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September 24, 2020


Comments from Past reflection on this topic (posted by FR team)

Thank you for sharing!

Posted by: Lopeti Senituli | December 19, 2018 at 08:13 PM

Wow!!! So romantic...! Story from the heart is always the most beautiful one.

Posted by: CH | December 19, 2018 at 09:45 PM

Prasad Vepa
Thank you Anand, for sharing your very beautiful story of love. Congratulations on your 40th wedding anniversary! May your and Luisa’s married lives always be filled with love, understanding, peace and joy!

Posted by: Prasad Vepa | December 19, 2018 at 09:53 PM

The one who was next to your penpal at MNL airport
A "W😊W" love story...

Posted by: The one who was next to your penpal at MNL airport | December 19, 2018 at 10:22 PM

Happy Holidays Anand – Fantastic story!

Posted by: Ryan | December 19, 2018 at 10:43 PM

very lovely story that can be a plot in hollywood movies

Posted by: Ian | December 20, 2018 at 12:13 AM

Frankly Speaking

“One ancient rule of warfare has been followed: Ceasefire before dark (and a goodnight hug).”
Technically what must have followed is called Sleeping with the enemy. 😀

Posted by: Frankly Speaking | December 20, 2018 at 12:24 AM

Beautiful & inspiring! We all here at Friday Reflections feel honoured for your sharing such a personal account of your life with us.

I cannot help but mention again - wonderful!

(Ur story sends a tingling sensation up my spine to the top of the head.)

Posted by: sujat | December 20, 2018 at 02:29 AM

Ken Yee
Anand - a beautiful story of a loving couple. May you and Luisa experience a continued lifetime of happiness.

Posted by: Ken Yee | December 20, 2018 at 04:47 AM

Arlene (received in mail. Posted by FR team)
What a beautiful, beautiful story! There is a certain magic in letter writing as one puts more effort in expressing their thoughts and the magic of the pen sometimes makes one willing to share honest ideas.

Posted by: Arlene (received in mail. Posted by FR team) | December 20, 2018 at 08:01 AM

Chris Flores
Naks! Matindi ang story mo Anand. 😊

Posted by: Chris Flores | December 20, 2018 at 08:02 AM

A very happy Anniversary to you both. You have an enriched life because of your partner and we are lucky to hear lovely experiences of your life. All the best for coming years and wonderful Xmas

Must be so wonderful to meet your German neighbor after so many years

Posted by: Sharvary | December 20, 2018 at 09:28 AM

Hedda Robinson
Very nice and sweet. Happy 40th Anniversary.

Posted by: Hedda Robinson | December 20, 2018 at 10:30 AM

What a love story! Congratulations on your 40th anniversary, Anand! May God continue to bless your marriage and family. 🙏

By the way, I also collected stamps when I was young. And had penpals too, not as many as yours though. 😄

Posted by: FE-Philippines | December 20, 2018 at 11:46 AM

Humble Warrior
Whew... well it's getting kind of misty in here or something, my eyes are watery... I love your love story... I also love this photo, where is it from?... Well done spies, well done

Posted by: Humble Warrior | December 20, 2018 at 03:06 PM

so beautiful :) thank you for being an inspiration to us Anand. Cheers to many more happiness together.

Posted by: ana | December 20, 2018 at 04:13 PM

To Humble Warrior
The photo is from Tongatapu island in Tonga. May 3,2018.
As you must have noticed the photo was taken after sunset when darkness had set in; the time for Ceasefire. (:)

Posted by: anand | December 20, 2018 at 04:49 PM

Kazuko Inaba
That is a Beautiful story; Congratulations on your 40th wedding anniversary!

Posted by: Kazuko Inaba | December 20, 2018 at 04:52 PM

A truly uplifting real-life story that pre-dates Facebook encounters, and is a testament to honesty, persistence and commitment ! Best wishes for continued joy !

Posted by: Krishnan | December 20, 2018 at 06:41 PM

Do you know the wonderful song called "Do you love me?" from the Broadway show, "Fiddler on the Roof"? The song reminds me of your happy marriage. Happy Anniversary Anand and Luisa!
Posted by: Levi's | December 21, 2018 at 07:14 AM

Peng Peng
Thank you for sharing. Happy 40th anniversary.

Posted by: Peng Peng | December 21, 2018 at 10:47 AM

Thank you very much for your sharing. It was a very nice love story. Wishing you a happy life forever!

Posted by: Angela | December 21, 2018 at 10:48 AM

Thanks for sharing your lovely Love story with your beautiful wife Louisa...God Bless both of you

Posted by: Seema | December 21, 2018 at 09:51 PM

Hearty congratulations on your 40th wedding anniversary!
I enjoyed your real life story very much. A global romance, it was fascinating! And the best advice for all married people was 'a cease fire before nightfall'!

Posted by: Basant | December 22, 2018 at 10:02 AM

Santosh joshi
A beautiful love story and a match made in heaven . Stay blessed

Posted by: Santosh joshi | December 24, 2018 at 11:44 AM

Janis Sachtjen
Lovely story, with a very happy message. Congratulations on 40 wonderful years.

Posted by: Janis Sachtjen | December 25, 2018 at 08:43 PM

A lovely Love story Anand and Luisa!
" ceasefire before dark..." So simple and yet so profound.
Wish you a wonderful new year, and another 40 years of life together.

