Investment banker Randeep Sarkar*, who was also there out of curiosity, says that most of the people he met at the event shared a common disinterest in online dating.
Though he did not find someone to go on a second date with, by the end of the session, Randeep, 40, says he made some new friends. Besides, speed dating can also be a reality check to see what kind of impression you can make in a few minutes," he adds.
Price tags and precious minutes aside, our burning question, is why after three (considerably successful) events in the city and a fourth coming up on March 31, the organisers are yet to plan something for the homosexual community.
"We are definitely open to organising sessions for same-sex singles as well. When we find enough participants showing interest, we'll take it forward," assures Vijay, one of the five members behind Bengaluru-based Lifeofline.com, that has organised 32 speed dating sessions in five cities, since last September.
Having heard about the concept from our friends in other countries, we decided to give it a try.
I prefer this to online dating any day, because when you're with someone face to face, you can make better judgements," says Sukanya, 25, who finds online dating uninteresting.
Of price tags and orientations As expected, the 'eight minutes per date' time frame was not the only aspect of the event that drew divided opinions.
The price tag of Rs.4,000 per participant was also a topic of debate. But some people might be disappointed if they pay Rs.4,000 and don't meet anyone interesting," feels Abhigyan, while Sakshi says that even taking the venue (Blue FROG in Yerwada) and the complimentary welcome drink into consideration, she would pay no more than Rs.1,500.
It's a game and validates a cliche that a first impression is the last impression. And I've met very interesting people on Tinder who are now good friends," shares the 23-year-old who has been using dating apps for over a year and a half.
And addressing the opinion that meeting face-to-face is safer, Alakananda Chatterjee another city-based student in her twenties, asks, "So what if the organisers of speed dating sessions are vetting participants?
So basically there was nuthin really that I did not like. Providing full name makes it easier to trace a person online after the event and attempt to make contact with them even if they marked you NO.
Also, a person's last name can sometimes make us judge even before we interact with them.
But it is in no way safer or better than meeting online.