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Love Struck on 4am Bus Rides to Suva

“From all the girls in the university, this one girl caught my eye and I had to ask her on her date, but I didn’t realise I had to fight for her attention."
20 Feb 2022 12:00
Love Struck on 4am Bus Rides to Suva
Newly wedded couple Shivneel Sivan and Neha Chand during their photo shoot at Thurston Garden in Suva, on February 18, 2022. Photos: Leon Lord.

They say love comes in every shape and form.

But for Navua lovebirds Shivneel Krishan Sivan, 28, and Neha Natasha Chand, 26, with sheer commitment and dedication to their careers and upbringing, they finally tied the knot at the Births, Deaths and Marriage Registry at Suvavou House on Friday.

It all started when Mr Sivan caught a glimpse of Ms Chand at the Fiji National University (FNU), Derrick Campus, in Samabula in 2014.

He had asked Ms Chand, who was undergoing her Postgraduate in Accounting, on a date. However, she took her time to accept his request.

“From all the girls in the university, this one girl caught my eye and I had to ask her on her date, but I didn’t realise I had to fight for her attention,” Mr Sivan said.

He said they both lived in Navua Town and to prove his love for her, he had followed her request – to meet her on the 4.30am bus to Suva.

“I normally start at 7am, but to get her attention I had to fulfil her request, let’s just say she ignored me most of the time ,” Mr Sivan smiled.
But eventually the Naitata native from Navua managed to sweep her off her feet and the rest is history.

Friendship

It began as a friendship fuelled by love, respect and even a long term plan of continuing their education and financial stability.

And the pair sealed their relationship on March 6, 2014 when Mr Sivan asked her hand in marriage.

But like any new and blooming relationship, the couple had to take on challenges along the way.

Ms Chand’s mother died in 2020 following a short illness.

“I wish my mother was part of my big day ,” Ms Chand said.

Personal aspirations

Their personal aspirations and challenging upbringing drove them to excel in what they do.

“We didn’t have the best upbringing, but through sacrifice I kept telling myself that I’m going to finish school and marry a beautiful woman,” Mr Sivan said.

His wife recently graduated with a Bachelor of Education majoring in Mathematics and Computers. She is awaiting an opening from the Ministry of Education.

Mr Sivan is a mobile insurance consultant for Tower Insurance. The couple have bought land in Navua and plan to build their family home in the future.

Feedback: leon.lord@fijisun.com.fj



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