Nishant & Tara Wedding - By Vishal Kullarwar
Separated at birth by two different continents, destiny finally brought Tara Gabrielle Mandel, born in Long Island, New York and Nishant Gopal Pillai, born in Mumbai, India; together in Fortaleza, Brazil( known in Brazil as the 'city of love' )
After a year and a half long romance, they finally tied the knot in October 2011. The union was a beautiful blend of two cultures where a Jewish family celebrated love with a Hindu family and created an eternal bond.
It's as if Tara's mother somehow knew that she would one day marry an Indian man and bestowed her with an Indian name. Tara enjoys wearing Indian garb and feels very at home with her Indian family.
She is picking up some Hindi words and looks forward to becoming fluent so that she can talk more easily with Nishant's Grandmother, Aaji. She also discovered that she loves wearing a nose ring and in doing so, her mother-in-law (Nish's mom) has gone and bought a whole bunch of nose rings for Tara.
After living abroad for the past 14 years, Nishant is rediscovering the beauty of his Indian roots through Tara's introduction to the culture. Nishant and Tara are looking forward to starting their Jindu (Jewish/Hindu) family and spending time in the US and India every year, going forward.