"She had lost faith in long-term relationships, and I wasn't sure whether we would find the right guy for her to marry.She told us about the men she had lived with, and we were initially hesitant about this kind of arrangement, but gradually, we accepted it," says Kamalini Sengupta, 72.Reality bites However, only a handful of parents seem to be okay with their daughters having casual sex."Most women feel even though their parents accept that their children are dating someone, they don't want to know about it or acknowledge the physical aspects of the affairs.Besides, a no-strings-attached or need-based relationship is not something most parents are comfortable with.
Candid confessions Priti Choudhury, 33, a PR consultant, feels if parents and children communicate like friends, irrespective of their age, it's not difficult to discuss their sex lives with each other. My parents know about my casual fling, and they have accepted my stance on the matter," she says.Another example is of Sulagna Sengupta, a 37-year-old media professional, who split with her fiancé because he had issues with her worrying too much about her parents.Being the only daughter, Sengupta's priority was looking after them in their old age."I did not want to be committed in a way that I would have to forgo my family, and lead my life according to someone else's whims and fancies," she says, adding, "I have dated men casually, and been intimate with them too." Sengupta's mother has been supportive of her lifestyle all along.In the recently released film, Piku, Deepika Padukone essays the title role of a 30-something woman dealing with the eccentricities of her father, played by Amitabh Bachchan, and the pressures of her job.
As a result, she has no time left for relationships.