An Indian couple marries on the blockchain using NFT vows and a digital priest

The spouse, Anil Narasipuram, was first encouraged by blockchain weddings occurring in other nations.

A young Indian couple employed nonfungible tokens (NFTs) to immortalise their love for one another through the Ethereum (ETH) network.

Shruti Nair and Anil Narasipuram, a newlywed couple from Pune, India, decided to take their court marriage to the next level by throwing a blockchain wedding. The husband, according to Anil:

“I saw several stories about individuals conducting blockchain weddings in other countries, which inspired me.”

Rebecca Kacherginsky, Coinbase’s in-house product designer, is another renowned crypto entrepreneur who has followed the pattern.

The couple was escorted online at the Indian blockchain wedding by Anoop Pakki, the man responsible for minting the NFT — a.k.a. the digital priest.

“We recited the vows and, with the blessings of our digital priest, I completed the transaction transferring the NFT to my wife’s digital wallet,” Anil said. “The transaction took a few minutes (and around $35 in ETH gas costs), after which our digital priest called us husband and wife!”

The pair recited the pledge unanimously, “We will make no grandiose promises, but we will do everything possible to make this work.” We believe that our disagreements and conflicts will help us get a better understanding of one another and ourselves. We are not expecting to be each other’s whole village, but we will stand by one other’s sides, hand in hand, while we go through this experience together.”

The wedding vow, which was originally a digital picture, was subsequently minted as an NFT on the OpenSea platform by the digital priest. The NFT was described as follows:

“This contract is between Shruti Sathian Nair, who was born on March 17, 1988, and Anil Mohan Narasipuram, who was born on October 11, 1986. The parties to this agreement are thus proclaimed husband and wife on November 15, 2021, and to hold, in sickness and in health, for the time being, and in perpetuity.”

Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s finance minister, proposed the creation of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) in conjunction with a 30% crypto tax by 2022–23 during the Union Budget 2022.

According to Cointelegraph, Sitharaman said that the CBDC’s introduction would offer a “significant boost” to the digital economy and pave the way for a more efficient and cost-effective currency management system. Her suggestion included the following:

“Any revenue derived from the transfer of any virtual digital asset is subject to a 30% tax.” There will be no deductions for any expenditure or allowance in calculating such income, save for the cost of purchase.”

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