The entire dating thing is generally marked by a lot of awkward moments. No? That’s just me then. But even so, getting to know someone you’ve just met can get tricky. But trust Aamchi Mumbai to churn out all kinds of services that help you deal with your love life a little better.
Whether it’s meeting new people, taking a course on smart dating, dating only IITians or coping with a breakup – if you’re willing to pay for it, your heart will be in safe hands. Here’s a list of services which can guide you through it all.
Mumbai Dating: This is a week long course on personality development, matchmaking and lifestyle coaching program for singles. A love coach (like Will Smith in Hitch, or Salman Khan in Partner – whatever rocks your boat) will take you through theory and practice sessions on grooming, dating etiquette, social skills and body language, promising a complete lifestyle remodeling. The week long course for Rs. 10,000 also includes practicals that are conducted at bars and coffee shops. You can check out their Facebook group or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Ditto.co.in: Among all other dating sites, this is a site where you can meet like-minded people, instead of someone who is the same caste or community as yours. Founder Shweta Sharma has made it a point to not ask for any of the details like skin colour or education – all you need to register is 2 photographs of yourself and your age. The way this site works is easy – you enter your preferences over 24 categories – like your favourite English film or your favourite way to spend your spare time. After this, you have the choice to decide whether you want an ‘overall match’ or with a ‘niche match’, where the other person shares your interests. The site then throws up profiles to enable you to just date, see or get married too. Log on and register if you’re looking for a partner who will also accompany you to your pottery workshop or weekend trek.
DateIITians.com: This website is pretty clear about it’s target audience. If you are an IITian waiting to get hitched or simply someone who likes the smart and geeky types, DateIITians is your one stop shop. Co-Founder Layak Singh, a fellow IITian himself figured he’d start the online dating site to make it easier for girls, who often look for IITians and IIMites as suitors for marriage. If the protagonists from Chetan Bhagat’s books set your imagination racing or you think Aamir Khan seemed hottest in 3 Idiots, this one website might be for you. Find out more on their Twitter page or just log on and register.
FootLooseNoMore.com: Mumbai is full of single people in their late twenties/early thirties who have everything going for them, except for the fact that keeps cropping up – they are single. That is what prompted brother-sister duo Abhishek and Varsha Agnihotri to start this website. Once you register and manage to get in through their approval process (they have a 20% acceptance rate of all the applications they get because of their stringent verification process) you’re invited to attend the Footloose events and meet new people with similar mindsets. In fact both Varsha and Abhishek have found their own spouses through these meetings. Joining is free, but you do have to pay to attend the events. You can also find FootLooseNoMore on Twitter.
Breakuphelpline.com: We’ve all been there – trying to get over a painful break up while our friends keep saying how we’ve become whiny and unnecessarily sentimental. Here is a service that lets you rant about your lost love and even offers a sympathetic shoulder, while you still retain your best friends. 25-year-old Ankit started this service to mend broken hearts after being dumped one too many times. For a fee of Rs. 2500 you enroll for a four-week program that includes practical tips, friendly, personal emails and Skype sessions. At the end of these four weeks, if you’re still not over your ex, they continue the sessions for free. You can email them at email@example.com.
MarryMeWeddings: This one is for when you’ve found a partner you want to get married to. Started by husband-wife duo, Jarret and Candice, Marry Me Weddings puts a wonderful twist on Band Baaja Baarat – a wedding planner duo who apart from the usual budgeting and booking, also manufacture related products. Going for a big wedding with small parking? This will also be taken care of, all you’ll need to do is just get to the venue on your wedding day. You can contact them through their website or Twitter.
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