The story began in December 1994 at the Indian Pharmaceutical Congress (IPC) conference organised by students of Panjab University’s pharmacy department. Sanjeev was looking for a special person who would fit his ‘scheme of things’.
“I went to Vaishali’s college the next day, all dressed and told her I was looking for someone to help me build my pharmaceutical industry and that I wanted to marry her,” said Sanjeev with a bold smile. “I was stunned. It was the weirdest proposal ever,” laughed Vaishali.
Vaishali turned him down saying she didn’t have a say in the matter and would only follow her parent’s wishes, only to be even more surprised the next day.
“Later next night, my mother came and told me a boy had come all by himself and asked my hand in marriage. I was hysterical, and my parents were confused.”
After a little more research, Vaishali’s father found out about this mysterious boy and decided not to completely write him off.
“I had gone to her house on December 31, 1994, for the first time and our engagement took place on March 4, 1995. I took about 65 days to accomplish my mission,” said Sanjeev proudly, who was 22 when he first approached her.
The next two years of courtship, while Vaishali completed her pharmacy, were full of romance and surprises.
“One day she came to the factory, and saw a lot of fibres in our production and immediately caught this detail. I defensively called my production rejection, to save my image. That day I knew, she would help me reach new heights.” Sanjeev and Vaishali now jointly run a pharmaceutical industry by the name Scott Edil in Baddi.
“She was a gold medallist, I was a ‘pedalist’; she became the reason for me to achieve more. From a new car to a new house, she became my sense of achievement.”
We then asked Vaishali what she loved most about her spouse. “He didn’t ask for dowry which was the most important thing for me and my family. It reflected his broad thinking and self respect which touched me; also his sense of commitment during our courtship took my heart away.”
“Our family is founded on trust. We value each person and relationship so much that it seems disrespectful to cross-question anyone. This is why we have come so far,” she added.
Sunvi, their 16-year-old daughter, shyly said, “I believe in love a little more than my generation. I have seen them grow with so much understanding over the years,” while Arjun, 12, snuggled up to his mother and said that his father was an inspiration.