Indian guys who return home from the US to scout for brides are being met with skepticism instead of open arms, reports the Wall Street Journal. Eying the recession abroad, would-be brides and their parents are giving preference to local matches and even demanding to see tax returns from US-based suitors, says one bachelor whose potential in-laws took his "consultant" title to mean "unemployed."
With salaries up in India, many couples can afford their own homes; some women have begun leaving their parents and taking jobs themselves before marriage. Meanwhile, back in the US, “people have to even clean their own toilets,” noted a matchmaker. After trips home to India, where they advertise their intentions to no avail, some suitors are giving up, either moving back permanently or seeking “girls who are in the US already,” says one.