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'Second- and third-generation immigrant families, with no extended family structure, limited networks and religious restrictions on acceptable ways to meet future spouses, are turning to external matchmakers for help.'

'The success rates are high - wedding photographs and thank you letters line the walls of Parag's office, together with a picture of his mother, the "Asian Cilla Black", Suman Bhargava, shaking hands with Margaret Thatcher and John Major'.

See Full Article at: http://www.newstatesman.com/society/2012/03/arranged-marriage-women-family

Jemima Khan, New Statesman, 12 March 2012

 

'A traditional way to arrange a wedding, marriage bureaus are an ideal way to find a partner without meddling family members. By registering your details the bureau takes on the responsibility of finding you a match and arranging a meeting. Suman Marriage Bureau, the largest organisation in the UK began in 1972. Owner, Parag Bhargava says: "We lay the foundation for a couple and they take it from there without the hassle of family obligations".'

Eastern Eye, 3 December 2004

 

'Parag Bhargava is co-owner of Suman Marriage Bureau International, the oldest Asian introductions agency in Britian, which has helped to arrange 7,000 marriages in 32 years.'

The Times, 17 January 2004

 

'The Suman Marriage Bureau, in the heart of the Asian community in Southall, Middlesex, was founded in the UK in 1972....' '...They arrange and facilitate marital matches for Hindus and muslims from all over the globe.'

Men's Health Magazine, March 2002

 

'The problem for Asian women is not that they are being forced to marry but that a growing number of them are not marrying at all, the owner of a marriage bureau said yesterday. Suman Bhargava, who set up the Suman Marriage Bureau in Southall, west London, 29 years ago and is familiar with Asian social trends, was commenting on David Blunkett's remark that "we don't tolerate the intolerable under the guise of cultural difference".'

The Daily Telegraph, 12 December 2001

 

'Mr and Mrs Bhargava , who were honoured with prestigious Indian awards for their achievements in promoting the role of marriage in society, have helped arrange some mixed-race and non-Asian matches as well as thousands of traditional Indian weddings.'

The Ealing Leader, The Ealing Gazette & The Southall Gazette, 11 May 2001

 

'The Suman Marriage Bureau, the first-ever "marriage agency" in London, is still doing bustling business.''

The Asian Age, 25 July 1998

 

'Suman and Ramesh Bhargava have the distinction of being a couple who, having found each other, have devoted their lives to playing Cupid to the world.'.....'The Suman Marriage Bureau, which made headlines as the first bureau of its kind in the UK to institutionalise the hitherto family business of "arranging" marriages for Asians, opened on December 9, 1972.'

The Asian Age, 24 January 1998

 

'So well served are majority tastes, specialist agencies have been formed, serving..' 'and Asians (the Suman Marriage Bureau).'

Sunday Times, 5 March 1995

 

'his marriage bureau is proving very popular with Asians for whom arranged marriages are still a moral duty, despite their western lifestyle.'

You & Your Family Magazine - Telegraph Supplement, 19 November 1993


'to bring together parents and young people of similar caste, religious and class background, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists etc.'
Asian Times, 24 August 1993

 

'Some marriages are made in heaven and some are made in Southall, a western outpost of London noted for its high proportion of immigrants from the Indian sub-continent.'......'Hundreds of wedding photographs plaster the walls'
Financial Times, 11 February 1989

 

'The Suman bureau in Southall is cutting across cultural and religious barriers by matching Asian women with eligible, white Britons'
The Times of India, 13 December 1987

 

'Successful matchmaking has to be honest. Prospective brides and grooms are listed with scrupulous accuracy'

The Sunday Telegraph, 12 December 1982


'Some marriages are made in heaven, but a lot more are made right here on earth, and many of them by arrangement'....'arranging the marriages of others has become...a valuable function in London's Asian immigrant community. The idea that boy meets girl, they fall in love and marry is a Western notion that does not accord with the Asian custom that family meets family, and if they agree, boy and girl are allowed to marry.'
The Sun, 19 September 1982


'Happy marriages may be made in heaven, but the aspiring husbands are putting their faith in the strict and earthy practicalities of the arranged marriage to find themselves a life time partner.'....'Most people cross their fingers and hope they will be lucky in love. But in West London there is a marriage bureau where the organisers believe love comes a long way down the list of priorities in choosing a lifetime partner.'....'In Britain there is no such grapevine, and that is where the Suman Marriage bureau comes in. Families get in touch with them and they match them up with another family whose qualifications are right for marriage purposes.'
Evening Mail, 13 February 1980


'the Suman Bureau will arrange as many introductions as necessary. Many people marry the second or third person they meet'

Daily Mail, 7 November 1979


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