Who runs M.B.A.?
Marriage Broker Auntie (M.B.A.) is run by Priyanka Bharadwaj. She’s an engineer by qualification with a masters in business administration. She has a strong background in operations and product management having worked with companies like Amazon, Rocket Internet and Toyota in the UK, SEA and India for nearly a decade. Having lived in several different countries across the globe, she is able to relate to her clients quite easily. Priyanka has been married for nearly a decade, and hence, brings a balanced perspective to conversations with her clients, who are young global professionals who are about to embark on this journey.
Do you matchmake?
No. We provide advisory services only. We enable you with the necessary clarity and tools to conduct your own partner search. Any occasional matchmaking services provided are purely complimentary for our existing clients of our advisory services only.
How can the advisory programs help me in finding a partner?
You are very self aware in general, and you don’t need any advice to find a partner. You’ve spent a while looking for a partner with little luck, but you don’t want to waste more time by pausing to reflect and would prefer to meet more people instead. That’s perfectly understandable. But when you look at finding a partner as a small first step of this long journey of building and sustaining a meaningful relationship for several years to come, if not a life-time, you will make the time to do this right.
The advisory programs help bring a fresh perspective provide you with the self-awareness and confidence needed to build a meaningful relationship. We will help assess what has worked so far, what hasn’t and help align your expectations from a relationship with the opportunities presented. You will make insightful discoveries about yourself through the course of these programs that can change the trajectory of your partner search. We help re-build your relationship strategy so your partner search is tailored to your needs, and hence, more effective. Finding a partner is a long and exhausting process, and we will be your sounding board through this journey.
We also recommend the Advisory service to anyone who is just starting to look for a life partner on their own so they can do so with utmost clarity. We have a free course on YouTube called “Arrange Your Own Marriage”, which covers the basics of this program. We highly recommend that you do the course before signing up for this program.
What is the difference between the three advisory programs?
We understand that everyone is unique, and they come with very different needs. This drives the pace of their partner search, and hence, the three programs have been carefully designed to cater to these needs. Broadly, the programs differ from each other in terms of number of sessions, duration of engagement and level of customisation. For instance, with personalised coaching, you essentially have a personal relationship coach on stand-by for a year, who you can get on calls with at a frequency chosen by you and have unlimited access to support over email.
When is the right time to sign up on M.B.A.?
That’s something for you to decide. Yes, you, and not your mum or dad. There isn’t a particular age that I would recommend you start thinking about building a long-term meaningful relationship, but earlier the better. For instance, if you are 26, and reasonably settled in your career, it may be a good time to start. If you or/and your family have been actively looking for a partner for a year or more, but for some unknown reason(s), it’s just not been working out, you must consider reaching out to us. We can help make your matrimonial search more effective so you can spend more time being married to the love of your life than looking for him/ her.
Can I speak with you before I sign up for your services?
Yes, that is precisely why we offer a Quickie. A Quickie is a 60-min 1:1 video-based consultation where we learn about you, and you learn about us to assess if and how you’d like to engage with us further.
I am a parent/ sibling of someone looking to get married. Can I sign up on their behalf?
No, unfortunately we do not work with anyone other than the person who is looking to get married, and that’s why our clients choose to work with us. However, if you are a parent/ sibling of someone looking to get married, you are free to sign up for a Quickie. A Quickie is a 60-min 1:1 video-based consultation where we learn about you and your relative who is looking to get married, and you learn about us to assess if you’d like to recommend us to your son/daughter/ sibling.
Will I get my money back if I don’t find a partner at the end of 3 months?
Unfortunately not. The discoveries or the connections you make with our help will stay with you forever, and no one can take that away from you.
Why aren’t you offering the assistance service any more?
We have a limited and selective intake for this service and hence, this service is now by invitation only. We do not advertise it on our website. Existing clients of the advisory programs are eligible to request for the assistance service, and applications will be considered only if you’ve been in the marriage market for under 3 months. This includes the time spent by your family members searching on your behalf.
What is Dinner Club?
Dinner Club is a virtual blind dating project where we set up 100+ blind dates during June-Aug’2020 for single professionals. This was a limited time experimental project which was quite successful. We may do another edition of this project in the future, and if you’d like to stay informed about this project, you can follow the Dinner Club newsletter.
Do you have a regular newsletter?
Yes, it’s called Shapely Gal. It started as a weekly issue, which is now a monthly newsletter.