Matrimonial Get-together 2015

1 Mar 2015

“Match the capabilities, rather than matching the disabilities” was the motivating force behind organizing our 3rd successful (across) disability matrimonial get-together on 1st March 2015 at Golden Leaf Banquet hall, Malad west, Mumbai. The event was graced with sixty one prospects who were accompanied by their parents and relatives.
Registrations commenced at 10 am followed by a sumptuous breakfast sponsored by Golden Leaf.
The day began with a warm welcome from Sushmeetha B. Bubna (Founder Director – Voice Vision). As she announced the schedule for the day along she also listed down a few points that the prospects should keep in mind as they made an important decision of choosing their life partners. She advised them to focus on the opposite person’s values, likes and dislikes and also give the entire process a good amount of time so that they could understand each other in a better way.
Mr. Rajit Mehra (Advisory Board Member) & Mrs. Spandana Mehta (volunteer) went on to introduce the prospects one by one thereby ensuring their comfort. Special educators from SNDT (assisted) the prospects to note down the names of those candidates, who had caught their attention- with whom they would like to interact at the event. On the other hand relatives accompanying the prospects were also asked to note down their own choices.
Next we had on our agenda was a beautiful and an (thought-provoking) activity for everyone present there. Each table was provided with three situations to which each and everyone seated there had to list out some pros and cons of the given situation. The participants for this activity included everyone = the (prospects), parents, escorts and even the special educators. After listing our the pros and cons the participants were asked to discuss their thoughts on their respective tables. The outcomes of the discussion on both aspects of each situation were then shared with the entire audience. The conclusion and the idea behind conducting the activity came out strongly which stated that no situation is perfect. Disability can only be in one’s mind, and overcoming this can be possible through adjustments and adaptability.
After this (stirring) activity, came in a few rejoicing moments wherein we shared success stories from our previously held events. One such success story shared at the events was about Mr. Tarun Bansal who had earlier registered for an event, but due to some personal reasons was unable to attend it. However he was extremely inspired by the entire concept of the meet about matching abilities and marrying across disability. Moved by this idea today Mr. Tarun (visually impaired) has married Ms. Rachana (polio) and they are blessed with a baby girl, who is seven months old now.
Later a Mother-in-law and daughter-in-law duo of Mrs. Varsha & Ms. Neetu, shared their success story. Both of them came forth one by one and shared with us their journey from two strangers towards each other to becoming closely related. It all started when Mrs. Varsha decided to start looking for a match for her son Deven, who works at in USA. Mrs. Varsha on meeting Neetu at the event itself had frankly put forth facts about her son’s hearing and speech impairment and the few white patches that covered his face. On returning back home, she shared with Deven, about her meet with Neetu, her nature and the fact that she (has) polio.
After getting an idea about each other, the two decided to meet, which resulted in the realization of their compatibility with each other. This, soon culminated into a beautiful relationship as they tied the knot on 9th December, 2014.
The experience sharing session was followed by an interaction session among the participants over lunch. The interaction was very well facilitated by the alumni and special educators from SNDT such that most of the prospects had a chance to meet the prospects of their interest, enjoy a comfortable chat and gain a few insights about each other’s lives. The participants enjoyed the interaction with their prospects and were happy to take this connect ahead for further discussions

Rotractors of Mithibai College under the supervision of Mr. Suhas Kelkar (Advisory Board Member) had enabled smooth registrations. All the volunteers & advisory board members of Voice Vision ensured effective management of all the other activities.

The get-together concluded with the felicitation of the venue & food sponsors, special educators, rotractors, advisors & volunteers, followed by a vote of thanks by Ms. Bubna.

We, at Voice Vision, would like to thank all the 61 prospects (comprising of visual, speech, hearing, limb or other impairment) and their families, who joined us from places across the country, such as Chennai, Delhi, Pune, Nagpur, Vadodra other parts of Gujarat & Maharashtra for believing in the platform facilitated by us.
We also like to express our gratitude to Mr. Arpit Thakkar Director Golden Leaf Banquet Hall for sponsoring the venue & food along with a special thank you to Mr. Amit Sharma Manager Golden Leaf for his generous support & coordination.
We express our gratitude to the entire Advisory Board for their support from conceptualization to execution of the event.
We thank all our volunteers, students from Saraf & NMIMS college, rotractors from Rotract Club of Mithibai College, moderators / special educators from SNDT college, Rotary Club of West Coast, Ascent Networks Pvt. Ltd to support our idea & set it rolling. And last but not the least we are extremely grateful to the media for helping us in creating awareness and widening our reach.
Finally as the day ended, we left the venue with abundant memories, a sense of fulfillment and an assurance of organizing many such events in the near future

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Contact Details: 
contact at or call on 022 40400000 speak with Sushmeetha
Golden Leaf Banquet, 5th Floor, Link House, Link Road, Opp. Eccha Purti Hanuman Temple, Malad West, Mumbai - 400064
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