Apni Maang Suhagan Ho, Sang Humesha Sajan Ho… is what married woman prays for every single day of her life, and especially on Karwa Chauth. In all parts of India, Karwa Chauth is celebrated by women for the long lives of their husbands. We wake up to a lot of posts on our social media feeds, where women can be seen flaunting their mehendi clad hands, dressed up beautifully in traditional outfits and some husbands giving us major goals by going an extra mile to make the day memorable for their wives. Karwa Chauth 2020 is no different and in fact, is even more special for a few couples, who are celebrating it for the first time as husband and wife. Married in the first quarter of 2020, Puja Banerjee and Kunal Verma are one such couple. (Also Read: Prachi Tehlan Celebrates First Karwa Chauth With Hubby, Rohit Saroha, He Applies Mehendi On Her Hand)
On Woman’s Day 2020, Puja Banerjee had announced her ‘soon’ wedding with Kunal Verma and a week later, she had informed everyone about their secret court marriage. In April, Kunal and Puja had revealed that a month-and-a-half ago, they had registered their marriage and stamped their husband and wife status with a beautiful throwback picture from Durga Puja - Sindoor Khela in 2019. Four months after introducing each other as husband and wife and announcing their wedding, Puja and Kunal had informed that they’re expecting their first child. With a lot of firsts for Puja and Kunal in 2020, the couple was also promoted to parents’ club in October.
In 2020, Puja Banerjee and Kunal Verma are celebrating their first Karwa Chauth as husband and wife but they were not with each other to begin the special day together. Since Kunal is in Goa and will soon reach Mumbai to his wife, Puja, she shared a ‘miss you’ post on her IG handle. Posting throwback pictures from their Karwa Chauth 2019 celebrations, Puja captioned her posts as “Missing u come soon @kunalrverma” and “Happy karvachauth all and thanks @kunalrverma for keeping fast for me”. On which, her friend, Monalisa commented, “Aa jayega aaj hi aur thoda waqt” and “Yesss he is fasting”. Kunal posted a picture with Puja and asking her to have water this year, wrote in the caption, “Biwi tumhe humara aashirwad... thanks for fasting but pls have water at least this year u know we got a company (jr verma).” (Also Read: Kajal Aggarwal Chooses Red Saree For Her First 'Karwa Chauth', Gives A Glimpse Of Her 'Mangalsutra')
To announce the arrival of junior Verma, Kunal Verma had posted on his IG handle, “9-10-2020 Mother Earth got it’s one more child. Thanku is a very small word to express…WE 3 our humbled.. cant express its surreal.” Then a few days later, Puja Banerjee had shared their first family picture on her IG handle and revealed her experience of giving birth. Thanking everyone for their love and blessings, she had begun her note with “Sharing my experience: 1stly I want to thank each and every one of you who have showered their love and blessings on our lil one and sorry I could not reply all of you. This is been an extremely emotional journey for both of us as we have been through a lot in these last few days. So, starting from day 1. On 9th of October 2020 we reached the hospital early morning after a sleepless night full of excitement, anxiety, happiness and all mixed emotions as we were about to see our baby for the 1st time and we were very much prepared to welcome him in this world.”
Revealing that Kunal Verma wasn’t allowed in the OT due to the COVID-19 situation and how scared she was to do this for the first time along, Puja Banerjee had added, “As per previous discussion with the doctors my husband was supposed to be inside the OT with me for my moral support during the surgery but due to this unfortunate corona situation he wasn't allowed and I had to go for it alone. I broke into tears as I was entering the OT cos honestly i was scared as it was my 1st time and I had no clue what's gonna happen to me but I had Hopes atleast if my I can hold my husband's hands I will be fine and that din happen, still I went ahead and only thing which was going on my mind was our baby and imagining what will he or she look like. The surgery started and within a few minutes I could hear his 1st cry but I could hardly see his face they took him to clean. I was thrilled and awaiting to see him for 1st time then they showed me his face finally for few seconds and said I will get to see him in the recovery room.”
Puja Banerjee had shared that it was after four days that they got to meet their little one properly for the first time after he was kept in NICU. She had continued, “Rest of the surgery got over and I kept waiting to see my baby properly but to my disappointment I came to know the baby was taken to NICU already cos he got some breathing issues. My heart skipped a beat and I din know how to react. Then our wait started, day 1, day 2 day 3 we both were running out of patience as we both din even know how he looks cos we hardly saw him for a few seconds. Finally after a lot of prayers on day 4th he recovered and was given to us and we met him for the 1st time. Out heart and life is filled with joy and we both love him to our life but somehow I will never be able to forget those 3 nights without him. And I pray each and every child born should be safe and sound and may they never have to be away from their mothers.” (Also Read: Karwa Chauth 2020: Kamya Panjabi's Husband, Shalabh Dang Applies 'Mehendi' On Her Hands [See Inside])
Happy Karwa Chauth, Puja and Kunal!