Let me ask you a question today –
“What is that one thing, Indians loves the most?”
Well, you might be thinking – food, dance, culture to name a few. But what is that one thing, the one ritual, we are really really crazy for? Yes!!! “Wedding”, what else. Since the birth of the child, be it, girl or boy – parents, grandparents, relatives keep on mentioning of their future wedding in discussions. They usually say –
“Do you think, their generation would believe in marriage ?” Or they say “We don’t believe in regions and caste, but this fella of multi-national world should marry and bring only an Indian at home “
Yeah right!!! As if this fella of the multi-national world would remember and follow these childhood advices.
But really, where these days we are gradually moving away from traditions and rituals, the wedding is one ritual which hasn’t lost its significance for us. We might avoid going home during Diwali or Holi but when we get an invite for a friend or cousin’s wedding, be it 1000 km away, our response is always –
Of course dude I am going to be there – “Afterall sadde yaar di shaddi hai”
So, recently I got the opportunity to be a part of this marvelous “Two States” wedding. A traditional wedding of sweet yet witty “Andhra girl” and “Delhight guy”- as he loves to call himself Being born and bought up in North India, I had never been to a South Indian Wedding, and trust me I couldn’t have asked for a better experience than this “perfect fusion of North & South Indian Wedding”.
Here are some of the glimpse of this fusion wedding –
Groom’s grand entry at the wedding venue on a horse cart in Punjabi style
Groom with his friends in North Indian style Sherwani attire (wedding dress)
Our beautiful bride in kanchipuram saree
Can’t figure out who is facing a hard time here –
Panditji who is trying to explain Telugu rituals to the Punjabi groom. Or the groom – who is trying to recollect what all was informed to him by the bride so that everything makes sense???
Kanyadan ceremony where bride’s parents handing over her hand to groom, sending the message – “You better look after her young man, else be ready to deal with us“
Jīlakarra Bellam Ceremony, where bride and groom keep cumin seeds and jaggery paste on each other’s head – this signifies the relationship is inseparable.
Our Punjabi groom and Telugu bride enjoying this ritual, where the groom is thinking – “This is exciting, this will make our relation inseparable … Tell me what else I have to put on her head… I can never ever let go of this girl”
Sumangali Ceremony – Couple being blessed by parents and guests
Mangal Sutra Ceremony – one ritual which I could find common in both North & South Indian wedding
These lovebirds thinking – “Finally after a wait of nearly 2 years its official now!!! What say….. all set for honeymoon!!”
WAIT… WAIT… raat abhi baaki hai mere dost…….
Time for Punjabi pheras (as beautifully mentioned by groom’s mother) – Afterall, how can a North Indian wedding be complete without seven pheras. This I believe was the only ritual, guests from the north could relate to
Now after a long wait and all the hurdles, its official now – “Mr & Mrs. Gandotra”. Time to pose for the camera 🙂
A glimpse of guests who have no interest in wedding, and are there just for selfie 🙂
Our little champ Vivaan is also excited 🙂
One thing that surprised me was – though Vivaan is always shy with strangers, in this wedding he was distributing flowers to all the “girls”.
After seeing this pic, I think he was fulfilling someone else wishes
Food – Another common thing in a North & South Indian wedding. No matter from which part of India you are, a wedding means delicious food for guests
The one thing that I realized is – No matters from which part of India you are, you will always find these 5 things in any Indian wedding –
- Delicious Food
- Bride loaded with beautiful jewelry
- Sleepless parents of bride and groom leaving no stone unturned to make the wedding a memorable affair
- Bachelor friends and cousins checking out girls
- Bride & groom busy with their secret hush-hush talks on the mandap (our two state couple was obviously no exception)
I wish the couple happy married life – keep annoying and loving each other