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Trailer: https://bit.ly/3U3ZQrH

Cast: https://bit.ly/3U2srh4

You have to watch “Earth’s Edge” on HBO. It’s made by Teton Gravity Research, and it has a place in the ski world, but that’s one reason I’m going to skip it, I mean I’ve seen a lot of their work.

But no such.

There are four episodes. It’s not a huge commitment. Honestly, I haven’t even watched the fourth one, about surfing, I’ve been following water sports, and I read Kellaney’s story in The New Yorker:

“Kai Lenny surfing the unsurfable – Big wave surfer tackles some of the scariest waves on the planet. On the surface, he seems to be just having fun”: https://bit.ly/3BcdfO

This article was written by William Finnegan, who wrote “Days of the Savage: Surf Life” in 2015: https://amzn.to/3xhHUjz This is a cult book, albeit a big one, printed The literal equivalent of “Endless Summer,” and if you’ve ever been in water, you’ll dig.

The first story is skiing. Featuring Jeremy Jones and the company of Alaska. It’s cool, mostly because I’ve been there and it’s so intimidating. Snowboarder Jeremy Jones is doing God’s work with his own climate change lobby, protecting our winters, for years: https://protectourwinters.org

But this is the second episode and your eyes are literally going to be hollowed out. Kayaking in the Ecuadorian jungle, a river like never before. You are really starting to get scared.

But not as frightening as you see the woman climbing that mountain in Kyrgyzstan alone. I mean separate rockfall!

Wanting more, I decided to check out “Edge of the Unknown” on NatGeo, which I pay through a Spectrum subscription.

Wish my Roku could see it. I got into my iPhone, but that screen was so small that once you got into your iPhone, you couldn’t go ahead and set up the Roku…I gave up, and the story ends.

But in the outdoor mood, I switch to outdoor TV, which I get through my “ski” subscription. Long story short, you pay extra for more articles and then they drop all the physics but one, it’s a huge bootleg but you can watch Warren Miller movies, I like the old ones so I spent about half an hour , but then I got depressed and felt old so I decided to go to Netflix and see what happened.

I do this on all services regularly to see their interface, to see what they’re promoting, and then I scroll down and see…

“Indian Matchmaking.”

I knew the first season was going to be a hit, and the second season meant people watched it, and I suspected Phyllis wanted to watch it because she wasn’t home, so I dived in.

I was immediately hooked.

This is not the show you think it is. Arranged marriages. Instead, it’s the story of a single Indian whose parents thought they were too old to marry, so they hired a matchmaker, and then…

You have to know that no one in this story is poor. A small number in India itself, most in the US, their parents have emigrated and…

Nashik, a few hours’ drive from Mumbai, has a hilarious story about one man. Nobody wants to live there!

But who wants to live with this guy. He likes chicken, he only says chicken. His family makes equipment for the farm. He has an American MBA, but no wife.

That’s another thing about the cast, you feel like they all did what their parents told them to do. They’re not liberal arts students, and they’re not artists, they’re professionals looking for big money. They have no self-awareness except cardiologists!

Let’s start with Nadia. She is a baby. But emotionally it was a mess. a teenager. The funny thing is that they both hired Aunt Seema, a matchmaker who flew in from Mumbai, everyone called it “Mumbai”, which confused me to find a partner for them. So they haven’t figured out the relationship game yet, Nadia hooked up with the perfect man, but she blew him away because he wasn’t good enough with her. But then he said she told him from the beginning to slow down and stay away!

Yes, the odds of any of these guys hooking up…

Then Nadia goes to someone who is totally inappropriate, a few years younger than her, the aunt says no, and… see what happens.

Then there’s the virus, North Carolina’s only child. Who keeps telling us how successful she is. Flying all over the country for a job, owning my own house, having no debt, wanting a…

exactly like her.

Now anyone who’s ever been in a relationship knows you don’t want someone exactly like you, it’s never going to work, but the virus is delusional. She lists so many criteria!

Then the aunt came back with the contest’s “biological data,” a glorified Wikipedia page for each potential date. Virus complaints? She googled the person and he didn’t look like he did in the biometric photo. Picky!

Oh, and they’re all picky, except for the aforementioned Cleveland-based cardiologist Arshneel. He wants anything.

First date?

A woman working in finance in the Bay Area. But she’s never dated an Indian before, and Arshneel is wearing a hijab, how is that going to work out?

Then Auntie connects him to this dentist in Chi Jin…she’s only been in the US for ten years, so as cute and lively as she is, will she blend in with his friends?

Hittal is a baby. 38. No hope of marriage.

Like everyone else on this show, she wants it all. And, again, no one can meet all her standards.

Then there’s Vinesh in Miami. He is a good man. His family keeps joking, which annoys the auntie, but excites me, I’ll feel right at home, and…

He connected with nurses from Los Angeles and…

Sure, there was rejection and heartbreak, but there was some connection. The most reasonable one gets kicked and…

The first criterion is the date with their expected family. Usually, that’s the first meeting and you’re thrown straight into the fire. but…

Indians have something here and being with family is very important. Siblings talk about in-laws who will take them on dates…and it’s not just looks.

But everyone hopes so too.

Then, throughout the series, you see people who have been married for a long time marrying through arranged marriages. Sometimes they only see their prospective spouse for five to fifteen minutes. They are all happy! Maybe it’s a selected group, but…

I forgot to mention Aparna!

No living man would want to have sex with this woman. Never mind that no one deserves her.

Her friends are more open, especially Sophie…

Aparna grew up with Sophie in Houston. Sophie is Korean American, but she moved to India and…she is very interested in astrology.

They are all, and it’s a key factor in determining compatibility!

And face readers! I used to think I could judge a book by its cover, and I found him fascinating.

A wedding is such a to-do, you have to see it.

But you actually have to watch “Indian Matchmaking” to see delusional yuppies who want to get married but really don’t. Auntie keeps telling them they can’t have 100%, 60-70% is fine, but they keep saying they are entitled to it all!

And no one backed down, they kept challenging the auntie.

It’s not a fake show like “The Bachelorette,” it’s an American story with an Indian twist. We try to improve ourselves and then we find ourselves alone and too many people think they can find a mate just like they got an “A” in the course. Like relationships are school.

Then again, they have a lot to learn.

God, you know if you’re a candidate for this show, if you like GOT and “Lord of the Rings”…this might not be your cup of tea.

But at the end of the day, it’s just about people. We are all the same, looking for the same things. How fun it is to watch other people fumble around trying to figure it out.

I can’t wait for the next season!

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