‘She is not here now… but I love her so much and I know she loves me too. That is what matters the most.’
Love has repeatedly proven that it knows no boundaries of race, caste, or creed. People, as rational beings, do irrational things under the influence of love; sometimes things that are hard to believe.
We have all heard that love can make one travel across an entire ocean just to be with another. But, have we seen anyone actually do it?
This is the story of Mithun Biswas—a resident of Kaliganj in Jhenaidah—and Elizabeth Eslich—from the US—who fell in love from thousands of miles away.
Mithun and Elizabeth met each other on Facebook around mid-2014. Upon meeting, they were enchanted by each other’s personality. They chatted for hours, months, and years before Elizabeth showed up in Bangladesh; crossing the world.
Elizabeth arrived on January 2, 2017. She could not wait any longer and tied the knot with Mithun on January 9. The love birds spent Valentine’s Day 2017 together before Elizabeth went back to the US.
Elizabeth returned to Bangladesh once again, on January 4, 2018, but she had to leave once again. Mithun will have to spend this year’s Valentine’s Day alone. So how is he planning his Valentine’s Day without Elizabeth?
When asked, the first thing Mithun Biswas said: “I am going to miss her like hell.”
“Even though we live in two different parts of the globe, the distance does not hinder our love for each other even a little bit. We do not spend a day without hearing each other’s voices. We chat every single day.”
Mithun also said: “When loved ones stay far away, it only intensifies our feelings. The situation is not different in my case, my love for is more intense now.”
Elizabeth Eslich—daughter of Roy Eslich from the US—is currently working as a cashier at Walmart in the US while Mithun Biswas—son of Nirmal Biswas from Rakhalgachi village of Kaliganj—is involved in socio-developmental work in Bangladesh.
Their marriage was not easy and has a long struggle behind it. Even though their marriage ceremony was arranged with the consent of both families, the scenario was initially different.
Before meeting Mithun, Elizabeth had never even heard of Bangladesh. But, later when she started planning to come here to meet her significant other, her family did not take the news well.
Elizabeth’s family tried every possible way to bar her from coming to Bangladesh. They told her Bangladesh is an extremist Muslim country and that she would be killed if she came here.
Meanwhile, Mithun’s family did not take the matter seriously. The fact that an American woman could come here for love was unimaginable to them.
It is safe to say that none of their family members wanted this to happen at first.
However, all their efforts went in vain as Elizabeth had an indomitable wish to meet her lover, no matter what.
She planned her trip very carefully and finally flew here on January 2, 2017—while Mithun was waiting outside the airport with an eager heart—to see her love in the flesh for the first time.
Romance bringing an American girl to Bangladesh is a story that drew huge attention in Mithun’s area. People stood in line outside of his house to meet the amazing girl. The love affair also got national attention as various news outlets published stories.
The couple got engaged on January 4 and married on January 9 at Khulna Shalom AG Church. Reverend Litu Munshi, priest of the church, administered the wedding.
Mithun said: “We had to face a lot of obstacles before getting married. My wife Elizabeth came here a second time in 2018 after the marriage.”
“She is not here now… but I love her so much and I know she loves me too. That is what matters the most.”