He saved her from drowning and they fell in love


(NCS) — Nupur Gupta was nearing the top of a two-week stint instructing at a yoga retreat in Goa, India.

It was February 2019 and the climate was balmy, bathing Goa’s well-known seashores in a heat glow. The sea glistened, invitingly.

In between yoga apply, Gupta at all times made time for a swim.

On this specific day, she floated out additional than she often would. When she realized how robust the present was, it was too late. The water had began to tug her underneath.

She tried to not panic.

“I knew somewhere that, ‘Okay, if I constantly, and with consistency, keep swimming, I might make it,'” she tells NCS Travel at this time.

Whenever Gupta tried to crawl again to shore, the present dragged her underneath and she’d struggle her method again to the floor, gasping for air.

“Then I saw this man coming towards me.”

This was Attila Bosnyak, a monetary adviser in his forties hailing from Hungary however primarily based in the Netherlands.

Coincidentally, Bosnyak was a scholar at Gupta’s yoga retreat the place, he says, he’d been making an attempt to “disconnect from the hustle and work pressure and the Dutch winter.”

Gupta did not educate Bosnyak’s learners group, so they’d by no means spoken immediately.

Bosnyak was a robust swimmer, so he wasn’t scared, however he was struggling to succeed in Gupta in the face of the robust present.

“He came very close to me, to hold my hand and pull me out, but just about that time I was pulled in by the ocean,” says Gupta.

That’s when Bosnyak realized that, even when he may pay money for Gupta’s hand, he wasn’t robust sufficient to tug her again to the shore alone.

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Yoga trainer Nupur Gupta received into problem whereas swimming.

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Glancing round, making an attempt to remain calm, he noticed a close-by cluster of rocks that had been blocking Gupta and Bosnyak from the view of anybody on shore.

Bosnyak figured if he may climb on prime of one in every of them, he may wave again to land and catch a lifeguard’s consideration, however there was a threat of being thrown onto a rock and injuring himself.

“So I tried to do it carefully,” Bosnyak recollects. “But I couldn’t really, so two, three, four times I was basically pushed onto the rock by the wave.”

From Gupta’s perspective, it regarded like her potential savior was drifting uncontrollably.

“That’s when I panicked,” she says, recalling considering: “What if the wave just throws me on the rock and I have a head injury or something?”

Eventually Bosnyak managed to clamber on prime, and pull himself to his ft. Waving and shouting, he caught the eye of the lifeguard on the seaside, who swam out instantly.

The lifeguard assisted Gupta again to the seaside, whereas Bosnyak swam on forward.

It was solely when Bosynak reached the shore that he realized he was bleeding.

“Especially my back and my thighs because of the scratches, and my fingers — because I’d tried to hold on to the rock,” he recollects.

“My heart sank when I saw that, because it just made me realize that what this man just did to help someone, to help me,” says Gupta.

As Bosynak, exhausted, collapsed onto a solar mattress, Gupta jogged to the closest retailer to get some disinfectant and, on a whim, chocolate ice cream.

Back on the seaside, Gupta began tending to Bosnyak’s wounds. Then she handed him the ice cream and he smiled gratefully.

“Something changed, for me, in that moment,” she recollects. “There was a click in my heart somewhere.”

Bosnyak felt it too, whilst he lay there, bleeding.

“I think that was a magic moment,” he says.

Fate intervenes

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Nupur Gupta and Attila Bosnyak pictured collectively in Goa a couple of days after he saved her life.

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After it was established that they had been each okay, moreover the scratches and the shock, Bosnyak and Gupta made their method again to the yoga heart collectively, speaking as they walked.

Back on the resort, shattered, they returned to their respective rooms to relaxation, however reconnected later that day at dinner.

There, they launched themselves to at least one one other correctly. At first, the dialog lingered on their surprising life or dying expertise.

They talked about the place they had been each from, what had introduced them to Goa, and shortly realized how properly they received on, chatting into the the night, then selecting up once more the following day.

The yoga retreat was attributable to finish the day after, with Bosnyak planning to fly again to the Netherlands and Gupta catching the practice again to Kerala, the place she lived.

But Gupta was beginning to want they had a bit extra time to get to know each other.

Could they postpone their journeys dwelling and spend some extra time collectively in Goa, she puzzled?

“But to say it out loud or ask it out loud was also a bit… you have inhibitions,” she says now.

Luckily, Bosnyak was on the identical web page. They each agreed to postpone their returns by per week and as an alternative they spent Valentine’s Day 2019 collectively, taking lengthy walks on Goa’s seashores, kayaking and exploring the area’s Portuguese church buildings.

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The two prolonged their time in Goa past the retreat so they may take pleasure in exploring collectively and get to know one another higher.

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And as their further week collectively got here to an finish, they celebrated Gupta’s birthday.

“That morning, I remember we had this breakfast together and Attila drove me to the station before he left,” she recollects.

Both of them had been enthusiastic about what had occurred.

“It was a good feeling — that you found somebody with a connection and he would just leave that big smile on your face, and that tingling feeling, that butterflies,” says Gupta.

The two promised to remain in contact.

