‘Raj and I are never apart on Karva Chauth’

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More than eat­ing, I miss drink­ing wa­ter. But I keep the fast as an In­dian pa­tivrata wife

Shilpa Shetty Kun­dra, ac­tor

While they are one busy cou­ple, ac­tor Shilpa Shetty Kun­dra and busi­ness­man Raj Kun­dra, who have been mar­ried for al­most six years now, make sure that they are to­gether on Karva Chauth. “We make sure to be to­gether on this day. And I have been fast­ing ev­ery year, ex­cept for when I was preg­nant,” she says.

How­ever, Shilpa ad­mits that to­day’s fes­ti­val is a tough one. “This is the only fes­ti­val that I don’t en­joy. More than eat­ing, I miss drink­ing wa­ter. But I keep the fast as an In­dian pa­tivrata wife,” she says, adding, “This year will be dif­fer­ent as my mother-in­law will be vis­it­ing. She stays in Lon­don and ev­ery year she sends me the sargi through some­one. This year it will be great to have her here.”

Talk­ing about what she does ev­ery year, Shilpa says, “We go to Su­nita’s (ac­tor Anil Kapoor’s wife) house, where all the women sit to­gether and do the puja. And it is only on this day that the uni­verse de­cides that the moon will not come out till like 10pm!”

How­ever, her hus­band doesn’t let her fast alone. “Raj also keeps the fast and he does this out of love. My mother-in-law is very sweet, af­ter the puja she says ‘chai pee lo.’ This year I’m ex­cited as she will per­son­ally give me the sargi,” she says.

Talk­ing about mar­riage as an in­sti­tu­tion, the ac­tor says friend­ship and hon­esty are im­por­tant for a mar­riage to suc­ceed. “You must have a sense of hu­mour. I also think that it is im­por­tant to take out time for each other. Fri­day nights are date nights for us. We go out or watch a movie. The idea is to spend qual­ity time to­gether,” she says.

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