By Daily Mail Reporter.
An American woman has ditched her comfortable, fun-loving Californian lifestyle to become a traditional housewife in rural India. Adriana Peral, 41, took a leap of faith last August when she flew to the sub continent to meet a man young enough to be her son who she had fallen in love with over Facebook.
Within months she was married to Mukesh Kumar, 25, and had assumed her new role as a doting housewife - sweeping, cooking, cleaning and mucking in on the family's farm in an impoverished rural community in Haryana, India.
Transformation: Adriana Peral, seen at a nightclub in Merced, California, left, swapped parties for a quieter life in India after travelling to the subcontinent to marry a man she met on Facebook. It is a far cry from sun-kissed, body-conscious California, where Mrs Kumar enjoyed clubbing with friends, hitting the gym and shopping with daughter Lucy.
But despite the radical lifestyle change, she insists she is happier than ever. The former receptionist at an acupuncture centre said: 'I love my life here with Mukesh - I wouldn't exchange it for anything in the world. In love: Adriana Peral, 41, and her husband Mukesh Kumar, 25, met and fell in love online. Rural: The pace of life in the remote rural village of Panipat, India, is a far cry from the modern homelife Adriana Peral, left behind in California.
Home comforts: Adriana Peral makes some tea for her husband and in-laws, left, and sweeps the courtyardright, at her house in a village in Panipat, India, during a typical day as a housewife. Mrs Kumar - who admits she had plenty of relationships back in the U. Over the next few months the pair grew closer, until one evening Mukesh unexpectedly called. She explained: 'Mukesh declared his love to me right there and then on the phone.
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I didn't know how to react, and at first just laughed it off. We spoke for around three more weeks and it was during that time I decided I wanted to move to India to be with him. Change of pace: Adriana Peral stands beside a cow at the front yard of her house in a village in Panipat, India, as she gets used to a rural existance. Culture shock: Adriana Peral stands in front of house old Californian home, left, and outside the bed room of her house in a village in Panipat, India, right.
Leaving behind her year-old daughter Lucy Cortez was a heart-wrenching moment, with many friends and family fearing for her safety in India. Mrs Kumar, whose parents moved to the U. She was worried something bad would happen to me.
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I had to turn to her and reassure her everything would be alright. Hard work: Adriana Peral has left the creature comforts of an electronic dishwasher behind as she does the dishes by hand at her house in a village in Panipat, India. I can't describe the moment I finally saw him at the arrivals gate at Indira Gandhi airport - it was a big relief to finally see him in person. But she admits nothing had prepared her for the culture shock she was about to experience. Her new home was a modest farm house in Popran, a large village over 30 minutes drive from the nearest town.
Mrs Kumar found the family used cow pat cakes, made by drying out the excrement of the families herd, as fuel. And with no inside toilet, a bucket for a shower and cows roaming around the communal area, the lack of amenities was tough to adapt to. Day to day: Adriana Peral gets on with the chores at home in her new front yard - a far cry from the Californian house. Home from home: Adriana Peral, pictured with her husband Mukesh Kumar while enjoying their lunch at their house in a village in Panipat, India, says she has no regrets about leaving California.
She added: 'When I first stepped off the plane it was a complete culture shock.
We cook on a stove which is outside, and my living room doubles as the place where we store the cows at night. The shower is just a bucket in a closet sized room with a hole in the floor. One of the biggest challenges, says Adriana, was being accepted among the largely impoverished locals. Then and now: Adriana Peral, pictured during her younger days in Merced, California, left, now lives in a remote rural village in India, where she has adopted the lifestyle of a traditional Indian housewife, right.
Family: Adriana Peral and her mother-in-law Bimla Devi share a moment together at the front yard of their house in a village in Panipat, India.
Mrs Kumar, who immediately ditched her favoured high heels and adopted sandals, saree and headdress, said: 'Foreigners are rarely seen in the villages here, and wherever I went a crowd would develop all wanting to catch a glimpse of this outsider. It was a bit like being a celebrity, but they have accepted me as one of their own now. In the U. I loved wearing high heels and dressing up for a night out at a club with my friends, but here things are more low key.
In November Mukesh and Adriana tied the knot in a traditional Hindu ceremony, which made headlines in India's national Hindi language media. The event was a major occasion within the conservative community too - where women are still often expected to be doting housewives upon marriage and normally wed within their own religion and caste.
Bull power: Adriana Peral and her husband Mukesh Kumar enjoy a buffalo cart ride through the fields near their village in rural India. Mukesh, who speaks broken English, but is learning from his new wife, said: 'Adriana is a good wife.
Crucially for Mrs Kumar, her mother-in-law Bimla Devi, 70, has given the pair her blessings - and even endorsed her housewife skills. Speaking in Hindi, Bimla said: 'I am happy my son married a foreigner. She respects me. If he had married a girl from our village, she would probably not have respected me as much as Adriana does.
Bedtime reading: A hindi version of The Bible is seen along with some traditional make-up items at Adriana Peral and Mukesh Kumar's bedroom. The couple now plan to have children together and build a family in India, but Adriana isn't ruling out returning to the US one day. She said: 'I am actually planning to have children with Mukesh and my mother-in-law even wants me to have two. But one day we would like to return to America with our family.
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