evolve. As evolution takes charge and in-breeding among internet savvy populations reach incestuous proportions, will this new sub-species have drastically different traits from the homo-sapiens we know?
I have written all these, but for all you know, I may soon have to put up my profile up there :-(

5 comments:

Dhiman said...

Very unlikely that the tech savy section will be different. There are many profs in top univs don't know much about computers or programming. Shaadi.com is just electronic version of sunday matrimonial columns of the newspapers. Do you see any significant difference between those who read newspapers and those don't ? The digital divide has given rise to another Small world phenomenon. Have you seen any different traits in families which already live in Small Socialogical World (e.g., Sindhis families, Bollywood families) ? Differences might be evident in the forms of psychological build, technological awareness and skill. Evolution in homo-sapiens if has to happen will need another thousand years if not million years.

There are some implications nevertheless: a) Tech savy girls (who are usually less prettier) will find grooms easily.
b) If all the participating girls and guys build their rankings of opposite gender profiles, it will very likely lead to a solution of Stable Marriage problem.

Smyta said...

hahahaha :)) Tht was a nice post!!

Came here frm Kribs blog

Sweet!

Smiles etc.,

Smyta

Smyta said...

@Dhiman:

//Tech savy girls (who are usually less prettier)//

That is one of the most absurd things I have ever heard....

Cheers,

Smyta

Dhiman said...

Sorry, I didn't mean to say Tech savy girls have to less prettier. I meant, those who are with (due respect). I also used Tech savy loosely and my apologies for that.

Empirical observation shows (no scientific proof available) that girls in the engineering colleges (Tech savy) are less prettier than those studying in non-engineering colleges.

Anuradha said...

Hilarious post...