Arrange Me a Marriage, a new BBC reality show, endeavors to arrange marriages for participants the desi way. According to the Daily Mail, in addition to looking for chemistry and compatibility, the show will also consider “compatibility of class, education, family and life goals.”
It will be interesting to see how the show’s host, Aneela Rahman, is portrayed. The contestants interviewed seemed to dislike her tactics immensely, even when her suggestions resulted in a good relationship. The uneasiness that many Westerners have with arranged marriages is also reflected in the article’s comments. All in all, I think that there is potential for a major East-West culture clash, which I would love to see.
If anyone who is watching the show would like to share their impressions of the program in the comments, that would be much appreciated.