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On Lack of Reading Time and Thereof….

I know I have been away from blogging for a while, but the fact remains that I have been barely reading stuff lately. For once it is not my work which is to be blamed or health, in fact it is rather a happy occasion, despite the fact that it is keeping me away from my well-loved books! It is a wedding in the family – one of my cousins, someone whom I am very close to is getting married on May 1st; we were born only 20 days apart and have fought, argued and became comrades –in-arms from childhood to adults.  Now this cousin of mine who for 32 years of his life has been confirming and swearing by lifetime of bachelorhood, has suddenly discovered love. In a short span of 6months of meeting, woowing and getting woowed in return, he has finally decided to take the plunge and thus, May1st is the D –DAY! The only thing he forgot, was that this is India, and here it’s not about two people getting married, but two families. Add to that just dash of multicultural-multilingual rituals; stemming from the fact that my aunt, i.e. my cousin’s mom is from Eastern India, like rest of my family, but my uncle, my cousin’s Dad is from South India – the family has been settled in New Delhi (You with me still) and the bride is from North Western Himalayas. This is one melting pot with three different rituals, customs and expectations! Welcome to the big fat wedding of cosmopolitan modern India! For the last couple of weeks, I have been on numerous shopping trips with my aunt (Ugh!!!)have visited and tasted more catering options than I can recall and have sat through long discussions on what is considered most pure and most auspicious per Hindu laws of ceremony rituals. My cousin the poor soul is exhausted and exasperated and thinks he should have eloped (I quite agree with him). My aunt is having hysterical fits, a la Mrs. Bennett style (Yes! My aunt belongs to that crazy branch of the family, whose genes I want to surgically remove, if I could!) My uncle is trying to be stoic and failing miserably and the bride, a lovely girl with wonderful sense of fun, is losing her good humor by the minute and often calls me to ask me if this as in all the madness is normal…I have to be heartless and tell her yes..welcome to the family of loony bins! The boy is still very sane and very good…hope that gives her the much needed silver lining! Hence, my reading has completely come to a halt, I am trying to sneak in and finish The Awakening, but my aunt, at whose place and company I am spending significant weekend time, does not approve of the book. She read the synopsis and thinks it’s a most inauspicious read before a wedding ceremony (I told you that branch of the family is crazy!) She does not even approve of Road to Oxiana because per her only the frivolous ricj have the money to hike all over the world and then write books; while I cannot disagree with her on the frivolously well off piece, I have tried pointing out that they do write amazing stuff, but Robert Byron is beyond redemption as far as my aunt is concerned. That’s a slice of my life for the last 10 odd days. I will try and sneak in a bookish review one of these days soon, but don’t hold your breath. In the meanwhile, I go back to the family meeting of planning the reception menu for the 1846th time!! What Joy!!! I leave you with a Bollywood wedding song and dance – this ACTUALLY HAPPENS!!

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  1. Hahahahha it sure sounds fun.:P

    April 20, 2015
    • Well its more of a tragi-comedy, but yes, all things considered, its quite hilarious! 🙂

      April 20, 2015
      • Hahahahaha That’s the thing about Indian weddings! They are a pain in the butt at times, but all in all,they are so damn awesome!:D

        April 20, 2015
  2. Just think how nice it will be when it is all over and you can get back to your regular reading time. Until then, enjoy and share some photos from the wedding if you can!

    April 21, 2015
    • Thanks Stefanie…I will for sure get some photographs….and yes! while I enjoy the madness, i cannot wait to get back to nice quiet reading hours!

      April 21, 2015
  3. In spite of all the craziness, it looks like fun! I think the drama is common to weddings everywhere. At least it cements the moment into everyone’s mind so it’s not forgotten. 😉

    Okay, does the bride have to practice the dance or is it just a spur of the moment improvisation?

    Health and happiness to your cousin and may all the insanity disappear to give him a wonderful day!

    April 21, 2015
    • Hello Cleo….the word DRAMA gets a whole new meaning when my mother’s family is involved like this one! Having said that, there is for sure a element of hilarity in all the madness, which does indeed cement the event in everyone’s memory…the song and dance happens the night before the wedding day and the not only the bride, but the groom and the relatives and friends all practice…so it ain’t easy and cannot be a spur of the moment….thank you for your lovely wishes! He is one of the nicest guys and deserves all the happiness in the world!

      April 21, 2015
  4. What a whirlwind! Both exciting and stressful but it will be over soon.
    I wish your cousin and his new bride all the happiness in the world.
    So glad to have discovered your corner of the blogosphere.

    April 22, 2015
    • Thank You so much for your good wishes Delia and thank you for stopping by! Yup…its a whirlwind and like I commented quite a tragic-comedy!

      April 23, 2015
      • ian darling #

        It all sounds a lot of (very busy) fun! I must say that your Aunt might have a point about The Awakening being a bit inauspicious! Allthe best for everyone on the day.

        April 23, 2015
      • Thank You so much for your wishes Ian…my aunt say its like calling bad luck and opening the gates for it! It is all crazy fun…would make one hell of a movie!

        April 24, 2015

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