How we met: I met Chirag when I was 5 years old. Who would have thought that the cute boy I shared my lunch with in kindergarten would one day get on his knees in front of the Taj Mahal and ask me to marry him?
Chirag was one of my first friends in school. We were in all the same class from Kindergarten until Grade 10. As we were both amongst the “well-behaved” kids, our teachers always chose us to be the class captains. We started planning class activities together which led to sharing lunches and notes. I don’t remember when exactly it happened, but we started talking a lot and ended up having hour-long chats on MSN messenger.
Before we could figure out what we had was more than just a friendship or a crush, Chirag moved to Canada with his family. For the next 11 years, we remained good friends and shared all the crazy things we were up to over our regular MSN messenger chats. After completing his MBA, Chirag moved back to join his dad’s business. Once he settled in, we picked it up exactly from where we had left off. We caught up over long coffees, dinners, Skype dates and laughed at all the stupid things we both did over the past decade. We admitted having a crush on one another other since first grade. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love and realize that he is the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.
how they asked: For as long as I have known Chirag, he has always been a spontaneous person who goes all out in whatever he does. And this time he simply blew my mind. I had no clue about what was going on behind the scenes since February. He talked to my whole family and planned flights, the venue and the entire proposal for June 2014. He even flew to Delhi in April to pick the perfect spot to propose at the Taj Mahal.
During the first week of June Chirag mentioned that one his best friends, Darcy, was flying down from Canada to see the Taj Mahal. I had no idea that he had been planning the whole proposal with Darcy and his sister Ankita since the beginning. Ankita, who is getting married in a few months, asked me to help her with her wedding shopping in Delhi. Chirag convinced me to go to the Taj Mahal since Darcy really wanted to meet me. He booked all the flights and hotels so me and Ankita could go to Delhi to meet Darcy, see the Taj Mahal and do some wedding shopping. When I asked him to join us, he said he had an “extremely important” (fake) meeting that he had to attend 1,500 kilometres away.
On June 12th, Ankita and I took a morning flight to Delhi and on the same day, Chirag took an afternoon flight to Delhi along with both of our families. On the flight, all I could think of was how amazing it would have been if I could go to visit Taj Mahal with Chirag. I had no idea he was right behind me and would land in Delhi only three hours after we would.
The next morning when Darcy, Ankita and I were leaving our hotel to see the Taj Mahal, I still remember messaging him “I wish you were here with me”. When we entered the Taj Mahal, I was trying take pictures to send them to Chirag and all of a sudden Ankita took me to their pre-decided spot and covered my eyes. I thought she was going to show me a really good view or something.
When I opened my eyes, my heart skipped a beat when I saw Chirag on his knees. For a few seconds, I thought it was a dream. Never in my wildest dreams, could I have imagined something like this. I was still in shock when he said, “will you marry me?”
All I remember as he put a ring on my finger was my mind and heart racing while I processed the overload of emotions.
While I was still realizing the biggest and the best surprise of my life, Chirag told me to go across the river so we could enjoy a better view of Taj Mahal. I had no idea that he had arranged a surprise photo shoot for us. I always made him take photos of us with his phone and he arranged for three professional photographers who were ready to take as many pictures of us as I wanted.
I was once again blown away when he told me that he had painted the whole sign all by himself.
After taking our pictures, we went back to hotel to have some alone time. I had no idea that more and more surprises were waiting for me at the hotel. As soon as I opened the door of our room, I saw a beautiful dress, jewellery and a love note on our bed. My cheeks were hurting from smiling so much since morning.
We relaxed at the hotel for a few hours and I kept asking him a million questions about how he managed to pull this off without me getting the slightest idea. He kept giving funny answers since he wasn’t done with all the surprises.
In the evening, when we were about to leave our hotel to go for dinner, he went to the reception to ask if we could go to the rooftop for a bit. I had no idea there was another surprise waiting for me at the rooftop. When we went to the rooftop, I saw the big sign with my name on it and a table for two decorated with rose pebbles facing Taj Mahal. Once we settled in, he pulled out an iPad from under the table and asked me to press play. I didn’t know what to say when I saw a video message he recorded for me from London. A girl couldn’t be happier after hearing the things he said in that video.
Before I could process the video message, he mentioned there is one last surprise of the day. He closed my eyes and called both of our families to the rooftop. No words could explain my feelings when I saw my family. I was just thinking about when would I be able to share all of those amazing memories with them and then they were standing right in front of me.
We spent the entire weekend travelling around Delhi and getting used to being “engaged”.
It still feels like this whole proposal was a dream, but when I look at my ring and the video, it reminds me every time that I am the luckiest girl alive.