The study that backed the campaign was carried out by Parzor Foundation and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).
Among reasons for dwindling numbers, late and non-marriage emerged top of the chart with fertility decline.
The Parsi Zoroastrian population in India is pegged at 69,000, of which 40,000 reside in Mumbai.
By the end of last year, Jiyo Parsi had managed to add 22 new members to the community, Union Minister of Minority Affairs Najma Heptullah announced.
“When you talk about dating in India, it’s more about looking to match social background or to find an economical match, rather than about compatibility.” Instead, she signed up for Trabblr.com, an online platform that connects tourists with locals in Mumbai, usually via group events and outings.
She says she preferred this method of bringing together like-minded people over dinners or plays, where you can get to know each other “without prejudice and expectations.” Trabblr’s formula of group activity in many ways plays off the “group dating” concept that first found great success with Ignighter.com, the American website that has subsequently moved its operations to India and been re-branded as
They prefer meeting over a cup of coffee and bonding over more fluid interests like favorite movies and books, rather than ticking off qualities through a pre-set list of attributes that are often physical or family-given.
“I have put myself on and when you read the first sentence ‘I am a good boy’ on a profile, it’s ridiculous, because people can’t even describe themselves,” says one 26-year-old user, a Harvard-educated doctor by training, who moved back to Mumbai a couple of years ago.
In collaboration with Pune-based software development firm Extentia, Patel hopes to launch Aapro App in the next two months.
The team is currently gathering data and feedback from young Zoroastrians, figuring features that they’d like to see and designing a user-friendly interface.
There's also a regularly updated list of 10 books that can spark off conversations. An enthusiastic couple monitors a bunch of girls and guys as they shift tables in a span of one maybe two hours. Dress up, flirt or try to; either way, the environment is safe and easy, and everyone is as awkward as you.
They even give you cue questions if conversations falter.
It’s to meet “really cool people all around the world,” or as it’s known elsewhere: dating.