Chennai: Racer Karun Chandhok has been one the city’s most eligible bachelors, who was always far removed from party crowd. Most sporting events would see the young racer retire to his room early, and not hang out with his boisterous fraternity.
Karun’s steered clear of link-ups through his career, but it was sometime in 2010 that he met his match. A fellow racer tells us that it was during the Canadian F1 in Montreal that he met a pretty girl called Akshara, who came there to watch the races with her family, who are well-known to the Chandhoks.
The two kept in touch, and four years later, they are finally set to tie the knot. Sources tell us the wedding is set for December end, when Karun gets a break between his two Formula E races in Uruguay and Argentina.
The 29-year-old is currently racing in Formula E, an electric single-seater series, representing Indian team Mahindra. “Karun is a very private person, and the wedding will a low key affair, with just family and close friends,” says brother Suhail Chandhok, who was reluctant to talk about the details.
However, a family friend did share that the bride Akshara Kothari is doing her MBA in Sussex.
Akshara moved to UK to be closer to Karun who lives in Brackley. The young couple has kept a very low profile, but they were seen at racing events in Europe.
The wedding preparations have already started and ‘save-the-date’ invites have been sent to several senior members of the racing fraternity including Bernie Ecclestone and Vijay Mallya among others.
The racing fraternity is thrilled about the double-bonanza celebrations as racer Parthiv Sureshwaran’s Bali wedding is also happening around the same time. The ceremonies will be held in Chennai, and with Karun’s Punjabi-Tam-Bram roots, and Akshara’s north-Indian lineage, there is sure to be a lot of music and dance at the celebrations....