Conjoined twins, Ganga and Jamuna Mondal pose for a photograph at their home in Kolkata, India.
The pair are known in their home town of Kolkata as the Spider Sisters Jamuna added: “We have been very happy since he came into our lives. We have suffered in the past but we don’t want to suffer anymore.
We really hope to spend the rest of our lives with him.” The twins, who share a stomach but have separate hearts, kidneys and livers, were born to an impoverished family near Kolkata, West Bengal. Their parents were unable to pay for medical attention and deserted them when they reached their teens, fearing they were a sign of God’s fury. With no education they joined a travelling circus, performing for audiences across India.
They earned a relatively good wage of £25 a night but began to tire after years on the road. It was then that they first laid eyes on Ahmad, 36, who worked part-time with the circus as a sound engineer, and were stunned to discover he shared their feelings.
Jasimuddin Ahmad hugs conjoined twins, Ganga (left) and Jamuna Mondal (right) at their home in Kolkata, India.
Love at first sight: Jasimuddin Ahmad hugs Ganga (left) and Jamuna (right)
He said: “Ever since I met them I have considered their pain as my own. I have always been like this. I have always treated other people’s troubles as my own and tried to make things better. “Now, every night I sit with them. We share a meal on the terrace and talk about our lives. I sit with them in the evening breeze and we share our joys and our sorrows.
“Sometimes we listen to music and sit up talking late into the night. There have been times when we have been up talking to 4am and then woken up late the next morning.” Coming from a conservative culture, the twins are understandably coy about discussing their love life – but say there has been
intimacy. Conjoined twins, Ganga (left) and Jamuna Mondal (right) pose for a photograph in Kolkata, India.
Lonely: The pair suffered years of heartbreak because of their condition
However, like many of the best relationships, their love is based mostly on fun and companionship. Ganga, who gets around with her sister by walking on their hands, said: “The best thing about him is that he has a great sense of humour. Also, he is a very kind man. We call him Mr India.”
The trio have now been together seven months and live in a village near Kolkata. Ahmad works at a local school but also helps the sisters in the evenings by driving them to performances. Despite their love, they have no plans to marry, believing it will not be accepted by the community.
Life partner Jasimuddin Ahmad hugs conjoined twins, Ganga (left) and Jamuna Mondal (right) at their home in Kolkata, India. Happy: The pair are now deeply in love with Jasimuddin The sisters have been taken to see a surgeon about the possibility of being separated but have rejected the idea, fearing it would endanger their lives and rob them of their livelihood. For now, they are simply happy to enjoy the love and companionship they have craved for so many years and determined to enjoy it for as long as it lasts.
“We hope he stays with us, it will be a great support,” said Jamuna. “If he wishes it too then we will be lucky. Otherwise our lives will become as
anchorless as ever.”