2 States: How much we respect and love each other matters
We asked you, our dear readers, to share your personal 2 States stories. Here is one more!
Here is Sravanthi Tiwari's story of her marriage to Amitabh:
We are an Andhra-Uttar Pradesh couple and have been married in February 2010.
We met while working for the same organisation.
Once, we realised that we took the same cab to commute to our respective paying guest accommodations.
That was when we started talking to each other and started liking each other.
We never had any problem communicating with each other, in part because I speak fluent Hindi.
By this time my family had already begun looking for a match for me.
I decided to tell my parents that I wanted married to the person I liked.
I was really upset that I was going to hurt my parents and their dreams as I am their only daughter.
Of course, all hell broke loose when I broke the news to them.
The usual refrains followed:
'But there are such good proposals lined up for you!'
'Why do you want to marry into a family you know nothing about?'
'Even their traditions are different!'
'How are you going to adjust with them?'
'They don't even eat the same food that we eat!'
This went on for more than three months.
My relatives were quite upset with me and some of my cousins tried to talk me out of getting married to him.
However when we didn't budge, they finally began zeroing in on the date for the wedding.
Our north Indian-style wedding took place in Varanasi quite against my parents' liking.
Initially, our families could not communicate with each other very well initially but my parents somehow managed do speak some broken Hindi.
Of course, we still have cultural differences.
But it does not matter because what matters the most is how much we care for, trust, respect and love each other.
We are now blessed with a daughter who is eight months old.
And she belongs to a country called India.
Are you a north Indian who's married a south Indian or vice versa?
How did you two meet?
How did your families react?
Was there enough drama for a Bollywood movie or a bestselling book? :-)
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Image: Sravanthi and Amitabh have been married since February 2010