“That started really a beautiful couple of months, chatting, WhatsApping, video calling more and more,” says Bosnyak.

Despite being separated by oceans, they quickly knew one another’s each day routines by coronary heart, and spoke daily.

A leap of religion

About a month after they left Goa, Bosnyak referred to as Gupta.

“We should take this connection forward,” he mentioned.

“My heart was pounding and I immediately agreed without any second thoughts, despite knowing that it’s a huge distance, different cultures, continents, countries, cities,” says Gupta.

They determined to formally embark on a long-distance relationship.

“I wanted to do this. I mean, I wanted to have this experience. I loved his vibe for that time when I was around him and I was very happy,” recollects Gupta.

Looking for a vacation spot roughly midway between India and the Netherlands to satisfy up for a trip, they’d begun to significantly take into account Dubai when exterior influences took maintain.

Gupta’s mom was identified with a mind tumor and was scheduled for emergency surgical procedure.

“I knew I had to be there,” Gupta recollects now. She left Kerala and flew to her household dwelling in Lucknow, in the north of India, to assist her household.

“My days were [spent] discussing her health and finding the right hospital, the right doctor along with my family, and I saw my mom very low and unhealthy,” Gupta recollects.

Flying to Dubai — or certainly even leaving Lucknow — was off the desk.

“My heart was pounding and I immediately agreed without any second thoughts, despite knowing that it’s a huge distance, different cultures, continents, countries, cities”

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A tearful Gupta phoned Bosnyak one night and defined that she would not have the ability to meet him anyplace for the following few months.

Bosnyak helped consolation her from afar, and as they had been speaking, an thought began to percolate.

“What about if I traveled out there, to be with you?” he urged.

Gupta could not consider this man she’d met simply as soon as can be prepared to try this for her, however she felt on the spot reduction on the considered Bosnyak being by her facet.

She urged he come after her mom’s operation.

The process was profitable, and after some restoration time in hospital, Gupta’s mom was again dwelling.

Not lengthy afterward, Bosnyak arrived in Delhi Airport, Gupta was there to satisfy him at Arrivals.

En path to Lucknow, the couple stopped off at Agra to go to the Taj Mahal.

Gazing on the spectacular marble constructing, they shared a major second. Bosnyak received down on one knee and proposed.

It wasn’t a wedding proposal however a promise to love each other, and to commit to creating their relationship work.

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Reunited in India, Bosnyak and Gupta shared a particular second exterior the Taj Mahal.

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Gupta’s household could not wait to satisfy the person who’d saved her life and swept her off her ft.

“I’ve never seen them this excited to meet a boy,” says Gupta, laughing.

Bosnyak match proper in straight away.

“Everything was so organic,” says Gupta.

It was the right journey, the grand romantic gesture on the Taj Mahal complemented by quieter moments of Bosnyak supporting Gupta and bonding with her household.

Everything felt so pure that the concept of Bosnyak leaving, and the 2 being separated once more, was onerous to abdomen.

A Dutch reunion

The couple determined that when Gupta’s mom was absolutely recovered, Gupta would apply for a visa that may enable her to spend a month with Bosynak in the Netherlands.

But with authorized issues that means a probable six month delay, the pair determined to satisfy wherever they may — Dubai in the peak of the summer time and then Serbia.

“Not a usual romantic destination, I guess,” says Bosnyak, who explains they picked their areas primarily based on Indian visa necessities.

“But we really enjoyed our stay there. We were swimming in the Danube and Sava rivers and really exploring that city. We rented an Airbnb, so we lived like a couple.”

It was a style of a future life collectively they hoped was on the playing cards.

Their closing meet up was in Thailand. Not lengthy after, in September 2019, Gupta obtained her Dutch visa and flew to the Netherlands a month later, shifting into the house the place Bosnyak lived in in The Hague.

It was an idyllic few months. The couple traveled to Hungary collectively to go to Bosnyak’s household, and they spent comfortable weekends exploring the Netherlands.

While they had been each thrilled to lastly be collectively, for Gupta, it was additionally an enormous transfer that required acclimatizing to a unique nation and tradition in addition to discovering a job.

“It was a 360-degree shift for me,” she says.

The chilly Dutch winter was an adjustment. It was additionally unusual, Gupta says, being an Indian girl in Bosnyak’s very white, Dutch neighborhood.

But earlier than lengthy she had befriended lots of Bosnyak’s pals and colleagues, and additionally linked with different Indian expats.

And she saved in shut contact with pals and household again dwelling by way of video calls.

As Bosnyak and Gupta spent extra time collectively, their relationship deepened, and the concept of marriage, which had at all times been in the air, grew to become the apparent subsequent step.

For Gupta, the concept had been in the again of her thoughts since Bosnyak saved her life in Goa.

But it was when he visited Lucknow in the aftermath of her mom’s surgical procedure, that Gupta felt certain she wished to spend the remainder of her life with this man.

“I was secretly dreaming about marrying him already by then, I think,” she says.

“It was really natural,” says Bosnyak.

