We all grow up with the idea that one fine day, we're going to meet someone who will change our life forever. It would all start with a date, and that spark which would be the beginning of finding a person we'd come to call home.
But that is obviously easier said than done. As the millennial generation replete with so many virtual options yet so little time, it's pretty tough when you're trying to find the right one. There are a host of dating apps that promise love but more often than not, they turn out to be a platform for creeps. Mostly, these apps are home to people who are looking for short-term flings and casual sex.
While there is nothing wrong with that, it does really make old-school people feel dejected. Those who believe in cute dates, meaningful conversations and holding hands have no app to call their own.
What if we told you there's a company that organises speed-dating events to help people date in the real world?
Now, the concept of speed dating where you sit with a person for about 5 minutes and then move on to the next person has mostly been a firangi concept for us Indians but seems like those looking for love are open to experimenting with it.
Speed Meet is apparently the first speed dating platform that encourages young Indians to meet people in real life and take it forward if they wish to. It is an invite-only event, where equal number of men and women are introduced to each other in a safe, quality venue, with a chance to interact for 6 minutes each.
If you're looking for love, maybe try filling a form for the next speed-meet?
To avoid stalkers and creeps, there's a screening process that filters away people you might not want to swipe right to IRL. There's a small cover charge and after paying that, you get to meet new people and forge new bonds.
The great part about meeting someone personally is that you do away with any judgement related to one's physical appearance. You don't just look at a person and reject them. You get the chance to meet new people, in a safe environment, and see where it goes after having a conversation.
You still have the freedom to reject the people you meet but the advantage is that you'll be rejecting their personality instead of what they look like. The system is quite simple and yet, safe that way:
"You get to mark a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for every person introduced on a personal card. At the end of the cycle, all cards are handed to the moderators, who share the other’s contact information only when both the sides give a definite yes. No contact information is shared anywhere before, or after with people marked ‘no’.
Most of the events organised are age-group specific and the best thing about it, according to Rahul, the founder, are the success stories.
Speaking with Scoopwhoop, he said:
"The best part is that people appreciate what we're doing. There have been success stories and it feels good to know we were a part of someone's story."