Twenty per cent of urban couples are battling babylessness in India. Doctors blame it on bad living and rising job stress.
illustration by Jayachandran
Nikhil Grewal, 34, thought he had proved everything when he landed a cushy banker's job and plush apartment in south Mumbai two years ago. But, Nikhil, a virile alpha-male executive, was asked to undergo a semen analysis early this year to clinically pinpoint whether his sperm qualifies him for daddyhood, seven years into his marriage with Rashmi.
Battling the same 'babylessness', 30-year-old Swati Iyer, a financial consultant in Delhi, has been driving herself with a bulging bladder for sonography sessions at a clinic since March 2003. Married for three years to Nitin, her biological clock went boom last New Year eve when she realised she was the only childless one among her collegemates. Undergoing infertility treatment now, Swati is depending on ultrasound monitoring to identify her most fertile hours in a month. Just 48 in all.
Like Swati and Nitin, many double-income couples who have everything but the baby are discovering that you can't 'just do it' anymore and jumpstart a family. Scores of highly successful single-income partners like Nikhil and Rashmi...