The couple say their pals — extra used to coping with the ups and downs of relationship apps than saving a future associate from drowning — had been blown away by the romance of Bosnyak and Gupta’s story.

Still, some had been skeptical about whether or not the connection would work in the humdrum actuality of on a regular basis. Others puzzled if cultural variations may sever the connection.

“But you know, as time goes by, and we are still together — not just together but we love each other — they get an answer to those logical doubts,” says Bosnyak.

The couple hoped to carry collectively their pals and household from throughout the globe for a giant wedding ceremony celebration.

But these plans had been placed on maintain as different occasions took over.

A 12 months in lockdown

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Bosnyak and Gupta received married in March 2020, proper as Covid-19 took maintain in Europe.

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Bosnyak and Gupta had been married on March 21, 2020 in a modest ceremony with solely a few witnesses at Trouwlocatie Groenmarkt, the previous metropolis corridor of The Hague.

The Covid-19 pandemic had began to take maintain in the Netherlands, and they had been the final couple to get married on the venue earlier than lockdown.

Bosnyak and Gupta went from counting down the times till they may reunite in a brand new vacation spot to spending daily collectively in a small house.

“In a new relationship it’s a lot, and that also taught us a lot,” says Gupta, who says their one-year of marriage looks like far longer.

“It’s the acid test, I think, for a relationship,” agrees Bosnyak. “That you can live with that person for months and months and months with no events around, no places to visit, no fun activities apart from the ones you can invent inside your apartment — or during your short walks in the next one and a half, two kilometers in your neighborhood. So if you can make it, and keep on your happiness, then that relationship is rock solid.”

There had been tough moments alongside the way in which, however the couple had been comfortable to be collectively, to have the ability to be there for each other and present emotional assist.

They additionally navigated their cultural variations alongside the way in which.

“We are both quite patient with other cultures and other thoughts and, other personalities, patient and empathic,” says Bosnyak.

“It was so fascinating to know someone so closely from a different country or culture,” says Gupta.

The two cooked for each other, introducing one another to their dwelling cuisines and assembly midway when their tastes diverged.

While they inevitably had disagreements, they tried to remain affected person and pragmatic, and put themselves in the opposite particular person’s footwear.

Gupta, a canine lover, additionally efficiently persuaded Bosnyak that they ought to get a pet. Their canine Sukhi Ram joined the family in May 2020.

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The couple, pictured right here on their wedding ceremony day, have taken care of each other throughout the stresses of the pandemic.

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Gupta struggled to seek out work throughout the pandemic. She’d registered her personal yoga firm in the Netherlands, however needed to pivot to instructing yoga on-line, principally to pals again dwelling.

When the EU eased Covid journey restrictions in summer time 2020, Bosnyak and Gupta seized the chance to journey to Greece.

The three-week journey was a delayed honeymoon of kinds. The couple explored stunning locations together with Santorini and Mykonos, the place they had been amongst a number of the solely vacationers.

“We walked empty Santorini streets, watching sunsets and we also woke up at 6:30 in the morning to watch the sun coming up,” says Bosynak.

They additionally made it to Hungary to see Bosnyak’s household in August 2020, and loved exploring the Netherlands’ castles and lakes collectively.

Holding onto hope

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Gupta and Bosnyak have a canine, Sukhi Ram, who brings them each pleasure.

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By the autumn, Europe was experiencing one other wave of Covid-19 and the lengthy lockdown days returned.

The couple spent a lot of the winter months inside, caring for Sukhi Ram and taking care of one another.

About a month in the past, as spring began to bloom and the pandemic gave the impression to be subsiding in the Netherlands and in India, Gupta made the choice to journey again to her dwelling nation to see household and pals, together with her newly born nephew.

Unfortunately Gupta’s arrival coincided with a spike in Covid circumstances in India, which has become a devastating second wave for the nation.

Gupta caught the virus, and is presently recovering, with Bosnyak supporting her from afar.

“Right now, the situation is so overwhelming here,” says Gupta. “I see people struggling and I just hope that something gets better.”

Gupta and Bosnyak are presently targeted on supporting household and pals who’ve been impacted by the catastrophe in India, and looking for pockets of pleasure by way of planning for the long run, and reflecting on the previous.

They’re hoping to maneuver to Athens, Greece subsequent summer time, as Bosynak has a job supply there, so they’re excited for this new journey. They’re additionally contemplating beginning a household.

And reflecting on how they met, and the collection of coincidences that introduced them collectively, by no means fails to place a smile on their faces.

“It really seems like a heaven sent relationship,” says Boysnak.

There are so many components that led to the place they are at this time, he explains. It’s not simply the truth that they had been each in Goa on the identical time, or on the identical retreat, and even that they had been bonded by what occurred in the ocean. It was deeper than that.

“Because we could be completely different people, having some memories of that accident, but spending our lives in different places and different cultures, and continuing as we were before,” he says.

As for Gupta, she finds it humorous that she’d usually cancel dates with guys who lived just a few miles away, however ended up assembly and marrying somebody from a unique continent.

“There was so much positivity, and everything fell into place so organically,” she says. “There was so much trust and love at every turn, and I think that’s why we are together today.”



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