- It used to be that Indians’ experience of the dating phenomenon was a vicarious experience as Indian audiences watched American sitcoms in wide eyed fascination. Now however, Indians have evolved beyond this. Girls and boys date in college and school, in pairs and in groups. Youngsters freely admit to having girl friends and boyfriends; in fact this is now a matter of boasting even.
- There is no doubt that Indian women today are more educated, more empowered and bolder than ever before and as such are taking charge of their own destinies, no longer content to tread the path that family and society proscribe. Men are also more outgoing and have varied interests. It helps that men and women are choosing to marry later in life and that barriers of caste and religion are less rigid than before. (Source – MENS XP)
- In recent times Hindi films have also reflected this social change. Movies such as Fukrey, Mere Dad Ki Maruti, Yeh Jawani hai Deewani, Kai Po Che!, F.A.L.T.U., Shuddh Desi Romance, Yaariyan, Bewakoofiyaan, Main Tera Hero, 2 States, Humpty Sharma ki Dulhaniya andmany more reflect this change.
- The number of online dating services has also expanded exponentially; again something that reflects changing societal norms and the demands of Indians. It isn’t just Indians looking to get married – the various sites such as Shaadi.com, Bharatmatrimony and so on take care of this. Indians now want to try before they buy.
- Numerous website such as eharmony.com/India, onlinedatingindia.org, quackquack.in, indiandating.com, mingle2.com, indiancupid.com, fropper.com, purecasualdate.com, flirtbox.in, footloosenomore.com, trulymadly.com, sifcoffee.com cater to the Indian looking to find a date. Many of these are free; some cater to Indians exclusively, while others are dating sites that have an Indian segment.
- With all of us connected 24×7 via our handheld devices, mobile app also do the job of finding Indians a date. The mobile app Tinder is quite a hit in this respect. Available for Android and iOS phones, which lets you pick from single candidates registered on the service. The profile details are typically sketchy; you can flip through profiles by swiping left and right.
- 50 Dates in Delhi is blog reflective of a 20 something woman’s experiences in the dating world of India. This is a “smart, educated, independent woman over 28 in urban India” who has decided to document her experiments in social anthropology. The blog is frank, illuminating, amusing and very identifiable as a being of India, for India and by India of today.
- So clearly the big, bad, scary world of dating has arrived in India with all its attendant insecurities, logistical difficulties and dangers of heartbreak. We’d like to offer a little help here: here’s what not to do of a first date, with some extra pointers for if it doesn’t work out.
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