Interracial/Intercultural Dating: Jewish Woman & Hindu Man–How Love Won!
Morgan & Pratish’s Love Story: 7 Years in the Making
How We Met
We first met the day I moved in the dorms at UCSB, Pratish was my Resident Assistant (RA). He was the cool senior with a charming smile that my freshman self fell in love with. My mom helped me move in made me talk to him to ask for directions to my classes, little did she know what she started!
How Long Have We Been Together
The simple answer is 2 years and the complicated one is 7 years. We were friends my first year of college and started becoming something more once he was no longer my RA. We dated casually for the next 4 years but we were never in a serious relationship in that time because Pratish felt he needed to ultimately be with an Indian girl.
Eventually we ended things for good, or so I thought. After a 9 month break, he came back into my life. He had told his family about me and wanted to make us work regardless of the expectations people had (and that he had himself) of who he should be with. It’s been an amazing 2 years since!
Take Aways: What Advice Would You Give Other Couples?
Being in an interracial/interfaith relationship definitely keeps things fun and interesting:
- When we go to his family functions the adults mostly speak Gujarati and it can be difficult to communicate with them. Because I am vegetarian, and most of Pratish’s family is, we are able to bond over the commonality of food. You can’t go wrong with that!
- During last Hanukkah, Pratish was traveling for work and I was bummed he wasn’t going to be home to celebrate our first Hanukkah together. He surprised me by giving my sister 8 gifts to give to me every night. We even sang the prayer over FaceTime which was the best part – seeing him try to pronounce the words. Although we both don’t consider ourselves particularly religious, we try observing holidays from both faiths.
- If you want a glimpse into Pratish’s head on our relationship, watch Meet The Patels! It is eerily similar to our relationship and explains the struggle of deciding between your heart or family expectations.
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