Did you ever think you will find love online?
Dhwanika: I had never thought that finding someone online would ever manifest into such a beautiful relationship and soon, marriage. Finding love online is just so rare yet, the most exciting thing about love as a whole. It makes you learn about the person from scratch and then makes your feelings towards them grow in phases, without physical touch, which is a wonderful experience in itself.
Nisarg: I was actually enjoying the whole ‘online browsing’ bit but I definitely did not expect to meet the love of my life, Dhwanika, online. Finding love online is rare, but it is definitely a lot more fun and exciting than knowing someone in person.
How different is online dating from finding love around you?
Dhwanika: Online dating was a whole new experience for me because I was always surrounded by either my known friends or mutual ones. I was not that curious initially but soon I started enjoying this space since I found him really interesting over texts from the very beginning.
Nisarg: Online dating was not completely, but partially new for me because I had been in a long-distance relationship. So it was more like an online thing already. Finding love online is a lot more interesting and fun because I feel, you get to know the person more gradually. It takes sharing of thoughts to another tangent altogether.
What are some of the things you don’t like when dating online?
Dhwanika: The only drawback I can think of is the fact that sometimes if you’re in a distance-relationship, where there is no chance of seeing each other for a long time, it feels really difficult to go on in life without seeing them for so long. Dating online also creates the kind of push in you to meet the person for real.
Nisarg: The two things that I don’t like about online dating are that some people feel scared about the authenticity and real face on the other side of the screen. Secondly, it develops a certain level of ‘kick’ within you to physically meet the person but sometimes, it doesn’t always happen as fast as you expect it to happen. People these days don’t trust anyone easily.
Were you putting up your perfect side while dating online or via texts? Or were you your true self?
Dhwanika: I was always my true self since I was not quite ‘ready’ for love back then. However, he completely drove me over the edge making me come out of my comfort zone.
Nisarg: Oh most definitely! I was head over heels for her from the very beginning, I gave my all and tried to be the best version of myself in order to impress her. It was truly thrilling and fun to willingly do things for her to make her happy.
Can you tell us what your dating bio was about?
Dhwanika: I have always been about love so my bio read ‘here for true love only’.
Nisarg: If I have to be honest, I genuinely don’t remember. Plus I deleted the dating app the day we started talking because I was so confident and sure about her!
Is connecting over online dating apps as exciting as meeting someone in a physical space?
Dhwanika: Well, both have their own advantages – emotional and mental. Online dating helps one to open up easily via texts which otherwise, one wouldn’t be that comfortable with, in the physical space. Physical space rather helps one to develop bodily comfort after a couple has been dating online.
Nisarg: For me, being a reserved person, I think online dating apps are more fun. It gives a person enough time to develop that different kind of comfort towards the opposite person. Physically meeting the person feels like a cherry on the cake after texting each other for a long time.
What drew you to your partner online?
Dhwanika: Honestly, his efforts to constantly try and make me happy, impress me etc. drew me closer to him, stronger than ever.
Nisarg: Just her. Everything about her pulled me towards her. The way she spoke, looked, her personality, simply everything! All I knew was that this is the girl I need in my life.
Did you come across any fake profiles or false identities online? Any tips to tell if a person is real or fake?
Dhwanika: I have personally not come across any such profiles yet, thankfully. But one can understand this by identifying any doubts or gust instincts that are telling you that this profile isn’t really right for you.
Nisarg: No, I haven’t come across any fake profiles yet. These days technology has made it very easy to understand who is fake or real. The number of fake profiles have radically decreased as well.
Was it love at first sight when you both met or did you take your time getting to know your partner?
Dhwanika: Honestly, for me, it was more like I developed the feeling of love for him gradually over a span of 6 months. I was in the process of coming out of my previous toxic relationship and he came to me like a knight in shining armour.
Nisarg: It was definitely love at first sight for me. When I saw her picture for the very first time, I knew what I wanted in my life and I had braced myself for it!
Do you feel taking chances or a ‘leap of faith’ is very important to get to where you are right now?
Dhwanika: This depends on the situation and varies accordingly. There are times when taking chances becomes important as you’ll be able to take a leap of faith to execute the best of your emotions in the relationship.
Nisarg: This is actually situational. For me, my life has been a great combination of ‘taking chances’ and ‘leap of faith’ most of the time. A classic example is my relationship, I took a leap of faith in the hope that Dhwanika and I will work and kept taking chances to actually make it work. And it did!