Valentine’s Day: The long and short of it

  • Jincy Chacko, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 18, 2016 16:39 IST

When you see markets full of hearts, teddy bears with red bowties, chocolates and gift packages, you know the day of love is here. With people planning the day for their special one, there are few who miss out on spending Valentine’s Day with their significant other. Call it circumstances or work, for many long-distance couples celebrating V-Day becomes all the more difficult when love is in the air. We spoke to those who told us how they celebrate this day over distance, sometimes in different time zones!

Armaan Mehta, IT accounts manager, Ludhiana

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Physical distance has never meant much to us. It’s been about two years and we’ve carried things off really well. About Valentine’s Day, we celebrate love every day. And since she loves the little things in life, I try making each day special for her. It does get difficult at times when you really want to be together but circumstances don’t let you. But the understanding that has developed over time has been such that we supported each other through the good and the bad. Technology has been a blessing to us. Plus, 100km is not too much of a distance to drive for my love, I believe.

Michael Niwinski, Investor, Canada

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It’s pretty tough for us to sync in for a communication due to entirely different time zones but we have known each other for two years. We are friends, before being lovers. And our love has blossomed quite unexpectedly over the last year. So, we understand each other beyond words. And since it’s our first Valentine’s together, I’ve planned to fly to India for our romantic getaway. This would be a nice way to nourish our bond. But till then, Skype has been a great invention for people like us.

Sanjay Tiwari, Film-maker, New Delhi

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I miss my girl whenever I see couples around. Our work doesn’t allow us to be together. We only get a few hours in a month and now that Valentine’s Day is here, I’ve planned a lot in my head for her. I’m looking forward to make it very special. I’ll steal her from the world for a week and relish every moment spent with her. Yes, it’s hard but absence makes the heart grow fonder. Distance has tested our love for each other time and again, but it feels great to say that we made it through.

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