“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that true love springs from true hate.” The first half of the quote seems familiar, right? Well, it is indeed the very first sentence of Jane Austen’s classic novel, ‘Pride and Prejudice’. I have slightly modified this beginning because it is quite symbolic to the story of our adorable couple, Shubham and Asmita; whose love saga actually started off as a ‘loathe saga’.
The year was 2012, when amidst the hustle and bustle of CSM mall (Noida), Asmita met Shubham for the very first time. She was introduced to him by her college senior, Mayank (who was Shubham’s roommate). This introduction seemed casual on the face of it, but it had a different impact on both of them. While this meeting was enough to leave Shubham intrigued about our mysterious beauty Asmita; it did not have the same impression on her. She found him arrogant, proudy, childish and full of attitude (‘with the air like I don’t care’ type of guy). Somehow his callous nature gave way to enmity in her heart and she had made up her mind not to see him ever again. (It was hate at first sight for sure! 😉 ) After this meeting, Shubham made several attempts to reach out to Asmita through Mayank’s phone, but all in vain. His futile endeavors could not melt our tough heroine’s heart in any way. (Poor guy ) But Shubham wasn’t the person who would give up so easily. Months later, he tried to reconnect with her through Facebook. Although, Asmita was reluctant at first, yet she decided to give him another shot. This proved to be a blessing in turn, as it planted the seeds for a budding friendship between the two. It began with occasional online chats but soon turned into regular late-night sessions. During these sessions, they exchanged numbers and started connecting on a whole new level. Slowly and gradually, their friendship started moving towards a new direction.
On 21st June, 2013, they decided to go out for a ‘friendly’ date. Shubham brought his bike along and Asmita sat on it for the first time. She recalls that the bike ride with him was the most special and best time she ever had. As they got to know each other closely in those moments, it not only strengthened their friendship but also kindled a spark of romance between the two. In the times spent with Shubham, Asmita didn’t even realize when her initial prejudice for him had transformed into true love. On 23rd July, she finally expressed her feelings towards him. It was a big day for her as she had landed her first job. So, she decided to celebrate this achievement with Shubham. In those fun moments together, they had no idea how time had flown by. Since it was late, Shubham decided to drop Asmita to her place. (A true gentleman, I must say! ) Throughout this journey, she placed her head on his shoulder. She had never felt such comfort and satisfaction before, as she did then. When they reached her doorstep, she smiled and hugged him tightly. And, what she said after that just took him aback. In a drowsy state, she muttered, “I’m in love with you and I want to spend the rest of my life with you.” Shubham didn’t know how to respond at that moment and chose to remain silent. The next day (assuming that she must have forgotten all about it), he inquired her about the proposal, to which Asmita lovingly replied that she meant all of it. To her surprise, Shubham accepted the proposal and told her that he loved her too. Her happiness knew no bounds on hearing this response.
For one month, the couple kept their relationship under wraps. Not even their mutual buddy, Mayank was included in this secret. So, they finally determined to reveal it to their friends through a get-together. This news fell like a bomb on their friends (especially Mayank), as they had never expected them to even fall in love, let alone get married. But they were more than happy and excited to see them getting hitched. Mayank even helped Shubham in making this proposal special by setting up a Facebook page dedicated to them. Shubham took Asmita by surprise and officially proposed her on this page. (A fun way to propose, indeed. ) Breaking the news in front of their families wasn’t difficult too. Their respective families welcomed them with open arms and gladly gave their blessings to this match ‘made in heaven’.
On 23rd November 2015, the lovely couple got engaged in a luxurious ceremony, in Lucknow. Post engagement, they returned to Delhi for work. But despite their busy schedule, they found ways to spend more time with each other. Our ‘chhupa rustom’ hero left no stone unturned to surprise Asmita, even then. Once, on the pretext of a casual hangout, Shubham took her out to the mall. Asmita got suspicious as he was unusually dressed for what seemed like a casual affair. Plus, their friend was carrying a DSLR camera which triggered her doubts all the more. But she had no idea that this was just a trivial part to a huge surprise. The evening had a lot more in store for her. Finding the apt opportunity, Shubham snuck out to a jewelery shop and bought a beautiful ring for her. He went down on his knees and proposed her all over again. (Such a romantic gesture on his part! ) Asmita could not find enough words to express her happiness. This gesture had melted her heart so much that it made her cry. Later, she came to know that this surprise proposal was her BFF, Abhinaya’s idea and that touched her even more. Asmita designed her own ways of reciprocating her love for Shubham. She manifested her utmost affection by taking care of him while he was sick. Her main priority was to see him happy and healthy. So, as a remedy, she prepared ‘kadha’ for him, even though she didn’t know how to make it. With the help of Youtube, she prepared one and made him drink it. In that particular moment, she somehow felt contentment and a different kind of affection towards him. Her love for Shubham grew stronger than ever.
THE WEDDING PLANNING
The wedding festivities were set to take place on 22nd February, 2016 in Lucknow (Asmita’s hometown). The couple’s families took the whole responsibility of planning the wedding, on their shoulders. It took around one and a half months time for them to successfully put together a grand event for Shubham and Asmita.
Arranging the perfect venue for the wedding wasn’t an easy task. Initially, they had opted for an open lawn, but due to the fluctuating weather, they had to cancel their booking. 22nd Feb. was assumed to be the “biggest lagan” of the year. More than 5000 weddings were to take place in Lucknow itself. All the possible venues had already been booked. So, finding a suitable one at such short notice was a hassle. Luckily, Asmita’s dad came to everyone’s rescue and booked the most ideal venue. Hotel Comfort Inn became the witness of this exquisite wedding.
Asmita got her makeup done at Bhaavya Kapoor’s Makeup Studio for her wedding. And, I must say that they did a fabulous job. Asmita looked mesmerizing in her bridal avatar. She clearly stole the entire show!
Asmita’s elegant bridal lehenga was picked from Khiamal Sons’ exclusive collection, in Hazratganj, Lucknow. (all the ‘brides to be’ , take note!) Her dazzling jewelery was arranged from various shopping haunts and her refined ‘Nath’ (nose ring) came from her maternal uncle’s house, as per tradition. She made a stunning bride; a true symbol of beauty and poise.While, Shubham looked as charming as ever in his pristine attire. Their wedding was nothing short of beautiful. And, coupled with their loved ones’ blessings, it became the most memorable day of their lives.
Amongst the picturesque locales of the island nation of Sri Lanka, the newlyweds spent some quality time on their honeymoon. They made the most of every moment and enjoyed to the core. Shubham utilized every chance to make Asmita feel special. Since, he was aware of her hunger pangs in the evening, he hunted every nook and corner and brought Indian ‘namkeens’ and other snacks, only to make her smile. Once for dinner, he even arranged a ‘lassi’ out of nowhere, just because! (awww) Asmita reminisces that this time showed her a different side to Shubham. His care and affection made her fall in love with him all over again.
Few months have already passed, and the gorgeous couple are happier than ever. Every day they discover new things about each other and their undying love grows deeper and deeper. Their beautiful bond just strengthens day by day.
To this charming couple, I send all my best wishes. May your love forever grow strong and life brings you loads of happiness and special surprises.