Thursday, June 28, 2007

Another Day, Another Wedding

It’s the season of weddings and yesterday I went to another wedding. The interesting thing is there are so many similar things about all of them. I agree that a wedding is a wedding but I am not talking about the rituals.

First is about the bride. I had known the girl for long. She was cute; she was simple, in a way a normal middle class Indian girl. But when I saw her on stage I could not recognize her. Her makeup made her look exactly like the Durga idols in durga puja. Natural color of the skin was nowhere to be seen.

Adding to it poor girl had to maintain an emotionless face and most of the time look at the ground. The only relaxation allowed was that she could smile a little with a special care that her teeth’s should not be seen. She played her part well and all brides really do.

Another was about the DJ. In our families this was a new entry some years before but not now. No wedding can miss a DJ. But they also invited the ‘shehnai wadaks’ so that the impression is both, modern and traditional. But alas, the shehnais had to play along with the DJ. They were at two different corners of the ground but the throat of the shehnai wadaks was no match to the 1000 watt DJ. When the bride came on stage, the shehnais had some traditional dhun whereas the DJ was playing ‘kahan teri ye nazar hai, meri jaan mujhe khabar hai.

One thing that frightened me was the liberal use of firearms for rejoicing. I never understood one thing. People fire the shots pointing the gun up. I always feel that at the place where the bullet will land it will hurt somebody. Is’nt that true?

Now the most important thing; the food. Believe it or not, for most of the persons, having dinner is the only duty they are required to perform in the wedding. So if you want that people should remain to watch some ceremonies, delay the food otherwise no one is going to watch them barring a few close relatives who have no escape.

The only good this about this wedding was that somehow three girls came to know that I have been selected in the civil services. They came to me and talked about this exam. I do not think I was able to give them any tips but it’s always better to counsel aspirants than watching the same weddings.

6 comments:

Neha said...

i was disappointed for u attending the god-forsaken wedding but i think it turned to b a fruitful one in the end...3 chicks in one night...score:)

Hershey Desai said...

ah...wedding season...
I love wedding season...All I need is a bride...

hate attending other people's weddings though...

o_O...thats...way too much makeup...
and no emotion? I definitely would not want such a wedding..
YAY DJ! Shake that thing baby...
no shenais... absolutely no..If i see one shenai on my wedding I will take it and make that guy swallow it...
shenais out...DJ in...

use of firearms?????
what kind of a wedding is this?
and yea its true... if you watch CSI shows, there was one episode where some fool fired a shot in the air and..ironically, killed a bride to be few yards away..
its the trajectory...and it is lethal. Simple physics.

hmph..if I am forced to go to someone else's wedding..there damn sure better be good food.

I don't like big weddings...call your close friends only naa...why invite me, someone you haven't seen since I was in diapers...

Anurag Srivastava said...

@Neha: I did not wish to emphasise that so shhhh... :)

@Hershey: In this part of India you dont need to see CSI shows to see firearms, also a bride needs to be a cow, at least in the presentation, so how can she show emotions :)

I won't forget to invite you, of course better than boring others whom I know, wait, another brilliant idea, lets make it mutual ;)

Rahul said...

weddings.. I love weddings for the very two reasons every kid likes them ..
The food( being a Brahmin makes it compulsory to love free meals ) and the girls .. weddings really bring out the best girls in town in their best attires..

been a while attended a wedding .. IIT Sucks .. profs don't invite us on those wedding parties in comm center :P

all else is boring ..

Anurag Srivastava said...

@Rahul: Food never motivated me, and I never found beautiful girls at marriage. Either something is wrong with all those people who invite me, or all beautiful girls go in the hiding when I come.

One has to be a Punjabi to watch beautiful girls in wedding :)

Rahul said...

@Anurag .. in general thats the feeling everyone has..

i remind you of that quote generally seen on tshirts :P

99% of the girls in this world are beautiful and the rest are in my college