Will You Marry Me? (At Karma Kitchen)

Posted by Praveen Krishnamurthy on Jul 28, 2013
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Two years ago Anupam and Theresa went out on their first date. The restaurant they'd originally planned to go to was closed, as were a couple of others they checked with. Serendipity directed them to the doorstep of a restaurant where Anupam had once volunteered -- Karma Kitchen. By the end of their meal, in a profound context of pay-it-forward generosity, Theresa was elevated -- and moved to tears when a volunteer gifted her a small "Smile" keychain with a note that said, "We can do no great things; only small things with great love." Sure enough, a second date followed, and many more. :)



Today, they came again, at the grand reopening of Karma Kitchen in Berkeley. Unbeknownst to Teresa, Anupam had already been in touch with the coordinators to ask if they would assist him with a very special surprise. He didn't have to ask twice :) Conspiracies of love are what Karma Kitchen thrives on. When they were seated at their strategically positioned table, the unsuspecting Teresa excused herself to visit the restroom. Anupam delved into his pocket to pull out two precious items that were covertly handed off to the servers: A little velvet jewelry box ---- and -- the wooden keychain from two years ago that Teresa had kept on her dresser and treasured ever since receiving it. "If you could bring it out before the meal that would be perfect." he said. It was the final countdown to --- Proposal Time!



In the kitchen a flutter of excitement ensued, amidst ohs and ahs as backend volunteers opened the box and caught sight of a beautiful ring. Together they prepared a one-of-a-kind platter for it. The ring was attached to the special keychain and placed on a bright bed of flower petals nestled into a copper dessert goblet balanced on a serving tray decorated with Gerbera daisies and a smile card :) Then, as all the volunteers silently filed to the front, Kara -- their server, carried over the special delivery!



Needless to say, Theresa was totally and fantastically surprised.



As the entire restaurant cheered, Anupam got on bended knee to propose: Will You Marry Me?  (She said yes. :))



Love magnetically spread through the entire space.  It says a lot about a couple who met in a space of generosity and chose to make a life commitment in that same spirit.



A volunteer sang a beautiful song, as random strangers wrote blessings for the soon-to-be couple.  Red roses were gifted to other couples in the restaurant. And there were big smiles all around.



Particularly Theresa, who was naturally quite taken by Anupam's grand surprise. 



As Ram Dass once said, "The most important aspect of love is not in giving or the receiving: it's in the being."  It felt like a privilege to be together for this special moment.



May we all keep loving, and spreading that love to all living beings.  Congratulations, Anupam and Theresa.  

Thank you all!   Special thanks to Rishi for capturing these magical moments, and thank you ALL for making Karma Kitchen all that it is -- particularly the volunteer crew who served so selflessly.

       

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Comments (27)

  • Geoff Nedry wrote ...

    That is awesome!

  • Viral Mehta wrote ...

    incredible story and incredible photos rishi!

  • Bill Miller wrote ...

    Lovely account Praveen! Thanks for putting the occasion in context.

  • Sunaina Chugani wrote ...

    what a beautiful story and such amazing pictures!

  • Pancho Ramos Stierle wrote ...

    Love how the stories of generosity, inspiration and _radical_ love are embodied by the ecosystem. Capturing inner and outer beauty indeed! ;-) Great way to hold the spacetime to give birth to these stories, Love Magicians! :-) Let's share this change far and wide, let's share these miracles of the ever present paradigm of the Universal Love. May we keep weaving continuously and diligently these stories of the human soul to co-create the quilt of kinship among the Earth Community. And don't forget to look at the Milky Way and remember how much you are loved by every single star! Love you all! :-)

  • saroj wrote ...

    What a wonderful way to start a relationship. I started going to Wednesdays a long time ago never imagined that it will lead to such a wonderful day. It is amazing how one act of kindness leads to another and how it spreads like a wild fire..pure and powerful. I am very grateful to all of you for making Anupam and Theresa feel so special. Love you all...

  • Nisha Srinivasan wrote ...

    Congrats Anupam & Theresa! brought many smiles and tears..the thought of gifting roses to the other couples just expands that magical moment. Thank you Praveen, Rishi and all the crew.

  • Anupam and Theresa wrote ...

    Yesterday was truly a special day that Theresa and I will remember for the rest of our lives. Thank you so much for making it special for us.

    While we knew that this would be a special moment for us and our family/friends, it was especially wonderful to share this with everyone who happened to come yesterday. We were overwhelmed with the unexpected notes and well-wishes that the many people sent to us.

    One of the really nice things was seeing how the roses that we put on the gift table were gifted by the volunteers to other people yesterday. Our experience with Karma Kitchen started with a gift, and it was so nice to bring this full circle.

    Thanks again!

  • Narendra Surana wrote ...

    Wonderful way to do the DAY
    a Memorable one.
    Blessings to Anupam & Theresa

  • Sheetal Sanghvi wrote ...

    how wonderful!!

  • Greenie Van Buren wrote ...

    Definitely a very touching story! Congratulations, Anupam & Theresa!

  • Kara Ludgate wrote ...

    After walking out of the door of Karma Kitchen on Sunday, I saw a street musician sitting on the sidewalk with her head down. I approached her and quietly placed a smiley face balloon (from the kindness table) in her empty guitar case. She looked up with a huge smile on her face and said "that was exactly what I needed right now!" Shortly after that sweet exchange, a homeless man approached me to buy his "Street Spirit" newspaper which supports the homeless community. Instead of giving him money, I offered him a heart pin (also from the kindness table) that was just gifted to me from a guest. I explained to him about the children from India that make these pendants. He looked straight in my eyes and happily said "now that is a gift from the heart, please take this newspaper for free from my heart." As he walked away, I saw him tightly gripping the heart in his hand. May the spirit of the streets of Karma Kitchen and all neighborhoods beat on and on and on...

  • Afreen Malim wrote ...

    WOW Kara!! What sweetness :-)

  • Birju Pandya wrote ...

    congrats to you both!!! :)

  • Pratibha wrote ...

    Beautiful!!!

  • JoAnn Baker Paul wrote ...

    What a blessing to be able to share this with us, your global family! Thank you Karma Kitchen, thank you Rishi for the loving photographs, thank you Kara (miss you!) for the after love.... I feel SOOO blessed to be connected to this infinite circle of love... that I'm ∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞ and ceaselessly passing the love on or as Pancho beautifully says, "weaving continuously and diligently these stories of the human soul to co-create the quilt of kinship among the Earth Community." Loving Kindness is indeed, unstoppable now!

  • Ana wrote ...

    That was truly magical, I particularly loved all the little details, the flowers, the gifts, done with so much thought and care. I have a feeling that more people are going to choose to celebrate special occasions at the KKs, I know I would :-)

  • rachana wrote ...

    congrats so romantic

  • luigi wrote ...

    Amazing story!
    Thank you for giving humanity hope!
    Luigi

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    Simply Beautiful!!!

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    Wonderful concept and amazing story. I wish to be there to saw that magic happening.

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