Community gatherings give a chance to meet old friends and, sometimes, stumble upon someone whom you want to spend the rest of your life with. It was one of the Meitei gatherings in 2008 in Toronto that Sheetal saw a very quite guy sitting at a corner of the hall. When she looked around, she realized that he was one of the very few people who was in her age group. She went up to him and strike a conversation. He happened to be Jagabir who was a UG student in St Catherines, another city in Canada.
After this visit, Jagabir made phone calls to Sheetal and talked for hours. Only to be shocked by the hefty phone bills that later came to his realization that he and Sheetal belonged to different cities. "I think the phone calls stopped a bit after that. Haha...," Sheetal said. "He is a very simple guy who likes simple classic things. There are little things that he does everytime that are sweet and relatable. Once we decided to hang out at a Toronto Island and met at downtown. While we were walking down a sideway, there were many constructions being made and I told him that everything is going to change in a few years. He replied by saying that 'the person who walks next to me would remain the same'. This gave me goosebumps," Sheetal added.
After five years of good friendship, Jagabir took the courage to ask Sheetal out. It is difficult to hold your feelings for long for someone who is always giggly and happy. "She would always put a smile on her face regardless of what the situation is. That is the most likeable aspect about her. One of the fondest memories that we had together was bringing Bugsy, a puppy, to our lives. We had transform from just being a young couple to parents. Another memory was when we decided on the go to visit a French city and were totally unprepared for the rain. It started pouring like anything and instead of seeking shelter we ran in the rain. This will forever be etched in my heart," Jagabir said.
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