Actor Mira Sethi has proven that love still exists. She shared news of her engagement in a heartfelt Instagram post and posted pictures with her fiancé. She found the love of her life in between texts, dinners and bike rides.
Mira shared that Bilal entered her life in the spring of 2017 and they met in Lahore. He is the son of a family friend but the two never sought each other out. They were at Oxford together in 2008 but their paths never crossed. She described him as a “tall, funny and curly-haired guy”.
She said that during meetings and dinners, she found herself answering his questions with ease and opened up to him. “A few days later, we were at Spice Bazaar, and it was suddenly cold again. Bilal asked what I’d been up to: he nodded across the table and asked gentle, probing questions. Lots of questions. In between licking mutton kunna gravy from my fingers, I found myself answering his questions with an openness and ease I hadn’t encountered in myself in a long time,” she shared.
The starlet supported Bilal when his mother died and the couple grew closer. “A few days later Bilal lost his mother to pneumonia (she’d had Parkinsons for a decade), and it was a wrenching, difficult time. Bilal and I would text. Talk about light stuff. He used the heart emoji unselfconsciously, as a friend might. The conversations veered from TV shows to politics to ‘plan for the day’.”
She felt drawn towards him and was more interested in listening to him. “He was warm and funny and brilliant. That night, I curled up next to him and we watched a show on Netflix,” reminisced Mira.
The couple travelled to different countries together. “We travelled together to Lisbon, Brussels, Amsterdam, New York, Islamabad, Reno, San Francisco. We went to a festival in the desert and slept under the stars. We danced to really bad music. We biked across the desert at night, our cycles glowing with fairylights. Bilal biked ahead so I could follow him,” she said.
That’s when he proposed to her, however, her reaction was not at all mushy. “‘Very happy to be here,’ I said moronically, wiping snot off my frozen nose.”
The actor shared how her fiance’s love has changed her into “A Mira more spontaneous, more adventurous, more open. Also vulnerable—and increasingly okay with the idea of vulnerability. This was new terrain for me”.
Talking about Bilal, Mira admired how his heart is open to goodness or mischief or complication on offer, and how sensitive he is to sadness and pain.
Concluding her ‘fairy tale’ love story, she said “I remember walking on a downhill slope, in San Francisco, smiling sidelong at you every few seconds knowing something serious was creeping into my system; I remember randomly melting into your arms in a puddle of tears.
“I love you. Here’s to many more bike rides in the desert, In Sha Allah,” she concluded.