Hvovi Bhagwagar, Clinical Psychologist and Behaviour Consultant says open relationships are not common in India yet, though the concept is gaining consideration. It’s a coping mechanism for unhappiness that individuals trapped in long-term relationships find themselves in. “In urban India, marriages are got into for convenience, done on an impulse or thanks to family pressure,” says Bhagwagar.

Featured in Mid-Day on February 20, 2009.