Posted by: Madhuri | December 28, 2018 at 01:30 PM

First I knew very well the story but I have a dispute on your storyline. My oldest sister (yes you’re own very wife) is funny? Hahaha!!!!! Honestly, I really like your story and even the whole word have turn their back on you and my dear sister(you know who I was referring to) one thing will never be forgotten! I got a chance to live the life here in the United States and because of her I have a permanent job. Remember, the company that I work for originally wants her because I do not have work experience yet (because I was a newbie in this country). Thanks to her for that, I am forever grateful! Love, Amy

Posted by: Amy | December 19, 2019 at 01:05 PM


Posted by: Amy | December 19, 2019 at 01:07 PM

How simply and beautifully put....from the heart! And I remember all those times having been a miniscule part of it just like that of a bystander!!
Wishing you both a super Wedding Anniversary and many many more to come😃

Posted by: Neerja | December 19, 2019 at 07:28 PM


Your narration is more detailed and I should say romantic.
From her it's simply started from you being her penfriend/pal.
Nevertheless yours is such an inspiring love story. So happy for both of you. After all so many years you're happily together. Wishing you more love, peace and happiness.❤❤❤

Linda Simpson

A heart warming account of love and marriage. Super photographs of your romantic journey from beginning of your relationship to a close knit extended family.

John McMahon

Great and touching story Anand !


Beautiful and I remember chunks of it. You had visited Delhi during one trip

Tino Friscic

Beautiful story, dear Anand 😊 Immediately threw me back to your car where you were telling Stella and me parts of this story, as well as the interesting story of Silicon Valley.
It's nice to have such a wise and kind person as you for a friend...say hi to lovely Luisa 😍 I wish you many more years of happiness, harmony and love

Lim Chiew Boey

😍😍😘😘my pleasure and honour to learn your life and love stories.


A very heart warming story between two people with different cultures and backgrounds. Like Forrest Gump said in the movie My Mama always said, Life is like a box of “assorted” chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get!!!! I added the word “assorted” because in our life there are ups and downs, sadness and joy, expected and unexpected journeys! Life is full of surprises!!!!!


You story with Luisa is one of the most beautiful. And now I know...first time you met was on a very lucky day. August 2nd, my mom’s birthday.
Send g you both anniversary love.

Sharad Mehta

Anand, you can articulate your life experiences very nicely. Thoroughly enjoyed your journey. I remembered your stamp collection hobby in the school days, but did not know about pen-pals.


Two lovely souls made for each other 💕


I always like reading your Friday reflections and found this one particularly inspiring. Even though I knew the broad story, I did not know the details. Thank you for sharing, uncle!

Roger Quadra

Eow documented Love story

Humble warrior

So romantic!!! And that photo of you putting a ring on it!!! Yesssss love it!!!


Thank you for sharing this very romantic story of you and Luisa! Beautiful, enriching, a lifetime of shared experiences and the joy of children and grandchildren.

Milan Trivedi

I bear witness to your wonderful love story and all the hurdles you’ve had to cross... wishing the both of you happy Togetherness and stay blessed always.😘😘

P & P Patel

👍🏽so that is how it all started.

Pinoy Friend

Lucky 13! 😊 i heard about penfriends or pen pals during my high school years but internet changed the game. My time was about “textmate”. 😊

Tony Mangente

You can compile and create a book for your friday reflections. Awesome.


Great to know abt yr love story with penpal.. 👌🏼👍🏻 and 💐 for Luisa..


I enjoyed your personal story in today's Reflection. What a great love story.

Helen Tan Sytiong

Love it. Your memory is so good ❤️

Chaula Choksi Joshi

I always admire your stories, how two met. I remember that very much today also.

SPP-Penang Friend.

Great love story....1974 the year I am born. Dec 19th- the day after my birthday ....


Wow, what a beautiful love story! ❤️ Thanks for sharing it, Anand! 😊

Gloria and Willy

That’s very good what you are doing Anand! Gloria and I we’re writing letters almost a year! And save that letter...
What you have is like a movie hehe...

Anita Joshi Vaidya

Now I know the rest of the story! Interesting journey!!

Note from Prasadbhai

Congratulations to both of you on the 50th anniversary of a milestone moment of love - the receipt of the first letter from Luisa to you that ignited your friendship, paving the way for lifelong partnership. Your heart-warming and touching story is very inspiring indeed. A great example of the very definition of true love - a friendship that caught fire! I know that both of you have the innate quality of unfailingly putting the other ahead of yourself. So, your love will only grow stronger by the day and endure for life. Your children and grandchildren are a beautiful testament of your loving, marriage. May the best years and moments filled with love always lie ahead of you. Prasad

Elizabeth Wu

Precious Moment to Remember😍

Evelyn Tan ( the one who accompanied your penpal at the airport)

Js a thought...u think your son can make a short, computerized cartoon movie of this "Fascinating Friendship Turned L💕ve story...?🤗
So we can All be present in this Friendship/Love Saga...🌿
In 1978! Luisa's only 24, Helen's 22, n me at 18...n that's a long,long time ago..but I still remembered the jittery n excitement of that day in the airport...Am so happy she's goin to meet U at last..!

Emmie Fa

What a great story and what a beautifully worded re-telling. Congratulations to both of you on the many years of love you have shared up until now, and wishing you many more of the same. Or better!


Thank you for sharing this story, a friendship of words turned into an enduring love. Heart warming.


Fantastic real story. 👌

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