Actor Mira Sethi, known for her role in 7 Din Mohabbat In, took to social media to announce that she has put a ring on it and gotten engaged.
In a long post shared on Instagram, Mira shared how she and her fiance, the son of a family friend, met, became friends and eventually fell in love.
Mira revealed that she met Bilal in the spring of 2017, despite knowing him “all my life – in the way you know your parents’ friends’ kids– but we’d never sought each other out.” She shared that at point they were both in Oxford together but their paths never crossed until last year in Lahore when they spontaneously decided to meet for dinner.
Mira said that as she spent more and more time with him, she began to feel drawn towards him.
“He was warm and funny and brilliant,” Mira wrote.
The couple travelled to several countries together and on one of those trips, Bilal confessed his love for her. And the rest they say is history, although Mira’s response to his confession was far from ideal.
Mira shared that his love changed her into “A Mira more spontaneous, more adventurous, more open. Also vulnerable—and increasingly okay with the idea of vulnerability.”
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In the spring of 2017, a tall, funny, curly-haired dude walked into my life. I'd known this curly-haired dude all my life — in the way you know your parents' friends' kids — but we'd never sought each other out. (Weirdly enough, Bilal and I overlapped at Oxford in 2008—he was doing his PhD, I was spending my junior year abroad. But we never looked each other up, never bumped into each other in that tiny cobbled town.) Almost a decade later, we met in Lahore on a warm February evening. We vaguely agreed to meet for dinner sometime. A few days later we were at Spice Bazaar, and it was suddenly cold again. Bilal asked what I'd been upto: he nodded across the table and asked gentle, probing questions. Lots of questions. In between licking mutton kunna gravy from my fingers, I found myself answering his questions with an openness and ease I hadn't encountered in myself in a long time. Later, we sat in the garden of my house and played with Max. My brother joined us. The three of us talked. Bilal dug his hand inside Max's mouth and pulled out a sharp branch. Max was all over him. A few days later Bilal lost his mother to pneumonia (she'd had Parkinsons for a decade), and it was a wrenching, difficult time. Bilal and I would text. Talk about light stuff. He used the heart emoji unselfconsciously, as a friend might. The conversations veered from TV shows to politics to "plan for the day?" The few times we met before he left for DC, he talked openly about his regrets and hopes and dreams. Sitting across from him in Cosa Nostra, this time not very hungry because my body was clenched with affection and interest, I listened. He was warm and funny and brilliant. That night, I curled up next to him and we watched a show on Netflix. The next year was a whirlwind. We travelled together to Lisbon, Brussels, Amsterdam, New York, Islamabad, Reno, San Francisco. We went to a festival in the desert and slept under the stars. We danced to really bad music. We biked across the desert at night, our cycles glowing with fairylights. Bilal biked ahead so I could follow him. *continued in comments*
Penning a short, heartfelt note to Bilal in the same post, Mira expressed her love for him, writing, “I love the way you walk into a room with your head thrown back, every ventricle of your heart open to the goodness or mischief or complication on offer. Every day I learn from your sensitivity to sadness, to pain, to the scurrying heartbeats of dogs that hide under sofas when they hear fireworks going off.”
She concluded, “I remember walking on a downhill slope, in San Francisco, smiling sidelong at you every few seconds knowing something serious was creeping into my system; I remember randomly melting into your arms in a puddle of tears; getting to know your Abba, and growing to love him, because so much of him is you and so much of you is him.”
“I love you. Here’s to many more bike rides in the desert, In Sha Allah,” Mira concluded.
Mira is also the daughter of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s former chairman Najam Sethi and sister of Ali Sethi.