Dating as we Westerners think of it, involves trial and error.Our parents and our society encourage singles to go out with a number of different people.
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One of the reasons the notion of dating is still foreign to the Indian people, is because it implies mental and (quite possible) physical contact with many different people of the opposite sex.
We are encouraged to date people that are similar to us in their religion, values, and socio-economic status and also who different then ourselves.
However, in Western society, we also are free to choose our dating partners.
While arranged marriages are still common in India, love marriages have gained in popularity.
However, dating in India is for the purpose of "getting to know" your future husband.