But from the louder shrieks and laughter of his friends around, I know he is the guy I am looking for.
Twenty-three-year-old Raj (let’s call him that for now) is giving away their secrets to a total stranger -- me.
None of them worked out, but the third was the edgiest of the lot, she tells me. I loved all the attention, but I knew at the back of my mind that this will not work out in the long term.”She adds that they went out for dinner after that, but she put her foot down when he insisted they go for a drink or two to a pub. I had this massive crush on him,” she says, adding, “but I called it off because I was not looking for one-night stands.”For Nelly and Rishab, a couple living in Mumbai, things turned out differently even though neither was on the dating app to find love.
“I was more interested in meeting like-minded people with whom I could grab a drink or dinner.
International dating apps like Tinder, OKCupid, and Hinge too entered India, tweaking their marketing strategy to balance local values with global dating trends.
Not surprisingly, Tinder appeared to be almost the first choice of every person I spoke with.
They have freedom and access like never before – riding on the touch of the magic screen on their smartphones.
How then is this mobile revolution changing the attitudes of the next gen of young boys and girls in India?
And more importantly, how is it influencing the choices they make? Are they really as promiscuous as the media would have us believe? Unable to find satisfactory answers to my questions, I traded a quiet evening at home with driving through traffic snarls to a nightclub to figure out what the millennials, half my age, are thinking (or rather, doing).
Yet there was some hesitation from them in admitting to it, probably because of its reputation in the US and Europe as a place only for hookups.
There’s a joke among millennials about using dating apps, and the tagline says, ‘I’m willing to lie about how we met.’ So yes, they seek serendipity but it better be instant.