"Lunch Buddies" – Indian Woman Marries Malay Man After Falling In Love At Work
Despite Malaysia's diverse cultural landscape, deeply rooted traditions and societal expectations still influence people's perceptions of interracial relationships.
In the midst of this, stories like Kishanthini and Mohd Ameerul Iman's serve as a heartening reminder of love's ability to transcend cultural differences.
Their enchanting love story garnered widespread attention after Kishanthini shared a video of their union on TikTok, reported Harian Metro.
According to the Malay daily, Kishanthini said she and her husband, Mohd Ameerul, were initially just colleagues who often spent time having meals together.
"He was not just a good friend; he was also my lunch buddy for two years before our relationship blossomed," she was quoted as saying.
"Last April, my husband surprised me with a proposal, and we got married after seven months. Our marriage received the blessings of our respective families," she added.
Kishanthini said she was attracted to Ameerul because he accepted her for who she is
"I can be myself without needing to work hard to gain his attention. He also doesn't expect me to change, and honestly, I am fortunate to have a good friend and life partner in the same person," she said.
Kishanthini also said she had always expected to marry someone from a different ethnicity due to having friends from diverse cultural backgrounds since childhood.
Kishanthini believes that intercultural marriages offer hope for a better future for generations to come
"For me, intercultural marriages are beautiful as they allow two different cultures to harmonise and embrace each other's differences," Harian Metro quoted her as saying.
"Moreover, we get to enjoy all the celebrations and broaden our understanding and exposure to different cultures," she added.
After their story went viral, Kishanthini expressed her astonishment saying this was not the first time she had shared her love story on social media.
"This time, the post went viral, and there were positive and negative comments, but they do not affect our lives," she said.