Although Rakesh (left) proposed to Seema Mangal (right), he still considers his marriage “arranged” in that extended family and friends facilitated the couple’s introduction and union. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar)
Rakesh applies vermilion, a red powder, on the parting of Seema’s hair as a symbol of matrimony.
Rakesh and Seema Mangal, married 22 years, were introduced through mutual friends in India. (Photo: Dylan Aguilar)
Seema and Rakesh Mangal met through family-friends and decided to get married after meeting in person and talking on the phone every day for months.
Rakesh and Seema Mangal were married in India in July 1997, after meeting through family friends.