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A Relationship Takes off at the Airport

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
October 2023
A Relationship Takes off at the Airport

Not many people would think of an airport as an ideal place for a marriage proposal. But Yashraj Chhabra had a good reason to pop the question at Auckland Airport in New Zealand.

“In Bollywood movies, I think eight out of 10 times, the couple would only come together at the airport,” Chhabra told CNN Travel. “The actress is leaving. The actor would run to the airport (to stop her) and they will live happily ever after.”

Chhabra, a New Zealander, wanted to propose to his girlfriend, Riiya Shukla, who lives in Melbourne, Australia, when she arrived in Auckland on one of her visits during their long-distance romance. After getting permission from Auckland Airport management, he recorded a proposal that was played on the airport announcement system. Dozens of friends and relatives cheered as Chhabra greeted Shukla with a ring and bent knee.

“I was under shock,” Shukla told CNN Travel. “I tend to get lost in his eyes and as romantic as this sounds, it’s actually true. I do. For a while, it just felt like it was just us. Then, all of our family and friends came and they all hugged us. It was pretty magical.”

The couple plan to get married in India, honeymoon in another country, and settle in New Zealand. “As much as I thought Melbourne was my home,” Shukla said, “now, I would say he is my home.”

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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

[Comments? Contributions? We would love to hear from you about Chai Time. If you have contributions, please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]

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