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All they wanted was someone who would be a companion.

Every now and again we get some of these stories where people have met against all odds. It’s not really a dating website, but they will go on dates.

And she sent me this scathing review of him: “He’s a 34-year-old man. He brought over a sleepover bag with earplugs.” Two hours later she writes, “I’m so sorry, he texted me back. One guy said, “Let’s meet at Starbucks at 8 or 9 at night.” She said, “First of all there isn’t a Starbucks anywhere near me. 1 is blue suits, high heels, taxicabs, trying to get ahead in the corporate world. ” Ninety-five percent of men would be happy to have a woman ask them out. I open my presents and then go to my desk while other people are dancing, cooking, exercising. In the ’90s we had seen a lot of urbanization, and a lot of folks were starting to move away from their family homes. It became more difficult for parents to identify the right matches for their kids.

We’re all good.”What else did you get questions about? And I have to go to bed, I have to be up at 5 in the morning to take care of the animals.”What defines “country living”? If you’re in this group, the site’s probably not for you. 2 is wide-open skies, wide-open spaces, animal lovers. Only 13 percent of women would be willing to do that. The internet was just coming into its own, it seemed like a good time to start a business where people could do matchmaking for themselves instead of relying on their relatives.

Does Shaadi ever get more deeply involved in the matchmaking process?

For about 10 percent of the business, we play the role of matchmaker.

We help these people identify the right matches, but then we go further, we play the role of go-between where we have counselors for the members. The nicest stories are typically people you would not expect to get married, like a man who was 72 and a 63-year-old woman who found each other.