‘Family Karma’: Brian Benni and Monica Vaswani Discuss Their Relationship and Living at Home

Twentysomethings, Brian Benni and Monica Vaswani from Bravo’s Family Karma may be taking their friendship to the next level.

Bali Chainani, Monica Vaswani, Brian Benni, Anisha Ramakrishna, Amrit Kapai, Vishal Parvani, Shaan Patel
Bali Chainani, Monica Vaswani, Brian Benni, Anisha Ramakrishna, Amrit Kapai, Vishal Parvani, Shaan Patel | Tommy Garcia/Bravo

The younger cast members appear to be toying with the notion of dating and Benni’s mother, Dharma seems to be ready for these crazy kids to get together too. “I think Brian and Monica should definitely date,” Dharma Benni says in a confessional as her son looks off into the distance.

Benni’s parents revealed that unlike their friends, they didn’t have an arranged marriage. They met in school, dated and fell in love. Of course, Benni’s parents want him to get married, which may be one reason why Vaswani might be the perfect match for their son.

Benni and Vaswani have a tight bond

Benni and Vaswani seem to have had some near-miss dating opportunities in the past. He’d be into her but she’d want to keep in the friendzone. But then she’d want to date him and he’d be unavailable. “So we always had this complicated back and forth like that,” Benni says in a confessional.

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Needless to say, their relationship is complicated. “Brian and I have known each other since we were kids and share a very fun friendship,” she told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “When you’ve known someone for 15 plus years, there’s a level of comfort you have with one another. I don’t hold back with him because he gets me.”

Benni adds that the two are extremely close. “Monica and I know each other inside and out and you’ll just have to keep watching to see how our relationship unfolds,” he teases.

Both are close with their parents

While many Indian children remain at home until marriage, Benni says he’s not waiting until he gets married to move out. “My parents and I are extremely close and I’m an open book with them, so we are all very vocal on what works and what doesn’t work as you grow older living together,” he shares. “I am definitely moving out very soon and will not be at home until marriage.”

Cameras also captured the state of Benni’s bedroom, much to his mother’s dismay. “The laundry thing will always be a challenging thing for me but now there are many services to help with that….one day I’ll eventually get good at the laundry thing,” he says.

Vaswani is also extremely close with both of her parents. They are divorced and she has a sweet bond with her father. “My dad is my rock,” she says. “I’ve come to learn as I get older that it doesn’t matter what concern I bring to his plate, he’s got me. No judgement, a little lecturing, a lot of love and some guidance is his magical formula of parenting.”

Also, “My mom has taught me how to have an insane work ethic and be completely financially independent,” she continues. “It was a tough lesson to learn but I couldn’t be more blessed to have learnt it from such a strong woman. She’s goals. Post my parent’s divorce, I’ve had to learn how to balance my time between giving both of my parents enough love and attention. At this point, I’ve told them my master plan is to buy them two condos in the same building across from each other so I can make one stop!”