Usha Sharma (name changed on request) has been married for 12 years. She’s 35 and has been trying for children for over five years – a ritual that she confesses has taken the excitement and intimacy out of her relationship with her banker beau, making sex dull, always on schedule, accompanied by boring doctor visits and bitter pills and a timetable like precision of physical chemistry.
The boredom of constant travelling that she has to undergo as a busy marketing professional coupled with the rigors of life in Mumbai has taken a toll on her as a person too. “All around me, women are having affairs. They are so bored with the static and stagnant nature of their marriages or the lack of an emotional and physical connect, post kids,’ says Usha who bumped into a man five years her junior at an overseas marketing conference a year back.