Auntyji says... Pyaar ka chakkar! Never an easy one – let's sort some of the confusion, Kaveri
So beta, tell me, why you confused? Were you sure this is just fine, you wouldn’t be feeling this uncertainty, would you? So something is telling you that everything is not quite ‘kosher’, as they say. Read the writing on the wall, my dear!
Kaveri, beta, the man never ‘stops you from doing anything’, but is that really his right anyway? Can he ‘stop you’ from, say, going to a film with your aunt? Is that his position? So then who is he to ‘allow you’ too?
The man feels and believes – as do many others like him – that if he is ‘allowing’ you, that is the mark of a great boyfriend. Let’s wipe that slate clean first. Not just the lad, you ladies too. Puttar ji, we are ‘allowed’ or ‘disallowed’ things largely in two circumstances: when we are kids or when we are in jail. Which one is it for you?
It’s wonderful to be with a caring person. Someone who cares for your safety, maybe talks to you about how you can keep yourself secure when it’s appropriate – that’s sweet! But… if he asks you 100 questions a day – about your movements and who you met, ityadi – that is far from the same thing. In fact just the opposite.
The man is a real-time CCTV! Watching you closely, a stalker in sheep’s clothing! Not sweet at all. I am not saying he is going to be threatening you with a knife the next time you go to the mall – but perhaps he may well be at the mall because you didn’t pick up his 57th call of the day. You attend his calls – even when you are out with others, is that fair to them and you? Are you not ‘allowed’ any own time? Jailer sahib ka phone aaya?
Bear no more
Beta, I can fill pages with stories of controlling behaviour garbed in care and love. It’s very difficult to tell the difference – just as you can’t! Having to explain yourself, give a minute by minute account, a daily report – that’s is not love, it’s interrogation, it’s control.
Ask yourself first Kaveri, kya yehi pyaar hai? Bluntly put, it’s violence. It’s common. It has to stop. And it has to begin with two simple words from you: no more!
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