He saved her from drowning and they fell in love


(CNN) — Nupur Gupta was nearing the top of a two-week stint instructing at a yoga retreat in Goa, India.

It was February 2019 and the climate was balmy, bathing Goa’s well-known seashores in a heat glow. The ocean glistened, invitingly.

In between yoga observe, Gupta all the time made time for a swim.

On this explicit day, she floated out additional than she often would. When she realized how robust the present was, it was too late. The water had began to drag her below.

She tried to not panic.

“I knew someplace that, ‘Okay, if I continuously, and with consistency, hold swimming, I’d make it,'” she tells CNN Travel at the moment.

Each time Gupta tried to crawl again to shore, the present dragged her below and she’d battle her approach again to the floor, gasping for air.

“Then I noticed this man coming in direction of me.”

This was Attila Bosnyak, a monetary adviser in his forties hailing from Hungary however primarily based in the Netherlands.

Coincidentally, Bosnyak was a pupil at Gupta’s yoga retreat the place, he says, he’d been attempting to “disconnect from the hustle and work stress and the Dutch winter.”

Gupta did not educate Bosnyak’s novices group, so they’d by no means spoken immediately.

Bosnyak was a powerful swimmer, so he wasn’t scared, however he was struggling to achieve Gupta in the face of the robust present.

“He got here very near me, to carry my hand and pull me out, however nearly that point I used to be pulled in by the ocean,” says Gupta.

That is when Bosnyak realized that, even when he may pay money for Gupta’s hand, he wasn’t robust sufficient to drag her again to the shore alone.

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Yoga instructor Nupur Gupta obtained into issue whereas swimming.

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Glancing round, attempting to remain calm, he noticed a close-by cluster of rocks that had been blocking Gupta and Bosnyak from the view of anybody on shore.

Bosnyak figured if he may climb on prime of one in all them, he may wave again to land and catch a lifeguard’s consideration, however there was a threat of being thrown onto a rock and injuring himself.

“So I attempted to do it fastidiously,” Bosnyak recollects. “However I could not actually, so two, three, 4 instances I used to be principally pushed onto the rock by the wave.”

From Gupta’s perspective, it regarded like her potential savior was drifting uncontrollably.

“That is after I panicked,” she says, recalling pondering: “What if the wave simply throws me on the rock and I’ve a head damage or one thing?”

Finally Bosnyak managed to clamber on prime, and pull himself to his toes. Waving and shouting, he caught the eye of the lifeguard on the seashore, who swam out instantly.

The lifeguard assisted Gupta again to the seashore, whereas Bosnyak swam on forward.

It was solely when Bosynak reached the shore that he realized he was bleeding.

“Particularly my again and my thighs due to the scratches, and my fingers — as a result of I would tried to carry on to the rock,” he recollects.

“My coronary heart sank after I noticed that, as a result of it simply made me notice that what this man simply did to assist somebody, to assist me,” says Gupta.

As Bosynak, exhausted, collapsed onto a solar mattress, Gupta jogged to the closest retailer to get some disinfectant and, on a whim, chocolate ice cream.

Again on the seashore, Gupta began tending to Bosnyak’s wounds. Then she handed him the ice cream and he smiled gratefully.

“One thing modified, for me, in that second,” she recollects. “There was a click on in my coronary heart someplace.”

Bosnyak felt it too, whilst he lay there, bleeding.

“I believe that was a magic second,” he says.

Destiny intervenes

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Nupur Gupta and Attila Bosnyak pictured collectively in Goa a couple of days after he saved her life.

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After it was established that they had been each okay, moreover the scratches and the shock, Bosnyak and Gupta made their approach again to the yoga heart collectively, speaking as they walked.

Again on the resort, shattered, they returned to their respective rooms to relaxation, however reconnected later that day at dinner.

There, they launched themselves to at least one one other correctly. At first, the dialog lingered on their surprising life or demise expertise.

They talked about the place they had been each from, what had introduced them to Goa, and shortly realized how effectively they obtained on, chatting into the the night, then selecting up once more the subsequent day.

