Yesterday Sam and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary at Shiro, a “trendy and upscale lounge bar” in Bombay. It is by far the best sushi place we’ve found, after much exploration. The meal was a sensual delight with exquisite food, soft lighting, and spicy music.
We indulged in some of our favorite dishes as we reminisced about our two years as husband and wife. Our wedding ceremony, which we wrote ourselves, remains one of our most precious memories. It was truly a reflection of the love we share, and our families and friends were fully present through personal reflections and group vows. My dad and I shared a fun father-daughter moment as we danced a polka together. Bollywood hits blared from the speakers as our friend Brijesh encouraged everyone to join in with the classic move “turning the light bulb”.
Memories of our two-week honeymoon are engraved in our hearts. Affectionately nicknamed our “Temples, Tombs, and Forts Tour” we traveled through much of Rajasthan and some northern cities. Standing on a snow-covered ridge in the Himalayas I was overcome with awe, and the Taj Mahal brought me to tears. We enjoyed dinner at a palace in a hilltop fort overlooking the city of Jaipur. The trip culminated in a stay at the Taj Lake Palace, a hotel that is the former summer palace of the regional king. It was at dinner one night that I overheard a tour guide proclaim to his group, “India will never surrender the cashew nut!” Sam assured me he probably said “the Kashmir” not “cashew nut”, which I admit makes more sense.
I have learned so much about love and friendship from Sam in the last two years. He is generous and kind, smart and thoughtful. He loves me all the time, in spite of myself. Sam and I share a life that is full of adventure and travel, and face life’s ups and downs together. As we look back on the days since our wedding, we also look forward to the years to come.