Deaf Cou­ple Tell How Their Love For Each Other Grew On­line

It was some­what of a chance meet­ing as it just so hap­pened that they lived in Mr Nadan’s house for a few days. And it was here that their ro­mance be­gan

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We’ve heard sto­ries about on­line dat­ing and how it con­nected peo­ple in search of love in many parts of the world. Here, a deaf cou­ple, who mar­ried re­cently, told how their love grew for each other even when time and dis­tance sep­a­rated them. Thanks to tech­nol­ogy, New Zealan­der, Betha­rina Laligi Uota, and Pra­neel Parmesh Nadan were in con­stant touch with each other. They ex­changed vows in front of fam­ily and friends in Navakai, Nadi. Mr Nadan, 34 said they first met in 2012 when Mrs Nadan came here with her group. She was part of a group from New Zealand who came to meet and share ex­pe­ri­ences with a sim­i­lar group here. It was some­what of a chance meet­ing as it just so hap­pened that they lived in Mr Nadan’s house for a few days. And it was here that their ro­mance be­gan. But their mat­ri­mony wouldn’t have been had they not stayed in con­tact on­line. “We had been chat­ting with each other us­ing Skype, and other in­stant mes­sag­ing apps with so­cial me­dia to see other,” he said. “It was rou­tine from time to time. We chat­ted us­ing sign and that’s how we com­mu­ni­cated.” And so it took four years for them to af­firm that they would be promised to each other. Mr Nadan at­tended Nadi Spe­cial School be­fore he joined Sangam Sadhu Kup­puswamy Me­mo­rial School (SSKMC) un­til Year 10 when he quit school. He had found it tough since there were no sign lan­guage teach­ers for proper com­mu­ni­ca­tion. He soon de­vel­oped his in­ter­est in car­pen­try and join­ery. He works at Jack’s Fiji man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Navo. The cou­ple plan to move to New Zealand where Mr Nadan hopes to find op­por­tu­ni­ties.

His 37-year-old wife can­not wait to take her hus­band over to share with him the life she’s lived and be a part of her fam­ily there. Mrs Nadan is orig­i­nally from Avatele Vil­lage in Niue. She suf­fered hear­ing com­pli­ca­tions at seven and since then has re­lied on sign lan­guage to com­mu­ni­cate. She moved to New Zealand with her par­ents 20 years ago. She said she was happy she found some­one whom she can com­mu­ni­cate with. Both of them thanked their fam­ily and friends for such a mem­o­rable mat­ri­mony.

We had been chat­ting with each other us­ing Skype, other in­stant mes­sag­ing apps with so­cial me­dia to see other. It was rou­tine from time to time. We chat­ted us­ing sign and that’s how we com­mu­ni­cated.

Pra­neel Parmesh Nadan

‘I do’...Betha­rina Laligi Uota Nadan and Pra­neel Parmesh Nadan.

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