34-year-old Ranjish Manjeri has been looking for a bride for the last seven years. Unfortunately, none of his relatives or the matrimonial sites he signed up on have helped him so far. Since desperate times call for desperate measures, the Kerala man decided to take matters into his own hands and enlist Facebook's help in finding himself a life partner. He's using Facebook as #FacebookMatrimony to tap into the social media's enormous reach for the purpose.
Last week, the photographer from Manjeri in Malappuram district announced on Facebook that he is looking for a bride.
"My wedding has not been fixed yet and I am still looking for someone. If you know anyone, please let me know. I am 34 years old. I have to see the girl and like her. I have no other demands. Occupation: Photographer. Hindu. Caste no bar," he wrote on Facebook.
If you think his unique approach wouldn't yield results, think again.
Khaleej Timesreports that Ranjish's phone hasn't stopped ringing since the post.
In the last one week, it has been shared nearly 4,000 times and proposals have already started poring in -- from India, Australia, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the US.
Along with the post, Ranjish also shared a selfie with his parents outside their house.
So, why hadn't things worked out for Ranjish for so long? The 34-year-old said that sometimes the horoscopes weren't matching, while some backed off when they learned that his father is a retired government employee and does not have too much money.
He's hoping Facebook will come to his rescue and his search will finally end soon.
In Kerala, matrimonial advertisements are generously peppered with mentions of 'Nair boy', 'Paravan boy' and 'Menon boy', proving that even today, there is deep-rooted casteism in our society. Ranjish's post probably went viral because it didn't have a mention of his caste, a rare occurrence in Kerala.
Last year, Rasmin Shivashankar from Kerala, who is a follower of 'Dinkoism', posted a matrimonial ad for himself that read, "Dinkoist very handsome 29 boy MTech self-employed nationality no bar." Dinkoism is a mock religion started in 2008 in Kerala by rational thinkers as a dig on religious communities with their rigid ideologies and beliefs. And their deity is a mouse — Dinkan.
Shivashankar had shared the ad on Facebook asking people to 'Max share'!