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To Win This Board Game, Keep Away From The Matchmaker

It was created by a 24-year-old Pakistani woman who wants to avoid an arranged marriage at all costs. But she definitely has a sense of humor about it all.
The point of the game is avoid the matchmaker (the figurine with hands clasped at the front of the photograph). Source: Lucas Vasilko

In a wealthy suburb in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, a group of young Pakistanis veered between laughter and distress as they played a board game that echoed their lives in both funny and painful ways.

The name of the game is "Arranged" and the goal is to avoid at all costs an arranged marriage – and the matchmaker who sets them up. She's known as Rishta Aunty, slang in Urdu and Hindi for a certain kind of middle-aged, busybody matchmaker who knows all the single men and women.

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