We Found Friends in a Hopeless Place

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We Found Friends in a Hopeless Place

Illustration: Shivali Devalkar/Arré


hen I decided to swipe into the world of Tinder, my ears sang with the alarm bells that went off in my friends’ circle. Advice on how to avoid trauma, poured in from all quarters. Cautionary tales were vended out with alarming regularity at hangouts with girlfriends.

“One guy fat-shamed me,” a friend said. Another one complained, “I didn’t feel a spark with this Tinder chap I met. He kept trying to kiss me after I told him I’m not interested. Why can’t men take ‘no’ for an answer?”