Nikita Wu & Rahul Nayer
The bride has Chinese roots on her father’s side and her mom is from Nepal; the groom’s mother is Maharashtrian and father is Malayali
It all began with an early morning dream, the kind you wake up to and wonder if it was real. She dreamed of a wedding card, which read “Nikita weds Rahul” and a wedding in Goa. The only glitch was that Nikita Wu did not know anyone named Rahul. Yet.
She met Rahul Nayer the same month she had that dream, and two years later, they were married. No prizes for guessing the destination they chose for their big day!
The thing about dreams is that you need to work towards making them a reality, and believe that it is possible. Nikita and Rahul met via a common friend in Mumbai where Rahul was based as a pilot. “Even in a big group of friends, we were the only two people talking and guiding conversations. It’s not like sparks flew all over the place, but I realised that there was something interesting happening that evening,” says Rahul of their first encounter.
He had to visit Delhi often for his aviation licensing, which meant that he got more time to spend with Nikita. Sipping on yak butter tea in a quaint restaurant at Majnu ka Tilla (the Tibetan market) they spent time together – ‘pla-
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The couple had a church wedding in Goa along with a traditional Maharashtrian wedding in Delhi
It’s not like sparks flew instantly, but they realised that there was something interesting happening that evening
tonic’ dates, as they called them. Discussing subjects ranging from foreign policy to TV series, what struck them most was their shared love for travel and adventure.
Nikita has Chinese roots from her father’s side and her mother is from Nepal, whereas Rahul’s mother is Maharashtrian and father is Malayali. Coming from different cultural backgrounds was never an issue. “We always joke that our children are going to have a quarter of each lineage,” says Nikita and it’s true that they will have the best of four worlds. “His parents are extremely liberal,” she adds. “They had no objections to a church wedding in Goa.” Ultimately, their wedding ceremonies were
split into two beautiful parts: one was a church wedding in Goa and the other a Maharashtrian wedding in Delhi.
“The only thing that has changed after marriage is that both of us have found a travel companion who’s on the same wavelength, ready to push the boundaries of what’s possible and what’s not,” says Rahul. Together, they travel the world, take courses in adventure sports like scuba diving and paragliding.
“Being a pilot, Rahul is away a lot but the time that we spend with each other while travelling is special,” says Nikita.
Both earth signs – one a Taurus, the other a Virgo – they live up to the myth of being perfectly matched in the sun-sign department. But in the end, what matters most is the willingness with which they take part in each other’s craziness, marking every chapter in their lives with one more thing to share with each other.