If you haven’t had the chance to catch FYI’s “Arranged, you are missing great television. This is the second season for this show. The show delves into the cultural set up. In some cultures, the role of the matchmaker was and is quite professionalized.
In cultures where arranged marriages were the rule, the astrologer often claimed that the stars sanctified matches that both parents approved of, making it quite difficult for the possibly-hesitant children to easily object – and also making it easy for the astrologer to collect his fee. Tarot divination has also been employed by some matchmakers.
In season two of “Arranged”, viewers will follow three couples from different backgrounds that have one thing in common – the belief in arranged marriages. From a young Jewish modern Orthodox couple in New York City, to a southern couple from Texas, to a couple raised by traditional East Indian parents living in California – each have a unique journey to marriage.
Viewers will see the couples get to know one another from the lead-up to their weddings, through the joys and challenges of married life seen through the lens of their very different families and cultures. Meddling mother-in laws, money concerns, the struggle of adjusting to new lifestyles and starting a family will add even more stress to an already overwhelming situation. With immense pressure from their families and communities to make the marriages work, the arranged couples must learn to overcome relationship hurdles to succeed.
I love watching this show because it actually shows you the real investment a community makes in a relationship.The problem is, many American married couples are isolating themselves away from their communities from the start. These couples start with the love of their family and friends first. The community is the shelf upon which they stand. Yes, there can be deficits to the couple, but you can see what made them become couples.
Funny enough, the couples from Season 1 are part of a new show called”Arranged Life”. It is an exclusive video series where viewers can follow the three couples from Season 1 of “Arranged” – Ragini and Veeral, Maria and Christian, and Meghan and Josh – as they take over the cameras to document themselves, capturing the moments that make up their modern arranged marriages.
It is worth tuming in and watching.