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The Dating Doctors

Finding THE ONE is hard. But not if you have expert help all the way. Open your heart, and wallet to begin

brunch Updated: Aug 24, 2013 17:34 IST
Kasturi Gandhi
Kasturi Gandhi
Hindustan Times

Finding THE ONE is hard. But not if you have expert help all the way. Open your heart, and wallet to begin

THE PROBLEM: Found THE ONE. Now, how to pop the question?
THE EXPERTS: Any Surprise Any Place; A La Concierge

Ruchi Chopra of ASAP (Any Surprises Any Place) will type out your message on a banner and tie it to a helicopter for the whole world to see. Or get fireworks that spell out MARRY ME, live band, bubbly in a limousine... take your pick. It’s that easy!
At A La Concierge, Chaitanya Sinh and his travel agents set love birds amongst the clouds on your hot air balloon ride over the Pushkar Fair. “Watch the sun set over colourful tents, camels and the lake below,” says Sinh. Follow it up with a moonlit dinner on the dunes, so you can go down on one knee and pull out the diamond.

THE PROBLEM: Where are all the singles?
THE EXPERTS: Sirf Coffee; Footloose No More; Floh

At Sirf Coffee, Naina Hiranandani’s specialty is sending two successful Indians from any corner of the world on a coffee date. “We’ve seen cuppa turn into wedding champagne on more than one occasion,” she says.
At Footloose No More, Varsha Agnihotri Vadhyar will guide you through the singles’ parties until you find a match at their parties. “Each member is screened and personally interviewed before they can attend our events,” says Vadhyar.
Floh founder Siddharth Mangharam insists his is not a dating club, but their events “bring together like-minded people that can send sparks flying.” Participate in a mock murder investigation and you may find your partner in crime! romance.jpg

THE PROBLEM: Back in the singles circuit. Need help!

THE EXPERTS: Footloose No More; Second

Suppose you’ve been through the entire drill and ended up single? There’s still hope. Just because it didn’t work out the first few times, doesn’t mean you hang up your party clothes. "At our single parents’ events we’ve seen a lot of people make fresh starts," says Varsha Agnihotri


Or take your clean slate to Second Shaadi and they’ll find you a match too!

Secondshaadi.com PROBLEM: It didn’t work out, after all. How to cope?

THE EXPERTS: Breakup Helpline

Breakup Helpline is in the business of helping heal the scars from cupid’s arrows. If you know a split is coming, get their Breakup Insurance, so you’ll have an agony aunt when trouble actually strikes. Breakup doctor Ankit Anubhav helps you get rid of the trinkets you collected as a couple, prescribes handwritten letters, and Skype parties to mend a broken heart.


THE PROBLEM: Honeymoon over, rough weather ahead. Who’ll guide us through?
THE EXPERTS: Heart To Heart Counselling

After you’ve realise that your couplehood could do with external help (but before you sign up for expensive couple-therapy sessions) check out Secrets of a Healthy Marriage, a two-day weekend workshop by Drs Rajan and Minnu Bhonsle. The session offers a “step-by-step reconnection process”, aimed at addressing teething troubles as well as fissures in established relationships.

THE PROBLEM: She said yes! So what now?
THE EXPERTS: Gurleen M Puri; Marry Me

Leave wedding planning to experts who have rescued
cyclone-hit beach weddings, pleased nagging relatives, and dealt with cold feet. “We even have in-house travel agents to sort out your visas for a destination wedding,” assures master wedding planner Gurleen M Puri.
Candice Pereira of Marry Me even plans the honeymoon and isn’t afraid of multi-city celebrations. “One client wed in Vegas, took the pheras in India and had a reception in the UK!”

THE PROBLEM: Receptions are a pain. Can we elope?
THE EXPERTS: Love Commandos

Love Commandos chairman Sanjoy Sachdev believes that “nothing in the world should stop two people in love from getting married.” With this philosophy (and often at great risk to their lives, in the case of inter-religious and inter-caste I Dos), they help you flee, get hitched quickly and legally, and even help provide accommodation. And they survive on donations, so feel free to contribute for the sake of love.

From HT Brunch, August 25

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First Published: Aug 24, 2013 17:17 IST

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