Netflix’s popular show, “Indian Matchmaking” is back for its second season, with some previous contestants and some new faces!
One such newcomer is 34-year old Vinesh Vasnani, or “Vinny”, who first shows up in Episode 6 of Season 2. Originally from Georgia, Vinesh works in investment banking in Miami. We spoke to Vinesh about his journey on the show, and his experience finding love with the help of matchmaker Sima Taparia.
Why did you decide to apply for Season Two?
“I’ve tried a lot of the apps, meeting girls in bars, etc. and everything I’ve done in the past hasn’t given me long-term success. I saw the show and was pretty intrigued – given the track record of Sima Aunty, I thought it would be fruitful to give it a shot and kind of take it up as a life-changing adventure. I’m single and open to trying new things to find the one – my goals are to find a wife and potentially start a family if she’s open to it. Also I’ve been challenging myself to take on new experiences and if something seems exciting and new but a little scary, if I have the ability to, I’d like to say yes.”
What was your experience on the show like? Would you go back and do it again?
“It was nerve-racking. Obviously something I’ve never done before. But it was an incredible experience. I don’t know if I would go back on – I’d have to talk to my family and think about it. Making a very personal journey like this “open to the public’s eye” is a little scary. But it was incredible working with everyone from the show on this – definitely made life-long friendships (even though that wasn’t what I was looking for.)”
Did the show clear up any misconceptions you had about arranged marriages? What were your thoughts on arranged marriages before you were part of the show?
“I think arranged marriages have had a huge success rate in the past, but I think it would be hard to have an arranged marriage in today’s day & age.”
Is there anything you wish you could have done differently? If so, what would it be and why?
“I promised myself I would be as authentic as possible, but a lot of nervousness can take over and I was a little camera-shy. I think I laughed a lot on the show which is part of my personality, but it was a lot more than usual and a lot of it was trying to play off anxiety. I said “like” a lot, which definitely means I wasn’t as comfortable as I would like … (LIKE) there was a huge camera in my face! It’s hard to listen to myself on zoom calls, much less on WATCH and listen to myself on TV. So maybe I calmed myself a bit more with my meditation practice before going on air.”
Watch Vinesh Vasnani’s journey on season two of “Indian Matchmaking” out on Netflix now!