Who said you can’t meet the love of your life on a dating app or an online dating site? For all of you who think love is merely a fantasy in your life – something that will never happen to your ever – here is another love story to refill your tank of hope.
Newly weds Hasheel and Parimal are from Toronto, Canada. Hasheel is a musician, while Parimal is an entrepreneur. Recently this lovely couple decided to take their two year long relationship to the next level. And because of the COVID19 situation, Hasheel and Parimal had an intimate, quite yet a beautiful Hindu ceremony on the 2nd of July 2020.
Hasheel exclusively told FSOG, the story of how they met and what happened on the day Parimal popped the question. Read on!
We Met Online:
Parimal and I both met online. I can’t remember who messaged who first, but neither of us were interested in chatting endlessly online. After a few messages we decided to meet in person. I invited him to a performance of mine and he came and sat in the back (I was looking for him but couldn’t him!). As soon as I finished, I got a text message from him saying “you were really great, I will see you later!”. I think I may have scared him off. I immediately called him because I wanted to actually meet him and we went for tea. The rest is history!
However, our fourth date ended up being a trip to New York City. I had a Navratri gig and I invited him along. When we were there we both searched out a garba/raas event. It was an old warehouse in a gloomy industrial area, but as soon as we heard the garba songs, we looked at each other and something clicked. We discovered each other’s love for garba and it was as if everything made sense in that moment. I had never connected with someone so culturally and spiritually until that moment. I knew right then and there that he was the one.
Parimal Bent The Knee:
Parimal and I dated for about 1.5 years before we realized things were getting very serious. I was scared, young, and still not independent enough to commit to the person that I would spend the rest of my life with! We ended up taking a one year break. After a year, I surprised him with an acoustic concert and chai party in his backyard. I sang my heart out to him, got down on one knee with a gold necklace, and asked him to be my partner again. We weren’t engaged, but I secretly felt that he needed to make the next move!
Two years later, on his birthday, he invited all of our immediate friends and family to a fancy vegan restaurant. There were beautiful flowers and the menus all had a letter on the back of them. This got me a little bit suspicious. When he asked everyone to play a game, and put together their letters to spell out what he wanted for his birthday, I froze! It wasn’t until I got up and saw the message “Hasheel, will you marry me?” that I realized it was happening. He got down on one knee and gave me a pair of gold bangles. Two perfect moments in our lives, where we each got to publicly announce our love for each other!
Our Parents Gave Us Their Full Blessings:
Since I had been out to my parents for several years before I met Parimal. As soon as my parents got to know him, they immediately fell in love with him. The same goes for Parimal’s family. We all just got along so well! My parents were with me throughout the ups and downs of our relationship and I am so blessed to have their support. When we officially got engaged, my mom was the first person to get excited about planning the wedding.
Nations like Netherlands, Belgium and Canada have always been waaaay ahead of the rest of the world, especially in terms of LGBTQ rights. Netherlands legalised same-sex marriages back in 2001, becoming the first country in the world to ever do so. The second country to legalise same-sex unions is Belgium, in the year 2003.
Following the same suit, on December 9, 2004, Canada’s Supreme Court has ruled same-sex marriages as constitutional. While most of the world is still finding it hard to accept homosexuality, nations like these have always been open minded and progressive. Let’s hope that India and other countries as well, take some notes from them.