In a story that will make your heart melt, 2015 UPSC topper Tina Dabi is set to marry a guy that she beat to the top spot Athar Aamir-ul-Shafi Khan.
Dabi had met Aamir during the 2015 UPSC felicitation ceremony and the two since then have been inseparable.
While it was love at first sight for Amir, by that evening even Dabi was impressed by his wit and charm.
“Uske liye pehliening nazar mein pyaar ho gaya (For him, it was love at first sight). I thank Aamir every day for his perseverance. He is a wonderful person.” – Tina Dabi, UPSC 2015 Topper
Though there is more to duo’s story than just being UPSC toppers.
While Amir is a Kashmiri Muslim from a small village in the south Kashmir, Tina is from Delhi, born in a Dalit family.
Amir and Tina in the past few years have gotten very close and would soon be tying the knot.
They have since day one been very open about their relationship, with both, on regular intervals, sharing pictures of them together on Facebook.
These pictures, which are on Dabi’s public profile, though have invited much criticism over the months.
A certain section of the society has even questioned her about her choice of partner as Aamir is Muslim and she a Hindu.
“We are in love and very happy . But I must admit that I get very disturbed when I read stuff about us. We have stopped googling our names and reading news about ourselves. I think it is a small price to pay for being in the public eye.”
Dabi says that her and Aamir’s parents though have accepted their relationship and are happy about their choice.
She further adds that as a “freethinking independent woman” she is entitled to certain choices and she is “very happy” with her choice and so is Aamir.
Despite the criticism, Dabi prefers to see the glass as half full than half empty and has thus said,
“There will always be those elements, that small minority who will always pass negative comments about dating someone from another religion. It is just that 5%. The majority are very happy . You would have seen in my Facebook timeline that most of the comments are encouraging. In fact, I am overwhelmed by the support and congratulatory messages. I thought ‘yeh to achcha hai” (this is good.).”