After almost a lifetime of lonely nights on the road with a travelling circus, the 46-year-old conjoined twins Ganga and Jamuna Mondal have finally found love…with the same man.
The twins, who share a stomach but have separate hearts, kidneys and livers, were born to an impoverished family near Kolkata, West Bengal. Their parents were unable to pay for medical attention. When they reached their teens, their parents deserted them, fearing they were a sign of God’s fury.
Various reports say that the twins, who are known as the “Spider Sisters”, have been single all their lives and suffered years of rejection, they were travelling in India as part of a circus without expecting that someday they will meet their true love despite their physical condition.
By then on, they felt happier than ever after having a chance to encounter with a kind-hearted, 36-year-old school teacher, Jasimuddin Ahmad.
According to Jasimuddin, he fell in love not with the sister’s appearance that most people rejected, but he saw and felt in love with the beauty inside the twin sisters possessed.
It was love at first sight, When we met Jasimuddin we both felt this was a man who would truly love us. And he does – he loves us straight from the heart,” said Ganga.
We have been very happy since he came into our lives. We have suffered in the past but we don’t want to suffer anymore. We really hope to spend the rest of our lives with him,” Jamuna added.
Ever since I met them I have considered their pain as my own. I have always been like this. I have always treated other people’s troubles as my own and tried to make things better. Now, every night I sit with them. We share a meal on the terrace and talk about our lives. I sit with them in the evening breeze and we share our joys and our sorrows. Sometimes we listen to music and sit up talking late into the night. There have been times when we have been up talking to 4am and then woken up late the next morning,” said Jasimuddin.
Coming from a conservative culture, the twins are understandably shy on discussing their love life – but according to them, there has been intimacy. However, like many of the best relationships, their love is based mostly on fun and companionship.
Ganga, who gets around with her sister by walking on their hands, said:
The best thing about him is that he has a great sense of humour. Also, he is a very kind man. We call him Mr India.”
The trio have now been together for seven wonderful months and live in a village near Kolkata, the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Ahmad works at a local school but also helps the sisters in the evenings by driving them to performances.
Happy in their current status, the three don’t plan to marry because they believe such a move will not be appreciated by the community.
The sisters, on the other hand, have been taken to see a surgeon about the possibility of being separated but have rejected the idea, fearing it would endanger their lives and rob them of their livelihood.
We hope he stays with us, it will be a great support. If he wishes it too then we will be lucky. Otherwise our lives will become as anchorless as ever,” Jamuna said.