I live alone because it is my choice, it is about my independence and I get time for myself after hard day works,” said Jyoti Rai, a 42-year-old woman who is happily single, and works as an Executive Manager with Rock India Ltd., Goa.
Despite society's continuous raising eye brows on singles most of young Indians like to live and enjoy life without matrimony due to our dynamic economy, which has made it easier for them to buy privacy and hit out on their own. It may be a serious cultural changeover in last two decades as the institution of marriage is failing remarkably and compromises do not work anymore.
I consider marriage as gender biased and there is no personal space for you. My married friends spend 90% of the day in worrying, solving and searching for solutions for their problems. This has made me feel that what's the use of life? In comparison, I lead an exciting and happy life, would never like to settle down with someone,” said Adesh Mishra, a Webmaster with leading Delhi daily.
The Euromoniter survey says that India will become fourth nation with most single person households after the US, China and Japan in a decade - due to rapid urbanisation, which leads to more young people living independently. In the west, the situation is leading to new conflicts between states, religious and individuals while in India family values are still a favourite with conservatives. Is a single person really happy being alone? Women seem to have fun in their choice, however many men refused to comment on this issue. Society seems to observe single women as a sign of liberation but single men are viewed as somehow lacking.
Experts believe that these single-person households will change the equation of real estate to insurance. The study shows they are greedier to achieve anything and generally associated with degree of rebellion. What about their future. It looks bright or does it. There is no state support or provisions for single people in India like in West. Lack of social security and effective policing could make life tougher for Indian singles. Choosing to live alone is not the safe idea in the long run. India do not have special healthcare system for them which are one of conducive factor to a flourishing singles lifestyle.
“Wait and watch, are we ready for the change?” concluded Himashsu Ghose, an advocate who believes that the life of a single is a nightmare.
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