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Faizan Patel on Honeymoon with Photo of Wife Sana
Credit: Faizan Patel via Twitter

Indian couple Faizan and Sana Patel had everything going for them. They'd tied the knot back in December 2015, had waited patiently for the perfect time to honeymoon, and were finally ready to embark on a trip to Italy and Greece this August.

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Then, disaster struck. As the couple prepped for travel, Sana made a devastating discovery-her passport was missing!

Having spent time and money fleshing out the details of the trip, and with no time to adequately switch plans, the selfless wife proposed that Faizan go alone.

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The photographer (guys, he does weddings), baker, and tech blogger conceded, but not without a condition of his own. Throughout the trip, he'd have a photograph of Sana by his side.

In a true case of "distance makes the heart grow fonder," the journey proved tough. "So I reached here only to miss her even more," Faizan told Buzzfeed. "I carried few of Sana's photos to be clicked next to me on her empty seats."

But this ending is far from bittersweet. Upon the prompting of friends, Faizan took a shot at contacting India's Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj.

As luck would have it, she was so on board to help. As of earlier this morning, Sana has acquired a new passport, and is waiting on an appointment with the VFS.

This isn't the first time Swaraj has come to the aid of couples; in fact, she seems to be a bit of a romantic at heart. Less than two weeks ago, she helped an Indian man's Kazakh wife obtain an extended visa so the newlyweds could stay together. "If you've filed a request to extend 'bahu's' visa, send me a copy of the request," she tweeted in Haryanvi after reading their story in the newspaper ('bahu' means daughter-in-law).

Best wishes for a speedy reunion, Faizan and Sana!


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