Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Family,Office and Love. (Blogisode 17)

(The wedding day).
Both the families were getting ready for the marriage function.
Archana got up from sleep and could see a big parcel next to her pillow.It was Archana's 17th birthday and it was a special day for her family as her brother was getting married.She soon got up and opened the parcel and shouted .
Parul and Ram had gifted Nokia N95 to her.As promised,Ram had gifted Archie what she wanted. She could also red a note." Happy birthday Archie - from loving brother and dearest babhi,' she read.
She was happy for once and got ready for the marriage .
Parul was arrayed for her wedding in gossamer fine, red garment, which was embroidered with gold, and jeweled butterflies and other ornaments adorned her lustrous black hair. She was wearing precious gems in her ears, and her arms and wrists were covered with bracelets, while a golden band encircled her slender waist and anklets of gold shined on her feet. Parul was dressed as a perfect bride The bride’s hand was decorated with henna or mehndi. It's said that one can tell how well a new bride is being treated by her in-laws from how long it takes for the mehndi to wear off.
The groom was waiting for bride at the mandap. The bride came out carrying groom's garland, escorted by maternal uncle, and was preceded by flower girls.
They had invited all their friends.One could see Priyanka,Nisha in posh dresses and Deepak and Prashant in Blazers.Sandeep had also invited Rashid and friends from his office.Rashid came with his wife Alaena.
(Flowers are an important ritual during the Hindu wedding ceremony. In addition to exchanging rings, the couple exchanges flower garlands (called Varmala) to symbolize their love. The garlands are made of brightly hued flowers and are longer than a Hawaiian Leigh. Another tradition similar to the American version for throwing rice is the throwing of flower petals onto the couple during and after the ceremony. These flowers are usually only thrown by the parents or members of the immediate family.Hindu wedding ceremonies can take place in a temple or at the bride’s home. At both locations, the couple is seated on a stage filled with pillars and a decorated canopy, sometimes adorned with the bride and groom’s names. Hindu wedding d├ęcor is lavish, bold and infused with color. The prominent color scheme is red and gold, which is incorporated into flower arrangements, table settings, tents, and seating. Wedding favors are handcrafted pieces of glass, wood or silver.)
Bride and groom were seated facing one another under the mandap. The pandit chanted the following slokas:
Vignesh varaia varadaia sukhapriyaya... Yakundendutusharahara dhawala... Om sahana vavatu...
Then Ram garlanded Parul and She did the same .
Then ,it was the time for testimony where the bride and groom were supposed to say their dialogues. :p
‘I, Ramkumar, take you,Parul, into my heart as my wife’ said Ram.
‘I, Parul, take you, Ramkumar, into my heart as my husband.
The wedding then followed the lectures given by the priest.
“A circle is the symbol of the sun and the earth and the universe. It is a symbol of holiness and of perfection and of peace. In these rings it is the symbol of unity, in which your lives are now joined in one unbroken circle, in which, wherever you go, you will always return to one another and to your togetherness.”,said the hindu pandit.
Priest placed the varamala (sacred rope) around bride's and groom's necks which was a clear indication of their marriage.
Bride and groom walk around the fire four times, alternating in who leads. Priest said:
Om Svaha! With the first turn, we pray for happiness in the union of the couple.
Om Svaha! With the second turn, we pray for the long life of the couple.
Om Svaha! With the third turn, we pray for the healthy life of the couple.
Om Svaha! With the fourth turn, we pray for the happiness and health of the couple.
Then the bride and groom sit down.Then Ram and Parul head for the blessing session where they were supposed to seek blessings from the elder members of their family.Finally ,that indicated the end of the marriage ceremony.
The wedding reception was held in a famous hotel. Family members, friends and relatives of both the families came together for the celebration. Parul had worn the reception saree and Ram was in a white suit.The photo session started where all relatives and friends lined up for a photograph with the newly married couples.
Finally,it was Sandeeps turn and the whole gang was present.
“This is Rashid,Adi,Crystal,Divya,TJ and Alaena babhi,’ Sandeep introduced his friends to the couples.
‘hello ,everyone,’ they welcomed their guests.
‘Any way guys,we have to go now,’ said Sandeep.
‘We will meet in future,Richa is coming with me,’ added he.
‘Love you bhaiyya and Babhi,’ said Richa.
‘we will meet you soon,’
‘Will be back in future,’ added he and they left
The ceremony ended with a sumptuous meal, which included Indian dishes , continental and Chinese items.
Parul and Ram were very happy.
'Smile please,'said the photographer.
And it was smiles all around.Happy wedding.
(not to be continued :p).

[Thank you for your support and encouragement.Sandeep ,I feel that I should be grateful to you.Waiting for your valuable feedback.So,should I plan for a sequel next year???]


  1. hmmm...weddings are always a lot of fun...reminded me of m eldest brother's wedding preparations..which couldn't be put to execution..

    but this left me confused...
    didn't sandeep die in the last blogisode when he was in france??or another country??

    anyways..nice one..whats next??

  2. :).. nice one! is always a treat to read smething abt weddings!

  3. .... and so was the story.... I devoured the subject hoping on a happy end-the wedd--I would like these storyes can happen in india of OUR DAYS ...with real and happy characters on a common love ,coverted by people for it... what a pity for arranged marriages of India today: it still happens.But people have the right to REAL happiness that dont means money only....and from LIFE we cant delete no will remain as picture-life was painted ... even many pieces are not on harmony with the Entire.....
    So, congrats Stephan... keep writting

  4. awwww..

    u should have also got sandeep n richa also married :)

    but it was reallyy good.. nicee.. cant wait for the next one to start.. :)
    hope u r having a nice weekend

  5. @ shruti

    yes weddings r fun

    i remember how we enjoyed our sisters weedding in mumbai

    really great

  6. @ ani

    i cud have got sandeep and richa married...

    but that itself opens a way for a sequel naa

    may be will come with a sequel next year

    weekends were great

    u say

  7. @ matangi

    its great to have u here

    yes u feel so

  8. @ olimpia

    yes finally the story series is over

    and ty so much

  9. Beautiful story. It reminds me of my sister's wedding. It's been the best moment of my life, till now. :)

  10. even i remember my sisters wedding which was on jan 19

    ty abhinav:)

  11. awsumm ... !
    jus luvd da story ! da way it has been scripted ! jus perfect !

  12. wow i loved the whole sequel....i actually read all 14 parts in one go...loved it
    and actually i too wanted u to marry off richa and sandeep :P
    neways loved it and great narration :)

  13. Hey there...very unique way to describe an event...i liked the way u used the "conversations" between people...
    M a new memeber of blogger chk out my posts..

  14. One of the longest story i have read ...n honestly , words like superb . awesome are just too short to pen down here ...But still I would it was one of the besttt story I have read !!!!! The flow was superb , along with portryal of feelings n all was too good ..N hey it was a different thing to add about yourself in context to story !!Quite creative I must say !! Tooo goood Ste ...Reallly amazingg