My whole world changed when I met Indri,” said Ibrahim Gunaevy as soon as our interview with him kicked off. Having been married for more than 10 years, Ibrahim and Indri met at the birthday party for Ibrahim’s sister before they fell for each other deeply and passionately. Indri admitted to making Ibrahim wait quite a while for her response before finally agreeing to go on a date with him.
“Despite all that we’ve been through, there is nobody I would rather spend time with besides Ibrahim,” says Indri now.
Indri is a Kanjeng Mas Ayu of the Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat from her late Javanese mum, Raden Roro Endang Setyawati, and a Siregar Mandailing from her father, (Ret.) Col. Inf. Zulfirman Siregar. “I didn’t allow this to hinder the relationship,” Ibrahim told us. “I chose to test her likes and dislikes and our compatibility through food since I’m a foodie. On one of our first dates, I took her for lunch to an Indonesian restaurant in Puncak and was delighted when she ordered a serving of tongseng kambing” he said.
During their 10 years of marriage, Indri suffered strokes in 2009 and 2013, which were challenges they had to face as a couple. They chose to stick together and came out stronger than ever. Indri is an artist at heart and unfortunately was unable to pursue her passions until recently. The couple also admit to having their respective parents as their role models. Ibrahim’s parents have been happily married for 47 years and Indri’s for 25 years before her mother passed away. To the couple, family roots and traditions take top priority in their lives.
After her recovery, Indri’s stamina dropped significantly. However, she knows her body well and when to let it rest after a few days of continuous activity. “I don’t allow myself to drop because if I do, I’ll be in even more trouble,” she says. Indri involves herself in charity work with her recent project being Ibu Bangsa Membaca, an initiative to inspire women in Indonesia to read, with Mother’s Day as an emphasis. Indri supports the use of eBooks, as long as the community makes that extra effort to develop the habit of reading.
This story appears in the June 2019 issue of Indonesia Tatler. For the full story, grab the copy at your nearest newsstand, or subscribe here.