From Yahoo Chat Rooms to Dating Apps – How dating has changed in India!!

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About a decade back, sitting in front of a bulky desktop and trying to connect to the internet was no easy matter. For one, you often didn’t have a connection at home and if you did, you would have to wait a good 2-3 minutes to connect.

But none of this stopped me. I logged into my Yahoo Chat room and sifted through my options. “Hot & Sexy Indians”? Seriously? Don’t judge me.


And then came a series of Disappointments of all kinds. For 2 YEARS!

  1. Talking to Guys posing as girls.
  2. Girls who were not ready to share their pictures.
  3. Girls who would not come ONLINE again despite promising to be there. I was being e-stood up!
  4. Girls who would not beyond various versions of ‘Hi!’ Duh!
  5. Girls who would want to have a virtual friend but not give their numbers.
  6. Girls who would want to “Know you better” before finally giving their numbers and ‘knowing’ never happened.
  7. Girls who were in Philippines, US or some other far away destination


online datingBut one fine day, I was finally talking to a Girl who was JUST LIKE ME. The fact that I shared my birthdate with this person with whom I could chat for 3-4 hours about anything under the sky without getting bored was surely a sign from up above.

Yes she was a taurean. Her birthday was also on 24th April & she was a beautiful, Fun person to talk to. Men have travelled great distances for love and I did my Part when I went to Hyderabad to meet her. That was my first relationship. We met for 3 days and we were in love.

Sadly, we broke up because the distance was too much to handle. But it gets me thinking, sifting through all those chat rooms and going through that sleaze must have caused such inertia! If that was the case today, we would be in a blue funk.

But, a lot has changed!

Now, there are dating apps and each meets a different purpose, whether it is to make friends, find a date or a life partner. Woo, for instance, is all about finding the right person to spend your life with.

woo appAs long as you have a smartphone and a Facebook id, you’ve got all you need. But most importantly, you have profiles which are screened to ensure there are no fakes.

Online dating is not only more empowering but also less risky than meeting someone face to face on a blind date or through chance meetings/ introductions.

Amongst all the apps in the market today, I liked Woo particularly for its unique feature, Tag Search. Just tap on any interest or information and see who else shares the same. So now you choose whom you want to see. You have so much more control than in a chat room!

With less time on our hands these days, Woo is an amazing option to get that love back in your life. You don’t have to go to travel miles to see her for the first time like I did. Everything starts from your mobile and who knows your future partner might just be browsing Woo as you read this…

So, take a step towards a journey. Download Woo from the Google Play Store or the iphone App Store and #FindLove.

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About Author

Gaurav H Luthra

An Alumni from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade who started his professional career working with a telecom company but his zeal to be an Entrepreneur made him quit his job on the day of his confirmation. Someone who loves to Multitask as well Socialise, Gaurav is an active Networker and a member of Organizations like CII-Young Indians, TIE, BNI, Internations, Entrepreneur Cafe & more.


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