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Our winners in love

Our winners in love
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First Published: Sat, Mar 08 2008. 12 49 AM IST
Updated: Sat, Mar 08 2008. 12 49 AM IST
Mr Iyengar and Ms Sinha HIM: I fell in love with Sonali within a month of meeting her in B-school. A couple of months later, after countless midnight walks and mess-table conversations, I proposed. Contrary to public perception, she was the first—and to date, only—girl I’ve ever proposed to. She was sensible enough to turn me down (the rejection hurt less than the clichéd, “I thought we were just friends”). HER: I didn’t turn him down, I just wanted more time to think.Vineet was the first guy with whom I felt totally comfortable. I didn’t mind his holding my hand whenever he got the chance, or gazing at me with his light brown eyes, or complimenting me in unexpected ways. But I was there to study. Besides, I was too young and he was younger! HIM: Yeah…about 10 months younger. Like that mattered. Anyway, much to my surprise, I went to pieces, my grades plummeted, I spent a whole term moping before coming to grips with myself. I couldn’t avoid her—we were part of the same gang—so I put on this rational and unemotional façade. And then I nearly died. HER: When he started moping around, I went on a major guilt trip, and having all my friends side with him didn’t help! I didn’t let it affect me outwardly—after all, I took pride in my internal locus of control. Then, one day, during a class picnic, I nearly lost him in a waterfall accident. The thought of never having him around really shook me. He fought to sit next to me on the long bus ride back; we spent the evening singing Kishore songs. I loved being with him, but still thought we were just good friends. HIM: Yup. That’s about the time we became good friends again. Some Karan Johar-type moments happened, which hinted to her that I was still carrying a torch for her. And then, we finished our MBAs and began working in different cities. HER: Somewhere along the way, I realized that he still cared deeply for me but the enormity of my feelings didn’t become apparent to me until we were due to graduate. I knew he was the guy for me, but just didn’t know how to broach the topic. And, so, we went our separate ways.HIM:We exchanged some letters—nothing special. Then one day I received a special missive. A trivial incident had somehow convinced her she was about to die. Her only thought was to write to me and confess her love. In the morning, despite being assured of her good health, she somehow still had the guts to mail the letter.I was thrilled that good sense had prevailed, and was kind-hearted enough to reciprocate in a similar vein. HER:We exchanged some letters—I felt he missed me as much as I did him. Then, one night, I had a major fright and was convinced I was about to die. My only thought was to write to him and confess my love. In the morning, despite feeling better, I somehow still had the guts—and good sense—to mail the letter. He was smart enough to curb his ego and reciprocate in a similar vein.THEY:We got engaged two years after he first proposed, and were married a few months later. Ten years later, the spark is still very much alive and our story changes in subtle ways with each retelling. Sonali Sinha and Vineet Iyengar win a gift voucher worth Rs3,000 from French salon and spa Jean Claude Biguine in Bandra, Mumbai. Other winnersManisha Lath Gupta from Mumbai wins a gift certificate for a meal for two worth Rs3,000 at Tiffin, The Oberoi, Mumbai.Sucharita Datta wins a set of bedsheets with pillow covers worth Rs2,950 from the UK-based linen brand Whites of London.Sushant Haritas from New Delhi wins two contemporary Champagne flutes worth Rs3,150 from Villeroy and Boch’s New Wave line.-
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First Published: Sat, Mar 08 2008. 12 49 AM IST
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