“How are you?” That’s me.

“Hi,” comes the reply. A few seconds of pleasantries and fake names, “Please send your picture.”

Uh-oh. Two minutes of silence and the chat has been dropped.

In another window, someone asks if I am a girl. As I answer “No,” the window closes on me within seconds.

A third person asks me to text only in Hindi.

These are my first 10 minutes on the “Shake and Chat (with strangers)” feature of the social network app, called ShareChat.


Harveen Ahluwalia

In her last assignment, Harveen was at Mint, the business daily published by HT Media. At Mint, where she spent about two years, she wrote stories on retail, food and the media business. Harveen is a B.Com (H) graduate from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi. She has a diploma in journalism from the Times School of Journalism. Like many folks at The Ken, Harveen talks and tweets a lot. When she isn’t writing or reading, she likes to sketch and doodle. She can be reached at harveen at the-ken dot com.

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