Bangalore-based doctors, Nandgopal Varma, 26, and Aishwarya, 24, plan to get married soon. But one thought nagging Varma is his fiancee's affliction, albinism. They visited a genetics facility for advice ahead of starting a family.
Garment designer Aarthi Gopalswamy, 30, and her fiance-cousin bowed to family pressure and walked into the medical genetics department at Bangalore's Manipal Hospital recently. "I didn't go to an astrologer as he doesn't really matter now," she says. "We know there's a strong possibility that we might have an abnormal baby. It's been a major concern with both families." Madhwani, Varma and Gopalswamy are members of a growing community of Indian men and women turning up at speciality clinics these days to check their genetic 'compatibility' and find out whether they'll have healthy children. It might not be goodbye as yet to the reliable family astrologer and the stentorian patriarch's nod to a suitable match, but a lot more marriages are being made in the geneticists' clinic today than ever before.