How My Parents Discovered Love After I Moved Out

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How My Parents Discovered Love After I Moved Out

Illustration: Ahmed Sikander

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wenty-nine years ago, my parents met each other for the first time — at their own wedding. My father was in his mid-30s; my mother was 24, a year younger than I am now.

Besides familial approval, their union had very little in common. My mother had lived most of her life in Jamshedpur, a steel town in what was still Bihar, surrounded by a multicultural population. Baba had grown up in rural West Bengal, ensconced in the traditional strain of Bangaliana. My father is shy and has always stuck to an imaginary word limit in social situations, while Ma has the tendency to narrate stories by the minute, swiftly becoming the life of any gathering.

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