Now that she has found a suitable boy for her 58-year-old mother, Aarti Singh, 32, is moving to Australia. An online alliance, on shubhlagan.in with a US-settled doctor clicked and Aarti’s mother, a former doctor, has relocated to the US. “Her loneliness was making her depressed, so finding a match for her was the least I could do,” says a relieved Aarti.
In Chennai, 24-year-old software engineer Ram Kumar is trying to net a match for his 60-year-old widower father. Ram posted his father’s profile on bharatmatrimony.com, telling him, “If Nelson Mandela could marry late in life, why can’t you?”
And in Bangalore, 51-year-old “teenager-in-love” Satyendra Singh Thakur gets ready to spend the rest of his life with a Dehradun-based Eve, whom he met on jeevansaathi.com. It was Singh’s 19-year-old son Suraj who played Cupid after seeing him single and lonely for 18 years.
Clearly, rules of matrimony are being reversed. Says BharatMatrimony Group CEO Murugavel Janakiraman, “Out of 3,750 senior citizens registered with us, 1,500 have been registered by their children.” Re-marriage.com gets at least five enquiries a week from children seeking partners for parents.
Helpage India’s communications head Nidhi Raj Kapoor sees this as a quantum shift in the children’s acceptance of senior remarriage. “People are feeling increasingly guilty about not being there for their parents and want to ensure that their parents’ autumn years are spent in companionship,” she says.
(Some names have been changed)