22 January, 2021

Adultery Among Women: The State Of Affairs

Married women are the new ‘infidels’. Far from feeling guilty, they thrive on the secret attraction, writes Priya Pathiyan.

Illustration by Narendra Raghunath
Adultery Among Women: The State Of Affairs

A no-nonsense teacher lives the typical urban life in Delhi. Husband in a high-powered job, two kids, a dog, a picture-perfect home, two cars, one chauffeur. Routines are set, there are dinners in classy restaurants, and exotic vacations pep up the calendar. The neighbour, an older separated man who works from home, is now an integral part of this household. The kids call him Uncle, the husband calls him his Weekend Beer Buddy, the dog calls him Treat Dispenser...and the wife, Darling! She thrives on the flirting, the sneaking around, the intimate pictures shared on Whatsapp, the frantic lovemaking before everyone gets home.

She feels no guilt.

A banker who relocated from New York to Bangalore recently discovered that his wife of 15 years is still in touch with her American ex. Even though, on the surface, they have the perfect life together—high-flying, well-paying jobs that give them all the Instagram chic and Mediterranean cruises you’d need, plus three kids and two gorgeous homes—the marriage is a cover for her to carry on with another married...



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