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NRI couple relives their Delhi date


Marya Shakil,CNN-IBN
Jun 16, 2007 at 03:21pm IST

New Delhi: Who said the wait ended after you have exchanged rings. Even after 30 years of married life, Prabhulal still loves to wait for his lover and now his wife Meneka.

"Even now, he will come at least half-an-hour early. He doesn't want me to wait. My friends tease me, saying he is your eternal lover," says Meneka.

In India for the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, this Mauritian couple rooted for their romantic roots, remembering their Delhi University days, when Prabhu used to wait for Meneka near an electric pole outside the women's hostel. So, thanks to the years in between, when the couple took a rickshaw ride in DU's North Campus, it was one of nostalgia and a trip down memory lane.

"Earlier, we used to sit comfortably on the rickshaw. Now it's uncomfortable as he has become fat," Meneka points out.

The journey down the beaten tracks after 30 long years was certainly worth it. For this NRI couple owes their togetherness to the City of Djinns. Of Indian origin, but born in Mauritius, it was 33 years ago when the city of Ghalib brought them together. The couple met in Delhi when they were in college.

And a famous coffee shop in DU campus, they say, was their regular haunt, even though coffee was expensive. "We used to come here, you know, because nobody would recognise us. And there was a cosy corner there," Meneka recalls.

So how did it all happen? "Kuch kuch hota hai.It just happened," Meneka would tell you. Prabhulal is more forthright. "It was love at first sight," he claims.

Delhi's cityscape may have changed dramatically in these 30 years, but for this couple, certain moments are captured in the city forever.

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