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Mutual Friends Gave the Match a Big Thumb’s Up


Mutual friends from their teen years had told Sapna Maheshwari that Devjoy Sengupta was a “keeper” at 17. She was not about to let him go when they met more than a decade later.

“Incredibly, we had two mutual friends who went to a high school program in New Jersey with Devjoy,” said Ms. Maheshwari, 34, a business reporter at The New York Times who graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“They remembered him as wonderful, smart and worth meeting,” she said. “When I met him he was all of those things, and more.”

The two met in November 2016 on the League, a dating app that supplies the names of mutual friends who can provide the kind of background information that could lead to a love connection, or an outright rejection.

Two weeks later, they went on a first date, to Tacombi, a Mexican restaurant in the West Village, “and we talked and talked for more than four hours,” Ms. Maheshwari said.

“Devjoy had just been told the day before at work that nothing good comes from speaking with reporters,” she said, laughing. “But luckily, he decided that didn’t apply to his personal life.”

Mr. Sengupta, who is also 34 and an investment banker in New York for Goldman Sachs, said of Ms. Maheshwari: “She’s the type of person who finds a silver lining in every situation. She brings so much joyous, positive, high-energy into my life.”

Mr. Sengupta graduated summa cum laude from Princeton and received an M.B.A. with highest honors from Columbia Business School.

“She has also taught me the value of taking things in stride and not overreacting to any kind of pressure that life may bring my way,” he added. “I admire her for always laughing, even when dealing with the most stressful situations.”

And this included the stress involved in her search for Mr. Right, a search that ended when Ms. Maheshwari clicked Mr. Sengupta into her life.

“I had always wanted to meet an Indian-American guy, and it was incredibly important to my mother,” Ms. Maheshwari said. “But I never had any luck meeting the right person through friends or on apps.”

In the summer of 2017, Ms. Maheshwari took her mother along on a date with Mr. Sengupta to an Italian restaurant in Manhattan. He offered her mother a gift of macarons.

“My mother just fell in love with him,” Ms. Maheshwari said. “She often hoped for me to meet and settle down with an Indian-American guy for years.

Ms. Maheshwari and Mr. Sengupta were engaged on May 25, 2019, in the courtyard of the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. “It has always been one of our favorite things to do,” said Mr. Sengupta. “So I figured why not?”

The couple were married Aug. 21 before Venugopal Devdhar, a Hindu priest, as well as 140 fully vaccinated guests at the Hyatt Regency in Old Greenwich, Conn.

Among the guests were the bride’s parents, Madhu Maheshwari and Dr. Ashok Kumar Maheshwari of East Lyme, Conn. (The bride’s father is an emergency physician at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn.)

Also present was the groom’s mother, Dr. Shyamashree Sengupta, an obstetrician-gynecologist in private practice in New Brunswick, N.J.

The groom’s father, Sukanta Sengupta, who died seven years ago, was a principal electrical engineer for the FMC Corporation, an agricultural sciences company in Philadelphia.


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