“Ours is an arranged marriage. I lived in Bahrain and Arjun in UAE. What were the odds of us crossing paths? But it all started when our families decided that we would be suitable for each other by considering our profiles on a matrimonial website.
The first time we had a conversation, he said to me, ‘Hi Tara, before we start anything, there are three things that may make you reconsider this proposal – 1) I just recently quit my job and started my own business, 2) I’m not a frequent church goer, 3) I have a pet snake.’
Yes, ‘a snake’. Anyway, none of that mattered to me. So, after talking to each other for a week, he came down to see me and my family. He was worried he’d doze off while talking to my family as we had spent the whole night talking on Skype.
It was a breeze when we met in person and another strong brick of confirmation that this was the right thing and we were best for each other. He went back the same day and called me from the airport to say that he wants to take things ahead and marry me. I was sure as well.
The next month, in August 2015, he came to Bahrain again, but this time with his parents. Our parents sat down to discuss the dates and other arrangements and we went to the terrace.
I was casually talking to him, he held my hand, took a few steps and asked me if I’d want to spend the rest of my life with him. I went with my gut feeling and said, ‘Yes!’ Luckily for me, it has worked till now.
We got married on 15th November, 2015. Today, we’re a family of 4. Of course, being an arranged marriage, misunderstandings were inevitable. We do have our share of ups and downs which we work though and know are part of the game. We are learning everyday how to be a better husband and wife, and to be better parents. But all 4 of us in the family have the highest respect and love for one other; and that’s what keeps us happy!” said Tara Susan George