Spring of 2012 was almost in full gear when love at first sight began to blossom. Well, sort of. You see…it was St. Patrick’s Day and like any Seth, Binny was a bit inebriated. But that only helped his cause (or so he thought) because when Sumona showed up on that lovely Saturday afternoon, Binny gathered his focus and set his eyes on the prize. Unfortunately for him, that focus resulted in excessive talking and odd excitement. Let’s just say Sumona wasn’t reciprocating much. In fact, she was very much annoyed and somewhat frightened by Binny’s antics. But hey, the unending journey needed to start some how and in some way, and so it did…several months later.
Binny was persistent. No, he did not stalk Sumona or call her from unknown numbers. Rather, he simply kept his name relevant in her life. Eventually, with the help of a few folks, Sumona, who admits till this day her expectations weren’t high, decided to finally reach out to Binny. This was a good day. Binny remembers it vividly because Sumona messaged him apathetically yet graciously with the line, “I heard you were looking for me.” (Binny's brain: Cha-Ching!) Binny, playing it cool of course, answered in due time and it was shortly thereafter that Sumona and Binny had the opportunity to hang out.
To be precise, it was a July summer night in NYC and in hindsight, it was apparent this night was to set the stage of the relationship both of them were embarking. Binny immediately fell in love with Sumona’s warmth and vitality, and Sumona was swept away by Binny’s charm and humor. They danced the night away filled with passion, laughter, and love. The two went together like hot sauce and white sauce and their journey started.
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Manish & Sung