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Friday, March 13, 2009

Sharing my joy

It was exactly two weeks less than one year ago that I had sent this announcement out to many of my friends and family (well, the 'friendly' part of the family, to be sure): When Ragni returned from her stint in Dhaka, Julián joined us in Karachi, too, spending a few months here, during which he worked with Human Rights Lawyer, Zia Awan, while Ragni worked with Dawn's TV arm.

It was wonderful to get to know Julián and - even more - to see them so happy together. Actually, I hadn't seen Ragni looking as happy as this in years, so I was really convinced, by the time they left for the USA (just a few days apart, leaving a house less noisy but with the added burden of three adopted dogs who will be the death of me), that they really loved each other. They seemed almost perfect for the cheesy magazine cover that I printed out for them:
While Ragni was visiting Julián's family in Austin, Julián got a job in New York and they decided to marry and move there, sooner rather than later. Nuzhat flew out at short notice to be with them and can be seen beaming here and in some of the other photographs. The simple ceremony was performed yesterday (12th March, 2009 / 4.30PM) in a courthouse that, itself, is named after a figure who fits in with the kinds of ideals and attitudes that the young activist couple is committed to.
While Nuzhat is staying with them and has had ample opportunities to meet with Yolanda and Juan, I have only had Skype chats with them and find them both to be very sensitive, warm and affectionate. Julián and his brother, Gabriel, of whom Ragni is extremely fond, have obviously inherited these qualities from their wonderful parents.
As is customary at such weddings, some words, before and after the actual commitment vows that the couple enunciates, are read out by the Judge (who, Nuzhat informs me, was a rather gentle and soft-spoken person - the kind that probably would never make it into our judiciary).
Ragni and Julián wrote the text and chose a beautiful passage to be read. I'd like to share all that with you.
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Commitment Ceremony Vows
We are mobilized here today to revel in the love and welcome the commitment Ragni Marea Kidvai & Julián Padilla have for each other. Love is a commitment and a process unto itself - a process in which this couple engaged because of mutual affection. But on this day, each has asked for recognition from their community. To this end, these two people will publicly affirm their desire, admiration, and devotion for one another.
RAGNI: I assert my desire for friendship and partnership with you, Julián Padilla. I assure you that through countless emotional, physical, and material abilities we shall share encouragement, struggle, and pleasure. I am not promising to be able to make your life easier, but I do commit to making it better. JULIÁN: I assert my desire for friendship and partnership with you, Ragni Marea Kidvai. I assure you that through countless emotional, physical, and material abilities we shall share encouragement, struggle, and pleasure. I am not promising to be able to make your life easier, but I do commit to making it better. RAGNI: Julián this ring symbolizes my commitment to a bond based on forethought, communication, growth, and liberation. Rather than dreams sacrificed, this is a promise of dreams encouraged. JULIÁN: Ragni this ring symbolizes my commitment to a bond based on forethought, communication, growth, and liberation. Rather than dreams sacrificed, this is a promise of dreams encouraged. May the rings exchanged today serve as a reminder of your enduring friendship and partnership.
Let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another
but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup
but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread
but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous,
but let each of you be alone,
Even as the strings of the lute are alone
though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts,
but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hands of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together,
yet not too near together.
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress
grow not in each other's shadow.
Kahlil Gibran
Companionship is not a house to sit within, it is not a chain to bind with, nor an idle means by which to find security. Companionship cannot abide disrespect, jealousy, suffocation, or being taken for granted. It is a daily performance; it is a methodology for propelling more than oneself through drudgery, it is the practice of unlearning competition and control without forgetting independence, and it is the cultivating of a friendship.
_|_|_|_|_
When Nuzhat returns, next week, she should be carrying video recordings of the ceremony, the fun that followed, and their short trip out of Austin to meet relatives. I am so looking forward to seeing all that. Photos, on the other hand, will keep arriving daily for the next 2-3 days, I hope. They will be added here as they come through email.
I couldn't go with Nuzhat for a number of reasons (some of which, I have been told, are insane) but felt very happy living in these times of ICT expansion that provided me with an almost minute by minute account of what was happening, through VoIP calls, Adium chats, Skype video - which is how also I had participated in Ragni's Graduation from Hampshire College.
So I wasn't really too jealous of Nuzhat being there.
Until I saw this:
My darlingest Ragni: I wish you all the joy and happiness that you have brought into my life … and more!

