Manspotting: Chronicles of Mid-Life Romance

Manspotting: Chronicles of Mid-Life Romance

by Ritu Bhatia


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‘Endearing, explosive, heartbreaking and a little bit nuts.’— Palash Krishna Mehrotra, author and columnist

How well does a single woman hitting her forties fare in the urban jungle of romantic relationships? When Delhi-based writer and journalist Ritu Bhatia turned single in middle age, and set forth to discover a new life and romantic relationship, she had no idea of what she was up against. All the books she could find were for the twenty- and thirty-somethings, not women of her generation, which led her to chronicle her own experiences.

Optimistic about finding true love, she discovers the city has all kinds of men looking to mingle: there’s the debonair single dad, who wants her to play stepmom; a middle-aged singleton who can’t be parted from his Mommy; a dashing Mr India who turns into Mr Sleazy when she enters his apartment; and a smooth-talking salsa dancer who sweeps her off her feet. Keeping pace with a younger man, she finds, needs vast reserves of energy—and a generous budget for gyms and beauty treatments, bringing her attempts to turn into a ‘desi cougar’ to nought.

Told with engaging wit and candour, Manspotting looks at the metamorphosis of love, sex and relationships over two decades, in a culture beset with contradictions and judgements about women’s interactions with the opposite sex. The future of romance, says Ritu, depends upon the willingness of men and women to step out of gender stereotypes and embrace unconventional relationships that allow partners to live on their own terms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789387693067
Publisher: Speaking Tiger Publishing Pvt Ltd
Publication date: 03/10/2018
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

A microbiologist by training, 'Ritu Bhatia' left the laboratory to pursue a career as a journalist and writer. She was the Delhi editorial representative for 'Femina' magazine, editor of 'Bride & Home' magazine, and editor of Good Health, a weekly supplement published by the 'Mail Today' newspaper. Her features, columns and editorials on health, medicine and women have appeared in 'Harper's Bazaar', 'Outlook' magazine, 'Hindu Business Line', 'The Indian Express', 'Mail Today', 'Deccan Herald' and 'Elle' magazine. Her short stories have been anthologized and published in 'Wasafiri', 'Cosmopolitan' and 'Imprint' magazines. She has participated in national and international health forums as a jury member, speaker, reporter and trainer, and undertakes consultancies for agencies like UNICEF, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, OXFAM and Save the Children.

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