Indian Entrepreneurs Build e-Platform for Emotional Support

By Venus Upadhayaya, Epoch Times
December 2, 2013 Last Updated: December 3, 2013

Four young Indian entrepreneurs have started a social networking site that allows people to share their emotions with others, and seek solace and suggestions.

The website, SharingDard (sharing sorrows), was started by the young graduates from the premier Indian Institute of Management(IIT), Lucknow in 2011. Since then the website has 69,540 active users.

“At SharingDard, we have created a parallel world where you can share your Emotions, Feelings, Grief, Secrets, Your Dard.. Without your identity!” the website says.

The networking site offers varied number of groups like I’m going bald, Divorced and Widows, Jobs and Career, Love and Relationship, and Social Taboos. Among the 238 groups, the most popular ones are Beautiful Relationship, Jobless, and Teenager – Love, Society, Respect.

The young founders, Sumant Gujbhiye, Gaurav Rajan, Ritika Sharma, and Lima James, felt lonely when after college they moved to new cities to work with multinational corporations. According to a report in the Open Magazine, they all quit their jobs to devote themselves fully to the portal.

“This unique proposition which we claim to be one of its kinds will help users enrich their daily lives. Users can offload their emotional baggage in a world where they find people with similar experiences, who understand them; a world where they need not be bothered about social consequences of sharing their feelings; a world where they can truly be themselves!” says a statement by the founders on the website.

The website doesn’t allow content that threatens to harm others or that can lead to self-harm, harassment and bullying.