Friends-on-rent making metro cities less lonely
I met Angel after work at a café in Connaught Place. Over a cup of coffee, talks ensued on Delhi’s sultry weather, our tastes in music and how Raghuram Rajan is undoubtedly India’s “hottest” RBI governor. I decided the theme of our conversation. After all, I paid Rs 600 an hour. Angel is a “friend” I rented on a website devoted just to that – friends for rent. Underlining a marked shift the way lonely people – especially youngsters -- are seeking friendships without any strings attached, several websites providing companions for cash have cropped up in recent times. Rentafriend.com offers a range of companions who could accompany you for dinner, a movie night or a random get together.