Couples cope with life in the fast lane
What is different about today’s couples is that they are not apologetic about the compulsions of their careers. C. Sujit Chandra Kumar reports.Updated: May 18, 2008, 02:28 IST
Dean and Yogita Lopez, who work for 3, a Malad-based customer relationship management company, make it a point to have a meal together in the office cafeteria. Though they work in different departments, the newly-weds work on the same floor and catch up with each other whenever they can.
The shift keeps changing for Dean, who works from early morning to evening through a week. For Yogita, work is from 1 pm till 10 pm. Married for a year, they are used to the clashing work schedules but Yogita is slightly irked that their weekly offs never coincide. “For me, it’s no big deal that we don’t get that much time together. My father had a job in the Gulf and I’ve seen my mother manage alone,” says Dean.
Radio jockey Hrishikesh Kannan and his wife, TV anchor Aanchal Saxena Kannan face the problem of odd working hours. But they’ve evolved a way of tackling it. Sometimes, when he leaves for work, she travels with him so that they can spend the commute together. She even stays on at his office whenever she feels they are missing each other.
On his part, Hrishikesh says, “If I decide to spend some time with a couple of my bachelor friends I take Aanchal along. Similarly, if she has an office function, I make it a point to be there. We try to have at least one meal together every day.”
What is different about today’s couples is that they are not apologetic about the compulsions of their careers, but try to make tiny adjustments so they can have an extra moment or two with each other.