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Indians Flirting Through Text Message

Indians Text Their Way Around Strict Dating Rules

Conservative culture that frowns on flirtation got you down? Swinging singles in India are using their thumbs — and technology — to sneak around stuffy old ideas about courtship. The textual revolution is creating a romantic suitor who's emboldened by the freedom of flirting through emoticon, but who still faces cultural roadblocks when trying to take the relationship further.

This phenomenon is especially key for rural Indians (about two-thirds of the population) who lack places for approved social outings complicated by the fact most Indians in their 20s still live at home, puts a real kibosh wooing. Add to this the fact that Indian women aren't trained not to respond to advances in anyway, a well-timed ;) might do wonders to advance a relationship. Did you know calling a girl, "fat" is a compliment? Oh, yes, just


Here's a little sample strategy:

I start with "I admire you," then I ask her for a movie, then I ask her what happened during the day, then we start teasing and all. I may call her fat. They like it. That’s why they reply. Then they start teasing. Slowly, slowly it happens that you meet.

But once the "send" button is hit, the men still have to be brave enough — once they get the elusive "I want to meet you" text — to take that step. For now, many are staying locked to their T9, practicing a little safe text.


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