Rent a Relative

Got this from a recent magazine (excuse my bad photography). Roughly translated, it says that in Rajhistan (India), theres a new agency which rents guests for weddings!. The agency, “Best Guest Center” is located in Jodh Pur and they have successfully offered their services to about 10 ceremonies now. The market consists of people who are dont have enough relatives or have a fight with them and need to take people to their weddings. The ‘service providers’ offer them services in form of professionals, immaculately dressed and trained, at a rate of about Rs.600 per night (roughly $10). Now consider yourself being payed just for dressing up and eating food at the expense of your client. Not bad eh? I think it can be set up as an online C2C (consumer to consumer) portal as well. Any takers?

2 Comments so far

  1. sarrah (unregistered) on November 4th, 2005 @ 8:18 pm

    I think this originally started out in Pune or Calcutta. That particular agency (can’t recall name) boasted lawyers, doctors, teachers, bank officials, students, job seekers, people who don’t work etc. They would actually be briefed on background of the family/bride and groom and pull off being close. They can even be hired to do dances and sing dholkis etc.. Now anyone who knows the stresses of trying to organise friends and family to do that amongst all the usual mayhem would know what a relief this can be… in someways, it allows a couple to have all the trimmings of a wedding that they may not have been able to have. On the other hand, it is just another way in which society is constantly moving to being totally manufactured and staged.
    Of course, there’s money to be made!

  2. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on November 5th, 2005 @ 9:33 am

    Not a bad I can think of a lot of people here in Karachi who can use such

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