She had been married before but the arranged match ended badly after a year and Ms Meenatchi Narayanan wanted no more of that.
Instead, she went back to school. She moved to Brisbane in Australia about two years ago for a master's and then an advanced master's degree in finance.
At her parents' suggestion, she struck up a friendship last November with an Indian national working in South Africa, who became "an ardent suitor", according to her father L. Narayanan.
Now, Senthil Kumar Arumugam, 31, has been charged with stabbing the 27-year-old Singaporean to death in a hotel room in Brisbane.
Ms Narayanan was found in the Travelodge hotel at Mount Gravatt at 12.30am on Tuesday with multiple stab wounds in her abdomen.
Arumugam was charged with her murder in a bedside hearing yesterday at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, where he was under police guard and recovering from stab wounds which, according to Australian news reports, were self-inflicted.
He did not enter a plea and the verdict was adjourned. He will be remanded in custody until a hearing at the Brisbane Magistrates Court on May 5.
Last night, in Ms Narayanan's family home in Race Course Road, a steady stream of weeping friends and relatives stopped by to see her family.