Indians adopt online dating
Marriage in India is traditionally arranged by the parents, but modern technology has managed to have an impact on even this ancient practice.
Many young Indians are more than happy to honour the long-standing tradition and believe it is only right that their parents select and approve their future partner.
But an increasing number are getting involved in online dating, as it provides a way to locate a suitable partner and allow the parents to meet them before the young couple themselves are introduced in person.
Sowmya Kulkarni told BBC News that, although she felt it natural to have an arranged marriage, she wanted to be able to choose the partner herself.
Speaking of her introduction to future husband Sandeep, she revealed: "We emailed each other, exchanged photographs, realised we had a lot in common and that our frequencies matched."
She then told her parents about Sandeep so that they could get in touch with him, meet him in person and approve the match.
"I was the last person to meet Sandeep - after all my family members had met him," she added.
This therefore meant that the requirements of the traditional arranged marriage were fulfilled, despite the intervention of modern online dating culture.
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