The yoga retreat was because of finish the day after, with Bosnyak planning to fly again to the Netherlands and Gupta catching the prepare again to Kerala, the place she lived.

However Gupta was beginning to want they had a bit extra time to get to know each other.

May they postpone their journeys residence and spend some extra time collectively in Goa, she questioned?

“However to say it out loud or ask it out loud was additionally a bit… you might have inhibitions,” she says now.

Fortunately, Bosnyak was on the identical web page. They each agreed to postpone their returns by every week and as a substitute they spent Valentine’s Day 2019 collectively, taking lengthy walks on Goa’s seashores, kayaking and exploring the area’s Portuguese church buildings.

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The 2 prolonged their time in Goa past the retreat so they may get pleasure from exploring collectively and get to know one another higher.

Courtesy Nupur Gupta/Attila Bosnyak

And as their further week collectively got here to an finish, they celebrated Gupta’s birthday.

“That morning, I keep in mind we had this breakfast collectively and Attila drove me to the station earlier than he left,” she recollects.

Each of them had been enthusiastic about what had occurred.

“It was a very good feeling — that you simply discovered any individual with a connection and he would simply go away that large smile in your face, and that tingling feeling, that butterflies,” says Gupta.

The 2 promised to remain in contact.

“That began actually a fantastic couple of months, chatting, WhatsApping, video calling extra and extra,” says Bosnyak.

Regardless of being separated by oceans, they quickly knew one another’s every day routines by coronary heart, and spoke daily.

A leap of religion

A few month after they left Goa, Bosnyak referred to as Gupta.

“We must always take this connection ahead,” he stated.

“My coronary heart was pounding and I instantly agreed with none second ideas, regardless of realizing that it is an enormous distance, completely different cultures, continents, international locations, cities,” says Gupta.

They determined to formally embark on a long-distance relationship.

“I needed to do that. I imply, I needed to have this expertise. I liked his vibe for that point after I was round him and I used to be very completely satisfied,” recollects Gupta.

In search of a vacation spot roughly midway between India and the Netherlands to fulfill up for a trip, they’d begun to noticeably think about Dubai when exterior influences took maintain.

Gupta’s mom was recognized with a mind tumor and was scheduled for emergency surgical procedure.

“I knew I needed to be there,” Gupta recollects now. She left Kerala and flew to her household residence in Lucknow, in the north of India, to help her household.

“My days had been [spent] discussing her well being and discovering the precise hospital, the precise physician together with my household, and I noticed my mother very low and unhealthy,” Gupta recollects.

Flying to Dubai — or certainly even leaving Lucknow — was off the desk.

“My coronary heart was pounding and I instantly agreed with none second ideas, regardless of realizing that it is an enormous distance, completely different cultures, continents, international locations, cities”

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A tearful Gupta phoned Bosnyak one night and defined that she would not have the ability to meet him anyplace for the subsequent few months.

Bosnyak helped consolation her from afar, and as they had been speaking, an concept began to percolate.

“What about if I traveled on the market, to be with you?” he advised.

Gupta could not consider this man she’d met simply as soon as could be keen to do this for her, however she felt immediate aid on the considered Bosnyak being by her facet.

She advised he come after her mom’s operation.

The process was profitable, and after some restoration time in hospital, Gupta’s mom was again residence.

Not lengthy afterward, Bosnyak arrived in Delhi Airport, Gupta was there to fulfill him at Arrivals.

En path to Lucknow, the couple stopped off at Agra to go to the Taj Mahal.

Gazing on the spectacular marble constructing, they shared a big second. Bosnyak obtained down on one knee and proposed.

It wasn’t a wedding proposal however a promise to love each other, and to commit to creating their relationship work.

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Reunited in India, Bosnyak and Gupta shared a particular second exterior the Taj Mahal.

Courtesy Nupur Gupta/Attila Bosnyak

Gupta’s household could not wait to fulfill the person who’d saved her life and swept her off her toes.

“I’ve by no means seen them this excited to fulfill a boy,” says Gupta, laughing.

