When matched with someone, we would go through the requisite text message interview: Where are you from, what do you do, where did you grow up?
While Tinder keeps it basic, Hinge gives away the cow for free.All of your Facebook information is displayed: Full name, age, job, hometown, school, neighborhood. Another advantage Hinge has over Tinder is that you’ll always have a Facebook friend in common.That is one Google search away from a personal email address or phone number. The potentially disastrous anonymity Tinder offers is wiped away, and suddenly, you have full accountability.But as I continued flipping through profiles, I discovered I liked knowing that Kumar went to school in my hometown or that Raj is a professional photographer. A couple of text messages to common friends and you know whether the guy has a yen for intravenous drugs or beating puppies. And that’s my stand until someone googles my phone number and starts stalking me. I would go on dates so often that I’m sure my favorite bar thought I was a high-class hooker.
Perfecting my profile, coming up with witty text messages, juggling multiple guys. And even when the guy turned out to be a dud, there was always a free drink.
Then I came to the dating wasteland that is Mumbai.
It seemed that at my age (an ancient 32), all the guys I met were married or men looking to get married.
A far cry from the 40-year-old career bachelors of New York.
Online, I was horrified to find India matchmaking sites for a quick wedding.
One day a friend recommend Tinder, an app I had always assumed was purely for sex.