17 May, 2021

Nimble Feet And Open Hearts

On a detour from the straight and narrow, Stuti Agarwal enters a realm of endless ­possibilities opened up by asking one question: can we love more than one person at a time?

Kuchipudi dancers Radha, Raja and Kaushalya Reddy are in an ‘open, yet closed’ marriage
Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari
Nimble Feet And Open Hearts

Seated in a quaint little coffee house in the heart of south Delhi, Prachi Singh and Somak Biswas could, in some ways, pass for just another dating, doting couple, one of many that seem to have taken up permanent residence on the lounge chairs of coffee bars. And yet, in the dull winter light that frames their steaming cups of coffee, it’s easy to see that there’s an indefinable, inexplicable spark to their relationship. Perhaps it’s just the way they lean into each other as they bantered. Or the casual manner in which Somak reaches out and tucks away a stray strand of hair on Prachi’s face. Or the luminous animation that radiates their faces. Whatever it is, it’s hard not to miss the fact that this couple is just so into each other. So, what’s their secret?

Well, says a smiling Somak, it’s an “open secret”. The fact is he and she are in an “open relationship”.

The concept of polyamory—loosely, of a relationship where three (or more!) partners isn’t a crowd—isn’t easy to grasp....

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