But you wouldn't buy a house or car drunk so why would you expect to find a life partner like that? "I believe that it's this sober focus on compatibility that is the key to what makes Asian arranged marriages last."Yet Rahman's hard-nosed attitude is still one most Westerners find hard to take.
From Romeo falling for Juliet, to the glamorous Mr Rochester plumping for plain and poor Jane Eyre, to Princess Margaret nobly renouncing the divorced Peter Townsend and Prince Charles being steered into a disastrous union with the virginal Diana Spencer, we prefer stories of arbitrary strikes by Cupid's dart to the idea of marriage as a marketplace.
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Aged 33, with long, blonde hair and a pretty, heart-shaped face, she has a flourishing career in finance, a hectic London social life and a textbook suitable fiancé in the shape of Jamie, a 37-year-old banker; they will marry in a Wiltshire church next year.
When their future children ask how Mummy and Daddy met, you would expect Kathy to mention a Fulham dinner party, a mutual friend's wedding, or perhaps work.
I was not leaving my future up to chance."Kathy's story is by no means unusual.
The word "matchmaker" may conjure up visions of a hook-nosed crone f rom Fiddler on the Roof or Mrs Bennet casting her pince-nez around the Pemberley ball.
In her predictions for 2007, Salzman hailed the return of "arranged marriages", where friends and family helped select a spouse.
"Affection and mutual interests will be more important than lust," she pronounced.
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