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Casting the Net: The rise of online dating in India By Snigdha Poonam

In Asia, culture, gender, sexuality, society on October 11, 2012 at 05:50

From: Casting the Net: The rise of online dating in India By Snigdha Poonam, The Caravan, http://www.caravanmagazine.in

Shy and soft-spoken with deep and expressive eyes, Aditya spent most of his time writing poetry, none of which he showed anybody. For him, writing was the only relief from the tedium, the only hope for beauty. “I would also write love letters for friends in college. They looked to me to give words to their feelings,” he said in an earthy Hindi. Although a seasoned Cyrano, Aditya didn’t try his luck with any girl: “I liked girls, but I never spoke to any.” Girls and guys in his town would meet from time to time, and on a few occasions even got into relationships—but he refused to take that risk. “Gorakhpur has a small and close-knit society, and I did not want to jeopardise my family’s reputation.”

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