And they lived happily ever after… These words might signify the happy ending of a fairytale or the successful culmination of a modern-day romance, but for seven friends, it is their motto in life. These pals —Manoj Nair, Preeti Ail, Manasi Deshmukh, Dr Bhavitaa Daulat, Heena Jajodia, Sheeta Bonala and Sajiv Janardhan — have come together to start a Facebook group, Happily Ever After, that helps people with special needs find partners. The group, that was launched two weeks ago, will organise their first mass wedding on October 6. They hope to get 20 to 50 couple hitched.
“Our group members are in the age group of 28 to 32, which is when most people start looking for life partners. During our discussions, we realised that if we have difficulty zeroing in on a perfect match, it must be more troublesome for people with special needs. So we decided to help them with this Facebook page,” says Nair, the group’s co-founder.
To register, singles need to send an email to the founders by the last week of September. They also need to fill a few forms, provide a picture, state what their disability is and what they look for in their partners. Nair says, “We will add them to our database. Once we have enough registrations, we will arrange a meeting, where interested parties can interact with each other.” For their first mass wedding in October, the group has already started approaching corporate companies for sponsorship.
So what happens to the FB page after the wedding? Nair hopes that the response is good enough to make it an annual activity. He says, “But it all depends on how the event and page are received.”