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For Mallika Arudi, a cultural studies and comparative literature junior, growing up in Woodbury while having parents who both grew up in India forced a lot of negotiation on issues like dating and marriage.
When she was younger, her parents just expected she would not date and have an arranged marriage like they had.
Although she used to vehemently oppose the idea of arranged marriage, she said, now it just would not work for her because she is not necessarily looking for the same characteristics in a spouse as her parents.
Characteristics such as caste or Indian background are not as important to her as her future mate's personality.
(U-WIRE) MINNEAPOLIS -- As soon as Mayank Gupta began working at age 22, parents of single females began sending information to his parents about their daughters.
Gupta, now 24, a paper sciences graduate student from India, wants to be engaged by December.
Sometimes after the parents select potential candidates based on the written information, the parents will meet them before recommending potential suitors to their children.
"My parents are going to let me have that opportunity." Although Gandhi would prefer to find her own spouse, she said if she was still unmarried at age 26, she would consider having an arranged marriage.In the past, the engaged man and woman usually would not see each other before the wedding.Now, parents act more as matchmakers for their adult children.In India, typically when a man or woman is ready to get married, his or her parents use matrimonial ads -- similar to newspaper personal ads -- or network through friends and family to find possible candidates to marry their children.