Chennai has its fair share of youngsters too who fall under the ‘single and not ready to mingle’ category so we caught up with them to find out if they’re flying solo by choice and how they enjoy spending time with and pampering themselves.
Daniel Balaji, Actor
I don’t even care when my birthday is, so why should I care if I’m single or not? As far as I’m concerned, I’m committed to my work — I spent nearly two years doing Vada Chennai and being an actor, I have very little time to do anything else when I’m not preparing for my next role. Only people who have a lot of time on their hands probably worry about their relationship status. When I’m not shooting, I undertake a bunch of social service activities and right now, I’m building a temple from scratch. When I was shooting for Vada Chennai, I chanced upon some literature about temples and the intricate architecture of centuries-old temples fascinated me. I began researching more about it and I’ve been able to implement some of what I learnt into the construction.
Preetha Anandhan, Model
I’m single by choice and proud of it. I feel like I’m growing up, I have gained a lot of clarity about what I want or don’t want in life. Though not directly influenced by my past, I feel like I don’t want to be with someone because I’m only looking forward to learning new things every day and grow. I’d rather invest time and effort on my career and myself than get into a relationship and give my everything to some other person. If I ever do look for a partner, I’ll want someone who I travel with, grow together and can be myself around.
Senthil Sadasivam, Travel and street photographer
I used to be in a relationship but it ended a long time ago and I haven’t been with anyone since. I do feel lonely at times because I’m single — I don’t mind but on some days, the loneliness kicks in. Also, being an introvert makes it all the harder for me to find women because I have a very small circle and I need the right person to understand me. That’s why dating apps don’t work; I want to fall in love over a meaningful and thoughtful conversation with someone. When I do have my bad days or am really low, travelling is my thing since I’m a photographer. It helps keep me involved and I don’t even feel the need to talk to someone when I travel to photograph.
Shruthi Krishna, Strategic initiatives, sales
It’s difficult to tell if I’m single by choice or I haven’t found the right person because I’m in the dating scene but not pursuing it with sincerity; I’m not on the lookout for an “ideal” partner but I don’t say no to meeting interesting people. Even if something works out, I want to take things real slow because I want to focus on my career. I play a multi-faceted strategic role within my sales ream — a first in decades of my organisations’ existence. I aim to be in sales strategy and consulting because I love identifying hidden potential and bringing it to life. At the same time, despite work I take the time out to pamper myself. During the weekends, I prefer staying at home with my mom, sister and dog — laughing with them over insignificant things is therapy to me.
Krithika Manohar, Director of commercials, guitarist
I’m single because I haven’t found the right partner yet and I am fully comfortable with it. I’ll get married when I feel like it and for the right reasons — not to have children or because I need support during old age. My parents have been very understanding and patient but I find it bizarre that random people think they have the right to comment about me being single. Right now, I’m extremely happy with my work and though it takes up a lot of my time, I don’t use it as an outlet to compensate for something/someone that’s lacking in my life. Having said that, I do a lot of things on the side to keep myself occupied and pay attention to my needs. Of late, I have gotten into spirituality — I’ve been attending some energy healing workshops and my biggest learning honesty has been that we are in charge of our own happiness.