In India, many such intimacies began to form at the cyber cafes neatly tucked inside bustling lanes.
As jobs began to fulfil that aspect, careers became more important.
Today, this very quest for financial independence sees women 'delaying' marriages, even relationships, to pursue careers. Iyer, a New Delhi-based journalist, explains, "Twelve years ago, when I met my husband - then boyfriend - I was 32 and he was 29.
I don't think 20 years ago, there would have been too many women who were single or unattached at that age.
Women often decide to focus on their career growth and delay marriages.
So, by the time they're able to achieve their goals by, say, mid-30s or early 40s, they feel like they're more prepared for committed relationships.