Ever since Netflix featured the series Indian Matchmaking, Mumbai-based matchmaker Sima Taparia has become a global name. From different memes on her matchmaking skills to her constant efforts in making people meet each other,
Sima has become famous among all. After creating love stories for millions, Sima has revealed the story of her own marriage in an Instagram post recently.
She got engaged to her husband Anup Taparia in December of '82. While her then-fiancé was in his final year of graduation, Sima used to reside in Gulbarga, now Kalaburagi, with her family. Like most of the usually arranged marriages, their matchmaking was made possible through a familial acquaintance. However, they met just once before saying yes to each other for a forever bond.
While it is easy to meet and communicate these days, thanks to all the different mediums, Sima and Anup’s love blossomed over telephone calls. “In those days, you'd have to dial 180 to book a call out of the station. The operator would connect the line after a few hours only. We'd often stay around our telephones sneaking from our family's forever teasing eyes, waiting for the call,” she wrote.
However, their telephonic conversation was cut short after the tragedy in January 1983, when the Malabar Telephone Exchange caught fire. The duo then shifted to writing letters to each other, sneaking away from the teasing from their family.
“Anup and I used to exchange letters via post to make up for our calls. It used to take about 3 days for a letter to reach Gulbarga from Bombay and vice versa,” she explained.
They also met once when Sima went to Pune to meet her aunt and Anup made an excuse for a college picnic to see her. “We sat over in one of those premium hotels by the station, probably Blue Diamond,” she revealed.
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It was December of '82 when we got engaged. Anup was still in his final year of graduation and I was residing with my family in Gulbarga, now Kalaburagi. Our families arranged for the match via a familial acquaintance and we met only once before saying yes to each other. It was only after the engagement that we began to have proper conversations on telephones. In those days, you'd have to dial 180 to book a call out of the station. The operator would connect the line after few hours only. We'd often stay around our telephones sneaking from our family's forever teasing eyes, waiting for the call. However, in January 1983, our romance on telephonic calls was cut short owing to the huge fire in Malabar Telephone Exchange. PCOs would take hours of waiting to get on a call. And the telephone at Anup's house was going to be dead for months until the line was fixed. So we came up with a solution that every one those days could go about in the absence of a telephone. Write Letters!! Anup and I used to exchange letters via post to make up for our calls. It used to take about 3 days for a letter to reach Gulbarga from Bombay and vice versa. And if our families would receive the letters instead of us, their teasing would never stop. Anup would often have to treat his siblings if they found my letters instead of him. But we never stopped writing. Soon after, our whirlwind romance took another turn when Anup wanted to meet me. I was visiting my aunt in Pune those days. He made an excuse at his house under the pretext of going on a college picnic and came over to see me. I was ecstatic. We sat over in one of those premium hotels by the station, probably Blue Diamond. We had our breakfast and spent some quality time together until the time came for him to leave. I was a bit teary-eyed to say goodbye to him. We continued exchanging letters until we got married later that summer. It has been 37 years since then but he still makes me feel as if we have just started all over again.
Sima and Anup got married in the summer of ’83 and continued to write letters till their special day. Even after 37 years of marriage, their love makes her feel “as if we have just started all over again.”