'I am in love with a distant relative'

She’s a dentist and I’m working as a software engineer. We are doing well on the financial side. The only problem I guess will be from our families’ end. I’m sure they won’t agree to our union. She is my aunt’s brother-in-law’s daughter. So that makes her my cousin’s cousin. What should I do?
— Tabrez

Illustration/ Amit Bandre

Dear Tabrez,
She is not your first cousin. She is from your aunt’s in-laws side, so there should not be a problem. You are assuming that there will be a problem. Broach the subject with an elder in the family, or with your aunt. I don’t think there will be a problem. If both of you are in love and want to spend the future together, you should take the initiative and voice your feelings.

Diana will solve it!
Write to Diana at diana@, or fax her on 24150009. You can also post letters to Dear Diana, Mid Day, Peninsula Centre, Dr S S Rao Road, opp Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, Parel, Mumbai 400012

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