In the summer of 2017 Mrinal Kalakrishnan and Preeti Murali Talwai came to a crossroads.
The two met last October as colleagues at Google’s X Labs, also known as the “Moonshot Factory,” in Mountain View, California. I got my PhD in Computer Science from the University of Southern California on the project.
Although the two were on separate teams (she was in charge of user experience and he was in charge of robotics), the two quickly became business friends, meeting frequently throughout the day. I was exchanging messages with “I was very impressed with his thoughtfulness,” said Thalwai, 30, of an early conversation with Dr. Karakrishnan, 39.
Their friendship eventually led to office lunches and dinners, and by August 2017 they were spending time together after hours. But that month, Talwai took on her new role at Google, which required her to work in a separate office from Dr. Kalakrishnan.
Faced with the prospect of spending much less time with her, “I really liked this person and realized that I wouldn’t actually work in the same building anymore,” said Dr. Karakrishnan. “That’s when I thought we should explore something more than friendship.” Over dinner at a tapas restaurant near his apartment in San Francisco, he asked Ms. I asked
At first she was hesitant. Both have families from India, but Thalwai said he had trouble understanding the lifestyle differences.
However, they became very close and one could not help but imagine what a romance with Dr. Karakrishnan would be like. Given their existing bond, “I think we probably both wanted to be in a serious relationship and knew it wouldn’t be casual.
Their first formal date took place shortly after Dr. Karakrishnan confided in the matter. They first saw an exhibit at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, then had lunch at a Mexican restaurant before heading to Palo Alto, California for dinner. The date ended with a drive to the Santa Cruz Mountains where they watched the annual Perseid meteor shower.
Since then, Thalwai said, “We have been together for a long time.” He also revealed his relationship with another manager at Google.
About a year into their relationship, Thalwai had ulcerative colitis and his symptoms began to worsen. She had to go to the doctor more often and have colonoscopies. Her unwavering support that Dr. Karakrishnan showed her at the time only deepened her love for him, she said.
“He’s been there for the little things in my life and has been a really solid partner through it all.
In November 2019, the couple moved into a Mountain View apartment together. Dr. Karakrishnan is currently the Robot Learning Leader for Everyday Robots, a division of Google’s parent company Alphabet. Mr. Talwai is Google’s User He Experience Research Lead.
Shortly after moving in together, Dr. Karakrishnan began to think about the best way to propose. He decided to record the couple’s love story in an animated poem. video It was set to the music he composed himself. In May 2020, after playing a video in Ms Thalwai’s living room, he asked her to marry her.
By then, she had “supported me in so many ways and brought out the best version of me,” Dr. Karakrishnan said.
The couple tied the knot on July 14 at a private residence they rented in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Ms Thalwai’s younger brother, Prem Thalwai, presided over the ceremony after being appointed as interim master of ceremonies by the county clerk’s office.in San Mateo County, California
The only direct guests were the bride’s parents, who live in El Dorado Hills, California. The groom’s parents and sister, who live in Bangalore, formerly Bangalore, India, attended online.
Dr. Karakrishnan has always “accepted me for who I am,” Thalwai said, adding, “All the parts I thought might be difficult to accept or strange and unattractive. ” was included. Of the brides, the groom said, “She’s become my best friend.”