Reading reviews of Main Aur Mrs. Khanna made me ponder about this. I've not seen the movie. But from what I read, it seems to be about the husband having to go abroad to start a business afresh and the wife left behind lonely and makes a special friend. It made me wonder how long and how successfully a relationship can last when husbands are away fro a long time.
In the states the summer after prom is considered summer of heartbreaks. There was a time up here in the midwest where little small towns talked of the highschool sweethearts who lived happily every after. Nowadays once enrolled in colleges in opposite ends of the country, they decide that they no longer cannot be together.
Long Distance relationships has become a fact of life for many people nowadays. People often get posted in a different city, or a different country altogether for months to years for a job. While some move their families each time, some choose to leave family behind so as not to stress them out with changes. Sometimes these are temporary projects so it makes no sense to move. We have more situations where foreign settled desis, marry someone back home. Depending on visa status and processing, it can take months or over a year to get their new spouse back to the states. Many times desis even spend years engaged to someone in a different city or country before getting married. I've also seen situations where they get engaged/married after bachelors and then go to different universities to do post grad.
Can long distance relationships last successfully?
How easy or difficult it is?
How long can the family reasonably cope with such separation?
Whats the breaking point? Is the breakup of such relationships justified?
Is it easier when the more committed the relationship is, or is there no difference? For example will engaged couples last longer than couples just dating? Married couples last longer than the other two? Or does it depend more on people rather than the relationship?
Is it fair to get engaged/married to someone in a foreign country who may not be with you for a long time?
How hard or unfair is it for the spouse and kids who get left behind? Whom is it harder on spouse or kids?
I'm sure loneliness sets in when being separated for long, many actually do cheat, is this justified? Is it ok for the people to form platonic but emotionally intimate relationships or romantic friendships? What do you think when such relationships break due to cheating?
Just a few questions to get the ball rolling.