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International Love Story

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Managing a relationship between two cultures and languages is interesting and intense. The couples we interview give advice for different life situations - such as "communication in a bilingual relationship" and "how to deal with paperwork". Listen to experts, how other intercultural couples are nav… read more

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S02/EP14 - Shahana & Hari, About Monkhood & The Energy Between Two People

Meet Shahana (English) & Hari (American-Indian)

When recording this episode, end of 2020 Shahana and Hari were reunited in England and quarantining together after being apart for 10 months. They suddenly spent 24/7 together in a small cottage. Hari is describing how much he is enjoying the little things right now [03:20] such as cooking for her.

We also talked of how they met each other. Back in 2017, when Hari was still a monk - they saw each other for the first time in a temple in Germany. Even though if it was not common talking to women as a monk, just if they are providing some sort of service as Hari describes it - he started talking to her [08:10]. Instantly they both felt this energy and when Shahana returned home she instantly sent him a friendship request on Facebook - which was rejected by Hari. He was afraid that Shahana might cost him his monkhood [08:45].

Shahana then would visit the temple again in 2018 thinking, that he just does not like her. While he was hoping Shahana might show up as a single woman. But also in that year, both tried to avoid each other, even though there was still this sparkle[12:17].

It is only when Hari gives up being a monk that an incredibly romantic love story begins [15:00]. When deciding to quit, he consulted his mentor to ask for advice. The next thing he remembers was sending a Facebook request to Shahana. Since 2019 they are a couple and things develop fast. Shahana met Hari's family in India, and they approved for the next step [17:23].

Seeing both of them together while recording this episode was emotional and energizing. This episode in general is full of love. Did you feel the same way? We are looking forward to your feedback.

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