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71 Comments:

Blogger jehan said...

Absolutely thrilled for Ragni and Julian. Congratulations to them and to you and Nuz. Having known Ragni since the day she was born, and being her 'godmother' so to speak, I share in her joy. I am glad Nuz was able to be there with them. She represented us all in spirit.

Having met Julian during his visit, and having spent quite a bit of time with him, I can sense the love and closeness that these two share. May they be happy always.

13 March, 2009 17:07

 
Blogger jehan said...

Hey Zak love the magazine cover - and yes this final photo makes me wish i was there too. Be happy my precious Rags. You look absolutely gorgeous (Julian looks good too!)

13 March, 2009 17:09

 
Anonymous insiya said...

i am oh so happy for Ragni, Julian and you and Aunty :)))) -- glad that I met them and even more that I was able to take a picture - http://www.flickr.com/photos/insiyasyed/3080358867/ - that for me defines how much love they'd be sharing for the rest of their lives! :D

p.s. i am coming soon to meet the adopted dogs, why wasnt i informed earlier? hehe.

13 March, 2009 17:21

 
Blogger vintage said...

this is fantastic news! :) they both look like two insanely-happy kids! ragni looks absolutely gorgeous! congratulations!

i'm looking forward to the video! :)

13 March, 2009 17:43

 
Anonymous hafsah syed said...

most wonderful news, i have heard in a while now!
totally ecstatic for the couple and both nuzhat and you.

its amazing to know that there are people like yourself who support their children against all odds.

ragni is a sweet heart and as much as i have heard about julian through her, i think that they are just perfect for each other.

congratulations on making a commitment possible without compromises.

cheers!

13 March, 2009 17:43

 
Anonymous Abid said...

Many many congratulations Zak !

The couple looks gorgeous !! May they live happily ever after :)

13 March, 2009 17:53

 
Blogger Arun Mehta said...

wonderful news! congratulations to all, look forward to conveying them in person :-)
love,
arun

13 March, 2009 18:41

 
Anonymous maha said...

Zaheer Chacha, this is such wonderful news! I am thrilled for them, and for you and Nuzhat Auntie. Congratulations congratulations congratulations! Wishing them all the happiness in the world. Much love.

13 March, 2009 18:53

 
Blogger Irfan said...

I might have heard good news in the past, but never this way. ZAK, you have really made this occasion mean so much more for everyone reading through this piece. All the best to Ragni and Julian, and congrats to you and Nuzhat.

13 March, 2009 19:10

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zaheer Bhai and Nuzhat Bhabi

Delighted to hear the wonderful news, specially through such an "off the beaten track" manner.

The couple look wonderful.

Dili Mubarakbaad.....

Yasmin and Siraj Khan
Boston

13 March, 2009 19:54

 
Anonymous e said...

Congratulations Sir.

13 March, 2009 19:55

 
Blogger Maleeha said...

I just felt tears rolling out reading this post! That's a first for me when it comes to blogs. Everything about it was beautiful and inspiring. Well done! :) lots of love to you and nuz aunty.

13 March, 2009 20:09

 
Blogger Vic said...

Nuz & Zak

The very best to a lovely couple..... who are lucky enough to welcome such a charming young man into the family. Look forward to wishing Ragni and Julian in person.

13 March, 2009 20:45

 
Anonymous Anees said...

zaheer & Nuzhat

It seems as if it was only yesterday that i was holding Ragni in my arms when she was born. now I am delighted and thrilled that my godchild is married to a wonderfu boy Julian. this was one of the most happiest news i got. May they live happily ever after. they looked wonderful together. heartiest congratulations to both of you.
bohut mubarak ho.
nasreen joins me in expressing same sentiments.

13 March, 2009 21:52

 
Blogger m2aslam said...

Congratulations, wonderful news in these times. Best wishes for happy days and fulfilment of encouraged dreams.

13 March, 2009 22:31

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Congratulations, Ragni and dear family! I didn't know that you were engaged. That's wonderful news. Ian and I got married in May 2007 so almost 2 years ago. I wish you both a world of happiness, peace and harmony!
Love,
Sasha and the Voukitchevitch Family

13 March, 2009 22:50

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi ZakNuz:

Absolutely delighted to learn that Ragni is now Mrs.Padilla. Lovisa and I wish the young couple the many joys and happines that lie ahead in their married life. Congrats to you two as well.

