“We’ve been together for 61 years. We didn’t actually see each other until our wedding day. One of our relatives had arranged our marriage. When I met her for the first time, we looked into each other’s eyes. Shanta looked beautiful. She was so kind . Our marriage ceremony was simple compared to the more extravagant Indian weddings nowadays.
The good old days- we watched movies together, went on long walks in the evenings. We still do. The afternoons in our house were bright with the vibrating energy of the guests and aroma of slowly cooking food filled the rooms.
I and Shanta kept our family knitted together as our family grew. We’ve seen good and bad seasons of life together but our love only grew richer and better over time.
Some people ask us, ‘What is it that keeps you and Shantaji just like newly-weds?’ Well, it’s not grand gestures. It’s the little things. A cup of tea that she makes for me every day or the flowers that I bring home for her every morning.” said Yashpal Singh Verma