“I’d friend-zoned Sachin for the longest time. I’ve had to deal with some really toxic men, which is why I’ve had these crazy relationship issues. But through it all, Sachin was my rock. After years of not noticing what was right in front of me, we finally became a thing. It was his trip abroad that got us closer. It made me realize that I wouldn’t be able to survive without him. And soon, we began dating.
I belong to an orthodox Muslim family and Sachin is a Christian. To us, our religion was never an issue. But, when I told my father about our relationship, all hell broke loose – he made it clear that there was no way I could marry a Christian. While on the other hand, his parents were okay with it. Sachin also tried convincing my family, but it didn’t work.
Days after my father said no, all I wanted to do was run away. I even packed up my stuff and walked into Sachin’s house with my suitcase. But he made me realise that we couldn’t hurt our families that way and sent me back. So together, we made the decision to let go of each other. It wasn’t easy – he’d dug himself deep in my heart, but I knew it had to be done.
Soon, I got married to someone I met through my parents. But within a month, it all came crashing down. I started having troubles with my in-laws, and my freedom was completely taken away by my husband. I resisted as much as I could, but one day, after an ugly fight, things got violent – I decided to walk out. The marriage was was over before it even began.
But on the other side of all this misery, Sachin was waiting for me. He helped me reconcile with what had happened. We knew we deserved another chance. So once again, we gathered the courage to talk to my parents. They understood the struggle I’d gone through and made peace with the religion issue. All they wanted was my happiness.
We got married in April – we had a Nikah and a Church wedding! In the presence of our families, our fairytale finally came true. We like to call the first part of our relationship Season 1! Filled with dramatic twists, and cliffhangers! But there’s nothing better than Season 2. Because that’s when I finally came home…to my happy place – Sachin.”