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From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 7, Issue 33, Dated August 21, 2010
COVER STORY  
FREEDOM TO LOVE
Shraddha & Noel
D’cunha
Mumbai
BEEN TOGETHER 23 years
BIGGEST HURDLE Religious difference
Shraddha & Noel
D’cunha
Mumbai
BEEN TOGETHER 23 years
BIGGEST HURDLE Religious difference

‘My parents couldn’t believe I was rebelling for a Catholic boy’

BY AASTHA ATRAY BANAN

SHRADDHA KENY’S parents had a simple historical fact to cite when they opposed her marriage to Noel D’cunha, a middle-class Catholic boy. The Saraswat Brahmin family from Goa had been hearing tales of the Christian crusade against the Hindus in Goa. The duo met at the National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped in Mumbai, where Shraddha was an audiologist and Noel was the PA to the director. When they did get married, Shraddha’s father refused to speak to her. But Noel cuts in and smiles, “I think another reason that upset her family was that I was not as well off.” Despite his fury, her father attended the wedding. “I knew he couldn’t stay angry forever. And once they really got to know Noel, I was sure they would like him. But my brother never adjusted, and we don’t even speak to each other now,” says Shraddha. They cook together, take long walks together, but their son Pancham, 14, is their biggest indulgence. “When I cook beef, he asks, ‘Mama, you are killing your mother?’, and I just say I am only cooking for my son and husband.” So would they let their son marry a girl of his choice? “I want him to become a priest and never get married,” says Noel with a big grin.

PHOTO : NIKITA SAWANT

 

 

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From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 7, Issue 33, Dated August 21, 2010

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