Love knows no geographical boundaries

B. Madhu Gopal
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They share a liking for spicy food, Indian music and Bollywood

Happily married:D.V. Suresh Kumar with Stewanna Miskell in Visakhapatnam. —Photo: K.R. Deepak
Happily married:D.V. Suresh Kumar with Stewanna Miskell in Visakhapatnam. —Photo: K.R. Deepak

No men are foreign, no countries strange… beneath all uniforms a single body breathes…

---James Kirkup

The marriage of Dasari Venkata Suresh Kumar of Visakhapatnam and Stewanna Miskell of New Orleans brings to mind the famous poem. Their four-year-old love culminated in marriage in Visakhapatnam recently.

DV, as Stewanna fondly calls him, had done B. Tech in Electrical Engineering from Andhra University, and migrated to San Antonio in Texas in 2003. They came across each other in a building in Indianapolis in 2007.

“I am a curious person and couldn't stop myself from asking him his nationality,” she recalls. His reply heightened her curiosity further. She sought information about the important places in India and it was DV' s turn to be puzzled as she told him that she had friends in India.

They started dating in 2008 and their love soon blossomed into a full-fledged relationship. “I am very assertive and then there were problems in communication due to my American slang. I am a planner and express my displeasure when he doesn't turn up on time for any appointment,” she said.

“We are both open-minded individuals and the little differences in personality traits are no big issue. I consider him as my best friend and when in disagreement we sit together and sort out our differences,” she says.

“I like Indian culture a lot and am particularly fascinated by sons taking the responsibility of their parents in their old age. The parents are always there to guide their children,” she says and hastens to add that Americans also cherish family values very much.

Commenting on girl's being considered a liability in view of the practice of dowry system in India, Stewanna says: “Though there is no such practice in the US, it exists in a different form in our country. The parents of girls have to bear the wedding expenses of their daughter's wedding.

Stewanna, who had done her BSBM and MBA in the US, has two jobs - One as a HR manager in a large bank in the US and the other managing her own HR consultancy firm. They share a liking for spicy food and Indian music and Bollywood films.

“I have no complaints. I want both of them to be happy and am optimistic that they would have a happy married life, says Suresh's father Nancharaiah, who is a Joint Registrar in GITAM University.

  • Stewanna, has done her BSBM and MBA in the US

  • Suresh Kumar migrated to the US in 2003

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