What is Kismet
Kismet is a voluntary and free of cost informational source and informal counsel for women and parents. It was conceived in 1997, and initiated in 1998, by a group of parents and friends in the United States, Canada, and Pakistan. Our founders had closely observed and/or experienced failed marriages within their families due to a lack of knowledge regarding potential suitors, and of American life and norms. To ensure that other families are better informed when considering proposals from the United States and/or Canada, our founders decided to share their experiences and lessons learnt. The choice of the word Kismet, meaning fate or destiny in English; and other languages (Turkish, Arabic, Persian, Hindi, and Urdu), is symbolic of the wish each of our families holds for a bright future for our children.
How Does Kismet Function?
Through its website, pamphlets, brochures and manuals in English, Urdu and lectures, Kismet provides useful information to parents in Pakistan who are considering rishtas from the United States and/or Canada, or are dealing with the consequences of an abusive, unhappy marriage. For families whose daughters are experiencing an abusive marriage, or an unhappy situation, Kismet advises seeking help from expert South Asian social service organizations. When necessary, Kismet will assist families by facilitating their communication with such organizations.
There is no formal membership, but anyone with useful information is most welcome to contribute and send it to us.
Citizens in different cities in Pakistan and America act as our helpers for certain circumstances. There have been occasions when information provided by a suitor has required verbal elaboration, or families requiring specific resources that are not addressed on our website or within our documents. In such cases, Kismet Helpers provide informal counsel to those seeking additional assistance. We are always seeking additional Kismet Helpers, so please contact us if you have the time to help.