On 8 November 2016, the world changed a lot- Trump was the new president, India had just announced demonetization, and Yusuf and I matched on Tinder. This is relevant because I had been on and off Tinder for a few years now, and I was over the usual conversation starters. But that morning, as I got in an auto to get to my college, I got a funny message about Trump winning the election. I thought to myself, "Hmm, this is interesting. not the usual Hi or Hey". We talked all day on Tinder, and by the time I was getting back home, demonetization was being announced.
Yusuf is an NRI raised in Dubai. He was in Delhi for his convocation when we matched on Tinder. Our conversation led us to find out that we were from the same college, the same course, and he was just 2 years senior to me. How we never came across each other in the 1 building that we had our classes in still remains a mystery.
Demonetization led to him staying back with his grandmom, who lived alone in Delhi at the time. Yusuf often says that our love blossomed in the bank lines, waiting to deposit and withdraw cash every day. We'd text and talk for hours while he'd be out running errands.
Our mutual love for kebabs took us to one of our initial dates to Old Delhi. After kebabs, we decided to go somewhere else. Like every other Delhiite, I hailed a tuk-tuk, not knowing Yusuf had never been on one. He screamed throughout the journey, saying, "We're so close to the ground!! Where are the doors to these things!?!?".
We're polar opposites of each other, and I think that's what made us fall in love with each other.
Our love started online. Even though we got married a little before COVID, most of Yusuf's family couldn't travel to attend our wedding. Hence, we had an online wedding as well. It was a grand affair - we did our court marriage almost a month before the ceremonies. We had both Hindu & Muslim ceremonies in Delhi and Dubai, respectively.