Friday, August 03, 2012

Princeton-Scholar-Turned-Google-Exec Raises the Bar on High-Tech Marriage Proposals

Raj Hathiramani isn't your average 20-something in love. He's a 2007 Princeton graduate (summa cum laude) and a high-powered executive at Google's New Products, Media & Platforms group in New York City.

With this pedigree, it's not surprising that Hathiramani has delivered a five-minute video masterpiece that raises the bar on high-tech marriage proposals. We'll take a guess that he's the first person to ever propose via the new Google tablet.

Using a combination more than 190 still pictures, time-lapse sequences and conventional video clips, Hathiramani produced "I Heart Aditi," a loving tribute to his girlfriend, and now fiancée, Aditi Gupta (also a Princeton grad).

The video features quick cuts of the couples' friends, family and co-workers creating the shape of a heart with the hands, as well as other sequences with hearts as the central theme. In one scene Hathiramani bakes heart-shaped brownies and in another we see a heart-shaped bagel being consumed in reverse. Even Justin Bieber makes a cameo appearance. The video was inspired by his alma mater's "I Heart Princeton" video.

The challenge for Hathiramani was getting his girlfriend to see the video. So, while traveling in Chicago on the Fourth of July, he presented Gupta with the new Nexus 7 Google tablet and told her it was preloaded with her favorite apps, books, movies, music... and a "special" video.

This is how Hathiramani described the scene for his YouTube viewers, which totaled 37,584 as of last night...

On July 4th, 2012, my girlfriend and I were in Chicago with our two brothers and a friend. We visited the Shedd Aquarium, Millennium Park, and played squash at the University Club. At the end of our match, our brothers sneaked upstairs while I gave her a gift: the Nexus 7 tablet.

I did a quick live demo and ended it by showing her this video on YouTube :).

Congratulations to the happy couple. We can't wait to see the next wave of creative proposals that this new technology will inspire. Enjoy the video...

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