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Maneaters on the prowl

entertainment Updated: Apr 18, 2009 20:56 IST
Jaydeep Ghosh
Jaydeep Ghosh
Hindustan Times
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Guess what’s buzzing at Delhi parties? There’s hush-hush talk about the growing menace of maneaters. Well, I’m not talking about the four-legged ones that our grandmas told us about at bedtime. I’m talking about the more lethal two-legged maneaters who strut around in Manolo Blahnik peep-toes and grab eyeballs with their bare legs covered around the thigh with a wrap-skirt. I’m sure you got it by now. Yes, these femme fatales are giving many a wife sleepless nights.

Men will be men — we all have heard it often; which means men get the license to measure up another babe even if he’s married or committed. But who are these maneaters? You’ll be shocked to know that the most vicious are the ones who are newly single after their nasty divorce or bitter separation. Please don’t get me wrong and label me an MCP. Men are to be equally blamed for being easy prey. ‘Men are dogs’, remember? But coming back to Delhi’s high-soc paranoid, the single-again ladies are acquiring quiet a reputation for flirting with married men.

The affected ladies not only call them nasty names, but also think that these ladies get thrill out of creating problems in a smooth marital relation. Think of it, most of these separated or divorced women go for married men. Worse, they even go for their best friend’s husband and believe you me, I know of few such cases. If I remember well, every single girl is cautioned strongly —‘Don’t ever fall for married men’ and yet they do. Forbidden fruit is always alluring, I guess.

The devious maneaters are unfortunately gorgeous and the settlement or alimony allows them to lead a pompous life. Initially, post separation, they stay away from social dos. But the moment fear wears off, they hit the party circuit with a vengeance and our virile men are always eager to give a damsel in distress some company. Two hotshot Delhi couples were friendly. One got divorced and the lady found solace in her girl friend’s company. Soon the husband became her companion and that led to yet another separation.

Like birds of the same feather flock together, there’s this unsaid ‘separated ladies’ club in the capital. Its members hang around together and when they walk into a bash, the wives make it a point to stick by their husbands.

But why just blame the divorcees? Some single women have a thing for married men too. But why? Aren’t there enough eligible bachelors in town? Men being men will profess their love till their motives are fulfilled. Once done, they’ll head back to their wives. So why suffer heartbreak? Dear maneaters, look for a new ground where hunting may be more fun!