There was a time when “NRI” bridegrooms were most sought after. Call it the lucrative money sometimes or the status symbol it turned into. But if the recent stats from a popular Matrimony sites and agencies are to be believed it does seems like this fad is now fading.
From the beginning of this year Matrimony agencies and sites have reported a fall of about 40% in requests for Non-Resident brides and bridegrooms. In the last three month these have dropped by over 60%. Does this mean the credit crunch in “Lands of opportunity” creating an impact? If the timelines were to be analyzed it does seem like.
However the change seems to be influenced from different corners. Many families (in urban and parts of rural middleclass) now have either their acquaintances of family members living abroad. They are gaining more understanding of life abroad and more in specific about how most of Indian are employed abroad. While many have been shocked by learning about the employment of the guys abroad, while rest have learned more about specifics like contract jobs that people take up and the “nomad” lifestyle that comes packaged with it.
With families paying visits abroad and getting to know a first hand experience of life abroad, somewhere a seed of reluctance seems to have been planted in many peoples minds about getting their daughters married to a NRI bridegroom.
While the most important reason for people to seek career outside India seems to be monetary, families now seem to be settling with less in view or security of life and convenience for their daughters. If this trend continues, it might get many aspiring guys to start thinking . At the very least it might increase the in flow of migrant Indians back into the country.
Only time can tell whether this NRI Fad will fade away? For now at least it seems to be…