When they first met in October 2011, Nyma Peracha thought Shahzad Qadir was “nice”, but didn’t have the time to make new friends. “I had just started a demanding new job,” she explains. But just over a year later the couple were engaged, after Shahzad planned a romantic proposal that paid homage to their most cherished milestones.
“On 12.12.12 Shahzad sent me flowers at work with a riddle written on the card: ‘You can call it destiny or call it fate! This is where we had our first date!’” explains Nyma. The answer led her to where they ate their first meal alone together.
Upon reaching the restaurant, Nyma was greeted by one of Shahzad’s sisters who handed her another card that read: “You can get mango or even caramel, we both know this place well; it’s something that we love to eat, a little healthy treat.” She headed straight to Pinkberry where her future brother-in-law was waiting with another card. “By this point I was rather confused as to where Shahzad was and what was going on,” says Nyma.
The third card read: “Some of them are good but some are bad, if we don’t do this on weekends I get sad. I get stressed if we are getting late, but just some nachos have me feeling great.” That led her to Reel Cinemas, a Friday evening ritual for the couple. “At the cinema I was greeted by Shahzad’s other sister who gave her a fourth card: “They’re on the cover of this card, you won’t find this very hard. From London is where they came, no one else makes them quite the same!” Nyma made a beeline to Hummingbird Bakery.
“Shahzad had run out of siblings so I was hoping to see him there,” says Nyma, “but I arrived and still no sign of him.” The store clerk handed her the last card and asked her choose a cupcake. “As I walked over to the cupcakes I saw written across my favourite red velvets the words: Nyma Will You Marry Me? I was in shock and opened the last card, which said: ‘Turn around and you’ll see me, no one loves you as much as me.’ I slowly turned around to find Shahzad on bended knee. It was the happiest moment of my life!”