Often, you see a widow, widower or divorced person looking younger after entering a new relationship.

“It’s not imaginary transformation; it may actually be triggered by hormonal changes that genuinely impact physiology.” Clinical psychologist and behaviour skills consultant H’vovi Bhagwagar, argues that it’s not just the new woman but rather the experience that heralds a transformation. “A man who has been in previous relationships is cautious about not repeating his mistakes. So, while he’ll seek out someone he is attracted to, he is also likely to make an effort to change an aspect of his personality or lifestyle that he believes needs working on.”

Featured in Mumbai Mirror, January 25, 2013.