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
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.