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Indians game for cross-border spouses

india Updated: Apr 25, 2010 15:39 IST

Sania and ShoaibLove knows no boundaries and marriage is more about compatibility, feel many Indians who wouldn’t mind going the Sania Mirza way. Just like the tennis star, they are game for a spouse in Pakistan, Nepal or Sri Lanka, and fundamentalists who oppose such marriages be damned.

Love is in the air
According to a survey, Love Across Boundaries by matrimony site Shaadi.com, 61.2 per cent people don’t mind looking for their spouses in Pakistan, followed by 28.9 percent and 26.4 percent people voting for Nepal and Sri Lanka, respectively.

Gourav Rakshit, business head of shaadi.com, says, “It truly was a revelation to us that people are genuinely open to having cross-border marriages and we were pleasantly surprised to learn how broadminded South Asians have become.” Though people don’t mind crossing borders for matrimony, compatibility still remains the primary focus. “While cross-border interaction is on the rise, success in finding a compatible partner across borders is still restricted only to a small percentage of candidates,” adds Rakshit.

While it may seem hunky-dory on the outside, getting married to a Pakistani national has its share of problems. Due to the political tensions between the two countries, couples prefer to migrate to a neutral country. The best example of this are of Sania Mirza and Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, who announced that they’d move to Dubai after marriage.

Examples from the past
But cross-border romance is not new. Indian woman golfer Nonita Lal Qureshi made news when she tied the knot with Pakistani golf champion Faisal Qureshi 18 years ago. “When I married Faisal, there were no issues except bureaucratic ones like visa problems. I continued playing for India for years after my marriage,” shares Qureshi.

Even Bollywood actress Rina Roy fell for Pakistani cricketer Mohsin Khan and tied the knot in 1983. Bollywood cross-border romance Veer-Zaara had a happy ending. And many Indians wish reel life would spill over into real life, too.