Indore: In the era of fast-paced communication and dating, when two people meet and fall in love with each other, but do not communicate for days and years, it sounds unreal. However, the unreal is real for the recently engaged 24-year-old CA aspirant Neha Jhawar and 24-year-old management trainee Saurabh Mundra.
Sharing their love story, Saurabh said “Sometimes, I feel like we are from a different world, where everything seems magical or maybe it is just how love makes you feel.” Their story enwraps best of both traditional values and acceptance of modern culture.
Elaborating on the tradition part, Saurabh said “In our family tradition marriages are fixed in childhood itself; and I wished Neha’s family too would do the same.”
Explaining about her family’s modern thinking, Neha said “I am a month older than Saurabh and it never happened to be an issue in our families. The idea of marrying a younger girl has become outdated and even our parents now well understand that age is just a number.”
Saurabh’s mother and Neha’s father have been friends for more than 30 years and they always used to spend their summers in their native village in Rajasthan. Born and brought up in different cities, they were not childhood best friends. “However, we used to spend our best time of the year together during summer vacations in Ladnun, Rajasthan,” Neha said.
“Though we hardly could recall each other’s personality traits as we grew up, we had some faint memories,” Saurabh said. But, their curiosity about each other found its way in a cousin’s wedding on May 29, 2015.
“I saw her and lost my heart to her smile while she could not hide the acceptance in her eyes. I sang a song ‘Ek Pari’ looking straight into her eyes to convey my feelings,” Saurabh said. However, due to excessive teasing from cousins neither of them could speak at all.
Impressed by his song, Neha blushed but could not say a word. “Our cousin (Akshay Maheshwari) played wingman by creating an interactive whatsapp group with both of us in it,” she said.
While they quietly supported each other in the group for two months, their feelings grew as they started chatting privately later. “We rarely met as we both have been good kids and it was tough to lie to our parents, but something urged us to be together,” Saurabh said.
The urge was such intense, that he asked his elder brother to marry before he graduates to clear his way for marriage. “It was funny, but as soon as my brother got engaged on Jan 1, 2017, I asked mom to consider Neha to be my wife on Jan 13,” Saurabh blushed.
His mother always liked Neha and had been friends with her. So, support from his mother flowed generously. “My mother would buy me gifts to give them to Neha; it was amazing,” Saurabh said.
However, a bit of twist came to their story when Neha’s family had to take permission from all their relatives to consider Saurabh as groom. “My dad liked Saurabh, but my uncles had to like him too,” Neha exclaimed. Luckily, her family could not resist his charm and decent family background.
Making her dreams come true, Saurabh finally proposed Neha for marriage with a ring during his elder brother’s wedding.