Tuesday, 21 April 2015

It’s our 25th Wedding Anniversary!

April 22, 1990
Twenty-five years ago, on April 22, 1990, Parizad and I got married in a simple and memorable ceremony attended by family and friends. Ours was a civil marriage because my wife is a Zoroastrian-Parsi by birth and it allowed her to keep her faith well as I am a Hindu. We were both born in Bombay where we live.

We met on December 7, 1986, the day she walked into the newspaper office, where I was already working as a cub reporter, and into my life. After a four-year courtship, during which we walked and talked and read books and watched movies together, we decided to tie the knot.



April 22, 2015
Parizad and I have two beautiful children. Nyrica, 23, our daughter who is studying to become a CA, and Thayn, 18, our son who is in senior college and plans to pursue an MBA.

My marriage to Parizad remains the best decision of my life though I can’t say the same for her. True to her name, which means born of a fairy, she has given me more than I could have ever wished for. I’ll borrow a line from Erich Segal’s Man, Woman and Child to sum up all those years of wedded bliss—“(Parizad) is why I believe in marriage” to which I’ll add “and in life too.”

Our children Nyrica and Thayn

26 comments:

  1. What a beautiful tribute to your wife. Congratulations and God bless your family.

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    1. Thank you, Mystica! It has been a wonderful 25 years.

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    1. Thank you, Mr. Reasoner. It has been a beautiful journey.

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    1. Nick, thank you. Who'd have thought I'd be blogging about it 25 years later!

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  4. What a lovely family, Prashant. Thanks so much for sharing them and the day with us.

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    1. Thank you, Patti. Happy to share. You wanted to know what I looked like, so here's the culprit!

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  5. BIG congrats! You have a beautiful family--thanks for sharing.

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    1. Many thanks, Fleur. I have been extremely lucky.

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  6. What lovely pictures of you and your family, Prashant. I love to see long and happy marriages. I am glad you are so blessed. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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    1. Tracy, thank you for your kind words. After so many years of blogging I thought it was time to reveal the face behind my blog.

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  7. Congrats on your anniversary!

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  8. Lovely to be able to put a face to your name. Congratulations to you both and what a lovely foursome you all make. Is the longevity of your marriage the exception or the norm in 21st Century India?
    I'll be 27 years married in July and I think I might be in a minority. I look around my office at work and the numbers of divorced, out-weigh the non.

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    1. Hi Col, many thanks for your appreciation. I realised, rather belatedly, that it is important to "put a face to (one's) name." Longevity of marriage in India is still the norm rather than the exception, though live-ins, separations, and divorces are on the rise in this century. Most married couples try and make their marriages work, for the sake of their children and owing to tradition, particularly family and societal pressures. Besides, married Indians will think really very hard before violating the sanctity of marriage. There isn't a single divorced husband or wife in my entire office populated by close to 200 employees.

      Col, I'm going to remember your wedding anniversary this July onwards but you'll have to tell me the date.

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  9. Excellent. And that is what it's all about!

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    1. Charles, thank you very much. Yes, nothing is bigger than family.

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  10. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful story. You are truly blessed.

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    1. Mel, thank you for your generous words. I have been very lucky, I admit.

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  11. What a great post - thank you for sharing these personal details, and so nice to see those beautiful pictures. Many congratulations and here's to another 25 years for your both!

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    1. Moira, thanks a ton! Happy to share pictures of my family. I'd a tough time choosing my own recent photo because I'm not at all photogenic. We're looking forward to the next 25 years.

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  12. Congratulation Prashant - love the photos and your kids look so much like you both - wonderful.

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    1. Cheers, Sergio! Thanks very much and I'm glad you liked the photos. The kids are wonderful, always thoughtful and caring. We had great fun raising them.

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  13. Well, a belated Congratulations, Prashant! A very handsome couple and two fine children!

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    1. Oscar, thank you very much for your lovely words.

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