I have been seeing this couple for more than two years now . I would always watch them from my window while they were at their morning walk. They are good-looking. They are pleasant. They are dressed smartly. But that is not the reason for noticing them. There is another vivid reason. They are always dressed in the same colour. While walking, they wear the same coloured T-shirts and slacks. This takes one by surprise to view a husband and wife who in perhaps their late fifties or early sixties to be colour coded.
As everyone else who was amused by this sight, I too was. And the curiosity grew inside me that I decided to confront and find out if there was a particular reason for this. I said hello and got friendly. And it was more than easy to strike a conversation with Mrs. and Mr. Rao as they were extremely friendly and straight forward individuals. When I found out the reasons for their colour coded behaviour, it really blew me!
The reason was nothing but plain love.It really was intriguing to understand that people connected through clothes and colours especially in a love relationship.
This is their story….presenting to you Mrs and Mr. Rao.
Mr.Rao apparently is a psychology professor working in some of the most illustrious colleges in the world and Mrs. Lakshmi Rao is more like his twin, always by his side. They always walk side by side, never in the front or back of each other. They have been married for 39 beautiful years and got married when they were terribly young. He was 24 and she 22. Though it looks otherwise,their’s was an arranged marriage. They have been dressing up similarly in corresponding colours from day one of their marriage. Blew me again! I know it blew you too.
They say, it helps them connect well to each other . And a couple of years back, when they spotted some interesting T-shirts, they decided to go colour coded when they went for the morning walks. And this exercise, has had interesting effects.
“When we dress up in the same colour and walk, it has a huge impact on the way people look at us. People smile and are happy to see us in this attire. So in reality, people become happy in the morning seeing us.”The best impact of this practice is on them, they say. “When people feel happy and appreciate us, we feel good and carry back that positive spirit. And it stays with us throughout the day.”
And this couple seems to be very popular in the community. Every walker or passer-by, no matter what age, stops by to say hello or exchange pleasantries. Is it because they are very friendly? Or is it because they have been around for many years? Or is it simply because people are amused and happy seeing this colour coded couple? I wonder. Whatever it is, this couple is like a good omen especially to start your day.
“I see her, not as my wife but as a friend,”Mr Rao says. And so the relationship looks easier and casual without the usual soreness of a typical husband wife relationship which has survived almost 40 years! There is always freshness in the way they see each other. The younger generation has to take a lesson or two from these folks about how to drive a marriage relationship and about wearing corresponding colours to keep connected positively.
So to conclude, there is a huge impact that dressing similarly by couples can have on their relationship and the community they live in.
KUDOS TO ALL THE COLOUR CODED COUPLES.
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