It still requires flirtation and charm, but there isn't much of the traditional movie-and-dinner. Instead, millennials — today's 20-and-30-somethings — "meet up" and invite their romantic interests to hang out with a group of friends.
"Sometimes, there isn't even a telephonic invitation; just a last-minute SMS or tweet for an impromptu 'hook-up' or chat," says graphic designer Ankit Wadhwa, a 30-year-old wading through the shifting landscape of contemporary dating.
Who knows, of the billions of strangers out there, one swipe might just lead to that chance meeting of true love. "We had in mind a matchmaking platform, a virtual best friend who would always have someone great to introduce you to, no baggage of caste, or religion, no neighbourhood busybody, no slinking around nooks and alleys in search of privacy." They had experience: Bhatia was co-founder of online travel company, Make My Trip, Dhingra of electronics e-tail venture, Letsbuy, and Kumar, as a product manager for tech companies.
The index finger automatically positions itself, to do the best thing it has ever done: swiping the screen-left, right, up, down. They had a great idea and they wanted to turn it into a business.
The man – identified as Mohammad Shalik, a resident of Raza Colony in Gumla town – was allegedly in a relationship with a Hindu woman of a nearby village, Soso, for more than a year, sources said.
Everybody and their partner somewhere out there having fun. That hour when the mobile phone is one's best friend. The boys in the group add just one more adjective: "Pleasant."VIRTUAL BEST FRIENDSOne fine day in 2013, three friends-Sachin Bhatia, Hitesh Dhingra and Rahul Kumar-sat in a cafe in Delhi, racking their brains.
Ask the girls what sort of man they are looking for, and pat comes the reply: "Anyone who puts up a photograph shirtless or with six-pack abs is out." Amidst peals of laughter, they list their preferences: humour, confidence, well-spoken and, yes, "easy on the eye".
The current generation is subverting the traditional rules of courtship.
So, hook-up is the new dating and marriage is no longer the goal.