Even if the man on the other side is a real catch, he must be located within a radius of just five kilometres.
The egregious bottle-necking of traffic around Andheri station, meant that crossing over has always been anathema to this increasingly indolent breed.
A decade ago, a gay man would furtively travel from across city limits to only fleetingly meet what could be (but most likely, not) a significant other.
For instance, good ol’ fishing village Versova, is now a hot weekend destination for those who have hitherto been ‘across the pond’.
Till very recently, the East-West divide in Andheri has been an immutable factor in the gay dating scene, a deal-breaker, if you will.
For example, townies can never condescend to travel northwards, Lokhandwala seems to be surrounded by an impenetrable glass wall, and Mira Road is on another planet altogether.
So the metro service (with its 21-minute ‘in a jiffy’ commute) has been connecting the dots and allowing entire circles of men to finally intersect (like in those Venn diagrams).
The first leg of the Mumbai Metro, being only a short ride across from Versova to Ghatkopar, was expected to make only a small dent on the migratory patterns of the city’s denizens, but its respectable daily intake of passengers has made it one of Mumbai’s important arteries fairly quickly.
A new kind of interconnectedness has also descended upon suburban dwellers.The queer rights gals Other kinds of parallel cultures have also unwittingly been brought together.Now, thanks to nifty apps on mobile devices, casual sex is much more readily available, and being ‘spotted’ in the company of strange men is no longer such a bother.Therefore, convenience becomes all important in the tick-off list.Negotiations would break down once the offending co-ordinates were disclosed.Of course, such ‘location prejudice’ manifests itself across the city.