For Ankita of “Indian Matchmaking,” Honesty is the Best Policy
For Ankita of “Indian Matchmaking,” Honesty is the Best Policy

The Delhi-based entrepreneur says if you’re not going to be honest to yourself, you’ll end up in a soup.

Delhi entrepreneur Ankita Bansal talks with matchmaker Sima Taparia. (Netflix)

Delhi entrepreneur Ankita Bansal talks with matchmaker Sima Taparia. (Netflix)

Ankita Bansal won hearts on Netflix’s reality series Indian Matchmaking for her perspective on relationships: honesty is the best policy.

In the show, Bansal, who runs a clothing business, employs the services of Sima Taparia, “Mumbai’s top matchmaker,” to find a partner. The Juggernaut spoke with Bansal about the matchmaking experience, companionship, and her entrepreneurial journey.

The following conversation has been edited for length and clarity. Watch the full Q&A on IGTV.

You were portrayed as the young, modern millennial in Delhi. Did you expect that you would come off that way, especially as a foil to some of the other participants from India? 

It was actually a reality documentary, a docu-reality. So whatever was on-screen, I would not use the word portrayal because that would mean that I was trying to bring out a different side to me, which might not exist in real life. I'm very content and I wasn’t surprised because that's who I am. I was apprehensive of how I might be accepted or how my views might be taken in — because coming from a society like India, sometimes you feel a little intimidated because you have such strong opinions, so you don’t know how other people might react. That's been me since I was 16 years old. So the first thing my family members who called [after the show] said was: “We’re not surprised.”

In the show, you

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