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Nishant & Sakshi
02 January 2020
Our story began in July 2019 when I (Nishant) decided to visit India after 8 years. With my tickets booked and plans to celebrate Diwali with my friends in place, I had no idea my trip was going to be nothing like I had planned. 8 weeks left in my trip, my father sat me down and asked me to consider meeting people in India as potential candidates for matrimony. My father asked me to meet just 3 people with an open mind throughout my trip, but I barely had time for 1. For 3 years now, my father had been managing my profile and as per my request always limited the search within North America only. Although I am born in India, I have been raised in Canada and was confident my life partner would also be from North America, or so I thought. A couple weeks of browsing through profiles on, suddenly I stopped on one. There was something about this profile that made me look past my excuses, my limitations, and I sent an invitation request. At that moment the request was only sent as a mean to complete a pending task and to keep my father happy; deep down inside I had already decided it was going to be a waste of everyones time. Typically, in my experience, profiles on often communicate back and forth with pre-written responses because everyone is inundated with requests, but this profile found a way to break that pattern. Within a few hours I got a hello, a number, and a plan of direct communication; which was refreshing to say the least. The next evening I picked up my phone, dialed her number, and was immediately looking for a way to quickly end the call. I wanted to be able to tell my father I tried his way once, but his way proved to be nothing like I expected. That day was the first time we talked we talked, we talked, we talked and became the day I met my Sakshi. In the next 6 weeks we went from an online connection (One of Millions) to friends, to best friends, and to two people who started living their night and day together over video calls. Even with being half a world away and in opposite time zones, we found a way to spend most of our waking hours together without skipping a beat. We didn't know where this was going, all we knew was it felt right. I landed at Delhi airport and Sakshi waited eagerly outside. We were both scared and impatient, and the immigration process was not as quick as we wished it to be that day. After passing through all the necessary steps, I grabbed my luggage and walked outside and there I received my first smile. We met for the first time at that moment, but it felt like we had known each other for years. My friends and family were all eagerly waiting for me just minutes away, but all we were looking forward to was each other. We departed from the airport to a nearby restaurant in Aerocity and took the chance to have a conversation in person. The next few days we met in local markets, both of us searching for answers to millions of questions crossing our minds. Numerous unsuccessful dates taught us to immediately search for flaws and reasons to say no in the other person and move on, but there were no reasons this time for either of us. My 2.5-week trip started to have a daily routine of meeting Sakshi; between her classes, after her responsibilities, and in time for sunsets. We found every opportunity to spend time together, including local day trips to forts and landmarks around Delhi and inviting each other to our friends Diwali gatherings. With 1 week left in my trip, I knew this was the person I had been searching for just searching in the wrong continent. I took the remaining time of my trip to meet her family and to understand how she saw our relationship. Happily, I left the country knowing we were both on the same page. I returned to Toronto, told my parents how I felt and the families started to connect on video chats. It's not every day you hear about a traditional Hindu marriage being discussed without families meeting in person, but we were fortunate enough (with the help of technology) to even start planning one. Few weeks after we told our family and friends, who to this day don't believe I went to India for nothing more than to celebrate Diwali with my friends. Many people think we rushed it, we didn't spend enough time, or we don't know enough about each other but only Sakshi and I know how strong we feel about this relationship and how excited we are to spend a life together. In just 6 weeks we build a strong trusted relationship, in 2.5 weeks we lived it, and in under 4 months together we are creating the biggest day of our life. I want to thank for making this possible for us and for giving us the ability to connect with each other, something we couldn't achieve any other way. Coming from a Hindu Punjabi family I often hear about the concept of a vichola a person who connects two families together for the purpose of matrimonyour vichola was Sincerely, The overly excited Dulha (Nishant) & The eagerly awaiting Bride (Sakshi).