Candid Conversations over a Meal

....with interesting people from

your City or across the World

Share a meal with people from your city or across the world …understand their lives, their culture, their experiences & swap some wonderful stories.

All the while making new friends.  

With only one rule - honest, candid conversations! 

*Current list of attendees include people from India, Vietnam, USA, Sweden, Canda, Kazakhstan...add your country/city to the list. 

 

How does Candid Conversations work?

Schedule

Currently, we have these slots open:

1. Slot 1: (Time slot more suitable for Europe, Asia, Africa) 10:30 AM GMT  23rd May, Sunday  i.e. 10:30 AM London time ,12:30 PM Kyiv , 4:00 PM India time or 5:30 PM Vietnam & Thailand time.

2. Slot 2: (Time slot more suitable for Europe, Asia, Africa) 10:30 AM GMT  30th May, Sunday i.e. 10:30 AM London time ,12:30 PM Kyiv , 4:00 PM India time or 5:30 PM Vietnam & Thailand time.

3. Slot 3: (Time slot more suitable for USA, Canada, Australia, South America) 9:00 PM GMT  5th June, Saturday i.e. 1:00 PM California, 4:00 PM New York & Toronto time or 8 AM Melbourne time. 

 

A small, cozy (virtual) gathering that lasts between 1.5 to 2 hours.

The number of seats are limited and we would want the group to be as diverse as possible.

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Our Format

Non-judgemental & honest 

A 'non-judgemental, honest meetup where we have people from different age groups, gender, political and social opinions, sexuality etc. having honest, interesting conversations. We would love to see an 18-year-old heterosexual conservative girl talking to a 65-year-old gay, liberal man, openly without any preconceived notions.

We don't talk about our jobs

For most of us, the second or third question is - "So what do you do?" We need to have an identity beyond our designations, money or our family. It would be interesting if we avoided these questions - and talked about our interests and who we are.

No Smalltalk

A 'No Bullshit policy' where we don't do small talk. Where you have conversations without pretense or political correctness and where, when you don't want to talk about something, you just say "I don't want to" instead of employing some random BS to avoid.

Respect 

Please be candid and respectful towards other attendees, even if you strongly disagree with them. Also, be conscious of the details you share with others. We do not share your data with any 3rd party and any communication will only be regarding any such events or similar platforms.

Deep philosphical stuff - to pretty much all that matters

Not deep philosophical stuff only, but all that matters - from first love to dreams to inane but brilliant movies to weird experiences - let's hear them!

No distractions.

Especially Digital ones

While this is a virtual meetup and we are all for freedom of choice but we should be able to have 'real conversations' without constantly scrolling through our Facebook or  other digital distractions. 

       Our Journey

Why we need to have honest, meaningful conversations...

In a world where urban loneliness is increasing rapidly, where people are more stressed and this is impacting their work & personal lives; where despite being more connected than ever- we are more divided than ever, where social media often reduces our opinions or beliefs to binary opinions, and where people often fail to share with each other what's really on their minds...
 
...we felt there was a need to create 'safe spaces' for people to drop the small talk, the objectification/voyeurism of typical digital platforms, and instead, have candid conversations on the stuff which matters to them. These could range from fun to deep topics or whatever has been on your mind lately.

'Absorbed by Light', designed by the British Gali May Lucas and executed by Berlin-based sculptor Karoline Hinz.

Three figures sit next to each other on a bench, displaying the typical characteristics of smartphone users: their heads are bent, fingers typing and swiping, and their faces lit up by their phone screens. While their bodies are physically present, their minds are elsewhere.

The goal is to have a platform where:

...people enter without labels or the legacy of their cultural & social differences; without the differences in their jobs, their age, genders, sexual preferences, political and social opinions.

...all one needs is just mutual respect for the human in front of them. 

...technology isn't a distraction but empowers genuine connection.

Yes, it’s an idyllic vision but if this connects with you, join us and invite your friends!

 

 

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Answers to your important questions

We tried to prepare an exhaustive FAQ to answer possible queries

How do we ensure 'candid' conversations?

Imagine candid conversations as a parallel ecosystem where #smalltalk is actively discouraged and openness and empathy towards others is encouraged. We do this with the help of our 6 rule Format.

How many people will I end up talking to?


Our format ensures that you end up having candid conversations with at least 50% of the people attending the meetup. It's usually much more.

I am a bad cook/hate cooking/love uber eats. 

What do I bring? 

Food is a great way to understand our culture and our traditions. But at end of the day, it is a conversation starter here. So definitely bring along a dish, a drink or even an entire meal if you like, but don't stress about it. It's a non-judgemental place anyway.

I am an introvert. Is this for me?

Yes! There are two parts to any conversation - listening and speaking. Most introverts are great at the former. Not to forget, there is a joy in listening to another human's honest story - even if you feel shy sharing your own. Interestingly, experience has shown us introverts really loving our meetups - sometimes continuing the conversations even after the schduled time. 

 Are the meetups thematic? OR What are the topics discussed?

No, we don't have a particular topic which we discuss in a meetup. We do have a range of questions which we suggest. These range from the fun to the serious and you are always free to choose your own topic for a conversation. The idea is to sit back, relax and enjoy an authentic, great conversation.

Do I need to pay anything?

No, we believe that genuine conversations enrich the quality of our lives, and we would like to make this platform as accessible as possible. However, it takes time and resources, to promote and run events like this and we would love it if you can share this platform with others. Thanks a lot!

RSVP for the Meal:

1. To attend the event just fill in the form below.

2. We want this to be a small, cozy (virtual) gathering. The number of seats is limited and we would want the group to be as diverse as possible. 

3. All invitees will get: a- a confirmation mail as soon as you register with details about the event. b- a reminder 5 days prior to the event and also a follow-up mail within 24 hours of the event.

4. In the unforeseen scenario where you can't make it, please drop us a mail/Whatsapp message confirming the same.

5. Only one person per device. If any of your other family members/friends would like to attend, please fill in two separate forms and use two different devices.

6.The conversations will be in English (unless the people speaking to each other have another common language they prefer)

7. Finally, what do you need to bring? Just two things:

A dish, a meal or even a beverage with an open mind for a candid conversation!

 

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Please RSVP only if you are sure of your attendance. An empty dinner table is no fun!

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