#MyLoveStory: How Omar said ‘I Smurf You’ to Vaishakhi
Vaishakhi Mehta and Omar Traynor’s love story. (Photo Courtesy: Vaishakhi Mehta)
Vaishakhi Mehta and Omar Traynor’s love story. (Photo Courtesy: Vaishakhi Mehta)

#MyLoveStory: How Omar said ‘I Smurf You’ to Vaishakhi

I read somewhere that it’s better to have loved and lost then not loved at all. When I met my now husband, I was in a stage in my life where I had lost in love, and lost badly. I was defeated by love.

Omar Traynor and I were set up by a common friend of ours because she was convinced we will hit it off instantly. But we did not really like each other in the first meeting. He thought I was too stuck up and uptight and I thought he was getting too friendly too soon. It’s only after several chats that we got to talking and knowing each other

I remember our second date when we met at Phoenix Mills and there was a sale going on at Zara. He said he wanted to shop so I tagged along, like how much can a guy shop. But he proved me wrong. There was a long queue for the payment. Omar asked me to stand in the queue while he continued to shamelessly shop. That’s when I called my friend and told her it’s not going to work out.

But the more I started knowing him, the more I fell in love with him.

We went to see Smurfs. After the movie
he kissed me and said, ‘ I smurf you’. I felt like a teenager. There were butterflies in my tummy.

Our love grew stronger. But somewhere I was scared about what would happen next. He is a Catholic and I am a Gujarati. I was worried about my parents reaction. But he believed in us and he came to meet my father and asked for my hand. Surprisingly, my dad agreed.

A month later, we went for dinner with friends and he disappears and comes back all suited up with heart balloons. It took me a while to understand what was happening. He went down on his knees and proposed while singing, ‘You fill up my senses’. I couldn’t hold back my tears. I know it sounds too
too mushy but I loved every bit of it.

And four months later we got married on Valentine’s Day. It’s been three wonderful years that we have been married and each year our love only increases.

Omar is indeed my soulmate. He brings out the best in me. Super supportive and a wonderful dad.

(This story was first published on 13 February 2016 and has been reposted from The Quint's archives.)