Thrissur: An old age home, for the first time, witnessed a marriage where two inmates fell in love in their 60s. They tied the knot in the presence of state minister VS Sunil Kumar on December 28.

Years ago, Lakshmi Ammal would not have thought of falling in love and marrying a man working as her husband's assistant at the age of 65.

As time passed, she met 67-year-old Kochaniyan Menon again at the government-run old-age home in Trissur's Ramavarmapuram and the cupid's arrow struck them. Meanwhile, Ammal lost her husband whereas Kochaniyan, a native of Trissur's Irinjalakuda, was abandoned by his family, forcing them to take shelter in the old age home.

Soon, the duo became friends, and as they shared the woes of life, love blossomed between them and they decided to marry each other.

The lovebirds shared their intention with other inmates who happily organises a traditional, but special ceremony for their marriage. Their friends there performed henna, sangeet and other traditional rituals. When their love story reached Kerala agriculture minister VS Sunil Kumar, he decided to join the celebration. District collector S Shanavas also attended their wedding ceremony.
Sitting on bridal chairs, Kochaniyan and Ammal kissed each other's cheeks, and the sound of claps and laughter filled the old-age home.