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Capital's singles bond over cars & more.

AS A SET of vintage four- wheelers rolled out on the streets in the balmy sunshine, a group of single men and women aged 25- 35 riding in the back of the cars mingled among themselves for the first time.

Floh ( Find Life Over Here), a singles network for young and " urbane" professionals, launched its Delhi chapter with a vintage car rally organised by the Heritage Motoring Club of India. Started a year and a half ago by Siddharth Mangharam in Bangalore, the network ( which is an invite- only group) operates through Facebook and its website www. floh. in.

The idea for the start- up came from Siddharth's wife Simran, who used to be Pandit Ravi Shankar's tour manager. " We realised that for a segment of people, there isn't really a place to meet like- minded individuals," says Siddharth. " And when people are in their 20s and 30s and still single, their parents are after them to get married." The couple and their team organise exciting events, from wine tasting to heritage walks, for like- minded single people to come together at and probably find that special someone.

Along with Simran, the company's other co- founder is Sid Mishra, who is now pursuing an MBA at Harvard Business School.

Mangharam himself has an MBA from the University of Michigan and had earlier worked at Microsoft and McKinsey & Co.

Many of the members have entered into serious relationships within the circle, and two of them even got married recently. And that was how Pooja ( name changed), the groom's cousin, was introduced to the network.

" The best thing about Floh is that in case you don't find someone, you nevertheless end up having a good time at the events," she said, insisting on anonymity.

Delhi might be infamous for being unsafe for women, but Mangharam says what sets Floh apart is its practice of screening people before admitting them into the network.

Also, the fact that all Floh events are held during the daytime ensures the safety of women. " Safety is the top priority and we have a zero tolerance policy regarding people who violate the rules," says Siddharth.

" Unsurprisingly, 65 per cent of the members of Floh are women." Despite it primarily being a network to find a life partner, Floh has resulted in the formation of strong friendships. A businessman based in Bangalore, who insists on being known only as Sam, joined Floh about eight months ago and has been a part of 12 such events. " I have struck up strong friendships within the network and meet many of the members outside Floh events," he says.

Next up for the Delhi members of Floh are a Segway tour, a Harley Davidson bootcamp and a photography workshop. Being single can be fun. Find out for yourself.

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Date:Oct 15, 2012
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