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Contesting for love

chandigarh Updated: Nov 14, 2013 10:49 IST
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Destiny and the invisible love cupid play the most crucial part in most love stories, don’t they? If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. Such was the case with PU students Harman Bajwa, 32, and Daaman Bajwa, 25. This one is like your super hit Bollywood masala film — girl meets boy in college, they begin by hating each other, second half sees them cozying-up and then comes love.

Harman and Daaman, Panjab University’s beloved couple, take us back to the days when it all began. Daaman, a Biotechnology student then, says, "During the first year of college, I just did what everyone was doing, supported the leader other girls were supporting. But, a couple of years down the line, I got actively involved in politics and started supporting PUSU (Panjab University Students’ Union). Harman, on the other hand, was known as the ‘kingmaker’ of SOPU (Students Organisation of Panjab University). He was one of the most important people of the party."

But, SOPU lost the election that year, and their loss indirectly contributed to the union of Harman and Daaman. Harman recalls, “After PUSU’s victory, Daaman was enjoying with her friends at a club where I happened to be with my friends. She, along with her group, started teasing me, which provoked me to pass some not-so-kind remarks, not-so subtly.”

Obviously then, the incident did not leave a very good impression of Harman on Daaman’s mind. But, what is destined, is destined. So, the two happen to meet through a common friend a few days later at Aroma. “We met and all of us went for a gehri. Harman was driving and I was sitting at the back. He kept talking to me through out, looking at me through the rear-view mirror.”

The conversation, however, was redemption of sorts for Harman, who was trying to make up for the ‘shouting at her’ incident. Daaman says, “The same night, I received a message from an unknown number, which was followed by a long trail of messages from both sides.”

Harman adds, “I was driving to Sunam from Chandigarh at the time, but didn’t stop messaging her.”
It was just a matter of another couple of days before Daaman received the marriage proposal from Harman. “Since the first day of talking to her, I knew I wanted to marry this girl.”

And so it happened, on February 13, 2013. While the first-half of their story was all lovey-dovey and romantic, the second-half gave them enough to be proud of.

Daaman says, “Harman wanted me to contest elections (for NSUI Punjab), despite my initial apprehensions. Then, I thought entering politics would only help me spend more time with him. Otherwise, I’d have to stay at home without him.”

Harman adds, “There were many who said, ‘what if Daaman does better than me in politics and reaches a higher position?’ But, nothing bothered me. Women have always played an important role in my life. I lost my father at a young age, so my mother raised us single-handedly. I was confident about Daaman and wanted her to rise in life. But, I didn’t want her to function like my stamp. She contested elections only when she was sure.”

As a result, Daaman today stands proud as the state president of NSUI (National Students’ Union of India).