It’s exactly a year ago when IAS topper of 2016 batch, Tina Dabi Khan, married fellow topper from the same batch Athar Aamir Khan. The wedding of two of the most-talked-about young civil servants had dominated the media coverage in India. Several high profile figures including some union ministers and India’s Vice President Venkaiah Naidu had attended their reception in Delhi. A year later, Tina has taken to her website to write an incredibly emotional letter to her husband explaining how her ‘one year as Mrs Khan’ been for her.
Addressing her husband, Tina wrote, ” Dearest Khan Sahab, Its 20 March 2019 today and I cannot believe that it has been one year since we signed up to belong to each other forever. We have had our ups, and we have had our downs. We have had our shares of debates and arguments but also the innumerable moments where we have cherished and loved one another. We have discovered not only each other but somehow even our own selves in the process.”
Tina is currently posted in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara as the SDM of the district. Her husband Athar too had received his first posting in the same district, weeks later. Tina wrote on her website that though both had doubts about their compatibility since they both came from two different religious and cultural backgrounds, those doubts have now been proven to be ‘unfounded.’
She wrote, “I know that we both had our doubts about how well we would be able to get everything and everyone working in perfect rhythm given that we were two young lovers who belonged to different cultures, but the past one year has just shown how these doubts were unfounded. Though not always perfect, but this much has been proved till now that we have brought together the best of both worlds. And, I am grateful to God, that our families have been as much loving and supporting as could be possible.”
She also thanked her husband for being ‘gentle and indulging’ for that, she confessed, she counted herself ‘blessed.’
“You’ve allowed me to be me, and I know how difficult that might have been for you, given the pressures of our job as well as strictures of society. And, that has been my most precious gift,” Tina added.
Tina concluded her post asking her husband if she had lived up to his expectations. She wrote, “I can only hope that I’ve lived up to your expectations and been all that you ever wanted me to be. We have come a long way, from finding each other in May 2016, fighting against all odds till March 2018 to become one, and living our dream today in March 2019. I’m glad that I have you, my best friend, to share this roller coaster of a ride with.”
She signed off the post with ‘With all my love, Your affectionate wife.’
Athar too responded by thanking Tina as he wrote, “Thank you so much for making my life so beautiful.’
Athar wrote this while sharing wife Tina’s letter as his Insta story. Both Athar and Tina are incredibly popular on Instagram and command large base of followers.