The last time Gaurav Jain (39) and Raj Shroff (39) met was on Valentine’s Day in Goa. That stunning day spent on the seaside stays their last completely satisfied reminiscence collectively earlier than the Covid-19 unleashed a merciless chasm between the couple a minimum of bodily. While Gaurav is a Gurgaon boy, Raj is predicated in Bengaluru and the duo full a decade of being collectively in December this year. Like most of us, the twosome had kick-started 2020 with loads of trepidation which meant – embarking on week-long holidays every month to completely different elements of the world. However, the pandemic performed spoilsport and the moony couple have been unable to fulfill one another because the last 5 months. While Gaurav’s enterprise is in cars, Raj has a style label and this spell of separation has really introduced them even nearer than ever earlier than. ”I miss seeing Gaurav in individual, however I do know that our love is robust and each of us have been mature about it in these attempting times. There’s no level going helter-skelter with feelings. We converse or textual content one another all through the day and have common video calls. Both of us have companies to run and mums to deal with. Though I miss assembly his mother and going out collectively.” Gaurav and Raj have all the time been used to the lengthy distance relationship and earlier than the pandemic, they’d meet three to 4 times in a month.
“Thank god for video calls which we do once or twice a day. These past four months have kind of made me realise what are things that really matter in life. I thank God on a daily basis as without Raj in my life, I would have been like a headless chicken. Physically, we may not be together, but I know he’s there for me,” says Gaurav.
During the lockdown, the couple indulged in a digital consuming night time on a video name.
“It was silly and fun. We were both being in a moment and discussing how things are going to be, what’s going to change,” shares Gaurav, who as soon as shocked his accomplice by sending him a easy lunch custom-made at a lodge alongside together with his favorite vegan dessert and wine. “I know Raj craves that kind of food,” says Gaurav.
“When you spend so many years together, you garner the strength that your husband is going to be with you forever. We are not officially married, but he’s my partner. We built that kind of trust in each other,” says Raj.
There have been times when each of them have been feeling low and turned to their respective buddies to share their emotions whereas being a pillar of energy to one another.
“We showed our vulnerable side to our girlfriends and had a heart to heart chat with them, but we didn’t share those feelings with each other. Instead, we wanted to show strength to each other. When the lockdown eased in Bengaluru, I went to work, Gaurav called me four times and checked with me if I had my mask and gloves on,” says Raj, who maintains that Gaurav is far more romantic.
“After a few days, when I started venturing out, then I sort of came to terms with the idea of going out and working with necessary precautions,” says Gauarv.
The duo can’t look ahead to the lockdown to finish in order that they may meet one another.
“I consider him to be my better half and he’s always been my sounding board and support system. This quarantine has made me realise that life is actually simple and we make it complicated. We have an option of enjoying a simple life and in fact, there will be a time we’d give up on everything and embrace that simplicity. I have to admit that the lockdown did make me very restless, but since Bengaluru luckily opened first so things are looking up. As per the policy here, all arrivals to the city have to be quarantined for 14 days hence we’ve thought of not travelling as of now,” says Raj.
One’s eager to ask if any of them have been ever tempted to go browsing to the homosexual courting app Grindr throughout this separation. “I don’t have a Grindr account. I think both of us crossed that barrier in the initial phase of our relationship,” says Raj. ”The very thought of going to a courting app by no means occurred to us and we don’t have these cravings,” says Gaurav.The duo flip 40 within the months of August and September and plan to herald their birthdays in Goa if the state of affairs goes back to regular. “I don’t see us travelling anytime soon and once we meet then we’ll pick from where we left from,” says Gaurav.