Yesterday, I met a school friend after ages. He called out my name while I had an egg roll in the food lane at Amar Colony. We shared a hug and after a formal talk– decided to have some beers. From the wine store behind Sapna Cinema, Lajpat Nagar, we seized cans of Budweiser and went to my place–a single room on the fourth floor in Dayanand Colony. After three cans, I asked Khushaal(Name of character has not been changed), “Are you dating some girl bro?”
He got up to pull the fourth can out of the Kelvinator and as he walked– he sang, “My name is Anthony Gonzalves. Mai Duniya me akela hun. Dil Bhi hai khaali, ghar bhi hai khaali.”
I asked him, “Bro, you single?”
He said, “No, I am Anthony Gonzalves. Don’t call me single!”
I said, “Brother what are you looking for?? I mean – a casual fling, true love, an international affair, or a threesome?”
He said, “True Love”.
Guys, technology has astonishingly changed the scenario and also the dating landscape. Finding dates, what to do at a date, and what not to do during dates has all been shaped by technology. So there is literally no need to waste life being an Anthony Gonzalves. Back in the day, you had to meet people in your circle or just outside it. Now with technology’s assistance, you can find people from all over the world. Here are the few platforms you need to explore to get rid of the tag of Anthony Gonzalves.
• Tinder: It’s an online dating app. When it first came on the scene, it was used more like a hookup/casual sex app because it finds you potential matches based on their proximity to you, but now almost everyone seems to be on it.
• Woo: Woo connects you with like-minded people with interests and lifestyles similar to yours. It’s just like running into that perfect stranger you would hit it off with at a friend’s dinner party and discovering how much you have in common! A space to have real conversations and spark off a real connection. Go on, find, chat with and meet people like you, around you.
• Hinge: This is the mobile matchmaking app that is catching on with urban millennials. At first glance, it looks very much like Tinder. But instead of random strangers, Hinge matches only users who share Facebook friends.
• Truly Madly: Certain elements resemble Tinder — mutual matches can begin private conversations inside the app — but TrulyMadly had adapted to India. Primarily the fact that women don’t feel safe talking to (and potentially meeting with) men who they don’t know via an online service. The most obvious difference from Tinder is that it uses trust-based scores to verify its users. You connect your Facebook profile to get started, and also verify yourself via other social networks, your phone number and even offline photo-ID to get more points.
• Bumble: Bumble shows you the people you want to see and lets you connect by a mutual opt-in by swiping right. Bumble eliminates that level of awkwardness after a connection is made, and sets the stage for how the convos begin. The woman always makes the first move, and if she doesn’t say something to a new connection within 24 hours, that connection disappears forever!
• Aisle: This app has an entirely different model. It forces users to pay to connect with someone. This means that you either send an invitation, for which you pay, or you receive one, for which you don’t have to pay. The app does that to ensure that only serious candidates get through to each other.