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The Halfday Stranger Calls foster digital group discussions with anonymous strangers in a shared, secure house

It is 10 pm on a Monday. A motley bunch gathers. There are nervous giggles and some preliminary hawing earlier than most of them comfortably cool down to speak in regards to the matter of the day: Compliments. Half Day Someone performs host to those conversations on a regular basis, 4 occasions a day. The topics change with every session. The better part: It is all digital and the participant’s identification is hidden.

Participants are requested to log in by altering their names to their favorite color. Currently, there is no such thing as a choice for folks on the decision to speak or be in contact with one another as soon as the actual session is over. “However, we are building a technology to enable such interactions, wherein upon mutual consent, the contact details will be shared,” says Sanjeev Shenoy, who began Half Day Someone in June 2019.

Each session has a moderator, who units the ball rolling and additionally ensures the protocol is maintained. “Identity is not to be revealed at any point and there should be no judgement or discrimination,” explains Sanjeev. When he launched the web site final yr, the format was utterly completely different. “We were offering curated experiences, wherein one could be in someone else’s shoes for half a day to experience life as they do. For example, they could be a bartender, event planner, magician, board game designer…” Sanjeev explains over cellphone from Bengaluru. But with the pandemic and the next lockdown, all offline experiences got here to a standstill. He then began the Halfday Strangers Calls on the finish of April.

“Based on our research and feedback from clients, most people were locked down with the same bunch of people and therefore had limited topics for conversations. Also, the uncertainty about jobs and health lead to anxiety. So, we brought together a bunch of strangers to anonymously talk for 45 minutes on any topic but COVID-19,” says Sanjeev. Following that, fom June 1, theme-based calls had been launched. It is open to everybody aged 18 and above. “Most of the callers are between 25 and 45 and join in from all across India,” he says.

The calls — that go on for a period of 45 minutes to 90 minutes, relying on the variety of members — are at present scheduled for 7 pm, eight pm, 9 pm and 10 pm. Soon they’re launching Chai and Gup Shup, that may happen at 11.30 am and 4.30 pm, for folks working remotely and lacking the gossip/interplay in workplace. And one other one at 11 pm for the evening owls. “Plans are on to launch calls between 5 pm and 7 pm for teenagers on topics like offbeat career options, public speaking, creative thinking among others,” says Sanjeev.

So far, the most well-liked topics for The Halfday Stranger Calls have been solo travels, ghost tales, rest room singers and studying from failures. “We offer diverse topics so there is something for everyone. Topics are decided based on research, host inputs and caller feedback,” says Sanjeev.

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