Heidi Klum did it and so did she!
Author of the New York Times bestselling book ‘Happy for No Reason’, co-author for the famous Chicken Soup series viz. Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul, Marci Shimoff too renewed her wedding vows in India.
Marci who is married to husband Sergio Baroni for twelve years, was in Madurai recently to add in depth to her marital connection by renewing her wedding vows here.
“It was some sort of a prophesy for us to get married in India. I feel like we were married here in another life. We even have Hindu names – Meenakshi and Shiva,” says Marci.
The authoress was in India to relax and rejuvenate on the occasion of her 60th birthday. The renewing of vows was a part of the itinerary.
While speaking to TNM, Marci said, “I often go on retreats to connect with my soul in a deeper way. I love coming to India and I feel very much at home here. There’s a deep familiarity that I share with the country.”
The couple rekindled their vows at a small temple town near Madurai.
Marci had studied transcendental meditation at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in order to overcome her depression.
“I was sixteen when I first meditated. It was also the period of the Hare Krishna movement in the West and when The Beatles travelled to Rishikesh in 1968.”
Shimoff has narrated her experience in India in her book, Happy for No Reason. She also talks about how her stint in the Himalaya gave her a better understanding of happiness.
She writes: “The experience reinforced my conviction that happiness isn't about having everything you've ever dreamed of, nor is it simply negating the need for material pleasures in life. It goes deeper than that. What we’re all really looking for is happiness from within that doesn't depend on external circumstances – the kind I call Happy for No Reason.”
Much to contrast to Marci’s happiness, she feels the Indians have grown to become unhappy with every passing day.
“When people become more materialistic, they tend to become more unhappy. This is a common reason why unhappiness is more prevalent in the West.”
A self confessed feminist, Marci adds, “I find that Indian women are becoming more empowered. There is a rise in the movement that honours all genders as equal.”
This trip is the authoress’ sixth one in India. She calls herself a Hinjew (a person who follows Hinduism and Judaism) and feels grateful to our land for everything it offered her.
Proudly flaunting the Indian rituals she is fluent with, she signs off by saying, “I have been part of yagna's and other rituals. Were it not for my Ayurveda retreat in Kerala, I would've visited a temple during Sivarathri.”
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