The Reluctant Adventurer: Dating Diary of a 45-year-old Divorcee

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The Reluctant Adventurer: Dating Diary of a 45-year-old Divorcee

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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ivorce. Such an ugly word, even now. But I’ve seen young women in their 20s and 30s go through separation with far more élan than their counterparts pushing 40. At 20, you can still dare to date and fornicate without fear. At 30, you seriously hunt for a replacement, with an eye on the biological clock.

But if you are on the wrong side of the 40s like me, it’s far better to keep the fact hidden. Disguised. Mentioned only while filling name-change forms in banks where the clerks – who usually ignore you – will give you sidelong appraising glances. In family circles, the fact comes out grudgingly, only when all other ruses to cover the unfortunate fact fail. Yes, poor thing, she had to walk out. But she’s coping.

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