The first thing you notice about Twomangoes.com’s homepage is the photo of the couple.It’s your standard cheesy shot – a man and woman embrace, nose-to-nose rather than via mouths, of course – something you’re likely to see on any Indian site for “singles.” Except Twomangoes isn’t advocating marriage at all; watch its introductory video, which pointedly mocks conventional matrimonial sites, and you’ll realize the intent is less goal-oriented.
They’re most likely a little older, a little more worldly, and more taken by the idea that you can date around, possibly with no intention of ever settling down.
For them, listing “compatibility” factors like height, weight, astrology forecast, skin color, caste and religion — as is often required on sites like — is archaic and pointless.
They prefer meeting over a cup of coffee and bonding over more fluid interests like favorite movies and books, rather than ticking off qualities through a pre-set list of attributes that are often physical or family-given.
“I have put myself on and when you read the first sentence ‘I am a good boy’ on a profile, it’s ridiculous, because people can’t even describe themselves,” says one 26-year-old user, a Harvard-educated doctor by training, who moved back to Mumbai a couple of years ago.
“When you talk about dating in India, it’s more about looking to match social background or to find an economical match, rather than about compatibility.” Instead, she signed up for Trabblr.com, an online platform that connects tourists with locals in Mumbai, usually via group events and outings.