Recently I went to a few weddings, as the wedding season is on full bloom in India..yes..it’s time to dress up and walk like a diva to the wedding, consider yourself no less than an actress, all eyes on you, who is she? whose daughter is she? whose daughter in law is she? where is she from? Is the jewellery real or fake? Where did she get this dress from? Oh her hair is so nice..etc ..etc.
But Indian weddings are all about getting together and making a big deal about it. More the people, the merrier it is. You can see so much happening around you, all at the same time. It’s not just about the bride and groom, It’s about their families, the rituals and the fun.
While you are there to attend the wedding, you cannot miss on the happenings around you. There will be ladies, all busy passing judgements on each entrant, while multitasking with the food ofcourse.
You can see, one mother, struggling to feed her children, as much as she can, so she doesn’t have to go cook food, as soon as they reach home. While there is another one, who was struggling to feed her children, who are so busy playing and running around the venue that they forget about the food part completely. She has the same thoughts in her mind, “These little monsters are playing here and not eating this free food, and as soon as we will reach home, they will be hungry and will make me cook…arghh!”
There are men and women overloading their plates with as much food and as many options as possible, while the kids are squirming around the sweets and ice-cream table.
Few girls, all dressed up to kill, eyeing some guys, looking their way. These weddings play as a perfect platform to such tinee winee love stories. Girls are all looking pretty and boys turn up looking like studs. While their parents are busy in their chit chats with relatives, they get a perfect opportunity to meet and impress each other. Infact many future brides and grooms are found by the families in such weddings.
Few are busy showing their dance moves while others do the famous ‘kite flying’ and ‘naagin dance’ (snake dance) after a few drinks.
You can find people scrutinizing the new couple, head to toe, their clothes, their actions, everything is under scanner. While some people are more curious about the gifts given in the wedding.
Some kids found the best place to sit… the sofas on the stage for bride and groom. While their parents are looking for them all around.
One thing you are sure to see at every wedding…relatives sitting with red faces because they were not pampered enough, and some groups of ladies, sitting and betting ,as to how long this marriage will last, how soon they will have babies or if it’s love or arranged, and that there is something fishy in this marriage.
Groom’s friends and young cousins busy hitting on the girls from the bride side.
People rushing in and out of the venue as they have to attend one more wedding the same night.
Those common traffic jams due to the groom’s wedding procession are everyone’s nightmare.
Still an Indian wedding is almost like a festival, the festivities and celebrations all around, create an aura of joy and excitement. In such an environment, one’s happiness knows no bounds. It is a marriage of two souls or rather two families, to hold and respect and cherish for life, through thick and thin.