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2005年NPR美国国家公共电台九月-Speed Dating Makes Inroads in India

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This is All Things Considered. I am Melissa Block. And I am Robert Siegel. India is changing fast, but it's still a fundamentally conservative1 society. Most marriages are arranged, western-style dating is unthinkable for most, which is why it's surprising to learn that the phenomenon of speed dating has made its way to the capital, New Delhi. Here is reporter Mandy Cunningham.

In the art of courtship, this is the equivalent2 of fast food. You get just three minutes to exhibit your charms3 before moving on to the next date. Speed dating was begun six-year ago by a rabbi in Los Angeles as a way to help young Jewish singles find romance4. Now, it's reached India. In New Delhi's Agni nightclub, suitors are beginning to arrive. They include 29-year-old Mohit Shama.

“I am a software engineer working in US for last five years, I just came to know about this from the newspaper, so I thought let's give it a try, and I, here, I’m here to looking for something serious, that’s marriage …”

Mohit knows his chances of finding a bride are slim. He says his potential partner should be well-educated and from his own Brahman Caste, she must also be prepared to marry in November and return with him to the United States.

Mafia Rura, a Bank executive5, is also looking for a long-term partner. She is 31, and came here on the advice of her father.

“To be honest with you ,I don’t think my dad when he saw it, really realized it was essentially6 a dating site, he possibly believed that it was a marriage site because he was looking out for somebody for me and, I mean, of course I was too. So he said anyway, he saw the same, so it doesn’t make much of a difference. It's a different way of meeting people. So I said, yeah, let me try it.”

Each person has been interviewed by the organizers beforehand7. And they pay between 20 and 50 dollars to attend, no small amount in India. As other women wait to come inside, it’s clear that not all are looking for husbands.

“No, not marriage right now.”

Kuja and Funia, both in their early twenties, are studying fashion design. They believe Delhi's young professionals are too busy to find friends and partners, so they hope this speed dating is the answer.

“There's an advantage, speed dating, because you don't have to sit through a boring date and wait for waiter to bring in the check. That is the best thing.”

And do your parents know what you are doing?

“NO.”

“Not really, not in India, not allowed in India, right?”

Social taboos8 still abound9 in India, which is why Gary Dullel who works for the company London Nights which runs the event thinks speed dating has a useful role to play.

“Our social scene is very, very, very different in India; you can't just walk up to a girl in the bar and just be like ‘hi, what's up? Can I buy you a drink?’ so a social secure scene like that ,where participants are actually screened, you’re being watched, very classy places where they can meet, I think that's what the India audience is looking for.”

“Are all of you seated, everybody seated, yeah? The rules are, you cannot ask each other's numbers, you can look at each other, let’s chat as much as you want. All right? One, two, three, and the third time, you can talk now.”

Finally, about an hour and half late, the first dates begin.

As the evening wears on, the atmosphere becomes increasingly relaxed; the couples seem to chat naturally.

“All right! All right! All right! Now time is up.”

But after more than a dozen high speed dates, Mohit, the man looking for a bride to take back to America is disappointed.

“Ah, I am not very satisfied here because there were not the type of girls I was looking for, and it was just what, I would say, if you want to have fun, that’s fine. Otherwise, I mean, that’s not very serious.”

Mohit was unlucky in love, but other speed daters seemed happy. The organizers say they have thousands of inquiries10 since first opening in Delhi. They are convinced India's young are ready for speed dating, and that even in this conservative society, the concept will catch on.

For NPR News, I’m Mandy Cunningham.


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1 conservative jprzC     
adj.保守的,守旧的;n.保守的人,保守派
参考例句:
  • He is a conservative member of the church.他是一个守旧教会教友。
  • The young man is very conservative.这个年轻人很守旧。
2 equivalent ViDzo     
adj.(to)相等的,等价的;n.相等物,等值物
参考例句:
  • Nodding your head is equivalent to saying "yes".点头就等于说“赞同”。
  • You will receive the full equivalent of your money.你将收到与你的款项价值完全同等的物品。
3 charms 013e41702d1d4a41cb19aecf4298e629     
n.魔力( charm的名词复数 );魅力;迷人的特征;(链或手镯上的)吉祥小饰物v.使高兴( charm的第三人称单数 );使着迷;吸引;使中魔法
参考例句:
  • Gold charms dangled from her bracelet. 她的手镯上挂着许多金饰物。
  • She was impervious to his charms. 他的魅力不能令她动心。 来自《简明英汉词典》
4 romance KXGx1     
n.恋爱关系,浪漫气氛,爱情小说,传奇
参考例句:
  • She wrote a romance about an artist's life in Tokyo.她写了一个关于一位艺术家在东京生活的浪漫故事。
  • They tried to rekindle the flames of romance.他们试图重燃爱火。
5 executive Ymlxs     
adj.执行的,行政的;n.执行者,行政官,经理
参考例句:
  • A good executive usually gets on well with people.一个好的高级管理人员通常与人们相处得很好。
  • He is a man of great executive ability.他是个具有极高管理能力的人。
6 essentially nntxw     
adv.本质上,实质上,基本上
参考例句:
  • Really great men are essentially modest.真正的伟人大都很谦虚。
  • She is an essentially selfish person.她本质上是个自私自利的人。
7 beforehand 3Q7yg     
adj.事先,预先,提前地,超前地
参考例句:
  • If I'd known this beforehand,I would not have gone back.早知如此,我就不回去了。
  • They proposed to make arrangement beforehand.他们提议事先做好安排。
8 taboos 6a690451c8c44df41d89927fdad5692d     
禁忌( taboo的名词复数 ); 忌讳; 戒律; 禁忌的事物(或行为)
参考例句:
  • She was unhorsed by fences, laws and alien taboos. 她被藩蓠、法律及外来的戒律赶下了马。
  • His mind was charged with taboos. 他头脑里忌讳很多。
9 abound wykz4     
vi.大量存在;(in,with)充满,富于
参考例句:
  • Oranges abound here all the year round.这里一年到头都有很多橙子。
  • But problems abound in the management of State-owned companies.但是在国有企业的管理中仍然存在不少问题。
10 inquiries 86a54c7f2b27c02acf9fcb16a31c4b57     
n.调查( inquiry的名词复数 );疑问;探究;打听
参考例句:
  • He was released on bail pending further inquiries. 他获得保释,等候进一步调查。
  • I have failed to reach them by postal inquiries. 我未能通过邮政查询与他们取得联系。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
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