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'Indian couples are becoming less tolerant'

February 12, 2009
In this day of lower tolerance levels and faster lives, relationships are not always easy to cultivate and nurture. rediff.com interviewed relationsip counsellor Dr Vijay Nagaswami about his new book for couples, and how couples can stay together.

Why do you think a book like The 24 x 7 Marriage: Smart Strategies for Good Beginnings is important for young Indian couples?

It was largely recognising the reality that many young couples were giving up far too soon when they faced issues in their marriages, perhaps because they did not have access to any ready source of information that would help them resolve these issues. 24 x 7 Marriage provides young couples with a roadmap to navigate some of the speed-breakers and bottlenecks they may run into.

What are the secrets of a good marriage -- for a young couple who are about to get married?

First off, they need to own the marriage and realise that if they want a good relationships they need to work smart to make it happen. Second, they need to remember that marriages are sound only when there is mutual love, trust, respect and intimacy. And third, they need to understand that each partner has a different marriage template and that they have to jointly create a new marriage template that will work for both of them.

Photograph: Ian Britton / Creative Commons

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