This month’s KolorBlind couple are Sanjay Gupta and Rebecca Olson. Mr & Mrs Gupta have been married for 8 years (2004). Gupta, a neurosurgeon/assistant professor of neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine and associate chief of the neurosurgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, is notably known as as CNN’s multiple Emmy award winning chief medical correspondent, hosting the network’s weekend health program /Sanjay Gupta, M.D.’ His wife is a family law attorney.
It was love at first sight for this couple, but CNN’s senior medical correspondent who spent a month with the U.S. Navy in Iraq, and had been in plenty of trying situations was put to the ultimate test when proposing to his wife:
“I wrote her a poem and in the last line asked her to marry me,” says Gupta. “Watching her read it, I was very nervous—it was over a page long.” Adds Olson, a family law attorney, “He was down on one knee and asking me to marry him before I even got to the end!”
Their beautiful cultural and lavish wedding was held in Charleston, South Carolina—a private girls school near Olson’s family home. Gupta, a Michigan native whose parents immigrated from Northern India in the mid-sixties, “always wanted a Hindu wedding,” Olson says. “I was thrilled to have one.”
On the day of their wedding, Gupta arrived at the baraat (groom’s welcoming ceremony), a moment marked by music and dancing. Forty-five minutes later Olson, in a hand-beaded silk lengha (a two-piece dress) and a choli, or long scarf, was carried in on a chair by her brothers.
The couple then took part in a series of Hindu rituals, including mangal pheras, in which they circled a holy fire four times. The person who sat down first is said to rule the marriage. “Rebecca won that one,” Gupta says.
Not only is their love one to be desired, their passion for each other and the work Dr. Sanjay Gupta is involved in on a daily basis that saves lives and educates on the importance of living a healthy and productive life is a perfect example of what it means to be KolorBlind.
If you currently have doubts that interracial relationships don’t last, doubt no more… as the Guptas have proven that love and longevity go hand-in-hand. This is one couple who truly live by the words “till death do us part”…
We wish you many more wonderful years together. You’re an inspiration to all KolorBlind men and women out there. Keep the flame burning!
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