Twenty-three year-old Rahul Gupta is going through a rough patch in his relationship, but unlike his other friends (who've been there, done that) he's not sulking. No, he's not a cold-hearted dude - it's just that he has his "back-up ready".
Yes, you read right. And this is no gizmo piece.
Insurance policy: Youngsters across the city are practising this "surviving mantra" for a smooth sailing.
Says Rahul, "Today, we have back-ups for everything, then why not relationships. When you start feeling that it's not gonna work, why wait till the D day" Second-vear student Neha Kapoor rubbishes the practice.
"What rubbish? How can one even think of something so bizarre?" says this young lady who has been in a 'steady' relationship for the last two years. Pay Safe: What do the experts have to say?
Explains psychiatrist Sameer Parikh, "In majority cases, it is the back-up that is responsible for a break up. Maximum changes in a person take place between 16 and 22. During this time, one generally comes across many 'right choices.' What's more difficult than being in a relationship is keeping the intensity alive. And that isn't easy. So when you have a 'soothing zone' around, the inclination towards it increases."
Ankit Jain, a young professional, has yet another take. He says, "A break-up isn't just about the heart. It also has a psychological impact. Having a 'back-up' has a positive effect."
So, all you fellas and felines stop sulking and boot your system with a brand new back-up plan!