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Love aaj kal: five new age relationship rules to follow

Ankita Ganguli, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 08, 2014
First Published: 15:28 IST(8/4/2014) | Last Updated: 17:35 IST(8/4/2014)
We live in a world of constant upgrades, but for some reason, many couples are still following the 1.0 version of love advice. It's time to click refresh, don't you think?

If you want to make it work, these are the five modern love rules you need to follow religiously.

1 Out of sight, out of mind: Have you removed all pre-breakup photos from Facebook, changed your status, re-gifted your teddy bears and torn up your love notes? If not, then don't delay! Despite your efforts to rid of every physical aspect of your ex, relationships leave you with emotional inventory that can't be cleared with a keystroke like the history cache on your computer.
2 He asks, she pays: The one traditional dating 'do' that still stands is the general belief that men are supposed to make the first move and then pay the bill for the evening. Not anymore. Women can ask men out and then treat them to an evening out as well.
3 My way or the highway: This attitude has no place in a relationship. Depending on the attitude of the two people involved together, a relationship can either be an ordeal or an adventure. Each partner is an entire individual, not simply part of a couple. Just as peer pressure can negatively impact a friendship, partners can overpower each other and create instability in a romantic relationship.
4 You can love again, and again: Love is constant? Not anymore. Before you find The One, everyone wants to experiment a bit and meet all kinds of people. However, don't take anyone for a ride. Tell him/her exactly where you stand in a relationship.
5 Honesty is (still) the best policy: Not enjoying your time out with the new person in your life? Tell him/her and in the best possible way. No good will come out of being impolite, and you never know when you'll run into him or her again later in life. Remember, manners matter.

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