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‘Blood ties’ unite Kolkata couple in marriage with a cause

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It was an unusual wedding morning at Voice of World — a school for visually impaired students — in Behala where wedding rituals were being carried out along with a blood donation camp. The unique occasion where visually impaired Sharmistha Sardar tied the knot with Madhab Dutta gave a different definition to ‘blood ties’.

Dutta in his 30s was drawn towards Sardar by her simplicity, passion for dance and cooking. He said, “I decided to marry her eight months ago. To celebrate our new journey, we decided to organize a blood donation camp where mostly visually impaired people donated blood. It’s our return gift to the society.”

Sardar, who hails from the Sunderbans, joined Voice of World in 2004. Since then she had known Dutta, a resident of Bolpur, who had done master’s in social work and is associated with the special school. “I don’t know when I started liking him. But his agile nature and attitude to help everybody made me fall in love with him,” said Sardar (20), who is pursuing diploma in special education.

Monday morning was remarkable in more than one way. When different rituals like ‘adhibas’, ‘gaye holud’ were being performed, a group of people, mostly visually impaired, queued up in front of the blood donation camp, setting an example for the world to follow.

The Voice of World family made every effort to make the day special. Decorated with flowers, the venue looked splendid in the evening, with strains of shehnai adding to the ambience. As the elders blessed the couple, the guests were treated to a sumptuous dinner.

Clad in red benarasi and gold ornaments, Sardar looked the perfect blushing bride. Overwhelmed with joy, she said, “It is hard to believe that a dream has come true.” Dutta, who looked like a traditional Bengali groom in dhoti, punjabi and ‘topor’, said, “Marrying Sharmistha is a conscious decision and an act of courage to spread a message that we should accept each and everyone as they are.”

His family is proud of the decision. “We will stand by him under any circumstances,” said his father. Gargi Gupta, secretary of Voice of World, praised Dutta for his decision.


Source: Times of India

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