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The Great Indian Wedding- the rest of the story!

Hey people!!

How have u guys been?… sorry for writing this blog so late.. but just imagine me being stuck in the middle of a great Indian wedding and the great Indian end-term exams…;).. I am gonna take you through four functions together,, Sagan, Mehndi, Chuda & Haldi and the Wedding…

Starting with the Sagan..

This day I had my professional practices presentation in college, after which i rushed back home and tried to make an unsuccessful attempt to study for next day’s exam, and then finally decided to pick my sister to go to the parlour (yes i finally know how to drive on Delhi roads)…. I spent unending hours at the parlour, where i realised that i have the least patience for such beautification. With all the parlours in Delhi overbooked and with all the Delhi roads bustling with the shaddi season in the city, I was an hour late to reach home,from where we started for the venue… Sagan/cocktail was a blast.. All the rush and frolic seemed to pay off when i saw a glimpse of Aanchal sitting in jiju’s car.. She certainly looked the most beautiful and the hottest bride ever… With all the ceremonies staring off, we cousins had a quick photo session with Aanchal in the bridal room, where we laughed our hearts out, discussing the  hot aunties and relatives at the party… Then came the moment!.. we all took her inside the hall, with every eye set on the bride and every heart filled with warmth.. We all guided her to the stage, where Ankit Jiju took her hand and the party began.. We cousins sneaked out for few drinks, and i almost had a mini heart attack when my dad came, and i pretended to be drinking pepsi,,,and then not waiting for long, me and my cousin gulped it down at once.. Being all set for the evening, we danced all night and not to miss the delicious food that you get at shaadis… the only hitch for the evening besides getting late from the parlour was my nephew Uday.. who fear or i should say dread brides, as they cry at the wedding.. (haunted memories from his mom crying in her wedding video)…lol.. but with all the efforts, my sister managed to get him back in the party mood.. (after all, moms know how to handle their kids)… There we were, drained of energy, but still full of spirit when we left for home to get in shape for the next days functions…

Mehndi , Chuda and Haldi

Well it was Tuesday and I had my  Economics exam in the morning and after going back home i lazed around for the day.. (that means not studying for the exam).. i finally went to market to get my jewellery for the wedding.. It was too last minute, but you can get anything at any time in Lajpat Nagar… after fixing one problem, the other aroused as when i went to pick the lehnga that i was suppose to wear for the Mehndi.. It did not fit me right.. I guess this is why they say that do not wait for the last minute… i finally landed up at cousin’s place.. everybody set in the sangeet and dance mood, we danced till our feet gave up and then the sangeet continued the entire night…

Next day was the wedding day, when i was off to college for my Organisational behaviour exam, the ceremonies of Chuda, Haldi and Ghadoli took place… Aanchal looked the most beautiful person on earth, and though i was not there, but i could tell from the picture, how heart filling it was for everybody to see her getting ready to take off to a new home and a new life….

The Wedding…

Finally i reached back home and then i rushed to the parlour with mom.. at the last minute again, I realised that i had missed something important, and i dropped my mom at the parlour and then ran in the market bare foot (could not walk in my stilettos of course),,, After getting 2 hours late from the parlour and with all the mini heart attacks and traffic jams we reached the wedding venue….

It was the finale evening and everybody looked their best (everybody giving tough competition to the rest)… but it was Aanchal who stole the show… (the bride of course)… with the eleventh hour jitters, extremely cold weather of Delhi and a long wait for the baraat, the Dulha or the groom finally arrived with all the frolic and bands playing full beat music…

The stage was set, and now with groom’s turn to wait for the bride, we cousins left no chance to tease our jiju.. (that is what saalis are for)..Dancing on the beat of Dhol and then grooving at the music played by the dj we all went Ga Ga again…

Finally the time arrived, all the brothers holding a beautiful flower sheet over the bride and the sisters walking beside her, she entered the bedazzled garden. Everybody held their breath and admired the beauty of the bride and the moment…. With the bride’s eyes looking for the groom and the groom’s for the bride, they both climbed up the stair for Varmala, to finally begin the journey of their new life… With a beautiful Varmala ceremony under the rain of flower petals and blessings from relatives, the bride and the groom walked on to the stage to receive everybody’s well wishes.. That is when we cousins took the chance of stealing Jiju’s shoes (a wonderful ceremony in Indian wedding, where u get paid for stealing)…  After freezing in cold, entertaining the guests at the party and enjoying the delicious food, we finally prepared for the feras…The bride and the groom finally took vows around the holy fire and were knotted in marriage for life… (or as they say, seven lives.. ;).. )… Amusingly i was studying for my exam the next day during the vows and at 6 in the morning the ceremonies ended and the bride and groom became a couple… Everybody from our family had a full heart when they hugged Aanchal before her doli took off… and  we finally bid farewell to the couple under the shade of stars….

