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Love is in the air

Matilda Simmons
Sunday, February 25, 2018

SO, how did you meet? It's the one question everyone's dying to know about your relationship. The most common answer would be through mutual friends, or at places that you don't really expect to meet.

But what is taking relationships by storm is social media. It has revolutionised the way people interact and people have gone into it to find love.

But for Sunesh and Ronita Bali, the thought never crossed their minds until they started chatting on Facebook. It was as funny as it sounds � through a business transaction (not what you have in mind).

"We met through a group called 'Buy and Sell in Fiji'," said Sunesh who works as an IT support officer at The Fiji Times.

"I had advertised a product and she was interested in buying it. We started chatting and then she had to go to Australia for a visit. But before she left she called me up and asked if I wanted anything from Australia.

"It actually caught me off guard, then I gathered myself and just whispered for chocolates but I never thought she'd actually bring it.

"I was surprised when she called me up and asked to meet. She actually brought my favourite chocolate 'Rocher Ferrero'. I knew she was the one.

"I heard once that 'first impressions are lasting impressions' and you can never redo a first impression. My first impression took a couple more glances, and admiration and I thank God for giving me a lovely wife."

The duo had their engagement on June 19, 2017 and a traditional Indian wedding ceremony on December 9, 2017.

The theme for their traditional wedding was red, cream white and gold with close to 200 families attending.

"My families, both paternal and maternal sides, took tremendous effort to make my wedding day a very special and memorable one but the most appreciation and heartfelt thanks towards my parents," said Sunesh.

For the somewhat quiet Ronita, it was just small sweet things that Sunesh did that won her heart.

"On Valentine's Day this year, he surprised me by sending roses to my workplace and I was wondering who sent me those until the delivery person handed me a copy of The Fiji Times," she laughed.

The couple described their wedding as very special.

"To me personally, the most memorable part of the wedding was when I put on the mangalsutra (Indian wedding chain) on Ronita and put the sindoor on her forehead (sindoor � red powder) signifying that we are one," said Sunesh.

"We thank God for bringing us together and this wedding preparation has really tested our faith, patience, trust and most importantly our love for each other. After this wedding and what we have faced together we are confident and looking forward to the challenges of married life. Not all marriages may be successful but you have to make it successful and that's what we intend to do," he said with finality.

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