Friends-on-rent mak­ing metro ci­ties less lonely

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Soumya Pil­lai soumya.pil­lai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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