“The first thing I learnt was saying ‘Main tumse pyaar karti hoon'”

“6 years ago, I first visited India–my first destination was Rishikesh; the vibrance of the city and the warmth of the people appealed to me. And so, I decided to extend my stay by a few more weeks. And then, I was introduced to Bipin at a café. Initially, it was tough for me to understand him, but when he mentioned he’s a yoga practitioner, I felt connected to him. After that, we bumped into each other several times–either while grocery shopping or sightseeing. And all our accidental meetings were great–I’d always end up laughing at something he said!

And then one day, he showed up at my hostel and asked, ‘Will you go out with me?’ We went trekking & chatted the entire day away! Despite the cultural differences between us, we got along so well. Sure, the communication was a little weak but he was so kind and sweet, it felt like I’d known him for ages. From then on, we’d meet daily–we covered all of Rishikesh on foot. I was falling for him, and I knew he was too. I could see it in the way he looked at me. Once, we were sitting by a waterfall where I opened up to him about how lost I felt in my life back home in Hamburg. He listened patiently, held my hand and said, ‘I love you. I’m here for you always.’ I confessed my love to him and we kissed!

We spent the next month traveling across India. Bipin taught me Hindi and the first thing I learnt was saying ‘Main tumse pyaar karti hoon!’ I’d fallen in love with Indian food so he’d cook me my favourite paneer dishes, and I’d teach him how to swim. Towards the end of our trip, Bipin took me to his hometown and we attended his brother’s wedding as a couple. I was nervous about meeting his parents, but they were so warm. In fact, his father wanted to get us married that day!

A week later my trip ended; it was time to go back home. But before leaving, I promised Bipin, ‘I will come back for you!’ And within 3 months, I flew back to Rishikesh to be with him. This time we went to a yoga retreat. And the more time we spent together, I knew he was the one. And so, 6 months later when he came to visit me in Hamburg, I introduced him to my parents. He charmed them in no time and on Christmas eve, he went down on his knees and asked me to marry him!

Our courtship lasted for 2 years after which we tied the knot first in Denmark and then in a Hindu wedding ceremony in Lucknow.

It’s been 4 years since and today, we’re a beautiful family of 4! We enjoy shuttling between both countries and are raising our kids to be bilingual. And as for Bipin, I couldn’t have asked for a better life partner. He showed that lost girl from Hamburg a way through life and became her home. We still take off to yoga retreats and plan spontaneous travels. And sometimes we fight too but I know how to win him over. All I have to say is, ‘Main tumse pyaar karti hun!’ and Bipin has the widest smile on his face.”

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