Next Abhishek Mande The few Bollywood films that offer a romantic view of live-in relationships may have made it a topic of living room discussion in middle class Indian homes. But many of us seem oblivious to its dynamics and its legal, social and emotional repercussions. Live-in couples from across Indian cities tell us their tales. T he house was perfect. With 720 sq ft of carpet area, it was sprawling by Mumbai standards; and it was bright; and airy. It came with the furniture; and they could move in the next day if they wanted. Overlooking the lush green suburban campus of the Mumbai University, the apartment was located in (as the broker, like all brokers, kept insisting) the heart of the city — at least three train stations were less than 20 minutes away, the two arterial roads were five and 15 minutes away respectively and the rent was well within budget. What’s more, the landlord couple seemed really nice and so did the broker who introduced the two parties. It was a done deal and everyone was all smiles till the house owners popped a fairly casual question, the kinds you ask when you’re making small talk…. Read full this story
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