“Despite the differences, we just fit.”

“During my first week in Gurgaon in 2018, I met Komal for the first time; Dolly had invited me to join her and her friend for drinks. I remember noticing a girl at the bar– with her pink highlights and big earrings. I couldn’t take my eyes off her; she was the most beautiful girl I’d ever seen. But when she started walking towards me, I got conscious–turns out, she was Dolly’s friend!

We spoke a lot that night, we were both from the fashion world so we had a lot to talk about. She showed me her page; we followed each other. On reaching home, I called my best friend in Pune and said, ‘Today I saw the most beautiful girl, she seems unreal!’ And for the longest time I couldn’t get her off my mind. But she was seeing someone and even I was buried under work. So, for the longest time, we remained acquaintances. Still, I’d often reply to her stories just to make fun of her. I love annoying her. This went on for a few years. Then one day, when I’d DM’d her, appreciating her work, our conversation just flowed naturally. We realised we lived only 15 minutes away from each other, so we decided to meet. It was the first time it was just the two of us chilling, but it felt so comfortable–we spoke about life and goals and watched FRIENDS.

And then we started meeting regularly; the more time I spent with her, the more I realised how different we were. She loves being indoors while I’m a party animal, she’ll order salad while I’ll order pizza. But despite the differences, we just...fit.

But just when we had started going out, the lockdown was announced. But believe it or not, the lockdown acted as a catalyst in our relationship. We’d be on video call 24*7, motivating each other, sharing ideas, acting as critics and of course bantering! it would mostly be me taking her case and her responding with her standard comeback, ‘Tum chup karo!’ Then when the lockdown lifted and I first saw her physically for the first time in months…it was another feeling! Being able to hold her felt emotional… I didn’t leave her for the longest time! And so, on her birthday, we made ‘us’ official!

It’s almost a year to that now and what a year it’s been. We’ve taken trips together, our friends are friends with each other, and she’s such a hit with my family; mom adores her! But for me, she’s my dal chawal, my comfort zone. She’s the one I go to when I’m happy and when I’m sick; especially when I’m sick because she makes the best curd rice! But what I like the most about our relationship is how we take an effort to celebrate moments– be it winning an award or just spending quality time together, we’re always bringing each other flowers and cakes. And I live for her to say the 3 magical words… ‘Tum chup karo!’ makes my day, every time!”

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