"I'm Muslim, he's Hindu and his parents weren't okay with us getting married," explained the woman.
This Muslim woman and Hindu man fell in love with each other, but the religious divide in our country forced the lovers to choose different partners that would better suit the norms of our society, burying their desire to get married and live together.
But seven years later, everything changed and their love triumphed.
Humans of Bombay posted the story of this couple who had met in 1975 during a modelling assignment and eventually fell in love. But they ended up separating due to their different religious backgrounds.
After a failed plan to meet, the woman found out that her partner agreed to settle for an arranged marriage, exhausted after all the fighting with his entire family to marry his love.
"I felt awful. I wanted to kill him, but I maintained my dignity and walked away with grace," she told Humans of Bombay.
Soon, she too got married and thought her last relationship had ended right at the moment.
"Of course, we thought of each other, there are times when you can't help but think because there was so much love at one point, but none of us ever did anything about it - all I knew this entire time was that I'd never truly stopped loving him," she said.
Unexpectedly, seven years later, the former couple bumped into each other at a common friend's party without their respective partners and assumed that their personal lives were going smooth.
Destiny seemed to have a completely different plan for them. The couple bumped into each other a second time; this time, outside a family court and both were allotted the same judge and counsellor for their respective divorce proceedings. The couple knew that their lives would change now.
"I wasn't going to let her go the second time around, so one day when we had gone out for a walk at Turf Club, at the age of 37, I asked her to marry me. And she said yes!" said the man.
They got married in 1991 and had a son in 1992. The family of five has been living happily since then. This story by Humans of Bombay has gone viral with more than 3,600 shares and almost 30,000 likes.