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25 Things I hate about Shaadi.com

You know you’ve done it. You know your parents want to put you up. You know you made that fake account to troll around yourself.

Shaadi.com is made up of so many types of Desi single folks: those who want to shop around since their local NET-IP chapters have run dry with prospects; a select few who put themselves up to quiet the ‘rents; a stellar one or two who give it an honest go. Let’s not mention the questionably shaady suitors — those bastards who are married, in relationships, or even gay — but still need to feed some misguided ego or deeply rooted insecurities.

Having been a paid (yes, a high number of suitors do not pay, thus wasting your time by accepting/declining interests) member for a requisite 6 months, I came away with one, solo date, and a myriad of freak stories. And, in case you’re wondering, that one date kept me waiting in the lobby of the ‘W’ hotel as he took a work call for 45 min. I left at the 46-minute mark.

Am I off? For now. Will I get back on? More than likely.

Having given said this, I wanted share my list of 25 things I hate about Shaadi.com:

1.     Men with profiles posted by Parent/Guardian. If he’s your Mama’s boy, you keep him.

2.     Men who list their income under $25K. You obviously can’t support yourself, let alone a marriage.

3.     Men who are too cheap to pay for a membership.

4.     Men who are separated and couldn’t wait for the ink on the divorce papers to dry.

5.     Men who stick up photos with baseball caps, berets, or fedoras. You’re bald. We get it.

6.     Men who write a two-line description.

7.     Men who include typos, demonstrating your sloppiness in paper and probably in…

8.     Men that don’t respond to your interest request.

9.     Men who accept your request and don’t initiate a follow-up.

10.   Men who send one email and then stalk you via Facebook.

11.   Men who send you a phone number, and then don’t answer when you call.

12.   Men who are 58 years old, drive a tractor in Ludhiana, and have 3 kids.

13.   Men who are 21 year, UK-based, aspiring club promoters.

14.   Men who are your friends in real life and want to express interest to see if you’d ever accept.

15.   Men who hide their profile, unhide their profile, hide their profile…

16.   Men who lie about their age and disclose the truth when you speak.

17.   Men who stick up headshots, hiding their portly gut.

18.   Men who try to be clever by saying, “It’s my first time online…”

19.   Men who add their birthdates to their profile name.

20.   Men who put up their blood type.

21.   Men who talk to you, your BFF and your cousin, both who are also on Shaadi.com.

22.   Men who call after 1:00 am and ask you what you’re wearing.

23.   Men with profiles that are cross-listed on Match.com, eHarmony.com, and PlentyofFish.com

24.   Men who write with emoticons.

25.   Men who look nothing like their pic taken 5 years ago.

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58 Responses to “25 Things I hate about Shaadi.com”

  1. Swindled off my money and asked for unwarranted very private personal information
    Beware people! I’m from Australia. Shaadi.com is an organisation that has defrauded me off my money! They incessantly harassed me through emails and other communication to buy a membership through them. I buckled under the pressure after a while and bought a 3 month subscription. Approximately 1.5 months into my membership term my membership was cancelled without any notice and without any reason or notification provided to me. When I enquired over Live Chat on the Shaadi.com website as to the reason why my paid subscription had been cancelled I was given no reason other than its our policy that we can require personal information from customers whenever we want. I was asked to provide a photocopy of my passport, driver’s license, proof of work and where I work (payslips) and photocopies of my degrees. I was horrified at the prospect of sending my private details to a dating organisation who had no legal requirement to request such information. Concerned for my privacy and my identity being stolen, I refused to provide Shaadi.com such very private details. Shaadi.com already had my phone number, credit card information and my pictures on their database – they had absolutely no need to ask for my private information. It is none of their business where I work, how much I earn, what passport I have, my residency status or where I live. Request for such information is a breach of privacy and for all I know could lead to identity theft. I explained to the consultant that Identity theft is rife all over the world. In Australia, the authorities routinely discourage Australian Citizens to send any personal information to anyone online including photocopies of our passport, driver’s license or photocopies of our degrees or employment information. The consultant would not accept my opinion. I asked him for a refund for the remaining term but he refused to reimburse my subscription monies for the unused portion of my membership on the grounds that if I do not provide my private information as requested then it is Shaadi.com policy not to refund the remaining subscription fees. Since my complaint to Shaadi.com I have found the internet to be littered with complaints similar to mine. I do not know why Shaadi.com is allowed to conduct business as their activities are against ethical and fair practice. I have found Shaadi.com to have engaged in unscrupulous and fraudulent activities when dealing with me as a customer. They have essentially betrayed my trust and swindled me off my money! I would strongly advise other innocent people to reconsider doing business with Shaadi.com. To say that I am disappointed in Shaadi.com is an understatement!

    Posted by Roo | January 8, 2015, 10:36 AM
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  4. I bought paid membership and suddenly my account is deleted saying I violated terms and conditions , which they would not clarify and now they won’t refund the money

    Posted by Manish | January 10, 2015, 11:30 AM
  5. Very good post. I will be facing some of these issues as well..

    Posted by Joao Gerundo | January 11, 2015, 9:51 PM


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