Dear Diana,
Thanks to the net, I've fallen for a guy from Pakistan. I am a 19 year-old commerce student whereas he's 22, charming and employed. We know each other for over a year now. I haven't met him as of now but I believe we are in love as we share a considerable amount of time updating each other about our daily life while chatting online. I haven't informed my orthodox parents yet about us. I'm afraid they'll be upset and create problems for us in the future. I don't know what I should do. Should I tell them what I'm up to? 
- Ravya

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Dear Ravya,
Good heavens! You have not even met him so how can you say that he is the man you want to live with? Also, is it love or simply infatuation? May be he is a genuine guy but how do you verify his age and the snapshots he e-mails you claiming it is him! There are many wolves in sheep clothing out there on the net. There are scores of cases of people who hooked up with internet pals. But you have to be extremely careful as you can't check his bonafides. Travelling to Pakistan is not exactly easy due to the visa restrictions. He will have the same issues if he wants to travel to Mumbai. But if both of you are determined and can overcome the obstacles in your love story, then go forth. Best of luck!