The Last Seen Romantic

By Arjun Dutt

A chance meeting in the office elevator, a chance encounter on a hiking trip and a third chance encounter in the office parking lot are enough to make 25 year old Aryan fall head over heels in love with the beautiful, popular, intriguing Tanvi Kapoor. Thwarted by Raghav and Kunal, the two men who never seem to leave her side, Aryan is unable to confess his feelings for Tanvi before she and her colleagues head to the UK for a year long project. A lovestruck Aryan connects with Tanvi through social media, and discovers that the object of his affection is constantly at the centre of male attention. To make matters worse, Aryan strongly suspects that Raghav is Tanvi’s boyfriend, a notion shared by Nath, Aryan’s best friend and confidante.

With the odds stacked against him and despite strong discouragement from Nath, Aryan is convinced that he must try to win Tanvi over. With social media and instant messaging services the only way for Aryan to keep in touch with Tanvi, The Last Seen Romantic explores how Aryan’s virtual world and real world merge into one and the impact of this on his real life. But more importantly, does Aryan finally get Tanvi?

Arjun Dutt
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"Arjun Dutt works at a start-up company which straddles the worlds of finance and technology. An alumnus of Delhi College of Engineering, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon and Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, New Delhi, the writer is also a keen traveller and a sports enthusiast. The Last Seen Romantic is Arjun’s first novel, providing a stark insight into the complexities of interaction in the technology-driven modern age. The story illustrates how devices and services that theoretically make our lives easier, lead the protagonist down a path of paranoia and alienation. It also showcases how his interactions with the virtual world often impinge upon his interaction with people in the real world in undesirable ways. The novel nevertheless acknowledges the potential for romantic possibilities, despite the ever increasing pitfalls of digital interaction in the modern era – pitfalls revolving around the search for something ‘real’, when often the only avenues for interaction are fleeting, processed, curated images and interactions, making intimacy more complicated than ever before. "