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The Revised Family Album

Urban India's nuclear families find ever new forms in the face of rapidly changing realities

The Revised Family Album
Abhijit Bhatlekar
The Revised Family Album
outlookindia.com
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  • They are happy to be a child-free, rather than a childless family. Content with their choice not to bear or adopt children—"We wanted to concentrate on each other!". And not for a single moment in their 15 married years have Chennai-based couple Usha Handa, 40, and Vijay Nagaswami, 44, regretted the decision. Immersed in their professions—he's a psychiatrist, she a German language translator—the two feel "very adequate" helping each other grow. "We don't dislike children. We enjoy our nieces and nephews, but that doesn't involve our responsibility," says Usha. She recalls curious queries about not having children in their early years of marriage. But attitudes have obviously changed since then; and if it's any indication, Vijay points out, one of his psychologist friends had recently even seen it fit to set up a network called the Voluntary Childless Couples, unthinkable even a few years ago.

  • Thousands of miles away in Mumbai, Vinta Nanda has no qualms about having a single-mom-drop-in-dad family. A television professional, Vinta's longing for a family of...
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