Via Humans of Bombay:
“I don’t know what it was, but after my first date with Aveena, a little part of me breathed a sigh of relief and said, ‘Ah, there she is. You found her.’
As we went on more dates, I realised I was really falling for her. So a month later, I gave her a card that read, ‘Will you be my girlfriend?’ And that’s how the story of ‘us’ began!
We soon found a shared love for travelling and went on our first trip to a resort in Washington. That’s the trip where I told her I loved her for the first time! We spent the next year travelling and getting to know each other better.
1.5 years into our relationship, she took me to a park which was one of our favourite date spots. There was a circle of tea lights and in the pouring rain, she read me a book she’d made about our relationship. Then she went down on one knee and asked me to marry her. I was over the moon– it was the happiest day of my life.
Two days later, she came out to her family. Unfortunately, till date, her family hasn’t accepted us. Through all the wedding planning and family mingling, they tried breaking us up. They told Aveena that she’d sinned and had to end it to still be a part of the family.
But we knew it was us or nothing. So we went ahead and got married a few months later. It was a celebration of Indian and Western culture– Aveena wore a lehenga and I wore a white dress!
It’s been 8 months since our wedding day. Aveena’s family still hasn’t asked about the wedding or photos or even congratulated us. I wish I’d gotten to know them, but we’re making our peace with it. We’re just living our own life now, in our little home in Seattle. We’re thinking of getting a puppy and hopefully have our kids soon too!
Sunsets, long conversations, ice cream nights, cooking adventures, random outbursts of ‘Let’s take a break from work and dance’, writing notes to each other and hot coffee mornings with her– these are just a few things that make us, us. That’s my idea of forever– growing old with her, with more of just… this.”