Love Con­quers All

The Day­als 40 Years On

mailife - - Content - By MELA KATONIVUALIKU Photo by NAS PHOTOGRAPHY

FOR Brij and Jagin­dar Dayal, forty years of mar­riage started out as a chal­lenge be­cause of their dif­fer­ent back­grounds. It was love at first sight for Brij, now 60, when he caught a glimpse of Jagin­dar in her Xavier Col­lege uni­form as she was walk­ing home af­ter school one day – more than 40 years ago. “I was work­ing at our quarry help­ing my fa­ther one af­ter­noon when I saw this beau­ti­ful girl in blue skirt and white blouse en­joy­ing her ice block as she walked on the street. I re­mem­ber that day vividly like it was yes­ter­day,”Brij said. It was not an easy feat to win Jagin­dar’s heart as she was a Sikh and Brij a Hindu – the dif­fer­ent re­li­gious and cul­tural back­grounds were a huge bar­rier at the time. “Jagin­dar’s fam­ily are Sikhs and I be­longed to a to­tally dif­fer­ent re­li­gion that at the time made it im­pos­si­ble for me to pur­sue her be­cause of fear of be­ing ridiculed and crit­i­cized,” Brij said. De­spite the ob­sta­cles, Brij went on to con­fess his love for Jagin­dar to his par­ents, say­ing he wouldn’t love any­one else but her. “My fa­ther, hav­ing my best in­ter­ests at heart, knew I was not jok­ing and that I had fallen in love with Jagin­dar. He was so coura­geous that one day he went to Jagin­dar’s home and met with her par­ents to con­vey my love for her. His late fa­ther, Mr M.R.Dayal was a well-known, es­tab­lished busi­ness­man in the soc­cer mad town of Ba at that time, which en­abled the two fam­i­lies to come to a com­pro­mise for the love­birds. “They were shocked at first, but af­ter some time it sunk in that I was not go­ing to give up and I con­tin­ued to pur­sue Jagin­dar.” The two fam­i­lies even­tu­ally came to an agree­ment and a year or so later the com­mit­ted pair had a Sikh wed­ding, fol­low­ing the wishes of Jagin­dar’s fam­ily. Fast for­ward 40 years, and Brij and Jagin­dar have two sons and three daugh­ters who have given them eight grand­chil­dren who keep them on their toes. The cou­ple are joint di­rec­tors of their fam­ily busi­ness in Ba – Day­als Quar­ries Lim­ited.

Love will keep us alive. Jagin­dar and Brij Dayal 40 years on and still go­ing strong.

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