This Mumbai couple have been married happily for 52 years and their secret is...
"We both have given to each other, without expecting anything in return and that's why we're still madly in love -- it's a beautiful feeling," she says
Raju and Prem Samtani's love story is nothing like a Bollywood flick. There is no villain, no drama and neither is there any action. The only thing that is common is a hero and his lady love!
In an age where 'connections' are only virtual, this couple wrote letters to connect with each other. Married for almost 52 years, they prove that love can survive all barriers, age and even technology!
Take a look at this couple's love story, which they shared with the Humans of Bombay.
How their love story began...
Narrating their love story, Raju begins, "We were engaged for two years before marriage, but because I was from Kanpur and he was from Bombay we couldn't meet as often. My maternal grandparents lived in Bombay, so every summer vacation I would come here, and everyday after his work he would come pick me up. Those were great days, but eventually I would have to go back to Kanpur where I would wait anxiously for his letters."
She adds that the connection with technology that we are so fond of today, was missing during those days. So writing to each other was the only way to stay connected.
"In those days, there was no telephone...but thank God for that -- I have each and every one of the letters he's ever written to me...and we've been married 52 years!" she says.
"His letters were very romantic -- he would quote the great poets of our time and use his own words to express his love for me," she adds.
On asked whether she remembered any of the letter he'd written to her, she described one particular letter where husband Prem had proclaimed his undying love for his lovely wife.
"He once wrote -- 'I've loved you for a 1000 years already, but I still love you today and I'll love you tomorrow.' Let me tell you, it's been a memorable life with him...we've shared it together for 52 years and with time, he's become more romantic!" she shares.
Secret of their happy marriage
So what's the secret of their 52-year marriage?
"There's only one secret to a relationship like ours -- Give, give and give! We both have given to each other, without expecting anything in return and that's why we're still madly in love -- it's a beautiful feeling," she explains.
Well, that surely is inspirational.
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