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Are matches made in heaven? A tale of two different marriages in Odisha


Bhubaneswar: Not every marriage is made in heaven. While some couples make it heaven together, a few break up even before tying the nuptial knot.

A tale of two contrasting marriages from two different parts of the State will make one wonder on the age-old saying.

In the first instance reported from Dundelmal village under Junagarh block of Kalahandi, marriage was fixed between Deepanjali, daughter of local villager Sadharm Nayak, and son of Dharamgarh based Trinath Nayak, Amit. However, their destiny had other plans.

On the day of the marriage, everything was poised to happen smoothly until Amit’s baraat party arrived at the bride’s residence. Just prior to the beginning of the rituals on the mandap, Amit collapsed on the ground. In no time, family members of the bride found that the groom was in an  inebriated state.

Subsequently, a furious Deepanjali rejected the marriage on the spot.  Asked about it, Deepanjali said,” I would rather die than marry a drunkard like Amit.” Despite repeated attempts for compromise from both sides, the marriage was finally called off.

Meanwhile, in another corner of the State, a different love story has now united two completely contrasting cultures in the sacred bond.

Hailing from two regions separated by thousands of kilometers apart with different cultures, this couple has proved that love has no boundaries.

Seven years ago, Emma Lorre, a lady from Sweden had fallen in love with one Mohammad Azharuddin of Odisha while the latter was working as a chef in Goa. Despite staying far away from each other, both of them continued to be in a relationship through social media. After two years of online dating, Azharuddin travelled all the way to Sweden.

In 2015, both Emma and Mohammad decided to walk down the aisle together and after getting nod from their families, they finally tied the knot in Odisha in the presence of family members, friends and relatives.

“It has been seven years, and we have managed to stick through thick and thin. I hope that we live happily ever after,” said Azharuddin.

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