Niran & Christine

NIRAN & CHRISTINE (AKA TIN)

 

Ages: 30 & 29
BEEN TOGETHER: 8 YEARS (MARRIED 3 YEARS)
BACKGROUND: 🇮🇳&🇵🇭
FROM: LONDON
OCCUPATIONS: CREATIVE PRODUCT STRATEGIST & RESOURCE COORDINATOR
RELIGION: CHRISTIAN
Met AT University

@niran & @clovelyn

Photos by: Sarah Ali / @aaliisarah

 

“I had signed up to twitter a few months after meeting in the library. He was speaking to other friends and said he had signed up to Twitter, I was like: ‘OO! I’ve signed up, let me follow you!’. So we followed each other. A few days later, I put up a tweet…”

“And you’ve been following me ever since …”

“No don’t even try it… I was into Gossip Girl, I did the reference, ‘you know you love me, xoxox. And he was replied with ‘GG?’ and then said he was brown bass.”

“He used to run a blog and did some photography, and I was quite interested in learning more about it so we went on a photowalk…”

”She slid into the DMs…”

”I was like I really like your photography of New York, and wanted to learn…”

”I was interning that summer, in Golden Square and she met me after, we had Chipotle and went for a walk to the riverside, when the sun was setting at Embankment.”

”When you paint it like that, it sounds like a date, but I was just going to hang out with a friend.”

”Every evening she’d come and meet me.”

“Not every evening!”

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“I told them on my birthday…

When I took her to my grandma, she was so warm and welcoming, just grabbed Tin and hugged her. That was interesting cause she’s the oldest and you would think the most traditional. But she’s lived so much so it’s like all this is nonsense. My uncle and aunty were there, they told my parents…

I get home that night after a birthday dinner or something with her. It was tears, it was like Bollywood. It was like Khabhi Khushi Khabi Gham. I literally felt like that. I was on my dad’s leg, he was crying, so disappointed. We had awkwardness for a few days. We’d avoid each other.”

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”I’ll just remember that it’s hard for them, it was a huge thing that he was being rebellious. It was weird for them having someone outside their culture. I was understanding of that. In our culture, the girl that’s respectable and reserved is favoured and I’m naturally like that anyway. That was my approach.”

“Being respectful saying uncle and aunty.”

”Appreciating the food whenever I went around.”

”That’s a fail if you bring someone home that don’t say uncle and aunty. Come on, that’s like rule number one. And take your shoes off at the door.

“I just kept remembering like this my future family, I want to get a long with them. It took a lot of warming up.”

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“My dad was set on me marrying an Indian girl but not just any Indian girl, had to be from the state, had to be from Kerala. I told him at 15, I was not going to marry an Indian girl, also was also probably not going to marry a Hindu. I hadn’t been one sine I was 14. It took me just under three years to tell my parents”


”My parents knew about him, he would come along to church every now and then. My mom was always like who’s this friend of yours…”

“What did she call me at first?”

“She called him Raj.”

“Generic Indian name.”

“He told me it was for his blog, a press trip. I had never been on a helicopter I was like you should take someone from your team.”

“I made this little video, she was like why are you playing a video in mid-air. I waited till Embankment and played the video and the video was a compilation of our relationship. She watched the video. I wrote a little thing on the video, and then I had the ring on me…”

“But his headset wasn’t working  so I couldn’t hear him, I was lip reading him. ‘Will you marry me?’ But I was like in shock so I was like ‘what?’ and I said ‘what’ like 5 times, he was getting frustrated. ‘WILL YOU MARRY ME?’ ‘YES’. I was in so much shock, he was scared I was going to say no cause I took so long.”

“I would have just jumped out.”

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“We had to make it clear. We are the CEOS of this kid. My friend said that, I was like that’s a really good line. As mush as our parents, they are welcome to be as present as possible.  When it comes to decision making, it’s our choice.”

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“It was really funny cause their conversation was so basic to each other that day, but in a nice way. They realised, my parents especially my dad: ‘oh they’re immigrants too’ .They had the same struggle. That’s probably what brought them together. They spoke about the first time coming to London. Her dad and my dad are from village towns. They both had these big bellies. They had this beautiful immigrant moment. “

- Niran on when his parents met Tin’s

THE BETTER DRIVER:

Tin

TIDIER:

Niran

THE BETTER COOK:

T: I’d say we’re on the same level now

N: Three months ago I would’ve said Tin, but since we’ve had our baby, we’re fairly equal cos I’ve had to cook more

MORE ROMANTIC:

N: Tin with her cheesy cards

T: Niran brings me food and lets me nap which I find very romantic

FUNNIER:

Tin

COUPLE SONG:

Joel Baker - No One In Heaven

SNORES LOUDER:

Neriah, she is her father’s daughter

MORE LIKELY TO HIDE SOMETHING FROM THE OTHER?

N: Me, I don’t tell Tin when I’ve bought a new pair of sneakers

GETS ANGRY FIRST:

Niran

PET PEEVES:

T: His OCD

N: She’s always slow to get ready

FAVOURITE QUALITY: 

T: He’s servent-hearted

N: Her kind heart

WEIRDEST QUIRK:

T: The Smoulder

N: She’s not weird

DESCRIBE EACH OTHER IN 3 WORDS:

T: Brown, Ambitious, Generous

N: Loving, Patient, Small

ONE WORD TO SUM UP LOVE:

Agape

I want to marry this one. I knew for the longest time.
— Niran