SHRADDA TRIVEDI (translated): I never thought that I would have done it through a dating or or that I was going to a dating app for that purpose. JAMES BENNETT: The 25-year-old dance student from Varanasi in northern Uttar Pradesh is preparing to wed a man she met using a dating app on her Smartphone. SUSHIL SHUKIA (translated): No, I never thought it.I got two or three requests when I started using this app. JAMES BENNETT: Global giant Tinder, which focuses on casual or hook up dating, says this traditionally conservative nation is its largest Asian market.For about a week, the ancient city of Varanasi turned into the capital with BJP chief Amit Shah and about two dozen top union ministers camping there for an intense campaign to secure eastern Uttar Pradesh, voting in the last two rounds of the assembly elections.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is the member of parliament from Varanasi, too has been there for the last three days holding roadshows.It is where hindus traditionally went to die and eke out their last remaining years.Dating to 11 cent BC Varanasi draws its importance from the Ganges river on whose banks it stands and where numerous ceremonies relating to birth, death and daily prayers at sunrise and sunset are performed.
I try to interpret the faces and the façade that they put to brave the odds against them.Then I felt that it is a fake app like other ones but later I realised it is good. JAMES BENNETT: The couple are part of a social and technological revolution. SUSHIL SHUKIA (translated): I think it's fine for everyone. There's also an array of home-grown start-ups targeting India's digitally savvy singles.Half of India's 1.3 billion people are now 25 or younger. SACHIN BHATIA, CO-FOUNDER, 'TRULY MADLY': Our audience is 18 to 34, 80 per cent of 22 to 26.Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley reached out to traders in Varanasi and talked to them about the long terms benefits of demonetisation.The trading community, a core support base of the BJP, has been unhappy over PM Modi's notes ban of November last, aimed at eliminating black money.