What does arranged marriage mean to New Yorkers?
Different things to different people. But to 25-year-old Brooklynite Tawhidul Islam — holding an image of the woman in Bangladesh who might be his wife — it means having a lot of faith in his parents, and in the choices they make.
However, Tawhid, who works as a driver for a soup kitchen, is also a bit of a romantic. On the wall of one room is a painting of a flower he made a few years ago. And at the top, these words: “First love ur God, then love some one who makes u laugh.”
We’re following Tawhid as he travels from Boro Park to Bangladesh (laden with gold jewelry and silk saris) and meets his potential bride for the very first time, and seeing if they decide they want to be together.
Wish ‘em luck!