INTERRACIAL/INTERCULTURAL MARRIAGE: CUBAN-AMERICAN WOMAN AND INDIAN MAN
Hi, my name is Stephanie. I am a second generation Cuban – American woman married to Ranjeet, who is from India. We have two beautiful kids, Samaya is 4 years old, and our newest addition, our son Avyaan is 6 months old.
HOW WE MET
My husband Ranjeet and I met in 2008, when meeting on the Internet was a bit unorthodox. After talking though social media for a couple weeks, we learned a lot about each other. We came to know that we were both living in the same city and decided to meet, and that is where my typical Bollywood love story began.
Ranjeet was working for a company in Miami, Florida while I was starting college. We had really enjoyed spending time together and looked for any opportunity to meet. Not long after our friendship started did Ranjeet ask me to be his girlfriend.
Our relationship was blossoming quickly, until it was time to tell Ranjeet’s parents about our relationship. We were then faced with the hardship of his parents not agreeing to our relationship. Even though, this hurdle presented itself in one of the happiest moments of our lives we kept a smile on our faces, and continued to see each other.
CONFRONTING HIS PARENTS ABOUT US BEING TOGETHER
It wasn’t until Ranjeet went back to India (during our one year long-distance relationship), and talked to his parents face to face that they finally agreed to us being together. If it’s one thing that we never lost was faith that they would see that we were meant to be.
HOW LONG HAVE WE BEEN TOGETHER
9 years and counting! We dated for 4 years before tying the knot, and have been married for 5 years.
INTERRACIAL/INTERCULTURAL MARRIAGE: OUR ADVICE AND TAKEAWAYS
- Find what’s important to you! Since the beginning of my relationship with Ranjeet, we have always talked about our values, and what was important to us. Coming from two completely different places, religions, and cultures I wanted to make sure that both sides were always being represented. Now that we have children it’s even more important for them to learn both sides of who they are. In our home we celebrate Christmas and Easter as well as Holi and Diwali.
- Communication is key. Since the beginning of our relationship I remember that we always asked each others opinion, even on the smallest things. It’s important for us to be able to figure things out together. Communication has the power to strengthen a relationship, as one always feels valued.
- Food: Food is such a big part of both our families. Food brings people together, and I secretly believed it was my cooking that ultimately made Ranjeet fall in love with me. I still remember the first time my In-laws came to the US. Ranjeet had asked for Jalebi (an Indian sugar syrup funnel cake) for breakfast and my in laws were shocked that I knew how to make this, as in India it is never made at home and bought from sweet shops. It made me happy to make these for them as they don’t speak much English so we don’t get to communicate much by language, but through food everyone finds a voice.
Thank you Stephanie and Ranjeet for sharing your amazing love story and beautiful family with our readers. And you are so right that food brings people together in so many ways. What did you think of Stephanie and Ranjeet’s love story? Feel free to post a comment below and share this post! Like our content? Subscribe! Have a question for us? Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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