When Sarika Patel married her Bukusu darling Timothy Khamala she may have read the words of William Penn that, in marriage do thou be wise: prefer the person before money, virtue before beauty, the mind before the body; then thou hast a wife, a friend, a companion, a second self.
However, the words to Sarika have become mortal and the two lovebirds are no more.
Sarika comes from a wealthy Indian family while Khamala is just a commoner. The two met when Khamala was working as a casual labourer in Sarika’s family business and fell in love, despite Sarika’s family and the entire Indian community staging a backlash on her.
She had defied parents, strict traditions and even social class for love found in a Bukusu man.
The couple was fired from the farm after Sarika’s father failed to separate them. They were later employed in a certain sugar factory after the story went viral on social media.
Sarika has said that their problem surfaced when she got sick and asked Khamala to take her to Hospital.
“When I fell sick, he did not bother to take me to hospital instead his parents took me to the local hospital. Besides, he has been abusing me physically,” said Sarika in sobs
She said she regretted her actions and hopes her parents will forgive her and accept her back
The fourth born, in a family of five has made up her mind never to engage in a relationship again.
Her father Chabbadia Patel has leveled conditions for her to be accepted back into the family.
“My parents do not trust me anymore. They have asked me to stay with a family friend as I make up my mind.
All is not gloom, according Timothy he knows their love is still strong since she left him a love souvenir, a towel.
The towel symbolizes the strong love they shared and indicated she still loves him despite their separation.
For now, Khamala is content, using the towel to gently wipe his body — every morning after showering, every evening before bed — as a symbolic gesture honouring Sarika.
Despite communication between the two being cut off, Khamala believes the pair will be buried in the same homestead after having several dreams of the two dancing Hindu and Bukusu songs.
He has also refused to marry an African wife saying they are too stubborn, his former wife returned after Sarika left but the marriage failed to work.