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The Girl I’ve Met on the App​

Updated: Aug 8

The fear of being judged is a demon not all of us can slay. A few of us hide in the shadows forever than face this anguish, especially when it is about being judged concerning appearances.

“The Girl I’ve Met On An App” by Rajiv R Nair deals with the idea of a boy and girl meeting through a dating app and getting to know each other for a while before meeting in person. Find out what happens when they meet in person?



This contribution is edited by R. K. Chamarla & Tarun Chintam & photographed by Ravindra Patoju.



This drama is available in a paperback & ebook.

Cover Photo by Ravindra Patoju


​Hi, I’m Arjun.


Hey, you can call me Panda.




Yeah, white and black coloured, bear-like animals.


Yeah. Yeah... I know pandas... Nice to meet you Panda.

This was how our conversation started. We met each other online through some random chatting app and then it was magical, not magical in a way that you might think that this is a love story, but this isn’t. This is about myself. This is my story.


Hi, Arjun! I’m impressed by the way you talk to me. You give respect and space to me. I’d like to talk more with you if you wish so too.


Hey Panda, definitely man. I’m glad that you liked talking to me.


You’re such a nice buddy. Okay, I wasn’t named Panda. I’m Sneha.


Nice to meet you Sneha, nice name. Sneham means love or friendship, I’m sure you’d be a very good friend to anyone.


I might become a good friend to someone but I don’t have any good friends, not anymore. I hate people nowadays.

[Long pause…]


Look Arjun, I’ll tell you only if you wish to listen to it completely.


I promise. I will listen to it completely without judging you. You can be vocal on anything with me.


It’s been quite some time since I’ve been suffering all this and the first time I thought of telling it to someone, I told it to one of my closest friends, ‘I am a not so desirable person. I’m not so fair and I’m definitely not slim. People just can’t stop body shaming me wherever I go. Once or twice it’s fine. But it’s not okay to comment on someone when they’re not taking it in the funny sense that you’re trying to ridicule them’. When I finished, I was laughed at by my own friend who started calling me names. He in-fact made more fun of me than the rest & I hated myself for telling that to him, but can’t help it na.

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