BY ANKITA RAO, OZY
The writer, Ankita Rao, is an Indian-American journalist currently based anywhere from the villages of Orissa to the streets of Mumbai.
There are gods on Tinder.
Not Adonis-like gym buffs with quotes about success and protein shakes. No, Im talking profile photos of Hindu deities like Shiva, Vishnu, Buddha even the avatar Venkateswara, who, to be honest, I would rather associate with my grandparents and not a dating app.
That was the first thing I reported home to my friends after fiddling around with my iPhone one day in an auto rickshaw this spring, just weeks after moving to India to kick-start a freelance journalism career. Half curious, and half bored, I wanted to check out how the New Delhi scene fared in comparison to Washington, D.C. and Tinder was an easy window into the madness.Fortunately, I have not too much influence on the results: I had all over the world with small safety net, moved so the true love was not top priority. And as tinder match would later say to me, to be honest, none of us use the app, you can find our soul mate.
Guys in India have no problem chatting for weeks about education, family and personality quirks.
As it turns out, should India, a mobile-savvy country with the largest growing population of young people in the world, a great place for an app like Tinder, (a company spokesperson tells me a Indias top emerging market priority). For the case that you don’t already know, scaling issues, the pepper match and OkCupid is a departure from lengthy dating profile and forgotten not Shaadi.com, Indias top matrimonial website. His ruthless efficiency allows users, data on the basis of a few Facebook photos and a short biography of select.Doesn’t seem, that foreigners for a country where advertising with arranged marriages or drunken connections can begin.