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7 Fun Facts about Your Favourite Indian Matchmaker in Paris

4 February 2021

Besides helping ambitious professionals find the right partners for long-term romantic relationships, here are 7 fun facts about your favourite Indian Matchmaker in Paris…

1. I grew up Catholic.

We’re the descendants of priests who left Portugal in 1735. They arrived in India to find out they’d been excommunicated by the Pope. They said “Oh well!”, got wifed up, and lived happily ever after. Being Catholic in a place like India has many meanings. For me it’s always been about food, community, the and MUSIC! I’m also blessed to have a large, close family on both sides. We spend our holidays together eating, singing, and chatting until the sun comes up.

 

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2. Yes, I’m an Indian Matchmaker in Paris, but I moved here for the food!

Though I have lived and loved working in 8 different countries, I was ready to call one place home. I wanted to settle somewhere with great cafés and restaurants that were open all day long. I needed fuel for my entrepreneur and always-hungry lifestyle. This dream has shrivelled into cognitive dissonance (Restaurant? Open? Pagal ho gaya kya?). For a brief, bright period, I ate my way around the city with great satisfaction and delight. I was not against flirting with the waiter for a little bit extra crème chantilly. Nowadays, I work with intelligent, passionate professionals who are ready to meet new people, as an Indian Matchmaker in Paris.

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3. I studied Human Behaviour and Psychology at NYU – the foundation for my work as an Indian Matchmaker in Paris.

In my early 20’s, I spent several years studying, working, and living in New York City. Many nights were spent holed up in the library. We had several late nights in scary neighbourhoods on the outskirts of Brooklyn. NYC blessed us with constant exposure to cutting-edge art, music, and pop culture. In between, my friends and I visited every diner on the West side of Manhattan for tall milkshakes late at night. The time at NYU and in NYC was exhausting, but invaluable. My education – in economics, psychology, statistics, and management – at a top-ranked research university formed the foundation for my work as an Indian Matchmaker in Paris.

 

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4. I have endless food allergies 🙁

I can’t and don’t eat chapati, dahi, puri, wadas. Croissants, pain chocolats, and éclairs, are also off the list, *sob*. But they still make me salivate.

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5. I LOVE to do yoga.

We were taught several basic asanas at school in Mumbai by tight-lipped ladies in saris. As a not-so-flexible child, I hated every minute. Years later, surrounded by avant-garde hipsters in New York, friends cajoled me into attending free classes also frequented by A-list celebrities. The atmosphere was competitive, crowded, and overly sweaty. I still hated yoga, but resonated with the North American approach of “Your-body-is-perfect-just-breathe-ommmmmm”. Several countries, teachers, and pedagogies later, I fell in love with the measured movements and focus on deep breathing. I’m now very, very close to doing full splits! #2021goals 

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6. I cycled 24,000 km from Alaska to Argentina, which catalysed my mission of becoming an Indian Matchmaker.

Yes, it was spectacular! But the trip begged a big question from my family. After all, what Indian parents allow their daughter to ride her ill-adapted bicycle ALONE from tundra to tundra while staying with toothless indigenous women in drought-stricken villages? The trip exposed my own fears and insecurities about the true role of Indian women. It tore down many invisible scripts I had, and helped me build the empathy required to work as an Indian Matchmaker. Cycling gave me a chance to experience the purest form of liberty, and created many happy encounters with wonderful new friends and “life soulmates” along the way. The journey catalysed my mission to help people find long-term partners. Everyone I met wanted, more than anything else, to “find someone”. Yes, that includes the millionaire in California whose company had just been bought by Amazon.

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7. In my free time, I practise making my own cosmetics.

Most of them are dripping failures. However, once in a while, I chance upon a particularly good charcoal-toothpaste recipe.

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading these 7 Fun Facts about your favourite Indian Matchmaker in Paris. I’d love to do more posts like these in the future!

xoxo

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