Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Brunch : 2019-02-10

COVER STORY : 19 : 19

COVER STORY

On Bijay: Sweater, H&M; jeans, Goodwill Vintage and Thrift Shop; shoes, Jack & Jones; On Rishi: Kurta, cutomised from Shahpur Jat; pants, H&M; shoes, Koovs; spectacles, John Jacobs WH AT? O H W G N I T F I G S ’ O H W Rishi: “ What I’ll be gifting Bijay on Valentine’s is definitely a surprise. But I really wish I could gift him the KitchenAid mixer, which is a boon for bakers, very soon!” Bijay: “I’ll be giving him a collector’s edition DVD” RISHI RAJ THAPA BIJAY KHAPANGEE (36), STYLIST & (40), TECHIE-TURNED-BAKER LIFE ALWAYS OFFERS YOU A SECOND CHANCE. IT’S CALLED TOMORROW! VALENTINE DAYS TOGETHER After a seven-year long relationship with a man who was closeted and would not accept his sexuality, Rishi found love in the expressive and open Bijay Rishi and Bijay met when Bijay arrived in Delhi from Chennai and needed a flat. Since they had mutual friends, Rishi offered to share his apartment till Bijay found something of his own. “Then Bijay walked in, and about 10 days later, common sense walked out,” laughs Rishi. He was 29 then, and Bijay 32. Rishi dated often and had several short-lived relationships before meeting Bijay. But he did have a seven-year-long relationship with a man who remained closeted, leaving him unable to express his feelings for him. “And then Bijay came,” says Rishi. “And, he had no issues being open about our relationship. So I decided to be with Bijay. He is the best thing that’s happened to me.” Cool, calm and collected Bijay, discovered that his relationship with Rishi made him a better man. “I am kinder now, more aware of the emotional side of things,” he says. Adds Rishi, “Bijay is my rock. He makes me want to give the best of myself to each day. He makes coming back home so worth it.” “[8 YEARS AGO], BIJAY WALKED IN TO SHARE MY APARTMENT TEMPORARILY. 10 DAYS LATER, COMMON SENSE WALKED OUT!” LOVE, HATE, TOLERATE Rishi: I love how hardworking and talented Bijay is. And I hate how he stays away from me, working on his cakes! Rishi is a posh princess! When we travel, I almost go local, he on the other hand just parks himself by the hotel pool. Bijay: [email protected] Follow @VeenuSingh12 on Twitter —RISHI RAJ PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER PressReader.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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