Move over parents, matrimonial sites, and dating apps. Singletons in the city seem to have found a new way to look for a partner of their choice - take part in food, art and cultural events, some of which are designed exclusively for single people.
"There is nothing better than meeting people face to face," says Sudhir Bakshi, a 31-year-old banker in the city, who is looking to settle down soon but does not want to go the "parents will find a match" way or "look for a partner online".
Bakshi is part of a growing clan of single people in the Delhi who are actively participating in a range of events with the dual purpose of meeting new like-minded people, and taking part in an activity. "We host two events a month for our members, all of who are single people in the age group of 25 years to 40 years and are professionally extremely successful. They participate in dinners, masquerade balls, painting workshops and several such things depending on their interest, and meet like-minded people of a similar social status here," says Himanshu Gupta, founder of A World Alike, a platform that helps single in the city meet up with each other.
"We have a very strong and intense screening process before we allow people to become members of our platform," says Gupta, adding that once one becomes a member he or she is invited to events where one is likely to find people with similar educational, professional backgrounds and interests.
"The list is highly curated and we do not invite more than 30 people to an event. So, we ensure that everyone has a chance to interact with each other well," he adds. Even if love doesn't happen, strong networking does, claims Gupta.
Ramit Mitra, who founded the walking group Delhi By Foot agrees that single people do take part in his walking group too, if not with the express interest of finding love, but surely to meet like-minded people. "I know of many people who took part in my walks and ended up being friends," says Mitra. However, signing up for a class or an event that taps people with specific interest increases chance of meeting a person you are morelikely to like, say experts.