Taparia shot to fame with Indian Matchmaking, as you must know already. The show was watched with some entertainment and a fair dose of irritation at the implicit patriarchy when it was first aired. I must confess I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch Season 2 fully, but it seems to have increased her fame. I am not alone in finding the show and her views regressive and the criticism that its second season has received is proof of that.
Why then are people fascinated with Taparia? I find it confounding that women idolise someone whose internalised misogyny is implicit in her judgement of girls who refuse to settle for less than their ideal of a perfect husband whereas the picky men who appear on her show are given a free pass. In one episode, Taparia deemed a woman participant looking for her soulmate ‘greedy’.