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HT MaRS Youth Survey: What's love got to do with it?

india Updated: Aug 10, 2014 22:58 IST
Jyoti Sharma Bawa
Jyoti Sharma Bawa
Hindustan Times
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Caught in a strange place between tradition and modernity, India – and especially its youth – is bent on striking a sweet balance. It is not that they don't love, or lust, they are just more careful when they go about it.
However, as Bob Dylan once put it, times they are a-changin. And the change is not just reflected on the silver screen where we see Bollywood's heroes and heroines locking lips far more frequently than before and being blasé about their sexuality, but at your neighbourhood mall and coffee shop too.
PDA has become a norm rather than an exception and as the Hindustan Times survey reveals, a stupendous 49% youngsters in the 18-25 age-group accept that they are in a relationship. And unlike before, this one is not for the keeps. In fact, only 24% say they are very much in love while 31% say they have cheated while in a relationship.
The city-wise break-up of these straying men and women will leave you shocked – but more of that at a later date.
We will not only tell you how your city fares on the cheating-o-meter but also how the youth thinks and acts. Do they kiss and tell? Will they marry a person who is not a virgin? How far they will go to get some adventure between the sheets?
And just exactly what monogamy and being faithful means in this day and age of Facebook friends and flirty Whatsapp messages? Do the same rules apply as in real world, or heck, are there even any rules?
Does 'Till death do us apart' still apply? Is homosexuality as much of a taboo as Sec 377 will have us believe? Get prepared for some deep insight as well as some surprising truths – and who wins in that tradition vs modernity's tug of war. ​