'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
'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'.
'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".'
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.'
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
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".'
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.'
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
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.'
Asian Age, 24 January 1998
'So well served are majority tastes,
specialist agencies have been formed, serving..' 'and
Asians (the Suman Marriage Bureau).'
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.'
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'to bring together parents and young
people of similar caste, religious and class background,
Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists etc.'
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'
Times, 11 February 1989
'The Suman bureau in Southall is cutting
across cultural and religious barriers by matching Asian
women with eligible, white Britons'
Times of India, 13 December 1987
'Successful matchmaking has to be honest.
Prospective brides and grooms are listed with scrupulous
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.'
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.'
Mail, 13 February 1980
'the Suman Bureau will arrange as many
introductions as necessary. Many people marry the second
or third person they meet'
Mail, 7 November 1979
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