Rushabh, 27, is a
graduate of The Pennsylvania State University. He
resides in Arlington, Virginia and works as a Software
Engineer for Verizon Communications. His parents Ashwin
and Leena live in New Jersey, and his younger brother
Parshv, lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Rushabh is also a recent graduate of The George
Washington University by having completed his MBA this
past May, however, his enthusiasms lay outside the
business world. His passions are in the arts,
music specifically, traveling, outdoorsy activities,
enjoying life with his family and friends, and now, his
new wife, Rajju.
also 27 years old, is a graduate of James Madison
University. She calls Atlanta, Georgia her home
and currently works for Motorola ESG as a Software
Engineer. Unlike Rushabh, Rajju's family is a bit larger
consisting of both her parents, Raman and Shaku, who
live in Alexandria,Virginia; her older brother Sanjay,
his wife Manisha and their 2 1/2 year old son Rohan (all
of whom live in Suwanee, Georgia); along with her older
sister Sangita, her husband Nitin, and their new son,
Devon, born on August 22, 2003, whose home is in Aurora,
Rajju’s IT-oriented career, one can barely call her a
computer geek. Rajju’s passions lie in traveling,
decorating, her family & friends, keeping fit,
sports, and her new found love & soul mate –
Rushabh and Rajju; nowadays, there really is no real
"conventional" way of meeting people.
You either have mutual friends in common, or a family
member introduces you. There is always the
"bio-data" route, but lately the craze has
been on-line matrimonial sites, which tout being able to
find the life partner that you've been looking for.
Some, might think that it's a bunch of nonsense, but is
it? Although Rushabh is often the last to admit
it, we met in one of the newest ways to meet
people, and as you probably guessed it by now, it
was via the Internet."
gag gift for his 26th birthday, Rushabh’s friends had
gotten him a membership on an Indian matrimonial site,
and although the gift was received as the joke it was
intended on being, it actually changed his life forever.
Similarly, Rajju and her friends always wondered who was
on sites like these and decided one night
(“after a few cocktails”, Rajju adds) to create a
profile online and see what would happen.
for two people that never intended on meeting online,
things certainly did have a funny way of working out.
The fateful day was October 16, 2001 proclaims Rajju, as
it was a day that “I had received this 10 page email
which required me to take numerous breaks to read
[laughing], actually, no, I’m joking, but I did
receive this extremely thought out email and I
appreciated the effort so I responded to it. Little did
I know what was going to happen from there”.
couple months of email exchanges and phone
conversations, Rushabh and Rajju finally met in December
2001 and well, as they say, the rest is history. The
couple continued seeing each other, and soon their
friendship turned into courtship, and as if it was
written for all eternity, Rushabh and Rajju were married
on June 15, 2003.
Says Rajju: “Well, it
happened on October 4, 2002. I went to go and pick
Rushabh up at the Atlanta airport. As per usual, I was
running a bit late, thankfully so was his plane. I
picked him up and we headed back towards my home.
Rushabh asked me if we could stop off at Kroger (a local
grocery store); I immediately asked if it was because he
wanted to buy me flowers, he was a bit exasperated
because he claims he can't surprise me with anything.
Well we got back to my apartment and he asked to see my
new digital camera so he could look at the "cool
features". While he was doing this, he nonchalantly
said, "I brought you something to eat". I of
course hearing anything related to food was all ears! He
handed me a box of Jelly Belly jelly beans (my
favorite), and told me that he had opened the box
already because he wanted to try them, I said it was
okay, just as long as he hadn't touched the good ones.
So I sat on the couch, opened the box and stared down at
the Jelly Beans (Rushabh claims I was drooling!).
I happened to look at the inside of the box top and
noticed that the paper that covers the jelly beans was
stuck inside the top and it was wrapped in another piece
of paper. I pulled it out and there was a poem written
comes a time in every man's life
when he must take a chance and choose a wife.
That time has finally come to be.
So will you take a chance and
was sitting on the couch with tears in my eyes and I
looked over only to realize that Rushabh was on one
knee, with the camera in his hand (he had been taking
mini-movies of my reaction) and I asked "Are you
asking me?" and he spoke the words that he had
written on the paper, and asked me to marry him. I, at
first didn't know what to say, but the word finally came
out and I said "YESSSS"! I took the plastic
cover off of the jellybeans and sitting there in the
center compartment in a little plastic bag was a tiffany
style platinum ring with a princess cut diamond that he
slipped onto my finger.”