We have another MexiPak couple living in Tijuana (ti hwanna), just south of the border from San Diego: and thta's Zeba, Arij Vahidy's sister, who is married to Gustavo-a more Paki Mexican I have yet to see.

Lots of love
Tony and Lovisa

13 March, 2009 22:56

 
Blogger Ali Kazim Gardezi said...

Congrats ZAK and Nuzhat Aunty. My best wishes to Ragni and Julian.

13 March, 2009 22:56

 
Anonymous Sabeen Mahmud said...

I feel blessed and very lucky to be part of the family. Congratulations all round and thank you for a typically Zakintosh(y) post that made me laugh and cry.

13 March, 2009 23:23

 
Blogger Zakintosh said...

Thank you all for such warm messages.

13 March, 2009 23:31

 
Anonymous Parveen Kassim said...

Hi Zaheer
Nothing can give more joy than when some one dear to your heart finds real happiness! And specially, when it is a a little baby who has blossomed into a lovely young lady, right before your very eyes! .. So may God Bless you Ragini Beta and your Husband too, as from now on all my Duas are for you both!
May you have all the very best from His Stores of Joy and Success
Heartiest Congratulations Nuzhat and Zaheer
Parveen and Kassim

13 March, 2009 23:49

 
Blogger BODHI said...

Wow, congratulations Zak!
Am glad they did it the way did it... reminds me of us :)

14 March, 2009 00:40

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am so so so so happy for her, and julian, and phupo and you- and just.. everybody- they look so happy and great together! i cannot believe that they're married, but then again, i can't believe that i got married, a little more than, a week back, so.... !! hehehe
many congrats phupajan!

--
Ayesha

14 March, 2009 01:09

 
Blogger kossy said...

Wow Nuzhat khala ............Congrats I am so happy .Please convey my regards & congrats to Zaheer manu.love to Ragini and husband.
regards
Kossy and Iqbal
(I am in USA Washington DC)
email cdcrafts@gmail.com

14 March, 2009 01:11

 
Anonymous neda said...

Many congratulations and lots of love to all of you. May the two of them share wonderful times together, great happiness and fulfillment. love and prayers from sameer, alesha and neda.

14 March, 2009 01:19

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What wonderful news! Sorry we weren't in Karachi to meet the lovely couple.

These pictures sure do speak volumes of joy, happiness, love, care, respect and a beautiful future together.

Congratulations to the couple!!
Congratulations to both of you, Nuzhat and Zaheer. We look forward to seeing more pictures and hearing the stories from you...when we return.

Love and Blessings, Patrice & Minhaj

14 March, 2009 01:20

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy for Ragni and Julian!! Lots of love, affection and prayers to them. And congratulations to you Zaheer and to Nuzhat! :)

Aisha Jabeen (AJ)
Dawn News Tv

14 March, 2009 02:09

 
Anonymous seenalif said...

wow, how beautiful... the vows and the poem and your thoughts and this union, all of it. congratulations to you and the couple.

love you.

14 March, 2009 02:39

 
Anonymous nuzti said...

So happy to hear the wonderful news! Congratulations to Ragni and Julian and the proud parents Zaheer and Nuzhat!

Nuzhat in Toronto

14 March, 2009 03:41

 
Anonymous Jamal said...

So happy to hear this today .. :) My heartiest Congratulations to you all …. :)

14 March, 2009 04:12

 
Blogger Greencard said...

Dear Zaheer and Nuzhat,

Extremely delighted to get the news. Congratulations to you both for this wonderful fulfillment of your lives.
It looks only like the other day she visited me in my office and she is one of the most endowed girl I have met. How happy the two of them look in each other's company!
Ragni and Julian look so cute a pair and our best wishes for a Long, Happy, Peaceful and Delightful married life. May life unfold for them with all their dreams come true.
Brinda joins me in wishing them the very BEST.

It will be our pleasure to host them if they come to DC area (residence number 301 576 9889)

Warm personal regards
Ranga

14 March, 2009 07:32

 
Anonymous sepoy said...

Heartiest Congratulations!

14 March, 2009 08:16

 
Anonymous Nazli Siddiqi said...

