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#1 Hum

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 15:31

In an age where few marriages endure the test of time, 107-year-old Karam and his wife Katari Chand, 100, are proof that happy ever after does exist.

The couple, who have eight children and twenty eight grandchildren together, have lived in wedded bliss for 87 years making them the world's longest married couple.

The pair say that the key to success is looking after each other in every way possible: ‘My trick is to make Katari laugh. I like to tell jokes and make her smile. Being funny is my way of being romantic.' says Karam.

‘I have been told laughing makes you live longer... my wife is still alive so it must have worked! I love her so much and I want to spend another 80 years by her side,’ said Karam.

From romantic meals to sharing jokes, the couple, who hail from Punjab, India and now live in Bradford ensure that they do little things for each other to keep the romance alive.

Their marriage has lasted nearly five years longer than that of the current Guinness World Record holders and the couple are in the process of getting confirmation from the company that they will be named as the new record holders.

Secrets for a long romance:

Always be faithful: always be faithful to one another. When you get married you commit to devoting your life to that person and even when the times are tough, don’t believe that the grass is greener...because it isn’t.

Look after each other as best you can: if you want to grow old with your partner you have to make sure you always look after each other in every shape and form. Whether it is making a meal, holding your partners hand when crossing the road or being a shoulder to cry on when something goes wrong.

Be tolerant of each other: everyone has bad habits or annoying traits. Whether it is leaving a towel on the floor or listening to the radio too loudly, you have to tolerate each other and realise that no one is perfect. Of course we irritate each other occasionally, but if you want to last nearly 90 years, learn to love bad habits or it won’t work.

Listen to each other: the most important thing in a relationship is to listen. People don’t listen anymore because they are too busy with work and TV. Listen to your loved ones’ problems and concerns every day, because then you can help them overcome them and be happier. Also, it brings you closer together because you are the first port of call for each other when there is an issue in your life.

Follow social and religious values: always make sure you follow social or religious values. Respect, care, cherish, love and value your partner – always treat them how you would want to be treated yourself.

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#2 Simon-

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 15:35

He was a Pedo... he was 20 when he married a 13 year old. Secret to a long marriage is get them while they are young, train them to do what you say.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 17:20

He was a Pedo... he was 20 when he married a 13 year old. Secret to a long marriage is get them while they are young, train them to do what you say.


Way to read selectively, I'm proud of you.

He's from India, over there it's a part of some sects to marry people off at an early age. what's more important, is that they stick to the marriage and make it work, like this guy did.

In your hurry to brand him a "pedo" you obviously chose to ignore *everything* he said above. Take another look, there's a lot of sensible things he said.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 17:28

That's impressive. The wife and I made it to 20 without anybody hiring a hitman and I thought that was good, well until now.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 17:28

Reminds me of this :D :



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Posted 01 November 2012 - 17:29

My parents were married for 67 years (until my mother died).

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 17:32

It's amazing how quickly people forget that "Legal Age" is a
relatively new concept in human history.

P.S.
Good for the couple.

#8 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 17:34

Today (November 1st) is my 4th Anniversary to my Wife I know it is not a long time however, still longer than a lot of marriages these days.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 17:41

Way to read selectively, I'm proud of you.

He's from India, over there it's a part of some sects to marry people off at an early age. what's more important, is that they stick to the marriage and make it work, like this guy did.

In your hurry to brand him a "pedo" you obviously chose to ignore *everything* he said above. Take another look, there's a lot of sensible things he said.


I read everything .... but how is being together after an arranged marriage a good thing? fine you might grow to "love" each other but ye.... I dont think this thing is that great

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 17:53

the fact that it started as an arranged marriage actually makes this even more impressive tbh.

Out of all my friends (western, Asian), the parents of Asian Indian friends are the most welcoming and most family orientated as a culture, mock their traditions all you like, the Hindus, Seihks, Bhuddists and Muslims from India have life sussed and can teach the western world a thing or two about how society should work and something called...tolerance,

Im envious of them and their way of life,beliefs and behavoir in society, it works and has done for centuries while we were still in caves/straw huts. Do they have family issues with out of marriage births, young kids running wild doing allsorts underage and illegal?

Parents of the west could learn how a family unit SHOULD be in society from all of them.

Also , if your gonna call him that offensive remark, at least get it right, its Paedophilia thus Paedo. <shakes head>

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 18:00

I read everything .... but how is being together after an arranged marriage a good thing? fine you might grow to "love" each other but ye.... I dont think this thing is that great


Nothing wrong with arrange marriage. I dont get people's reactions to arrange marriages. They act like its somekind of wrong or forced thing.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 18:03

Nothing wrong with arrange marriage. I dont get people's reactions to arrange marriages. They act like its somekind of wrong or forced thing.


No, the fact that you don't understand people's reactions shows how disconnected you are with other people's feelings. How do you NOT understand how someone might not be okay with being married to someone they might not want to be with.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 18:05

I read everything .... but how is being together after an arranged marriage a good thing? fine you might grow to "love" each other but ye.... I dont think this thing is that great


I didn't see anywhere the mention of an arranged marriage - not saying that it wasn't, but it didn't say -, so why jump to conclusions.

And my wife and I will be married 42 years next May

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 18:05

I read everything .... but how is being together after an arranged marriage a good thing? fine you might grow to "love" each other but ye.... I dont think this thing is that great

Right...something you don't know must be wrong...

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 18:07

I read everything .... but how is being together after an arranged marriage a good thing? fine you might grow to "love" each other but ye.... I dont think this thing is that great


Huh?

Marriage is marriage, arranged or otherwise. You marry to be together with someone. Sure, you may not appreciate the idea of an arranged marriage, but that doesn't mean there's anything inherently wrong with it.

Your comment makes no sense.