It is an experience all too familiar to Nishta Sookdiyal, 22, a media student from Durban, South Africa: “When I was a teenager, my parents were very strict about dating and going out late at night.They would take me to where I was going, and then pick me up.Yes, one can always adapt to certain things because they want to succeed or attain what they seek – which, in this case, is dating – but where and how one person has been raised is too difficult to leave behind.
The dating norms in India are fast matching up to the norms of the West.
“Firstly, I shall ask him to think over the matter very seriously before taking a final decision, talk to him about the possible consequences of such a marriage, giving examples of cases which we both (parents) know about.
If I see that he is still convinced about it, I’ll support him.” Keshav Jokhun with his mother Renu: “I try to keep my children rooted in Indian culture than be influenced by western culture.
I, for one, staunchly believe that despite the influx of dating apps, more women wanting to work, becoming independent and subsequently bridging the gender gap, and the profound impact some movies have had on an Indian’s thought process, our country has yet to embrace dating.
It is not like Indians are not aware of dating and do not have the nous of what it is all about, but, for various reasons, dating and India are still at polar opposites to each other and far from coming close anytime soon.