My dear Zaheer & Nuzhat - Many many mubaraks to all of you. Am so happy that our lovely Ragini has found a kindred spirit and become part of a loving family . It was a joy to have met her on that one visit-we seem to have bonded instantaneously ! I hope there will be many opportunties to see her and Julian whenever I visit my children in the US and Canada . Do let me have all the contact nos.,email etc. Thinking of you and wishing all of us could have been together for this wonderful occasion.Love -Nazli

14 March, 2009 09:10

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Bhai jan & Bhabi jan
This is a great news for all of us. Congratulations and lots of love to the newly wed couple.
Love
Hina, Shahid and Yousuf

14 March, 2009 11:43

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just want to tell you that this is very moving and I am very happy for all of you. Give Ragni and Julian, my very fondest love and tell them they can come stay with us, when in Lahore.

Big hugs and kisses to you and to Nuzhat.

Love
Salima and Shoaib Hashmi

14 March, 2009 12:57

 
Blogger Zakintosh said...

Once again, thank you all so-o-o much for these wonderful comments.

Ragni
Julián
Nuzhat
Zaheer

14 March, 2009 13:06

 
Blogger Fawad Zakariya said...

Congratulations to you Zak, the happy couple and your entire family. It is a lovely post and such a heartfelt ode to a daughter who is all grown up and a warm welcome to her new family members. It has been a pleasure to get to know all the Kidvais virtually. Hopefully our paths will cross in real life soon enough.

Warm regards,

Fawad

14 March, 2009 13:33

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations and best wishes for a long,prosperous and happy married life

Laila and Imran

14 March, 2009 14:23

 
Blogger parveen said...

Dear Nuzhat and Zaheer
Thank you so much for sharing the happy event with us. I wish the newly married couple a happy and fun filled married life. They are both lucky to have found one another.
Warm wishes
parveen

14 March, 2009 14:45

 
Anonymous Soonha Abro said...

WOW! Congrats to both of them and to you and Nuzhat Aunty! :)

14 March, 2009 17:42

 
Anonymous Soonha Abro said...

And Mum and Dad send their best wishes and heartiest congrats too! :)

14 March, 2009 17:44

 
Anonymous Sana Salam said...

congratulations to the happy couple! what wonderful news! their vows made me cry like a baby!

14 March, 2009 18:54

 
Blogger Bystander said...

Dear Zaheer bhai and Nuzhat apa,
Wonderful news... bohot mubarak to you both and to the lovely couple. My blessings are with them always.
jz

14 March, 2009 23:32

 
Blogger iFaqeer said...

Bahoth bahoth mubarak! Just got the full picture and am very happy for all concerned. Prayers, good thoughts, and wishes.

15 March, 2009 02:06

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dearest,
I loved your blog-post. It's beautiful & so full of love. And I loved the comments by so many wishing Ragni & Julian. I thank them all.
Ragni will be sending you some more photographs and I will be bringing the video recording of the ceremony.
I loved the way Ragni & Julian spoke their vows and could not stop myself from crying with love & joy. There was so much forethought & depth in what they said & the way they said it. I was so proud of our baby now grown and of Julian. They make such a perfect couple. I thank them for making me so happy. Thank you Zaheer, for as usual, being so magical.
I have so much to tell you when I return.
With love all round,
Nuzhat

15 March, 2009 02:39

 
Anonymous Dr. M. Adnan Akram said...

Dear Sir,
Congratulations, May Allah brings the joys of family to you from you family and from you to your family. Aameen. I am very happy to see you so happy.
Dr. Muhammad Adnan Akram

15 March, 2009 07:12

 
Blogger aziz72 said...

Dearest ZAK, Nuzhat, Ragni and Julian,
what a beautiful ceremony and wonderful pictures. Congratulations. Nuzhat, you're not the only one shedding tears of love and joy, I have been doing the same since I first read the words of the vows.
Ragni and Julian, May your love continue to blossom and your joys grow as both of you share your new life together. You make the perfect couple. Ragni, your fav 'paneer samosas' await your next visit!

ZAK, thanks for sharing so beautifully.
Love
Ghazala and Hasan

15 March, 2009 08:43

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Zak,
I am thrilled to hear about Ragni and Julian.
Congratulations to them and to you and Nuzhat Aunty.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful news with me.
Wishing them all the happiness in the world.
Best Wishes,
Mina

15 March, 2009 11:05

 
Anonymous Asif Noorani said...

