17 April, 2021

A Tinder For The Love Arson

Loneliness despite high-speed ‘hook ups’. Is love’s labour lost in the digital age, asks Shyam Bhat

Illustration by Narendra Raghunath
A Tinder For The Love Arson

B ack in the old days, everything seemed to be slower. Food, cars, and yes, even love and sex. This was before cable TV, and way before smartphones. This was pre-globalisation, when the restrictions imposed by social mores and parental expectations kept in check the expressions of love and lust. In those days, it seemed that the only romantic opportunities you had were with people in your immediate circle of friends and acquaintances. Your world was small, and so were your expectations, and there was little to distract you from the path to love and commitment in the microcosm that you existed in.

A young man and a woman would exchange lingering looks across a room, kindling a slow-burning fire that often ended at the altar. Coyness was the name of the game—a sideways glance, a whispered word, a lingering touch.

But in new India, things have changed drastically. Two powerful forces have irrevocably and dramatically altered relationships today—rapid socio-economic change post-globalisation, and that shatterer of small worlds: the Internet...

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