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Solo Living and Dating for Expats in India

Author: Jason Zhou
Submitted: September 2013

Fast development of the internet and similar related technology has allowed us to live more independently. Many of us now like to chat with friends and families via internet sites such as Facebook, Twitter or Skype and we do not feel as lonely as we once might have done. Furthermore, many people who live alone work in the day time and meet with friends or colleagues after work.

In India, you will find it hard to feel lonely, even if you are living alone. There are roughly 1.2 billion people living in India, it has the second largest population in the world. About 30% of the population live in towns or cities, where most of the expatriates live as well. 

If you are moving to India on your own, you may feel lonely at first. To begin with the people and noise may overwhelm you but once you get used to the chaos, you will enjoy it and start to build up connections within the community.

Life may be easier if you live in the larger cities, although the living cost would be higher, as most of the public facilities provide directions and signs in different languages. You can find people from similar backgrounds as yours or people who have the same interests in certain clubs or groups.  Of course, dating is always another way for you to meet people.

Dating services are becoming popular in India but there are other ways to find a partner or make friends. Many people find their other-half through their social network; this is a traditional and reliable way. Dating websites are also a good choice, there are many dating websites providing services for people based in India.  

Normally, you need to register yourself and create a profile when you use a dating website.  In most cases you may need to pay to use them. Some dating websites do offer free services; however, there is a general view that websites you pay for provide better services than free ones.

When providing your personal information to a website, you need to be careful about the safety of your information as the online dating scam has become a problem. If you find the person you are dating emails you or contacts you in another way and inappropriately asks you to give them money, you may have encountered someone committing fraud.  

To avoid this you should bear in mind if it seems too good to be true, often it is. You can also find dating tips to avoid such scams by searching online using key words such as ‘dating scam’ or ‘romance scam’. 

If you do find or suspect you are being scammed, stop contacting and paying any money to the fraudsters. You can report them to the local branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation. All contact information including phone numbers or text numbers can be found here: https://www.cbi.gov.in/contact.php. If you have an emergency you should call 100. If you are in the Indian states of Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Goa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha,Assam, Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, you can also call 108.

 

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