Interviews

Match Made In Heaven-Tehmina and Khaled Anum 17 September 1994

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When did you get married and how old were the two of you?

Khaled: We got married on September 17, 1994. I was 34 and Tehmina was 26.

Was your marriage an arranged one or not?

Khaled: Love all the way!

How and where did you meet?

Khaled: We met each other for the first time at Tehmina’s house. I had gone there to meet her parents for some work.

Tehmina: Our first encounter was quite filmy!

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What made you two decide that you were perfect for each other?

Khaled: We were and are the best of friends. What could be a better reason to stick around!

One thing you remember about your wedding day?

Khaled: I could not make my Sehra stay on, no matter how much I struggled to do so.

Tehmina: What I remember is that my Gharara’s weight was probably in tons with all the intricate Zardozi work on it. I could hardly walk in it. It was heavier than my body weight at that time, which was just 40kg.

One thing you wish you could have added to the ceremony:

Khaled: I wish that my mom and dad would have been alive and could have been a part of it.

Tehmina: A jora from Bunto Kazmi and a jhoomar from Tapu Javeri.

3

What was the wedding night gift for the bride?

Tehmina: In Madras we call it a Poth….some might call it a mangal sutra.

Where did you have your honeymoon? Who decided on the place and why?

Khaled: It was Lahore and Dubai. We had a couple of days work there so we thought we might as well stick around for a few more days. After that we went to Dubai.

What was the one perfect moment of your honeymoon?

Tehmina: We thoroughly enjoyed going to the fort and the museum and of course having murgh cholas in Lahore. Going to a night club in Dubai in the Hyatt, where our names were displayed on LED screens to welcome us as newly wedded couple was a lot of fun. The band dedicated a song to us as well.

What was the most embarrassing moment during your honeymoon?

Khaled: I cannot recall any.

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A favourite activity that the two of you enjoyed on your honeymoon?

Tehmina: Just talking and each other’s company.

What was the most shocking thing about him which you discovered on the honeymoon?

Tehmina: He likes to sleep in pitch dark.

What was the most shocking thing about her that you discovered on the honeymoon?

Khaled: She was nicer than I thought.

The one thing you would change if you had the chance about your honeymoon?

Khaled: Nothing.

Tehmina: Destinations.

Who gives in first when you fight?

Khaled: I, me and myself alone… from the mouth of Khaled Anam!

Tehmina: Khaled of course.

5

What is your song?

Khaled: Tum bin jaon kahan ke duniya main aa ke…

Tehmina: Hou tamana aur kya jaaney tamana aap hain…

The first movie you saw as a couple? How did you like it?

Tehmina: Musafir (Indian). It was just fine.

The one relative or friend of your spouse whom you simply cannot tolerate and why?

Khaled: Very funny question which cannot be answered!

Tehmina: Just one? Well!

The one relative or friend of your spouse whose company you enjoy the most, and why?

Khaled: I enjoy all of them.

Tehmina: I particularly enjoy the younger generation…Khaled’s nieces and nephews.

Favorite activity as a couple now

Tehmina: We love traveling, watching movies, reading, gossiping and especially enjoy hot debates on politics and religion.

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Which was the best time of your life? Before marriage? The honeymoon or now? Or still waiting? Other?

Khaled: The best time is now and there’s more to come.

Any special memories incidents you would like to share?

Tehmina: When both our sons came into our lives, they were just very special moments and the time period of their upbringing has been one which we both cherish always.

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