Friday - - Editor’s Letter -

It was love at first sight for both of them. He­was a 26-year-old, sin­gle soft­ware en­gi­neer who was vis­it­ing an or­phan­age to give out gifts and sweets to the chil­dren. The ob­ject of his af­fec­tion? A six-month-old baby boy who’d been aban­doned by his par­ents af­ter he was born with Down’s Syn­drome and a hole in his heart. He’d been lan­guish­ing in his cot when he spot­ted the kind stranger – and they made an in­stant con­nec­tion. ‘It was a look of des­per­ately want­ing to be loved,’ Aditya Ti­wari told Fri­day. ‘I just felt I couldn’t leave him ever.’

He still lived with his par­ents, had no in­ten­tion of get­ting­mar­ried any­time soon or start­ing a fam­ily yet, but the bach­e­lor had an over­whelm­ing feel­ing that he should help Avnish. And there was only oneway to do that – adopt him. So, he ap­plied to the au­thor­i­ties who re­fused his re­quest be­cause he­was sin­gle and too young. An un­mar­ried man in In­dia had to be 30 to adopt, but Aditya wasn’t go­ing to give up. He says, ‘I was de­ter­mined to take him home as my son and pro­vide himwith ex­pert med­i­cal care.’

Aditya spent the next 15 months fight­ing the au­thor­i­ties and af­ter a change in the law – low­er­ing the age a bach­e­lor can adopt in In­dia to 25 – fi­nally took lit­tle Avnish home. Find out how the pair is do­ing in our ex­clu­sive fea­ture on page 22.

Also, we’re cel­e­brat­ing ev­ery­thing to do with ro­mance in this V-Day is­sue. Check out your love horo­scopes on page 38 and the most ro­man­tic ho­tels in the UAE in our stay­ca­tions spe­cial on page 76. There’s bound to be one you’ll fall for.

Un­til next week,

Karen Pasquali Jones Editor kpasqual­i­

Ad it ya still lived with HIS PAR­ENTS, had no in­ten­tion of MAR­RY­ING any­time soon or start­ing a FAM­ILY, but the BACH­E­LOR felt an OVER­WHELM­ING de­sire to HELP Av ni sh–by ADOPT­ING him

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