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A love affair with the city

Surupasree Sarmmah, DH News Services, Dec 19 2017, 21:49 IST
Anirban and Ritu.

Anirban and Ritu.

It has been 10 months since Anirban Shee from Ranchi and Ritu Basu from Kolkata tied the knot. However, their story dates back to 2014 when Ritu was pursuing her Masters in the city and Anirban was her local guardian.

They didn't realise their love for each other until he had to leave for New Zealand for a year-and-a-half for work. However, after the two got married, they relocated to Bengaluru keeping in mind all the good moments the city had given them and of course, the job opportunities here. Ritu now works as a community manager and Anirban is with the IT sector.

"After my Master's course, I moved to Mumbai for a bit and then went back home to Kolkata for work. The sole reason for me to come back to Bengaluru after our wedding was my husband," says Ritu.

Being busy with work throughout the week, she says, the weekend is the only time when they get to spend time together and they make sure to make the most of it. She explains, "We utilise our weekends to the fullest and for us, spending time together is not just about going out. We love to be at home too and
spend quality time together. We love cooking, listening to music or watching a movie. As both of us are foodies, experimenting with new cuisines is something that is reserved for weekends. I am, of course,
a better cook but I must admit Anirban's chicken recipe is amazing," says Ritu.

Being the fitness enthusiast that he is, Anirban makes sure to hit the gym regularly despite his hectic schedule. "I also tried to motivate Ritu to join me at the gym, but that is now a thing of the past." he laughs.

Having said that, the couple loves to be outdoors. Playing a game of badminton is the best way to do that. Anirban is also an active participant in marathons happening in the city.

Ask them to describe their long holidays and Anirban delightfully says, "We love going for long drives. Hitting the road is something we love doing. My wife has an inclination for theatre, so we try to catch up plays in the city."

About the challenges she faces, Ritu says, "The advantage Anirban has is that, he is familiar with almost every road here. But for me, when I was a student, I hardly had the money to explore the place. So, the biggest problem I have is to get familiar with the city. This apart, Bengaluru is an expensive city as compared to our hometowns, that sometimes is a challenge for us. However, it is a beautiful city and there is so much it has given us. So, we have no complaints."

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