Internet Time Machine


Just your classic tale of seeking love on the internet

Ankur Thakkar
Human Parts
Published in
8 min readAug 26, 2016


This story is part of the Internet Time Machine, a collection about life online in the 2010s.

→ I had one more meeting and then I was going to O’Hare Airport to meet a woman.

→ Then, the two of us would take the train back together.

→ We would stop near my place to have dinner. I would see her to her hotel downtown.

→ This was the plan we had agreed upon on the internet.

It was a miracle we’d even met, really. When Nidhi had joined (this was pre-Tinder, post-Obama), she had conducted a search for men 6 feet and taller. She was 5 foot, 8 inches tall and fond of heels and her partner needed to be taller than her. The 6-foot search left her with three matches: The doctor from Austin, the doctor from Newark, and the “entertainment agent” from Jersey City. Both doctors wanted doctors and the agent listed his company’s website (built with Flash) in his About Me section and had left his Favorite Books field blank. After a glass of wine, Nidhi grudgingly conceded an inch and searched for Indian boys 5 feet, 11 inches and taller. This had expanded the field to 14 eligible bachelors around the country. She combed through the remotely attractive…