On the Netflix dating show Indian Matchmaking, Nadia Jagessar has been looking for love since Season 1. Or rather, a Mumbai matchmaker has been looking for love on her behalf. The event planner from Morris, New Jersey, who founded her own events firm, has long been tired of being the one planning the weddings. She wants to walk down the aisle herself.
Unfortunately, this dream still hasn’t come true for Nadia, who is no longer with Vinay or Shekar, the two men she dated in Season 1. On the show at least, Vinay stood her up. Twice. But there may be a more complicated version of the story than Netflix cameras captured. In a long, exculpatory Instagram post from July 2020, Vinay admitted to canceling both dates but insisted he was upfront about it. After the first missed connection, he said he tried to woo Nadia back with flowers and gifts. Then, he flaked a second time because he was sick. “After that day she ghosted me,” he wrote, adding that he has the receipts to prove his claims. “I was the one left heart broken and ghosted.”
Though her connection with Shekar fizzled, too, Nadia didn’t regret the “surreal” experience of appearing on the show. “Being off camera definitely changed the dynamic between myself and the matches that I had continued talking to, and obviously, the change was not positive,” she told The Los Angeles Times in July 2020. “But it helped me learn more about myself and what I’m looking for in a future partner.”
She didn’t publicly respond to Vinay’s Instagram rebuttal of what went down between them, but her own account told the story of a woman laughing and moving on. Nadia, who is of Indo-Guyanese descent, continued to plan elaborate parties and weddings under the banner of her company Euphoria Events, in addition to her marketing work for Givaudan, a Swiss cosmetics conglomerate. As Nadia wrote in one July 2020 post, “Gotta keep hustling!” Even, it seems, when your ex is trying to re-litigate your breakup on social media.
Two years later, Nadia returned for Indian Matchmaking Season 2 to give love — and Season 1 match Shekar — another shot. When Shekar traveled from Chicago to New Jersey to meet Nadia’s family, things began to fall apart quickly. Nadia’s first issue was that — even though Shekar was “so sweet” and fit in perfectly with her family — she didn’t get the vibe that he had any romantic interest in her. “If I don’t feel desired by my partner, that puts you in the friend zone,” Nadia explained.
Then, Shekar spotted Nadia’s “dance floor makeout” with 26-year-old Vishal at a mixer reunion she hosted for Sima’s Tri-State area clients. Though Sima insisted that Vishal was not a good match for her, given that he is seven years her junior, Nadia continued dating him anyway. Following their conversation, she video-called Shekar in Chicago to inform him of her new relationship. Heartbroken, Shekar called Nadia’s claim that he’d rejected her “extremely unfair” since she’s the one who had made clear she didn’t want anything more than friendship with him.
Nadia and Vishal’s courtship was short-lived, however. While Nadia traveled to California for work for a month, her new man paid her a visit, only to break things off. Though he acknowledged their mutual attraction, Vishal said he hadn’t felt “that spark” with Nadia. So after “a lot of thought,” he decided they’d be better off as friends — something Nadia immediately shot down, ending their conversation in tears.
After filming for Season 2 wrapped, Nadia still appears to be single. In a Valentine’s Day 2022 Instagram caption, she referred to herself as a “single woman,” noting that the only flowers she’d received were from herself, and she was also gifting herself a vacation. (In between modeling and speaking engagements, she traveled to Punta Cana for her first getaway since 2019 shortly afterward.) Several months later, Nadia joked in a May 31 Instagram caption that she was “looking for a husband who can cook” because she’d just burned toast.
Burnt toast aside, Nadia seems to be enjoying the single life nevertheless.
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