Pune: They say marriages are made in heaven. However it is no mystery that the romance between couples begins to diminish a few years into marriage. This can be an outcome of hectic lives and daily routines, and just before one notices, the ‘excitement’ in the marriage is almost lost.
A National survey by Bajaj Discover and IMRB, mapping ‘Marital Life’ and bike usability by couples revealed startling insights of married couples. The survey was conducted with a sample size of 1,000 respondents across cities including Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Indore, Delhi, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bhubaneswar.
The survey highlights that 94% Indian couples experienced lack of spark and zing in their married lives and would want it back. The sentiment was echoed by other regions, with 97% in East, followed by 94% in the North, and 89% in the South.
On quality time being spent with each other, 57% couples agreed to it being reduced gradually over the 2 years of marriage, coupled with a significant decline in planning a surprise for each other by 50%.
Attributing long work hours, chasing household commitments, daily commute, etc, married couples longed to snatch ‘me’ time over long bike rides, which they admitted to enjoy before marriage. Adding to this insight, 33% couples believe that long rides was the most romantic way to spend time with spouse, as compared to watching movies, going for dinner and spending time at home.
Surprisingly, 58% married couples concurred that initial years of marriage witnessed bike rides for completing household errands only, with only 85% wives embracing their husbands.
The study highlights how relationships cannot live without new infusions of excitement. We cannot survive without daily encouragement and delight. We never lose the need to be encouraged and championed by our partners.
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