How did we meet?
A mutual friend who worked with Benny as part of A.R Rahman’s Jai Ho tour introduced us in March 2014. We talked for six months via FaceTime and Whatsapp before he flew to NYC to meet me. He worked with my friends to make it such a memorable night and showed up at my apartment with a beautiful bouquet of two dozen stem lilies. The moment we met, I knew he was the one for me.
How we are as a couple?
Benny and I are very simple people. Due to his work, we are blessed that we get to travel to so many different places and enjoy amazing food and explore different cultures. We are major foodies and love to try anything and everything! In our down-time, we just prefer to be at home, spending time together and watch Masterchef Australia!
How he proposed?
Like most girls, I love flowers! I spent many years in NYC and one of my favorite places was the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. It was a small piece of serenity in an otherwise hustling and bustling city. A few days before his birthday, Benny surprised me with a trip to NYC. On the day of, I asked him what he would like to do and he expressed an interest in going to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. With the flowers in full bloom, we spent our time walking around admiring the different floral exhibitions. When we got to a private area of the gardens, he began to talk about our relationship. He discussed our paths and how we came to be in each other’s lives. While talking, I was looking at the guide to see what our next stop would be and then before I knew, he was down on one knee with this gorgeous ring in hand. I was blown away. It was intimate and absolutely perfect.
The engagement ring
I am a very lucky girl in the fact that I have two engagement rings. I have the ring he proposed to me with and I also have the one he presented to me at our engagement. The first engagement ring was a teardrop diamond pave ring from ZOYA in India. He spent a lot of time exchanging notes back and forth with my cousin from the US to help him pick out the perfect ring. The second ring is a diamond solitaire with a gold band. Since I was able to design the ring, I wanted to go with something classic. We have a family friend who is an excellent diamond ring designer and I was able to work with her in creating a really gorgeous ring.
What marriage means to us?
Since the majority of our relationship has been long distance, we have been able to value the time we have spent together since our marriage. We have been committed to each other from the moment we met, so marriage is just a continuation of that commitment and partnership we share. Both of us are also very spiritual so it’s also about creating a bond that is long-lasting and keeping God in the center of whatever we do.