Best wishes to Aanchal and Ankit..

Thanks for tuning in…
With Love…
Shivani…

The Great Indian Wedding- Cousins going Ga Ga!


Hello Friends!

Welcome back.. Yesterday was the craziest evening ever.. I landed up at Aanchal, the bride’s house for some crazy dance frenzy to find out that the rest of my cousin’s havent reached there. Well this is what happens when you make a last minute plan in this city. Roads in Delhi do not go without a jam even a single day during this season… But with all due credit to my brother and his super driving skills, they reached in another half an hour..

When we were all set for the party, we realised that the music system we had was not in a good state.. ;)…, and the cousin whom we had asked to arrange for another one had to go a party (thanks to so many weddings happening these days). So we all shifted one gear ahead to our craziest moods and went on partying at the lamest volume of songs playing on my cousin’s vintage laptop.. This is called having a positive approach to life… lol… Well at the end of the day, with all the energies drained out after dancing on all crazy punjabi beats and item numbers that are the staple of punjabi weddings, we ended up playing Dumb sheraz that is certainly the best game on planet. We all were in splits over the dumbest acting skills displayed by us all… but we were still better than Tushar kapoor (i have no idea why I said that)..

After all the fun and amazing time spent with my cousins I realized that I have to get back to study for my exams starting tommorow.. welcome to the world of reality!! so we called the day off with an amazing cup of coffee (courtsey Aanchal Ahuja)…. Here ends the second episode of The great Indian Wedding.. stay tuned for more…

With Love
Shivani Ahuja

The Great Indian Wedding- Begins!

Hello friends!!

Well I am really excited to write this blog.. Here starts the journey of a great Indian Wedding and to be apt a Punjabi wedding. I know it sounds fun, as a wedding in Delhi means fun and frolic, celebrations, feasts, crazy shopping, visit to beauty parlours, last minutes trials and innumerable unexpected jitters… It is all this excitement and rush that makes it such a memorable time.

Well to cut short the mystery, I am talking about my cousin, Aanchal’s wedding that is due in 9 days, and I am the busiest person in the wedding, of course after the bride. I not just have to prepare for the wedding but also for my exams that are starting just 2 days before the wedding, and have to be one of the hosts for my seniors’ farewell party in two days.

For the wedding, it all starts with getting the right dresses, jewellery, shoes and booking the right parlours for make up. Yes it all has to be done in advance, as in December, which is the peak wedding season in Delhi, none of the local tailors are free and all boutiques and parlours charge a whopping price. I am lucky in this case, as i have my aunt’s boutique and a family friend’s parlour to make the last minute bookings, and that too at discount!!

After so many days of hard work and exploration, I got a saree (chandni chowk), a suit (Amar Colony) and a Kurta and a churidar (Lajpat Nagar) for different functions and i decided to redesign one of my old Lehngas. You’ll definitely see these dresses in my following blogs, as i will update you on all the events of the wedding! In the evening itself i finally gave my blouses and suits for stitching, that is certainly a short notice, but you always get advantage of having the sweetest aunt who falls for your puppy face,, :).. After giving all the measurement and boggling our minds over the designs I am all set with my clothes minus jewellery that I still have to purchase.. Its not just me who is feeling the jitters and is all excited. Here is a facebook update from the bride herself, “Few dayz to go…! Dreamzz to trn into reality..!!”… :).. It all actually seems like a dream when i recall how we all cousins grew up from those little kids playing silly games and to this day when one of us is getting married.

The final ten days seem like a mad rush of events, but I am sure that all that will be worth it, as it is all about enjoying the sense of each moment and cherishing all these moments, and I can’t wait to take you all through this beautiful and exciting journey. So hold on guys…

Love
Shivani