Valentine’s Day special: Meet the couples who’ve dared to stand out
You don’t marry someone you can live with, you marry the person who you can’t live without. But what happens when your love doesn’t confirm to the laws set by the society? On Valentine’s Day, we speak to LGBT couples who went against social traditions to live together. It was certainly not easy, but they say, love conquers all.
Apurva Asrani and Siddhant Pillai
National award winning filmmaker Apurva Asrani met his boyfriend Siddhant on social media. The duo has been together from last 10 years. “We have taken each day as it came, refusing to fly into rosy notions of eternal romance. If you wake up every day, not bound by any social contract, and still want to be together, that’s magic!” says Asrani.
After Siddhant moved in with Apurva, their parents supported the decision. “All our parents wanted to know if we had a stable partner who will stick by us through thick and thin. Our happiness mattered the most to them. When they saw that we share the same values, they were relieved,” says Asrani.
Suneet Varma and Rahul Arora
Designer Suneet Varma met Rahul Arora on a blind date arranged by their friends. Suneet knew it that Rahul is the person he wanted to be the moment they met. The couple exchanged wedding vows in a civil ceremony abroad.
“I never cared much for people’s opinions outside my family so it wasn’t a concern for me at all,” says Suneet. The couturier told his parents about his relationship with Rahul the same week they decided to marry. “They were beyond thrilled as they are very fond of Rahul,” says Suneet.
Rudrani Chettri Chauhan and Tony Chauhan
LGBT activist Rudrani Chettri Chauhan is a transgender who fell in love with Tony Chauhan after a series of secret meetings. Tony never cared about her gender. “He loves me for who I am and that is the best thing about him,” says Rudrani. The couple wanted to live together, but Rudarani was afraid of the society. “When I told Tony that we will have to separate, as there seemed no future for us together, he cried a lot. So I could not break his heart, and we moved in together,.” She says.
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