Would you believe me if I tell you that Raghu Ram-- the satanic hellraiser from Roadies is actually a hopeless romantic in real life?
Yup, you read that right folks, the O.G. bad boy who gave us major mysterious, lone wolf vibes is actually a big softie at heart.
After reading his story I realised that he's faced the struggles of a common man who's in love. From moving on from a major heartbreak to fighting the society for his love, he's slayed through all those hurdles.
Raghu Ram is expecting his first baby along with the Canadian-Italian Bollywood singer Natalie Ram De Luccio. He opened up about their beautiful love story and the hurdles they had to face:
The first time Raghu ever saw her was over the screen, in a YouTube video where she was humming the tunes of a Hindi song. Wildly impressed by her work, he shared her video on Facebook with the caption:
I think this girl is cute, and sings beautifully.
Never in his wildest dreams did he think that they were ever going to meet in person until one of his friends introduced the two of them on Natalie's trip to India. While we assume that he had a major fan-girl moment Raghu added:
But there were no sparks flying in our first meeting—it was very formal.
And because they were in the same industry, they crossed paths very frequently with each other in various social gatherings and became friends.
But in 2015 Raghu's entire world turned upside down. His marriage of 10 years had ended abruptly and he was professionally suffering from a mental burnout.
It was a dark phase, and I needed a miracle to survive this,
- Raghu Ram
Just like a fighter, he pulled himself together and fought through the dark phase of his life and after a year he was ready to finally move on.
Inexplicably, she was the first one I thought of reaching out to!
Hi! I thought I saw you at this restaurant I’m at, but much to my disappointment, it wasn’t you. How have you been?
I realised that she was 14 years younger to me. It was hard for me to get over that fact.
Maybe it was the social construct around ageism that made Raghu nervous about having a relationship or maybe he wasn't sure about how she felt. But:
One night, she finally ran out of patience with my shyness and took matters into her own hands. That night, we had our first kiss! It felt surreal…and so right—all my doubts disappeared.
The multi-cultured, inter-racial couple dated each other for over a year and that's when Raghu let go of all their differences and confessed:
We realised that none of our differences actually mattered . Our cultures, age, even food preferences, none of it!
He finally went down on one knee and proposed. They had a fairytale Goa wedding, with two different cultures and traditions.
From convincing her family that I’m not really the guy they see screaming on TV. To accepting the fact that every meal will have two different cuisines—desi and firangi. To the fact that we’re from different worlds, and yet perfect together.
In a heartfelt moment, Raghu confessed that Natalie is the "miracle" that pulled him out of the darkest phase of his life.
All of this—meeting her, falling in love, the wedding, the pregnancy…all of it feels like a miracle, just the one I needed!
I've realised two things from this story. First: for obvious reasons, Raghu reminds me of The Beast from Beauty and the Beast.
Second, nothing matters when you truly love someone, culture, age, sex are just social constructs.
It doesn't matter how different your partner is from you, if you truly love each other, you'll always manage to find a middle ground.
Check out their full story here:
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“I saw her for the first time on YouTube—she had performed a cover of a Hindi song & I loved it! I shared it on Facebook saying, ‘I think this girl is cute & sings beautifully!’ I never thought I’d meet her. But a few months later, my friends told me that she was in India. I remember I was at a studio—when a friend got her there for us to catch up. She was really sweet & curious about Mumbai. But our first meeting was very formal. After that, we bumped into each other a few times socially—she was always so graceful. Then in 2015, my world crashed around me. I needed a break from work & my marriage of almost 10 years ended. It was a dark phase of my life and I needed a miracle to survive this. After a year of struggling, in 2016 I decided to move on—& she was the first one I thought of reaching out to! So, one night, I texted her saying, ‘Hi! I thought I saw you at a restaurant, but to my disappointment, it wasn’t you. How have you been?’ She immediately replied saying, ‘Hi! It’s been long! Want to meet up?’—I was elated! We met at her place soon after—& there was instant chemistry. I wanted to keep meeting her—but by then I realised that she was 14 years younger to me. It was hard to get over that fact. So, for the next month, we continued to meet & the confusion kept growing. But one night, she ran out of patience with my shyness & decided to take matters into her own hands & we had our first kiss! That’s when all my doubts disappeared! We dated for a year & a half—& realised that our differences didn’t matter . Our cultures, age, none of it. Soon, while on our trip to South Africa, I proposed to her—& when she said ‘Yes!’, everything fell into place. We got married in Goa last year, & now we’re expecting our first child together. Everyday with her has been exciting! From convincing her family that I’m not the guy they see screaming on TV. To accepting the fact that our meals will be desi and firangi. To the fact that we’re from different worlds & yet perfect together. I still have to pinch myself from time to time. All of this—meeting her, falling in love, the wedding, the pregnancy…all of it feels like a miracle, just the one I needed!”