Dear Chithra, Coming to talk of platonic relationships, why do they arise in the first place? most of these type of relationships arise between ppl of opposite sex. And the reason-for married ppl-incompatability and for unmarried ones- harmonal changes. Other than this reason, I wonder if platonic relationships can ever exist. May be I am wrong, but in majority cases it is true. Aplatonic relationship has always the risk of crossing limits and turning into a physical relationship. I feel when one marries, specially the new generation, he/she should be fully prepared to respect each others differences. Each one should have the freedom to pursue his/her own interests, at the same time searching for commonalities so that life can be shared between them too. In this way life won't be suffocating . Do people who seek physical pleasure from professionals find compatibility with them. Physical pleasures and emotional compatability are two different things. The former will wane with time. I would like to borrow your words-"One is answerable to one's own conscience, which always comes out with the "right" answers and not "convenient" answers ! You are answerable to your own self; only next comes the society. It is always fear and guilt conscience that makes us come out with a "holier than thou" attitude." any way Cheeniya sir had started with a " Highly combustible thread"!