My man and I met in November 2008 in Australia. We met in a restaurant/bar.
I later found out he arrived in Australia on the day of my birthday…at this time we didn’t know each other. Some say it’s karma.
We fell in love quickly. All the rules were thrown out the window.
To be honest, I’d heard of Nepal but didn’t even know where it was on a map. I knew nothing about tikka, sari, sindoor, Dashain, the signficiance of cows, chaupaudi, dhal bhaat or 1974 AD.
Now, I know a lot more about Nepal- everything from family life, culture, festivals, food, taboos- but I still don’t know much at all.
I have found it very hard to deal with many aspects of our intercultural relationship. There have been times where I couldn’t cope with all the cultural differences but we have managed to compromise and adapt to each other’s cultures all for the sake of love.
We both share the same values that family is core but we still have different views on everything from politics to how to raise a baby/child
Rabindra is a passionate, vibrant and loving person and is nicknamed ‘smiley’ because he smiles all the time. My family and friends adore him.
He has an enormous circle of friends, thousands in fact, which to Australians would seem quite odd but in Nepal this is not uncommon because of the way these communities live.
We applied to Immigration for Rabindra to live in Australia and finally found success.
It was full of stress and trouble from the start but we try to take each day as it comes and hope that we will be afforded the right to stay together so we can start a family and do everything western couples can do. When you are in love it’s so hard to imagine life without that person, however it’s a reality when you come from different countries.