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)
Rakesh and Seema Mangal were married in India in July 1997, after meeting through family friends.
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.