Last month, as bombs rained down on Ukraine's capital Kyiv, Anna Horodetska fled to India, carrying just a couple of T-shirts and a coffee machine.
When the 30-year-old, who worked in an IT company, arrived at the Delhi airport on 17 March, she was welcomed by Anubhav Bhasin, the 33-year-old lawyer she'd been dating for just over a year.
Anubhav went down on one knee,proposed to her and placed a ring on her finger when she said yes. The couple met in August 2019 by chance in a bar while she was on a solo trip to India.
They exchanged numbers, followed each other on Instagram, and the rest, as they say, is history. The couple decided to meet up in India in March to start the wedding process and move to India, but then came the war. "A few months before, when I told my grandmother about my wedding plans, she gave me some money for a present," says Anna. "Since Anubhav loves his espressos, I decided to buy us a coffee machine. And when I left Kyiv, I had to bring it with me. Anna found a taxi and managed to reach the station to leave Ukraine, carrying just a couple of T-shirts and a coffee machine.
The trip out of Ukraine wasn’t easy and she was very stressed. But when she arrived at the airport in India, Anubhav was there with music and balloons. Many friends and even strangers were clapping and filming the scene that seemed straight out of a Hollywood romance.
"And the rest, as they say, is history":If you are telling someone about an event and say the rest is history, you mean that you do not need to tell them what happened next because everyone knows about it already.