February 7, 2010

INDIA: This old jodi ties the knot ignoring opposition

. SURAT, Gujarat / The Times of India / February 7, 2010 By Himanshu Bhatt, Times News Network Over 150 senior citizens gathered at a house in Adajan here on Sunday where they sang and danced and gorged on undhiya, puri, dhokla and gajar ka halwa. The occasion was celebration of marriage of Nakum Thakkar, 69, and Pravina Thakkar, 59, who got married on January 26,2010 in Ahmedabad ignoring opposition from family members and relatives. Adajan in Surat is famous for this temple. The next day the couple had showered their blessings on actor Shahrukh Khan at a five star hotel before returning to Surat where they plan to spend the remaining years of their life supporting each other. Talking to TOI Pravina said she spent 15 years of her life to fulfill her responsibilities and realised the need for support in the remaining years of her life. She said, "My first husband died when my son Hemant (name changed) was 12-year-old and studying in class VII. I had to raise him single-handedly and so I took over my husband's business of bath tub and counter wash manufacturing and trading." She ran the business successfully and ensured that her son became a computer engineer. "I settled him in business and got him married a few years ago. Now, he is happy in his life and runs the trading business successfully. Unfortunately, he doesn't have time for his old mother," Pravina said. "I felt the need of someone with whom I could share my feelings. When I came across Nakum, I found him to be compatible in thinking, beliefs, living style and culture. Therefore, I decided to remarry and am quite happy in my 10 days of married life," she added. Nakum Thakkar, a pharmaceutical company owner, was feeling lonely after 40 years of married life with Pushpa, who died of heart attack four months ago. He said, "I needed some emotional support and wanted to lead a peaceful life till the end." Nakum has no children from his first marriage and has sufficient bank balance to ensure a good life for both of them. He said, "It is a social service, if you find a right partner in later part of life. It is always better than living a lonely life. Every senior citizen who is alone should find a suitable partner for self." Nakum is healthy for his age, an active member of Laughing Club, Senior Citizens' Club and South Gujarat Chamber of Commerce. [rc] Copyright © 2010 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.