ALSO READ| Happy Valentine’s Day 2017: 7 lunch and dinner recipes to make your V-Day special As a concept, speed dating saw it origins in 1998 when Rabbi Yaacov Deyo of Aish Ha Torah first organised an event in the US as a way for Jewish singles to meet and marry.
Over the decades, the idea became popular across countries as a means to meet single people, not just for marriage, but casual dating as well.
It was an anxious moment, but then I spoke to one of my channel partners, who assured his help in finding a venue.
Soon, I met another cafe, who confirmed the venue, only to bail out without a notice at the final minute.
Many women were apprehensive, and raised questions like “What if there are creepy guys? People stayed back till late, chatting up over beer. One of the participants sent this really cute blog in less than 3 hours from the event. Consider Tinder, where there’s no due diligence of the profiles, and the presence of scammers and fake profiles is high.
Even with genuine profiles, a virtual conversation just does not make the cut in establishing a connection.
Usually a person ends up meeting 10-odd people in a single evening, whom they discretely indicate on individual scorecards if they’d like to see again or not.
WATCH VIDEO | Valentine’s Day Special: Pyaar, Mohabbat, Dating – What Do Indians Think Of It Speed dating is a concept where men and women meet for a tiny ‘date’ (5-8 mins) to converse and share information (likes, dislikes, etc.) — just enough to decide if they’d like to meet the person again — before moving on to another.
The individuals are connected post the event only when there’s a mutual match on the sheets.
Post the timed interaction, the house is opened for networking and interaction, and I saw people chatting up till late. Before making the event live on the internet, I remember calling up a very popular venue in CP, New Delhi, in December, only to hear a ‘no’ because they found the meet controversial and not suitable for the Indian crowd.
People often find it difficult to express, to emote, or sometimes, even acknowledge feelings of love or desire.
Now the shy and introverts of the world also get to make the first moves and be more expressive about their emotion,” says Taru Kapoor, country head – India, Tinder. (Dating) apps accelerate the process of finding someone in their own private space, instead of being guided by external forces like the society/family,” explains Sumesh Menon, CEO and co-founder Woo.