Muster is an app through which you can invite strangers to share a meal with you in a restaurant of your choice, and at a time convenient to you. Whether you have just arrived in a new city where you have no acquaintances, stuck at an airport with a long layover or just looking for some company during a particularly lonely day, the app gives you an opportunity for that much-needed social interaction.
“We live in a world where personal relationships and real-life interactions are limited because of nuclear families, living in new cities and being too busy. Therefore, I thought there couldn’t be a better time to come up with this app. When you provide the necessary information, the app shows you a list of people in your own vicinity who you might be interested in meeting. You can choose to invite one person or even a group of people for a meal based on your preference. If the other person accepts, then the app lets you chat with each other as well,” explains Inderjit, Founder of Muster Technologies, and a former social media agency entrepreneur.
He adds, “I’m a constant traveller and I usually just head to a pub to talk to local people to create my itinerary. This always leads me to places, food and experiences that I would have never found if I travelled on a pre-set schedule. So, I started Muster as a travel app through which travellers can interact with locals. But once it was soft launched, it began to evolve. We already have over one thousand clients, although most of them are still trying to figure out what the app really does. But the fact that people want to try it shows there is an interest for such a facility. We also have half a dozen or so people who have signed up for the app from other countries across the world.
For example, an Italian guy who lives in Singapore recently found another Italian through our app. While it is easy to spot Indians and Sri Lankans and Malaysians in Singapore, there are very few Italians. So, he was ecstatic to get this opportunity to mingle with someone from his home country.”
Inderjit Vasudevan Moorthy
However, Inderjit says a major chunk of their clients is from Chennai. “Though I am presently based in Toronto, I was born and raised in Chennai. Recently, a friend of mine who I grew up with in Anna Nagar, reached out to me after trying the app. She now lives in Dubai and was trying to invite people to share a meal and among the invitees was a long-lost friend of ours who we grew up with. They later went out and sent me a photo. It was good to see the app bringing people together like that,” says Inderjit.
But aren’t there safety concerns in meeting strangers this way? “The safety of the app depends on how judiciously you use it. If you like someone’s profile but find his meeting point suspicious, you can always change it to a safer option. It’s just common sense. We are also working on a new feature for the app in which you can rate each user and this will be used to create a chart pointing out the top three social diners in each area. This will inform users more about the people they go out with,” notes Inderjit.