Bosnyak match proper in instantly.

“The whole lot was so natural,” says Gupta.

It was the right journey, the grand romantic gesture on the Taj Mahal complemented by quieter moments of Bosnyak supporting Gupta and bonding with her household.

The whole lot felt so pure that the thought of Bosnyak leaving, and the 2 being separated once more, was onerous to abdomen.

A Dutch reunion

The couple determined that after Gupta’s mom was absolutely recovered, Gupta would apply for a visa that may enable her to spend a month with Bosynak in the Netherlands.

However with authorized issues which means a possible six month delay, the pair determined to fulfill wherever they may — Dubai in the peak of the summer time and then Serbia.

“Not a regular romantic vacation spot, I assume,” says Bosnyak, who explains they picked their places primarily based on Indian visa necessities.

“However we actually loved our keep there. We had been swimming in the Danube and Sava rivers and actually exploring that metropolis. We rented an Airbnb, so we lived like a pair.”

It was a style of a future life collectively they hoped was on the playing cards.

Their remaining meet up was in Thailand. Not lengthy after, in September 2019, Gupta obtained her Dutch visa and flew to the Netherlands a month later, transferring into the condominium the place Bosnyak lived in in The Hague.

It was an idyllic few months. The couple traveled to Hungary collectively to go to Bosnyak’s household, and they spent completely satisfied weekends exploring the Netherlands.

Whereas they had been each thrilled to lastly be collectively, for Gupta, it was additionally an enormous transfer that required acclimatizing to a special nation and tradition in addition to discovering a job.

“It was a 360-degree shift for me,” she says.

The chilly Dutch winter was an adjustment. It was additionally unusual, Gupta says, being an Indian lady in Bosnyak’s very white, Dutch neighborhood.

However earlier than lengthy she had befriended lots of Bosnyak’s buddies and colleagues, and additionally linked with different Indian expats.

And he or she saved in shut contact with buddies and household again residence through video calls.

As Bosnyak and Gupta spent extra time collectively, their relationship deepened, and the thought of marriage, which had all the time been in the air, grew to become the apparent subsequent step.

For Gupta, the thought had been in the again of her thoughts since Bosnyak saved her life in Goa.

Nevertheless it was when he visited Lucknow in the aftermath of her mom’s surgical procedure, that Gupta felt certain she needed to spend the remainder of her life with this man.

“I used to be secretly dreaming about marrying him already by then, I believe,” she says.

“It was actually pure,” says Bosnyak.

The couple say their buddies — extra used to coping with the ups and downs of courting apps than saving a future accomplice from drowning — had been blown away by the romance of Bosnyak and Gupta’s story.

Nonetheless, some had been skeptical about whether or not the connection would work in the humdrum actuality of on a regular basis. Others questioned if cultural variations would possibly sever the connection.

“However you understand, as time goes by, and we’re nonetheless collectively — not simply collectively however we love one another — they get a solution to these logical doubts,” says Bosnyak.

The couple hoped to deliver collectively their buddies and household from throughout the globe for an enormous marriage ceremony celebration.

However these plans had been placed on maintain as different occasions took over.

A yr in lockdown

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Bosnyak and Gupta obtained married in March 2020, proper as Covid-19 took maintain in Europe.

Courtesy Nupur Gupta/Attila Bosnyak

Bosnyak and Gupta had been married on March 21, 2020 in a modest ceremony with solely a few witnesses at Trouwlocatie Groenmarkt, the previous metropolis corridor of The Hague.

The Covid-19 pandemic had began to take maintain in the Netherlands, and they had been the final couple to get married on the venue earlier than lockdown.

Bosnyak and Gupta went from counting down the times till they may reunite in a brand new vacation spot to spending daily collectively in a small condominium.

“In a brand new relationship it is loads, and that additionally taught us loads,” says Gupta, who says their one-year of marriage appears like far longer.