Zaheer and Nuzhat: As my mind races back I see Ragni as a small delectable child. I saw her growing into a graceful young lady over the years. I met her last in DawnNews TV a few months ago but she suddenly disappeared. I was about to ask one of her colleagues where was Ragni, I don't see her these days, and here came your welcome communication. Congrats to the newly weds and the not so newly weds -- Nuzhat and Zaheer

15 March, 2009 13:42

 
Blogger behroze said...

Absolutely delighted as I recently had the good fortune of meeting both Julian and Ragni while they were in Karachi and all of us had an excellent evening enjoying the Qawwali.
I wish the newy weds a long, very happy and a prosperous life. Successful marriages are based on mutual respect and love and they both seemed to have loads of it. I also congratulate both Zaheer and Nuzhat on this very happy occasion. May you both have long life to see this beautiful union getting even stronger as the time passes. May they both continue bringing joy and happiness in your lives. You both deserve it. My prayers and best wishes are with all of you.
Naveed Sadozai

15 March, 2009 16:15

 
Anonymous Angana said...

Wonderful news! Many congratulations to all of you -Zaheerbhai, Nuzhat and, of course, Ragni and Julian! Warm wishes for much happiness to the young couple; and hope to see you guys in Delhi soon. Love, Angana Parekh

15 March, 2009 22:48

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Zaheer and Nuzhat, congratulations on this joyous occasion! wish we had known as we live in Houston-a short 2 hour drive. Would have loved to see Nuzhat again and shared in your happiness! However, if they ever come this side, they are always welcome at our hacienda!
Always your friends, Fazal and Fawzia Karim

16 March, 2009 10:20

 
Blogger Atif Khan said...

Dear Mr. Kidvai and Family,

Heartiest congratulations to everyone in your family for such a joyful and blissful event. God bless you all.

16 March, 2009 10:22

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our heartiest congratulations and best wishes for this lovely dear couple. Three cheers for their wonderful parents who braught them up with true love and imparted such re-fined values.
Congratulations ZAK and Nuzhat
Najeeb and Nasra Omar

16 March, 2009 13:37

 
Anonymous Zubair Ahmed said...

Hi Zak, absolutely wonderful news. Congratulations to the couple and the families. I showed the pictures to everyone at home and we are all very happy for Ragni, Julian and the two families. Ragni is looking amazing. Would love to meet the couple whenever they are here. Love the magazine cover :)

Thanks for sharing this beautiful news.

PS: caught a glimpse of the dogs when I dropped you at your place some time ago. They looked very friendly.

Zubair
b.i.t.s.

16 March, 2009 14:53

 
Blogger Zakintosh said...

It's just too daunting a task to try and respond to each one of you separately. (Maybe St. Hallmark will find an opportunity in such situations). Until that happens, I'll have to make do with a "Thank you", yet again, for all these lovely comments and the emailed messages.

One thing that I do need to say here: Many of your comments, like Sabizak's above, have said kind and generous words about Nuzhat and me and the environment we provided for Ragni when growing up. But you (especially those of you who met Julián) must have also received a sense of what wonderful parents he has had. The wedding would not have taken place in the way it did without their participation and support.

I don't know if they'll ever read this, but I'd like to convey my thanks to them for being not just being wonderful warm hosts to Nuzhat, but also for the love and warmth and affection they've shown Ragni over the years they have known her.

17 March, 2009 08:45

 
Blogger Sidhusaaheb said...

Best wishes and congratulations!

:)

17 March, 2009 14:50

 
Anonymous Ziad Asim said...

Hi Zak,

Our heartiest congratulations to the couple and more so to the wonderful parents. May they always be happy and prosper in love and harmony.

