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ZEENAB ANEEZ
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Website ‘Letsdine’ helps people with shared interests to get together for a common love: food

Strangers become friendsA meet-up organised at Urban Asia
Strangers become friendsA meet-up organised at Urban Asia

Akhilesh Kumar and Prashant Angyan, like most of us, felt that real world face-to-face interactions had taken a back seat in this world of social networking. So they decided to do something to bring people together in flesh and blood and did what anyone who wants to bring like-minded people together these days would do; they started a social network.

Letsdine.co is a social dining concept website which allows members to create themed dining events that bring people with shared interests together over great food.

“The idea is to facilitate real world meet-ups,” says Akhilesh, “ We all talk on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and build online communities but barely know people who live in our own cities. This type of event helps you to meet new people and become friends over a great meal.”

Based in Hyderabad, both Akhilesh and Prashant are engineers with over eleven years of corporate experience but it’s their passion for food that brought them together.

The website, about 50 days old now, has seen a great response informs Akhilesh.

“We realised that people really want to meet up with others. Whether it is to play board games over coffee or talk about blogging or poetry over a four course meal, people are showing up,” he explains. “We are thinking of updating the website to include Groups too.”

How does it work?

Once a user signs up to use the website, he or she can create an event or join an existing event or simply join the community to stay updated on all the ongoing events. The site allows you to make your events public, open to other members or limit attendance to only friends and family. Once you enter basic details about the event, (Date, time, number of people, theme), you can choose from the listed options according to your budget and choice of restaurant. That done, all you have to do is show up on time and hope that everyone else does too.

The menu for the meet-ups is pre-decided by Letsdine.co and the restaurant, you can pick from coffee and snacks at Beyond Coffee, an Italian Cooking Class with food and cocktails at Via Milano or others. While the choice of restaurants is limited for now, the list will only grow. The number of seats can be decided by the creator of the event. “But we try and keep attendance down to a maximum of 15-20 people otherwise the whole purpose of the idea is lost. We don’t want to do anything that comes in the way of quality interaction.”

Check out their websitewww.letsdine.coand make some weekend plans.

ZEENAB ANEEZ

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