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The Big Fat Indian Wedding Contd.

And I am back with more photographs as promised in my last post. These photographs capture the last phase of the big fat Indian wedding that saw a mix of North, South and East Indian rituals, besides enough chaos and cacophony to last one’s life time. I have said this often, that in India it is never about two people getting married, but rather two families becoming one, to cause more stress, more confusion and somehow surprisingly considering the confusion, a whole lot of fun! Once again the photographs are all copyright of Durga Natrajan, my second cousin and my first partner in crime!

Part -3 :: Grihapravasham – This happens the day after the wedding. The bride comes to her new home for the first and is welcomed by all the senior women of the groom’s house especially the mother. Once the bride crosses the “threshold” so to speak, the family and close friends come around to give her gifts and bless her in the traditional Hindu style.

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Part -4 :: Reception – The final gala night of celebrations! Food, Drinks, Dinner and may be dance….you get the drift! The last night of non-stop partying before we all settle down to our boring regular lives, until someone else decides to walk down the alter!

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Thats all for tonight folks! Next blog will definitely be bookish!

The Big Fat Indian Wedding….

I know I had planned this post long back; however I was kind of dependent on the photographer. Immediately after the wedding she moved houses and then was  busy setting up her new home and then getting the Wi-Fi Connection going, before finally sharing the photos. Then I got stuck preparing for the interview and the home renovation and other stuff. Finally our stars align and I bring to you the photographs from my cousin’s wedding. All the photos are taken by my second cousin and first partner in crime – Durga Natrajan. Durga….thanks a ton for letting me share these memories.

Part -1 :: Mehendi Night – This event happens before the night of the wedding. The ladies of the both the houses get mehendi which is henna patterns worked on their hands and feet before the singing dancing starts. Mehendi is considered  auspicious and supposed to symbolize the sacrosanity of the marriage.

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Part 2 :: The Wedding -This was a Hindu wedding – but a mix of North India/South India and East India rituals. The cornerstone of this ceremony are the vows exchanged by the bride and groom in front of the holy fire, post which they are considered man and wife.

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There are two more ceremonies post the wedding, but I will keep them for next week, considering this already maybe an overdose of the big fat Indian wedding

Let It Go……

I am seeing too many friends drop off and take a hiatus from blogging because it is getting a bit too much. I know exactly how stressful this is becoming…half the time I am worrying that I have yet not blogged about a book and started on Y book and I disliked Z book so much, that I don’t want to blog about it, but should! We all seem to be laying increasing emphasis on whether we will like a book or not; if we do like it, what would we write in our blogs; if we don’t like it, will it, will we find the right words to explain our angst about the book….this project, that reading event…STOP!!

I remember when I started this blog, it was only a place to put drown some thoughts and help improve my writing. Writing about books  was easy because, I was constantly reading so many of them; but increasingly this became a bookish blog, which was never the main the intended idea to begin with! Its only lately that I have once again began to blog of things besides books….I don’t think it was a conscious decision, but somewhere I believe my mind was also exhausted of book reviews. I was tired of critiquing all kinds of books ….the good, the bad and the ugly and worrying over whether I was making enough progress on my projects, especially when other aspects of life took over, like job!

Time to end this madness….I will still write about books, but only if I really like em or don’t like em or because I feel like. Considering my love for books, this blog will continue to have bookish tendencies, but I will try and blog a little more about other things in life. I am not abandoning any of my projects, simply because I still see a lot of value in them – had it not been for some of these projects and reading events, I would have never read some great works and those would have a been a sad miss. What I refuse to do is stress over these reading projects and deadlines…no one is going to kill me if I read a book later than the stated date or chose not to complete one if I don’t like it!

Books and writing are two of my keenest pleasures…they are not my hobbies, they are me…manifestation of what I truly am and what I truly like. To turn them into six headed projects with gnatt charts and timelines is plain dumb. Its time to go back and read because that’s what I believe defines my essence and write because that’s what I believe I am born to do!! Hang around….this blog just took a very interesting turn (at least I hope you will find it interesting!)

I leave you with…naturally : have a great weekend! 🙂

Rains and Readings…..

Finally July is here and Thank God for that! I know atleast in 15 days or so, this parched piece of land in northern India will be awash with Monsoon rains and there will be some drop in the temperature. But the Indian Gods wanted to keep their people humble and realized that Monsoon was too much of a good thing and decided to ensure it increases humidity like nothing; so while the weather will cool, the humidity will make it again nearly impossible to live comfortably. So what’s there to really thank about… One, this ancient land just becomes beautiful during the monsoon, breaking into colors and hues of the most brilliant kind. And finally, if July is here, can October be far??!!

Regardless of weather and such like matters, reading continues and the good part is my Tab is back to the world of living again. One fine day, it stated working again and my Kindle is back up…I am overjoyed! I was not interested in buying a new e-book reader at this point, both due to financial and other concerns and this miracle, for that’s what it is, is much to be thanked for and celebrated.  To mark this extremely auspicious occasion, I went on a e-book buying spree (Yes! I know! I will never save money!!!) Most of these are recommendations from Jane and I am really excited about reading them – this spree includes: The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild, Song of the Sea Maid by Rebecca Mascull and The Romance of the Shop by Amy Levy. Also now that my Kindle is back from the dead, there are a couple of books which I had bought but never got around to reading because the self-imposed exile from technical functionality by my Tab. Now I can really begin to pick up those threads again – topping the list are Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer. The latter I had bought long back, before it won Pulitzer and all, but had only just started reading it, when the Tab went bust!

In hard copies, I am yet complete Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell as part of Connie’s read along. I know she has taken a hiatus from blogging for a while, but I thought I will plod on. I also have Patrick Leigh Fenmor’s A Time for Gifts and Between Woods and Water. These two titles are a carry-over from last month along with Out of Africa by Karen von Blixen-Finecke; last month as I said was absolutely crazy and got really in way of some solid reading. But I am hoping to complete these three atleast by end of July!

That’s my reading plan for the month! I am really hoping that as things settle down, I will be able to devote more and more time to reading, but I am also cognizant that I am taking on a new job and that will require a lot of effort, to begin with. However I hold on to hope and keep my fingers crossed for some lovely and leisurely hours of uninterrupted reading pleasure!

To end, I leave you with one of my favorite song about Monsoon – it’s in my ethnic language, Bengali. While many of you may not understand the words, the beautiful image of monsoons in this land, transcends language!

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