Bengali weddings usually have a lot of rituals but in this wedding some of them were given a miss. This was a bit unusual as the older generation usually has its way on the wedding day. If you talk to a couple before their wedding, they will tell you their wedding will be different. That their wedding will be a bit more “chilled out” and wont have the usual repertoire of rituals. But on the D-Day the couple usually succumb to the admonitions of the milling relatives who make sure all wedding ceremonies are performed to the letter.
From my experience I feel, Christian weddings are indeed a more fun-filled affairs. The focus is more on the bride and the groom rather than the rituals or the endless relatives and the wedding couple manage to have some fun themselves after all. In fact the grooms and the brides friends who make up the bridesmaids and the best men get much more attention than the relatives.
This was a South Indian Wedding shot in New Delhi. However the venue where we gathered had a complete south indian feel to it. There was less noise and commotion. The decorations were more sedate. The wedding guests were more restrained in expressing their joy. There was South Indian Music being played live by south indian musicians. And there were endless rounds of south indian wedding rituals.
This was a unique wedding. It was a Hindu -Muslim union. All the marital rites of both the religions were followed to the letter including the elaborate Bengali rites and the Muslim Nikkah. But in the end it was about the two individuals. You could not have guessed which of the two was a Muslim and which one Hindu.
Why would Prince William and Kate Middleton want to spend their honeymoon in Jordan of all the places in the world? Like everyone else I had wondered about it when I read the news. But on a recent trip to this middle-east country I realised why. Jordan is an oasis of peace in an area where suicide-bombings, repressions, reprisal shellings and political uprisings are a daily norm.