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West Bengal: Coronavirus survivor returns home with new bride

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Supriyo Bandyopadhyay was all smiles as he walked out of hospital with his newly-wedded wife Piyali, decked up as a traditional Bengali bridegroom. Piyali too looked like the classic Bangali bodhu in her red and gold Banarasi sari, smile hidden behind her mask and face shield. This battle of a Covid warrior who had contracted the disease himself ended on a happy note on Tuesday as the couple embarked on their journey of life together.

Bandyopadhyay, a civic police volunteer (CPV) at Dasnagar police station, had married Piyali on June 2 at a hall in Howrah’s Baltikuri. A couple of days before that, on May 29, he was among those from the police station to be randomly tested for Covid-19. On June 3, soon after he returned home with Piyali, the youth had received a call from the state health department, informing him that his swab sample had tested positive. “The reception or other ceremonies could not be held and everybody at both the houses was upset. I called my boss at the police station and he told me not to worry. He assured me that all would be well. Today, I am very happy,” said Bandyopadhyay, while leaving the Sanjiban Hospital in Phuleswar, Howrah.

While Bandyopadhyay was shifted to the hospital on June 4, Piyali and other relatives were put under home quarantine. The CPV was declared fit by doctors on Monday and the authorities had planned a surprise for him and Piyali for Tuesday before his release. Those from the family were surprised when Piyali was taken aside and draped in her Banarasi sari. Bandyopadhyay was also dressed in a dhoti-kurta. What followed was a small ceremony with the couple garlanding each other.

Source:Times of India

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