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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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The first time I met Sona, we drove around a dodgy part of Beverly Hills trying to find an Indian restaurant in the days before iPhones or GPS systems. Just as we were about to give up, a Gaylords restaurant appeared out of nowhere. We were both starving and our first move as soon as we sat down is indicative of our entire relationship: I went straight for the gulab jamun, Sona went straight for the chai. Eventually, we got around to the food.

A whirlwind romance ensued, with three weddings, a cooking honeymoon/lucha libre wrestling match in Mexico, followed shortly by a six month honeymoon adventure through India. When Kavya arrived, our world became larger, more colorful, and more fun, even though she did chuck a spanner into our whole Greece trip (she owes us a Santorini trip with a kid-friendly, harrowing donkey ride up the steps of an active volcano).

Just when I thought we couldn’t possibly have more love to give, Shaiyar Singh entered our world and has added to our constantly evolving kahani. It’s been almost two weeks since we added our newest member to Team Ishq and he’s now opening his eyes, doing some pointless climbing reflex in case he’s in the wild and needs to climb a tree, and just started touching faces. I’ve had to come up with a new nickname for him, as Kavya refuses to share “darling” with anyone but me. Tentatively, he is Noori Nath – the most badass villain with the most devious mustache you will ever see in your life. It’s an appropriate allusion in any situation.

Shaiyar was considerate enough to arrive a few days early, so as not to interfere with his sister’s birthday, and planned it all out so he would exit the hospital in the middle of a major winter storm, just like Kavya. I think it was definitely a conspiracy. 

In case Sona’s post on Vacation Envy was a bit too subtle (she’s often very cryptic, which is why she has to clarify things by using the word “literally,” so as not to confuse people), we’re getting itchy feet. We have no idea where we’ll end up going: home exchange? beach camping trip? A small town in Europe? Asia? Watch out, world!

No matter who you’re spending it with, a very Happy Valentines Day to everyone. We’re skipping the whole flowers, heart shaped chocolates, crowded dinner out, and instead having a major bake-off at home. How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?

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