Karishma Mehta: to move in and lend money to friends


To relocate

Q My spouse wants to move in, but I prefer to wait until we get married. Am I regressive?

—Jasmine, Delhi

Absolutely not. Who defined what is progressive and what is regressive? Most of the time, we give in to societal norms about whether something is regressive or progressive. The most important thing is to feel comfortable in what you are doing.

Friends and finances

Q What is a respectable time to ask a friend to repay a loan you helped with?

—Kanika, Via Instagram

Ask whenever you need money. but remember that you have to be a bit firm and declare that you gave it out of goodwill. But please don’t lend money to friends, especially good friends. It’s a terrible idea. Why ruin a friendship? It’s great if the money is returned, because in many cases it is never returned. If avoidable, then avoid it. And please be firm about it.

Karishma Mehta, @karimehta05 on Instagram, is a writer, photographer and founder and CEO of Humans of Bombay

From HT Brunch, October 22, 2022

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