CHICAGO TRIBUNE - Jan 27 - Jasbina Ahluwalia got a master's degree in philosophy, went to law school, and then seven years into a successful law career, she became a professional matchmaker. Many young South Asians have little dating experience because parents discouraged it earlier because of religious or cultural beliefs. Ahluwalia trains them in dating do's and don'ts. For those who are actively searching sites like shaadi.com or bharatmatrimony.com, the agency helps with the online profiles. It all begins though with a $375 pre-consultation. After the initial consultation, which includes a background check, clients can be selected into a tiny pool of 30. They place personal ads. Introductions are made. Dates are evaluated and discussed. Prices range from $5,000 into the tens of thousands of dollars.
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