A city-based woman, Pallavi Gautam, who used to interpret Mandarin to local languages in India, has fallen in love with a Chinese man, Ma Hai Guo, and married him. Pallavi and Ma Hai tied the nuptial knot in December last year, and now the couple is planning to settle in Sichuan province of China.
Pallavi, 37, who lives in Raikhad area of the city, met Ma Hai, 25, a quality engineer in a cellphone company, and a native of Sichuan, on a social media website two years ago.
Soon their friendship started flourishing. They met in person five months ago and married on December 28 according to Buddhist rituals.
When contacted, Pallavi said, “I had met him in Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, when he came there with his company’s delegation. We immediately realized that we were made for each other.”
“In most such cases, family and peer pressure prevent two persons from radically different backgrounds from marrying. But both of our families were broadminded and followers of Buddhism that united us,” said Pallavi.
Pallavi said that she had decided to settle in China as Ma Hai has problems with food and weather of India. “I do not have any problems with food and weather there, as I had been to China six to seven times due to my work,” she said.
Pallavi’s father, Nikhil Gautam, said that his family had no issue with the Chinese groom, because it was his daughter’s choice. “But, as we cannot pronounce his name, Ma Hai Guo, we call him Mahi,” he said.