Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find your “twin” or double? Well, about two years ago, I got a random email. It started out as a strange fluke, a mistake even, but turned into an amazing story.
The email said, “Hi, I thought that this was my email address – heather(Indian last name)@xyz.com. However, I forgot my password and am not able to log in, but now I’m not sure, so I am writing to see if there is another Heather (Indian last name) who has this email account. If so please confirm so I don’t drive myself crazy trying to remember my password!”
Now I’ll admit, I thought this was some new kind of spam at first, and almost hit delete, but I was like, hey, why not see if this is true or not? So I wrote back. I mentioned in my email that our name isn’t so common and asked if she happened to be from India. I was quite surprised that she replied again and found out that she is American, married to an Indian guy as well.
It got even weirder when we found out we also share a middle name!
So not only do we have identical names, but we are also both married to Indian guys (who just share the same last name!). I remember telling her that this is the kind of thing they spin reality shows around!
We started a pen-pal relationship of sorts and still keep in touch occasionally to this day. I really enjoy hearing of her experiences, some similar to mine and some very different. We talked about our first visits to India, how we met our spouses, learning to cook Indian food, and exchanged stories of having Indian family members stay for extended visits.
I know not everyone will meet their “name double,” (to tell you the truth, it gets kind of confusing remembering who sent which email, when the names are the same! lol!) but hopefully IndianTies blog & forum (and other similar websites/blogs) help you to connect to others in similar situations who can offer support and advice. I love hearing stories about how people found each other, even when they grew up half-a-world apart!