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Agi is a 24-year-old auditor based in London. She loves Tamil and English movies, listening to podcasts, reading and cooking.
Ano is a 28-year-old finance manager, also from London. He’s a Big football fan who loves swimming, movies, TV and traveling.
When did you first join myTamilDate.com?
Agi: I joined myTamilDate in January 2021. I had never tried online dating before but I realized that it would be quite empowering to take control of my love life so I signed up!
Ano: I joined in December 2020. With Covid-19, there was no chance of meeting anyone face to face.
Who messaged first?
Ano: I did. I liked her profile and got the sense that we would be on the same page in terms of interests and what we were looking for.
What first attracted you to the other person and made you want to meet in person?
Agi: He was making me laugh with every message, the conversation was always flowing and our intentions seemed to match.
Ano: She mentioned volunteering at uni and I could connect to that. We also bonded over loving English and Tamil movies.
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From messaging to the first date, how much time passed?
Agi: One month - it would have been sooner but Covid-19 restrictions made us delay meeting up.
How was your first date?
Agi: There was a Covid-19 lockdown in the UK at the time so restaurants and activities were closed. We went on a walk in the park. I felt so comfortable and happy the whole time. It felt like I had known him for years. He sealed the deal by surprising me with my favorite crisps!
Ano: The first date went well. There was no awkwardness. I thought I was doing too much by buying her favorite things but she appreciated it. We went for a stroll in a park and talked for ages.
When did you realize that this was your ‘special someone’ and you could see yourself spending the rest of your life with them?
Agi: I knew I was in trouble when I started missing him whenever we weren’t messaging/calling, in the first month. His caring nature shone through everything he did and every story he told.
Ano: Our first date confirmed to me that we shared a lot of the same values. The moment she spoke about her parents endlessly, I knew she was the one because family is so important to me.
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How did your respective families and friends react to the fact you met on a dating site?
Agi: The reactions from my friends and family to how I met Ano have been really positive. I think older members of my family have been pleasantly surprised at how successful online dating can be. My dad’s friends have asked him what the name of the website/app I used was so they can pass it onto their kids!
Ano: My mum already knew I had signed to myTamilDate and she was supportive. She was quite relieved that I found someone!
If you’re engaged/married - How did you propose? When is the big day?
Agi: He did an unbelievable job proposing in a botanical garden in Amsterdam. It was a complete surprise to me. I even tried so hard to convince him to leave his bag (with the ring) in the hotel because I thought it wasn’t necessary! It was all incredibly special. We’re getting married in March 2023.
Ano: I decided to propose to Agi abroad in the middle of the pandemic so planning it was quite an intense experience! Despite the uncertainty and stress, it was so worth it. It ended up being a beautiful moment on a very rainy day in Amsterdam. The big day will be in March 2023.
What advice would you give to those looking for love but finding it difficult to meet someone?
Agi: Put your fears about online dating aside and give it a shot. myTamilDate completely changed our lives. It’s possible that Ano and I may have crossed paths without myTamilDate but we highly doubt that we would have communicated clearly and ended up dating!
Ano: Sign up to a dating app and then be yourself. Always openly share what you are looking for.
What factor would you say patience played in your journey of finding love?
Agi: I would say staying positive and loving yourself are important when you’re trying to find love.
Ano: I think building my self-confidence and realizing that everyone is on their own timeline has helped me stay calm during this journey of finding love.
Even though online dating is the most effective and popular way to get married these days, some people in the Tamil community still find it to be a taboo. What would you say to them?
Agi: I think it is empowering to be able to date on your own terms, through online dating. There should be no shame in that. It might take some unlearning but letting go of the ‘what will everyone else think’ mentality is very freeing!
Ano: There’s no need to feel embarrassed to use dating apps. More often than not, you can find someone more compatible through apps as you can get an idea of what they are looking for. There is also no pressure to meet them in person unless you both are comfortable and are on the same vibe.
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