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Flourishing in the dating market are also singles clubs.
Along with eight singles, Malini Agarwal, producer and presenter of Go 92.5's Flirty at 7.30, instituted Going Solo last year.
Most people are shy of being photographed for a story on organised dating but they have no qualms about posting their profiles and photographs in cyberspace for prospective dates to view.
Date.com, a website hosted at Miami Beach in Florida, US, is used by thousands of 18 - 35-year - old Indians not only from the metros but also small towns like Bhubaneswar and Vadodara.
INTERNET DATING : Viewing or posting profiles on dating portals.
TV AND RADIO : Reality shows hunt for matches and fix dates.
Within seconds he received user names of prospective dates on SMS.
"It was essentially boredom that made me want to try this," he says, adding, "There is anonymity and no pressure for the date to develop into anything more.
"We get about 30 lakh messages every month," says Rajesh Sawhney, chief operating officer, Times Internet Ltd.
"I logged on to a dating site and found an interesting girl. She was sweet and smart but it did not work out as she was much older," says Sriram, 26, a Chennai-based businessman who models part-time.
But "the search is on", says Sriram, who also frequents nightclubs in his quest.
Interestingly, liv2luv.com, an Indiatimes enture, and have customised listings for each city and further segregated them into categories like Mumbai Muslims and Lucknow Christians.
These websites also provide live chat sessions and dating advice.
Star World's Miss Match, where Alicia Silverstone in schizophrenic contrast plays divorce lawyer-cum-matchmaker, and Date Patrol on Discovery Travel and Living have only fuelled Indians' interest in matchmaking.