Tuesday, November 23, 2010


While browsing through some news article on my Google Reader, the following ad caught my eye:

A quick Google search, and I bumped into so many matrimonial sites that cater to divorcees or widowed persons who seek another chance at the altar – SecondShaadi.com, Thesecondmarriage.com, doosravivaah.com, indiaremarry.com, and so many more!

So, is India ready for “I do”, a second time?

I will park aside the age-old debate for and against matrimonial advertisements – It makes for a separate blog entry, if at all. I am a fence-sitter as far as this issue goes – At an obvious level, ads seeking “grooms from respectable families with over 5-digit salary” and “fair, homely and convent-educated girls”, seem to commodify and commercialize the institution of marriage. But then, how is it different from going out to a singles’ club, blind dates or dates fixed by friends etc.?
Society makes marriage a complicated affair – So I will move past this discussion.

Does this spurt in such sites that are tailor-made for second marriages indicate that finally our hypocritical, closed society is trying to open up? Or is it simply a case of market dynamics – websites giving second marriages a fillip?

Whatever be the reason, I see this as a welcome dimension in our society. Inspite of increased awareness and education levels in our society, divorcees, widows and widowers largely remain outcast! If we, as a people, accept that we cannot snatch away the choice of a second innings from someone, I view the growing popularity of these sites as a mark of a more mature social structure that is moving away from the rigid beliefs and traditions and paving way for a much more inclusive community living!

Another interesting article that I came across mentioned that even though the second marriage market appears more skewed to men, there is also a considerable number of single/divorced/ widowed Indian women of the age of 50 and above registered at this site. This is a very heartening fact. Traditionally, re-marriage of women has always been a taboo. But, guess no longer so.

In this age of skepticism, it seems like the value of the institution of marriage, which is nothing but a socially acceptable form of mutual companionship, is here to stay - so what if a little handholding from the marriage portals is required! :)


  1. I think when you get to be as old as I am...i.e. in another decade or so (!!!), you will find you know a lot more people in your peer set who have been unsuccessful in their first marriage and going in for their second...I know so many people, batchmates and colleagues not to mention relatives, who have remarried (yes its happening in the TamBram community too :)) Definitely a very positive development.

  2. Yuvika..I have been reading this in so many magazines and websites but have you actually come across any woman who got married after the age of 50 here?

  3. It is so good to see that we are moving past our own hypocrisies and are ready to give people second chances in life :) The change is for the better!

  4. @Aps: I understand what you are saying - have two firends who are going thru a similar patch - and thankfully it's no longer the be all and end all!

    @Anamika: I have actually come across a divorcee (Indian) in her late 40s who chose to remarry - yes, these are rare instances but I feel the society is opening up.

    @Natasha: Agree with u!

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