I wrote this firstly, because the story is absolutely incredible and unbelievable, and secondly, because a lot of people have misconceptions about arranged marriages being forced or unhappy, which is simply not always true. Have fun reading, and feel free to ask ANY questions you may have! β€οΈπŸΎπŸ’
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    My dad moved from India to the U.S. to get his MBA in 1981.
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    Around 1990, my dad finally felt like he was ready for marriage and put out a matrimonial ad in a newspaper. (Yes, Indians did this. Look it up.) πŸ—ž
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    My mom's sister's family friend (whew!) who lived in the U.S. visited India and showed my mom my dad's matrimonial ad.
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    My mom and dad started writing letters to each other. (I know, adorable.) πŸ’Œ
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    Then, suddenly, my mom moved to another state and didn't leave my dad a new address. 😱
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    Yes, she old-school ghosted him. πŸ‘»
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    My dad gave up and went to India in July 1992 to meet a potential match for arranged marriage.
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    However, he hadn't forgotten about my mom and decided to go to her old address to see if he could locate her.
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    One of the neighbors told him that my mom had moved to Kolkata (Calcutta, if you know it by the British name).
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    In some sort of cliche romantic hero motivation, my dad decided to search for her in Kolkata, one of India's biggest cities.
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    He went there and befriended a cab driver who was from the same state my dad grew up in. (State pride is a big deal in India.)
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    My dad traveled around with the cab driver asking people if they knew my mom and where she lived.
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    Eventually, they found her place!
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    My dad saw my mom and immediately asked my grandma for her permission for them to marry.
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    My grandma said she couldn't make the decision, and he had to wait for her son-in-law (my mom's sister's husband) to make the decision since he was the man of the house.
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    Unfortunately, my uncle was out of town for the weekend.
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    So, my dad came back to their place on Monday, met the family, and got my uncle's permission.
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    Although my mom had some reservations, she agreed to the proposal.
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    Four days later, they were married.
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    Less than a week after that, my dad came back to the U.S.
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    My mom cried on the phone to him for seven months, waiting for him to bring her to the U.S. (Those applications take a while, guys!)
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    Finally, in February 1993, my mom made it to the U.S.
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    They had an arranged marriage after knowing each other for less than a week, but have been in love and married for 23 years. ❀️