'My friend asked me out, but I don't love him'
Introducing Dr Love, who solves your relationship riddles in a confusing digital age
Q. My friend proposed to me but I don't love him. What do I do?
A. What if this was the other way round? What if you were the one proposing and he was the one who had as much interest in you as the BMC has in the state of Bombay's roads? He would probably make your life simpler by just telling you he didn't think of you as the love of his life. Yes, it would be awkward for you at first, but chances are you would both get around this and have a stronger relationship. So tell him. If he really is your friend, he won't turn into a psychopath and destroy everything around him. And if he does, you will have a few more questions for us. Win Win.
Q. I have a massive crush on Salman Khan and want to marry someone just like him. I have dated a few guys, but none of them excite me like he does. Am I setting myself up for disappointment if I don't find a man just like him?
A. You're probably setting yourself up for disappointment if you do find one like him. Good luck.
Q. Do I have to sleep with him just to show him that I love him?
A. Have you asked him to dance like Katrina Kaif in public to show you that he loves you? Or eat only things you like in order to prove something? This is as ridiculous a question. If you feel like you want to sleep with him, do it. If you don't want to, don't. It's your body, not his or anyone else's to control. Pleasure is something we can choose to control. Sleeping with someone for reasons that have very little to do with pleasure simply doesn't make sense. What message are you sending him: that he should have access to your body simply because he loves you? You are a person, not an object. And this is your life, not a Bollywood film.
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