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Jackson Heights, Queens, NY

Punam Chowdhury marries her fiance, Tanvir Ahmmed, via Skype at the Muhammadi Center on Valentine's Day. The groom lives in Joydebpur, Bangladesh, while Chowdhury lives with her family in Jamaica, Queens, and works at Wendy's restaurant. She took the day off from her job to get married. Her parents know of the relationship with Ahmmed, whom she met at a family gathering in Bangladesh in 2011, but they did not know she was getting married today. For the ceremony, she had her best friend and co-worker, Shuchi Muhib, accompany her as a witness. Imam Qazi Qayyoom presided over the ceremony. In Bangladesh, Ahmmed sat in front of a computer with another imam and his friends and parents.

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Punam Chowdhury marries her fiance, Tanvir Ahmmed, via Skype at the Muhammadi Center on Valentine's Day. The groom lives in Joydebpur, Bangladesh, while Chowdhury lives with her family in Jamaica, Queens, and works at Wendy's restaurant. She took the day off from her job to get married. Her parents know of the relationship with Ahmmed, whom she met at a family gathering in Bangladesh in 2011, but they did not know she was getting married today.  For the ceremony, she had her best friend and co-worker, Shuchi Muhib, accompany her as a witness. Imam Qazi Qayyoom presided over the ceremony. In Bangladesh, Ahmmed sat in front of a computer with another imam and his friends and parents.