Vishal & Poonam
(06 May 2008)
Yes we met through Shaadi.com (and we both are thankful for that) but a means was all that
this site was...for marriages are made in heaven and after meeting Poonam that belief has just
got reinforced all the more.
For me the initiative was taken by my mother…who started looking for prospective matches on
this site beginning January 2007. She would search through the profiles and send me the ones she found most relevant (the same applied even to the interests that got expressed for me) and I
would say the process worked well for most part. We came across some good profiles and it was
helpful to interact with different people and understand what each was looking for. It even
helped me clarify ideas as to what was most important for me…but even though this went on for
few months, I couldn't get close to finding the 'one' we all hope to find one day!
And then came Poonam. July 13th, 2008 was my first email to her after she had sent her details -
10 days before I was flying to India from US for an event close to Bangalore. July 15th she
replied with her phone numbers...we talked the same night and soon knew (at least I did) that
there was something different about this. Few more emails, online conversations and phone calls
and there wasn't a doubt left that if there was someone at all anywhere...here she was! By 20th
July I had conveyed as much to her, and we both agreed upon our first meeting - July 24th,2008
in Mumbai on my way to Bangalore during the layover.
I got my connecting flight postponed and there was Poonam promptly to pick me up and take me to her home in Mumbai on 24th morning. The meeting with her family too went well and another one between the two parents was arranged soon after...
That is how it happened in short…I came back to US at the end of July, but our courtship continued through phone calls and Internet (the way it started) and lasted almost six months till 15th February, 2008 - the date we got married and I got to bring back with me my best friend and closest confidant for life. Our love has just grown stronger since then!
Once again, even though knowing Poonam I have no doubt that she is God's special blessing for me, and this alliance was decided and arranged by the Almighty Himself, I was still like to thank
shaadi.com in the role they have played as the being the facilitators for this match!
I had registered on Shaadi.com out of curiosity, which with passing days, weeks and months gained seriousness in finding my life partner. I had been on the site for nearly 3 years, and with no luck so far had almost given up hope of finding my Mr. Right through this medium. My frequency of keeping the profile hidden increased significantly, and accesses to the account dropped sharply… which led to receiving a number of reminders from Shaadi.com about being more active on the portal.
After receiving one such reminder, I decided to close my account - the day was 13 July 2007. Even though I had made up my mind, my sister suggested that it may be a good idea to check the profiles one last time… open interesting ones and give it one final shot. After passing through a few pages, we came across an interest that had been sent on 28 May 2007…one thing that got my attention was that it had come from the parent. Though I had my doubts that things would work out here due to certain reasons (his being an NRI etc), something within told me to go ahead… and I sent the acceptance with my email address.
The next morning I was surprised to receive a mail from him and his mother. No sooner had I replied with my phone numbers and yahoo id than we happened to meet online on July 15th. A phone call followed the same evening, and as I was listening to this sweet boyish voice from the other end… an instant easiness came into me that left no room for discomfort. The conversation flowed smoothly and two hours later when I kept the phone down, I already had a soft corner for this gentle man. I still wasn’t sure whether it would go all the way, but was at least certain that I had come across an excellent human being in all respects. If things went well it would be great, otherwise I would still consider myself lucky for having found a new friend in him.
The online conversations and phone calls went on for next few days, and soon it was apparent that we both wanted to take it to the next level. Ordinarily a meeting in such a transatlantic scenario may not happen soon, but as luck would have had it, he was flying to Bangalore via Mumbai in the coming week for a spiritual conference. And so on 24 July 2007 (11 days after our first communication) we met near the Mumbai airport. He had few hours before his connecting flight, and I suggested if he would like to come over to my place to meet my parents. He agreed, and soon…we were all having lunch at my home. His simplicity, honesty and genuineness won me over and my parents... and at the time of parting, it was pretty evident that it was a yes from both of us. I wondered what when his parents found out about his meeting and finalizing a girl without even informing them… he assured me that his parents would fully approve of his choice!
The first thing he did after landing in the US was call his parents (in Pune) on the 29th of July, which was followed by his father calling us and proposing a meeting date. My father who had although liked Vishal very much, was quite skeptical about moving ahead with this match mainly because of the medium it had emerged from. However after lot of coaxing from our side, it was decided that we will go and meet his parents on Saturday, 18th August 2007… and before I could realize, our Roka was done. A visit which was supposed to be a normal “know-more” type, had given a direction to our lives…the feeling took some time to sink in!!
We have had some tough times in our lives since then, but then…during these most difficult times is when we have realized how much we love each other and how empty life is with out each other. Today, I feel proud to be his wife… we both believe that Everything Happens for a Reason… and for me the reason is my husband Vishal!
This wedding has now been stamped as a love marriage from all who know us… family, friends, relatives… and many singles in our circle have already signed up or are planning to sign up with shaadi.com… with a hope of finding their mate… not just a life mate but a SOUL MATE !!
Thank you very much Shaadi.com for being His medium in bringing us together!!
Wedding DATE :
15th Feb, 2008 Vishal & Poonam
Shaadi.com Team congratulates Vishal & Poonam. We wish you both a happy future.
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