Couple celebrate 57th anniversary

2017-03-23 06:03
 Photo: suppliedSubramoney (left) and Selvum Padayachee.

Photo: suppliedSubramoney (left) and Selvum Padayachee.

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KEEPING the spark alive in a marriage requires being faithful and loyal and without these two components, a relationship can become unhealthy.

This is according to a Tongaat couple who have spent 57 years together and still maintain that their marriage is intact.
Subramoney (80) and Selvum Padayachee (75) got married in January 31, 1960 at Gokhale Hall in Tongaat.
On February 11 the Padayachee family held an anniversary celebration and birthday party as Subramoney had turned 80 on February 10.

Subramoney is the son of Sankaran and Gengamah Padayachee. His father was among the indentured labourers that came to South Africa from India in 1860. He was born in February 10, 1937 at Maidstone Barracks, Tongaat. Together with his wife he grew up in Maidstone Barracks.
But perhaps for the Padayachees being obedient to their parents and growing up in a disciplined environment is what has kept their marriage unimpaired. 

“I got married at the age of 23. Back then it was the parents who were supposed to choose a woman for us [men]. It was called an arranged marriage. Being faithful and trusting your partner is what keeps a marriage strong. “During the World Cup we celebrated our 50th anniversary. We have four children, seven grandchildren and four great-grand children. All my children are successful. We were brought up by family discipline and it was vital for parents to arrange marriage for their children. Some families still maintain that culture, however, the majority seem to have lost it.”

Selvum said maintaining a mutual understanding in marriage is key.
“We have to work things out together and that works for us.”

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