Two teenagers in MP happen to talk as one of them accidentally dials a wrong number. They talk again – but not accidentally this time. Then they meet, fall in love and take a vow to be together, forever. Sixteen years later they are still together, in love with each other more than ever.
The story of Gaurav Shrivastava and Savita Choubey of Indore, which has gone viral on Facebook on the eve of Valentine’s Day, looks like any other love story, but it is not. Gaurav and Savita have overcome a barrage of hardships to be together.
The couple’s relationship remained unshaken even when Gaurav met with an accident and got paralysed waist down. The two finally tied the knot on February 17, 2014.
Reminiscing the day they talked for the first time, Gaurav said, “The cupid was in our favour that day when Savita mistakenly dialled my number. Although it was a wrong number, we again spoke later which led to our first meeting at a friend’s place, followed by several others.”
Savita, with tears in her eyes, told HT, “It has been a tough journey for us to be together. Initially, we had a hard time convincing our parents because we both hailed from different castes. When our parents realised that we won’t give up on each other, they went ahead to match our kundlis only to find that I was Manglik, and rejected our marriage.”
The trouble did not seem to end for the couple. In August 2008, Gaurav met with an accident, paralysing his lower body. “One day I was told that Gaurav’s car had met with an accident. He had injured his spinal cord and his lower body has been paralysed. But that did not prevent me from loving him at all,” said Savita.
After the accident, she was not allowed to meet Gaurav as his family members held her responsible for the situation. However, Savita did not lose hope until she was finally able to convince his parents. Meanwhile, Savita’s parents had started to look for a prospective groom for her, and even Gaurav asked her to marry somebody else. “I knew my medical condition, so I asked her to marry someone else, but she did not give up on me,” he said.
When the couple got married, only Savita’s brother attended the wedding while her parents stayed away.