Marriages, relationships, dating is not a piece of walk. Those who are in it will vouch that there is a lot of hard work that goes into making it a successful one. And if that wasn’t enough, then 2020 showed us the real testing time for couples.
The ones who had a schedule were locked inside their homes, working and staying at home 24/7. The ones who are dating struggled to meet as their parents kept a watchful eye on them like never before. While love in the time for Corona was a true testament, it really became a trying time when the virus starting infecting the near and dear ones.
Here are 7 real couples who beat COVID 19. While some got COVID together, some helped the other one by doing all the chores and yeah some went mad.
1. Quarantine was fun, COVID was not!
Sahil and I were having a blast when our respective offices announces work from home. While I work in Gurgaon, he works out of Jaipur. The two months went easy, breezy and there were little fights here and there when COVID hit us. Yes, husband was infected but with no symptoms. I moved out and shifted to my in-laws floor and that’s when I realised the real hardship (salute to those who stay in a joint family set up).
While Sahil thoroughly enjoyed watching Netflix and getting food, drinks, tea at his doorstep, I became his F&B person cooking everything and then dropping it off for him on ‘our’ floor. I was furious because he was not even unwell and I worked double (in office, at home, for Sahil). 17 days felt like 70. He was of course apologetic because I missed my room, my bed, my privacy.
However, I ended up spending a good amount of time with my in-laws who were extremely accommodating, supportive and proactive ensuring the other members don’t fall sick. All’s well that ends well. I got my room after 20 days and a big treat from the husband once he recovered so yay.
Saloni Singh, Delhi (yup, I work with Indiatimes)
2. A little window between the lobby and his room came to our
COVID is tougher when it hits you and your family. The symptoms aren’t the worst part about but the restrictions are. Living apart and isolated in your own home for 17-18 days when your partner has COVID was a difficult time. But my hobby for cooking nutritious meals (which he dissed earlier) came to our rescue as I made sure to cook every meal myself for my husband.
We spent hours chit chatting & playing games, thanks to a window between the room and lobby from where I could see him. Yep, it felt very old school unlike the usual video calling. Not to forget that first hug when my husband turned Covid negative was the best feeling and made up for our time apart.
Aakriti Kochar, Make Up Artist, Delhi
3. Thank god, my girlfriend didn’t leave me during this mental trauma
Dussehra 2020 was a memorable one for me. Not for its festive significance but for the fact that I had tested positive for COVID-19 that day. It was devastating for me, not physically but mentally given that my parents were positive too and admitted in the hospital. Dating my partner for a good 4+ years, we were never used to staying apart from each other but then COVID struck.
But, I should be lucky to have a partner who never made me feel alone but stood there for me especially during this particular period of mental trauma. We haven’t met yet (she thinks I can still give her the virus) but I think our bond has just grown stronger, all thanks to her for weathering this COVID storm. She definitely deserves this praise than she actually gets from me.
Sylvester Tamang, Journalist, Delhi
4. All in all we got out of it happy and alive
It was during Diwali when we found out that both, my husband and I, have been tested COVID positive. The perk of having a joint family is that around this time, our food was very conveniently taken care of. But this called for an extra set of responsibilities inside the room that my husband and I were quarantined in.
From changing our bedding to cleaning, mopping and washing infected clothes, sanitising and disposing the garbage, me and my husband divided the load. But after that he refused to do anything else, so I had to take care of his medicines and extra precautions that were instructed by the doctors.
We also worked out a system of watching content online since our choices clashed. He watched content on a laptop and I captured the television for a better experience. He did get a little irritated as I did video calls almost everyday and it was a nuisance for him. All in all we got out of it happy and alive.
Shreya Bansal, Dehradun
5. Blame game began accusing who got the infection home
My wife got detected with Covid last month. We were not very surprised but unfortunate part is that we were expecting (still are). It was scary and the whole blame game began where I accused her of frequently going out and she snapped back saying so did you. When dust settled, we became aware of the statement of pregnant women during COVID. There were no scan / sonography available for almost a month till she tested negative. We were scared for our baby and its well being.
We stayed together with as many precaution as possible with masks and sanitizer etc. and saw movies sitting 6 feet apart as I was negative. Thankfully all’s well now. Now looking back, I feel we need to have more facilities for pregnant women. And we need to be more sensitive to infected people. It’s not that they are getting infected purposely.
This too shall pass and we are hoping to have our first child soon. Lockdown babies like they call it. Wishing 2021 to be better and fun filled parental life.
Rahul Shah, Marketing, Pune
6. My heart kept sinking with thoughts like, what if I don’t recover from this
I was tested positive on 22nd October and within 15 minutes of my report, my 3-year-old was sent to my parents house. I was too drained to tell him what had happened and my little one could not understand what was going on or what was going to happen next. For me, staying away from my husband for 14 days was still manageable as I was getting to see him daily when he got food and medicines. Apart from the extreme body pain I experienced, my heart kept sinking with thoughts like, what if I don’t recover from this and get to ever meet my child.
Tina Uppal, Home-maker, Delhi
7. Moment of happiness is when I saw him cleaning the floor and washroom
14 days of quarantine came out as a bliss for me locked with my husband after 1.5 years of marriage. Never had we got so much time together with our hectic work life. The actual moment of happiness is when I saw him cleaning the floor, washroom and clothes since I always argued over his messing habits. Watching movies, cleaning all around, decorating our room’s balcony with flowers and lights on Diwali, having all meals together made my quarantine a wonderful experience. Fighting COVID couldn’t be more easier.
Ashima Arora, Engineer, Noida