Ziad, Asma, & Hamza

18 March, 2009 10:53

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Zak,
Our family would like to thank you for creating this blog-it is such a cool way of keeping so many people abreast of the happy happenings! The wedding and Nuzhat's visit have been nothing short of exhilarating. We are most blessed to have Ragni join our family & through this blog we somewhat feel a sense of community with the people that have submitted comments even if we have never met them!
Talking with Nuzhat over the last few days has been quite a joy. We witnessed her intellect, love of family (including ours), curiosity, thirst for knowledge and a passion for questioning and challenging thoughts, ideas, and practices to change the world for the better. We very much enjoyed exchanging foods, traditions, and historical perspectives. It would not be a stretch to say that you share deeply in her philosophy & explains Ragni's shining personality & why Julian is so in love with her. We look forward to a time that we can meet you in person.
Kindest regards,
Juan, Yolanda & Gabriel Padilla

20 March, 2009 01:04

 
Blogger Neena said...

Many Congrats on such happy occasion!!

20 March, 2009 09:38

 
Blogger Neena said...

Zak, Juan, Nuzhat, Yolanda, Gabriel, Ragni and Julian

Many many congrats on such happy occasion!! Young people like Ragni and Julian give me hope that world is still a nice place to live, keep it up you love birds.

20 March, 2009 09:41

 
Blogger deenochka said...

For Ragni and Julian, and their families:

Just got the news.....warmest wishes to the couple for an interesting and challenging life.......may the wind be at your backs, may your lives be enriched, as you go forth and make your mark on the world, and may you bring pleasure and pride to your families.

Deena Mersky, Austin, Texas

21 March, 2009 09:19

 
Blogger Shirin Sultana said...

Dear Ragni and Julian,

Congratulations! You guys look so adorable!
Good Luck!

Shirin, Bangladesh.

21 March, 2009 09:32

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Julian,

Congratulations to you and your beautiful bride! May your lives together be filled with happiness and joy. Hope to see you when your in San Antonio and to have a chance to meet you lovely wife. Best wishes to both of you!!

Raymond and Oralia Mendez,
and Cassie & James

23 March, 2009 19:57

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you both, Julian and Ragni. I am happy for you and your families.
Best,
Tanya Voss
colleague and friend of the mother of the groom

24 March, 2009 23:16

 
Anonymous Yoli Mae Martinez said...

Congratulations to both of you, Julian and Ragni. I truly believe in true love as you two have found! I don't know Ragni, and in the future I would like to meet you! Julian I love you and I am very happy that you met the love of your life! I know that Yolanda, Juan, and Juan Gabriel are very happy for both of you too!
Hope to make you some South Texas Posole in the near future!
loving you both,
Yoli Martinez
Friend of the family

25 March, 2009 19:13

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Though Ragni and I have been very busy since the wedding, we have been keeping up with all of the incredibly sweet comments that our families and friends (including some people who I have yet to meet) have been making on Zak's gorgeous blog post. Because of the volume of comments we cannot respond individually, but we would like to extend our greatest thanks for all of the (digital) support and love. Needless to say, our wedding was incredibly special to us and our parents, and we are delighted that our commitment to one another was shared internationally with so many loved ones.

We will carry the kind words and joy posted in Zak's blog for decades to come and I cannot reiterate enough how wonderful this experience has been, and how enriched it was by this public forum.

Thanks again to all of you for sharing in this festive occasion.

With love and respect,
Julián Padilla & Ragni Marea Kidvai

03 April, 2009 22:15

 
Blogger Gouri said...

Saw this message only today. its nice to share your joy :) see you soon, love Gouri

07 April, 2009 13:12

 
Blogger sarah islam said...

Dear ZAK

First of all, heartiest congratulations to you and your wife on Ragini and Julian's wedding! :) They look insanely happy!

I loved the wedding vows that they exchanged and that you posted here. What a beautiful, loving and civilized way to get married...reminds me of my wedding with Suki:-)

You and Nuzhat must be so proud of raising such a beautiful and civilized daughter like Ragini, as I am sure Julian's parents would be too!

Suki joins me in congratulating you and Nuzhat on your daughter's wedding and we pray that Ragini and Julian have a wonderful, wonderful life ahead of them:-)

God bless!

13 April, 2009 12:01

 
Blogger My Voices said...

WOW! Ragni.
It is great to come across the journey of joy you are having.
Wish you all the best and Peace.

06 June, 2010 13:22

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A wedding ceremony devoid of any hypocrisy and useless paraphernalia and actually full of love and friendship! I must say it is a first in my life!! Congratulations to the couple but even more so to the wonderful parents who made it all possible by raising her the way they did and then supporting and loving her like no other Pakistani parents I can think of.

11 October, 2010 19:37

 

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