“It is the acid take a look at, I believe, for a relationship,” agrees Bosnyak. “That you would be able to reside with that particular person for months and months and months with no occasions round, no locations to go to, no enjoyable actions aside from those you possibly can invent inside your condominium — or throughout your brief walks in the subsequent one and a half, two kilometers in your neighborhood. So if you can also make it, and hold in your happiness, then that relationship is rock strong.”

There have been tough moments alongside the way in which, however the couple had been completely satisfied to be collectively, to have the ability to be there for each other and present emotional help.

In addition they navigated their cultural variations alongside the way in which.

“We’re each fairly affected person with different cultures and different ideas and, different personalities, affected person and empathic,” says Bosnyak.

“It was so fascinating to know somebody so carefully from a special nation or tradition,” says Gupta.

The 2 cooked for each other, introducing one another to their residence cuisines and assembly midway when their tastes diverged.

Whereas they inevitably had disagreements, they tried to remain affected person and pragmatic, and put themselves in the opposite particular person’s sneakers.

Gupta, a canine lover, additionally efficiently persuaded Bosnyak that they ought to get a pet. Their canine Sukhi Ram joined the family in Could 2020.

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The couple, pictured right here on their marriage ceremony day, have sorted each other throughout the stresses of the pandemic.

Courtesy Nupur Gupta/Attila Bosnyak

Gupta struggled to seek out work throughout the pandemic. She’d registered her personal yoga firm in the Netherlands, however needed to pivot to instructing yoga on-line, principally to buddies again residence.

When the EU eased Covid journey restrictions in summer time 2020, Bosnyak and Gupta seized the chance to journey to Greece.

The three-week journey was a delayed honeymoon of types. The couple explored stunning locations together with Santorini and Mykonos, the place they had been amongst a number of the solely vacationers.

“We walked empty Santorini streets, watching sunsets and we additionally awakened at 6:30 in the morning to observe the solar arising,” says Bosynak.

In addition they made it to Hungary to see Bosnyak’s household in August 2020, and loved exploring the Netherlands’ castles and lakes collectively.

Holding onto hope

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Gupta and Bosnyak have a canine, Sukhi Ram, who brings them each pleasure.

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By the autumn, Europe was experiencing one other wave of Covid-19 and the lengthy lockdown days returned.

The couple spent a lot of the winter months inside, caring for Sukhi Ram and taking care of one another.

A few month in the past, as spring began to bloom and the pandemic gave the impression to be subsiding in the Netherlands and in India, Gupta made the choice to journey again to her residence nation to see household and buddies, together with her newly born nephew.

Sadly Gupta’s arrival coincided with a spike in Covid circumstances in India, which has became a devastating second wave for the nation.

Gupta caught the virus, and is at present recovering, with Bosnyak supporting her from afar.

“Proper now, the scenario is so overwhelming right here,” says Gupta. “I see individuals struggling and I simply hope that one thing will get higher.”

Gupta and Bosnyak are at present centered on supporting household and buddies who’ve been impacted by the catastrophe in India, and looking for pockets of pleasure through planning for the long run, and reflecting on the previous.

They’re hoping to maneuver to Athens, Greece subsequent summer time, as Bosynak has a job provide there, so they’re excited for this new journey. They’re additionally contemplating beginning a household.

And reflecting on how they met, and the sequence of coincidences that introduced them collectively, by no means fails to place a smile on their faces.

“It actually looks like a heaven despatched relationship,” says Boysnak.

There are such a lot of elements that led to the place they are at the moment, he explains. It isn’t simply the truth that they had been each in Goa on the similar time, or on the identical retreat, and even that they had been bonded by what occurred in the ocean. It was deeper than that.

“As a result of we might be fully completely different individuals, having some reminiscences of that accident, however spending our lives in completely different locations and completely different cultures, and persevering with as we had been earlier than,” he says.

As for Gupta, she finds it humorous that she’d typically cancel dates with guys who lived only some miles away, however ended up assembly and marrying somebody from a special continent.

“There was a lot positivity, and all the things fell into place so organically,” she says. “There was a lot belief and love at each flip, and I believe that is why we’re collectively at the moment.”


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