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Tall, Dark, And Can Cook!

Vacuum cleaners and home delivery systems have made the role-reversal easy. Times they are a-changing, and so are the numbers, writes Soutik Biswas

Tall, Dark, And Can Cook!
G.Sivaperumal
Tall, Dark, And Can Cook!
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Rahul Verma scours the markets for the freshest vegetables, serves great home-cooked meals, helps out an ngo, writes a weekly food column in a paper, has a huge circle of friends, is a quintessential good Samaritan—and content to do chores at home. When friends come visiting with gifts, they bring jarsful of condiments and spices for this 49-year-old, and, by his own admission, Levi's jeans for his journalist wife Bishakha De Sarkar, 40. If she wears the pants in the family, Bishakha's life with Rahul certainly comes with some lip-smacking perks. Like, she can easily bring a dozen guests home without worrying about the food. "I never have to worry, because Rahul is there to take care of them and cook for them," she says.

In patriarchal and conservative India, not many women are as lucky as Bishakha. Men who stay at home for more hours than their working wives, and pick up the chores, are still few and far between. The stereotype of an urban stay-at-home spouse here is still of a dysfunctional male, a wastrel of sorts, and a failure—basically stemming from an acute...
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