The incredible story of Anand and Maitreyi. A modern contemporary love story.
Just so you know, Anand is a badminton player, represents India at international level and is currently ranked 38th in the world. Yeah, pretty darn cool right?!
Maitreyi runs a foundation that helps promote mental health in the society.
Here is their story!
Jab they met…
Our story begins with a 11-year-old Maitreyi and 12-year-old Anand. Training for badminton under Anand’s father, they would see each other during training sessions. But they, in Maitreyi’s words, “couldn’t stand each other and would almost get into physical fights.” As time went on, they grew up, went to college together and became the best of friends. Really, they were just friends! Love wasn’t part of the equation just yet..
Then, Love happened
Anand’s Badminton career and Maitreyi’s education would lead them to different parts of the world, but Skype came to the rescue! 15 hours, 17 hours long conversations happened (Gosh! wonder who’s using all the WiFi?) which resulted in a little spark but was quickly muddled with thought of the long distance between them. Much later when they came back to Mumbai, thats when love blossomed. Admittedly, there were one or two wrong choices along the way but they realised soon enough that they were meant to be with each other. Our lady even played a little hard-to-get. She wishes she’d done it longer, but his green puppy eyes made her heart melt. (Aww!)
Ah! The Proposal
The proposal happened and our boy did it in his own style and panache. Just one day before her birthday, at a fancy hotel near Baga beach, Goa, he popped the question. (There was also a surprise entry by the parents. Anand had set up a private meeting between the elders beforehand.)
She was left stunned, excited, overjoyed and most of all, super impressed! What else could she do? She said Yes!
Wedding day was decided, it was a magnanimous jubilation and yours truly, WhatKnot was there to cover it. Here are the pictures.
Day 1 : Haldi and Mehendi
Day 2 : Wedding Day
Day 3 : Cocktail Party