Love Lockdown

Grazia|June 2020

Love Lockdown
Three couples share candid accounts on matters of space, intimacy and survival in quarantine
Tanya Mehta

Remember that scene from one too many rom-coms, where sunlight flickers through the drapes, rustled sheets, feet peeping out from under them, and in the heady endorphin-addled rush of the morning-after, the hero whispers into the ear of his companion, “Why don’t we spend all day in bed doing nothing?” Sigh. They made pancakes, danced around in their underwear, and got endearingly competitive over video games – a day of leisure, romance, and ennui. But how does this montage play out IRL when you’re cooped up with your significant other and kin indefinitely? After the honeymoon phase wears off, cabin fever is bound to ensue. Through all the tiny spats, errands, and activities, three couples talk about how they’re navigating this extraordinary period of change while keeping their relationships strong and healthy.

PRAYAG MENON AND PORUS VIMADALAL

Porus was born and raised in Mumbai to a Parsi family. He studied fashion design for three years, after which he decided to pursue commercial pilot license training from the United States. Prayag, on the other hand, is from Kerala; his father was an army officer. The couple met during their first year of college and eventually decided to pursue aviation together. They’ve been together for 14 years, of which they have been married for four. They now live in Toronto. Porus is a photographer and Prayag, a stylist.

FIRST THOUGHTS

“Being freelancers and a couple who extensively work together ensures we are around each other a lot. So, the idea of being cooped up didn’t faze us in the slightest.”

ON SHIFTING DYNAMICS

“There have not been any significant changes in our case, the dynamic is uninterrupted and we are enjoying this time via fun additions to our daily routine. To immerse ourselves in individual creative outlets, I have begun exploring and photographing still-life compositions. I also spend my time reading about new topics online. Prayag is picking up a few culinary skills by helping me in the kitchen. He also routinely creates digital mood-boards of things he likes, to keep his creativity going.”

BREATHING SPACE

“On occasion, we spend our afternoons apart by taking leisurely solo baths in the tub while reading, watching a movie on our iPads, or listening to music. Sometime, we also make it a point to do groceries separately. In this way, we give each other space; also, it’s nice to have that time for yourself, along with a breath of fresh air.”

FAMILY FEUD

“We are generally quite patient with each other, but when we do fight, it’s over the silliest things like what to cook or some item that has not been put back in its place.”

ON CREATIVITY AND TOGETHERNESS

“Following a daily routine to maintain our sanity through this time (and otherwise) helps. Since we do not get to visit the gym anymore due to quarantine, we exercise at home. We make it fun by playing upbeat music and use items we find lying around as weights. On certain days, we also work out to dance aerobics videos on YouTube. We are currently trying to bake together once a week, and are also working on a personal project from home.”

DATE NIGHT

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June 2020