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Finding Mr Right




So there I was, happily single, doing all the things I loved, traveling the world, and the perfect age for Auntie’s in the family and neighbourhood to look solemn and remind my parents that they had granted me way too much leeway and freedom of choice. My Parents and family laughed it off, every time. But, as yet another birthday came and went my Dad and Sister decided to change things, and without my knowledge I was enlisted with a Personalized Matrimonial Agency.

Now, I had nothing against finding my spouse ‘Online’. After all times had changed and so had technology, and where else but Online could you peruse an array of guys as you sat at home in your pyjamas, was my logical reasoning. So, no I wasn’t livid that they had registered me, I was livid that it had been done without my knowledge!

Even as I was reeling under this surprise birthday gift from my family, a list of profiles  were mailed to me by the agency, and the 1st one among them was that of a certain Srikrishna Nidigulla (they had misspelt the surname) My father liked his profile a lot, and I didn’t like it one bit! Imagine living with that surname for the rest of my life, I exclaimed! And the guy looked like some villain from some South-Indian film, I screamed!

My father patiently listened to my diatribe and then calmly insisted I meet him. I hemmed, hawed, went on another holiday and happily thought it was all but forgotten till I was given another reminder to get in touch with him, a stern one this time. I realized my Father meant business and I sent across my number to Sri. Who called me up and the first thing he said was, ‘I am looking for a Telugu girl’ How weird is that, I wondered? Hadn’t my profile stated that I was a Punjabi, I asked? Even more put off by this latest twist to the ongoing drama, I lied to Sri that I was down with the flu (I was on the recumbent cycle getting my daily Cardio fix as I conversed with him on the phone) and I thought the matter would rest there. Sri wished me a speedy recovery and suggested that I call him once I was feeling better.

I had decided I wasn’t going to. Apparently not.

My Father thought that I should be graceful enough to return Sri’s call and I did, under duress. And Sri and I made polite conversation and decided to meet up for coffee.

When Sri walked into the restaurant he was wearing this perfectly cut suit which I noticed before I noticed him. His shoes were not scuffed, his hands were manicured and he smelt good. Only after my covert scrutiny had helped me tick all the boxes did I look up to see his face to realize he didn’t look his picture in the profile at all! Nor did he look like a villain, or even ‘South-Indian’, for that matter.

Coffee and conversations flowed over the 2 meetings that we had after our 1st one, during which Sri shared that the ‘I am looking for a Telugu girl’ was a caveat he used, in case he didn’t gel with a girl he met and couldn’t take it forward. I shared the over the top reaction I had when I first saw his profile. And we mutually agreed that humble pie doesn’t taste so bad after all 🙂

Our 4th meeting happened when both our families met. And a month and a half after we first met we were engaged, and married 2 and a half months after the engagement.

Today (29th November) we, Mayuri & Srikrishna Nidigallu, celebrate our 6th Wedding Anniversary and we STILL have people who do not believe how a ‘North-Indian’ and a ‘Madrasi’ could have had an arranged marriage!



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  1. Such an interesting story, Mayuri. I remember how you said that you are married to a Telugu, that it was an arranged marriage and that most people think that you are Telugu and that he is Punjabi. ☺️

    I love it that parents on both sides were open to alliances so out of their communities. We know how sharing the same culture, language etc. is so important when it comes to alliances fixed by families.

    Stay blessed and happy always!

  2. Congratulations on the wedding anniversary.
    Marriages I believe are strictly made in heaven.That yours was found online makes it even more magical.
    You both look so perfect together. Happiness suits you perfectly.

  3. Aww, this was so lovely Mayuri! Matches are really made in heaven one believes after reading this! Both of you were fortunate to have such understanding parents! God bless you both with loads of happy times and special moments!

  4. Such a cute story.. I am surprised that it is an arranged marriage. Sri looks like a Northie actually. Happy Anniversary! One of my Gujju friends had an arranged marriage with a Punjabi and they have crossed 21 years (i think!).

  5. What a lovely story and that is why they say, marriages are made in heaven. Very recently my punjabi friend married a Telugu guy and found him too over Shaadi.com 🙂 Life is like that – there are no regions/cities/countries when it comes to love.

  6. The perfect fairytale romance. Well, almost 🙂 You guys make an adorable couple and the story just makes me feel all ‘aww’!

  7. Congratulations Mayuri and love your wedding story

  8. Very nice ☺ by the way your husband is Telugu not Madrasi. You both look great. As Rachana mentioned, your husband looks like a north Indian. Happy anniversary

  9. That was such a cute love story,, Mayuri – stuff that romance is made of!
    Wishing you both a happy anniversary and many more years of love and togetherness!

  10. Ha ha, ‘Madrasi!’ You guys must be getting a lot of that. Every ‘South Indian’ is still a ‘Madrasi’ even in our generation!

    Belated happy anniversary 🙂

  11. Wow! This post has me hooked onto Online dating sites a little more I guess. 😉
    Lovely to read your love story and I would never have guessed you are a punjabi- now it explains why I like you sooooooo much! I believe I was born with a specialy affinity for punjus 😉 And I call myself almost a punjabi!!!!

  12. How sweet. I somehow always enjoy hearing and reading stories about how other couples met and tied the knot. Yours is interesting and I yea I do too am taken in amazement on the North- south arranged marriage. Glad your marriage rocks Mayuri and wishing u both many more years together

  13. He came wearing a suit for coffee? Wow, quite an impression her would have made 🙂

    You guys looks so lovely together and I’m so glad arranged or not, you guys found love in each other and are so happy today. What more does one need?

    Happy anniversary and stay blessed <3

  14. That was such a cute story Mayuri.Yes,I am also surprised that you had an arranged marriage with someone from another community.You guys,look great together!

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