Monday, February 06, 2006

You shall be Man and Wife

She was stunning in the white gown and the long trail, almost like an angel. She looked a little nervous, a little shy, a little excited. His presence by her side seemed to calm her down. The vow for better or for worse but the knowledge that it would be 'for the better' with him.

The quality that he liked most in her-maturity
The qualities that she liked most in him-caring and family oriented.

I had tears in my eyes as the MC announced this on behalf of the bride and the groom, and how they met as I had witnessed every step from day one. May they always remember what they first liked about each other!

J’s happily-ever-after has started. Wish her lots of love, happiness and may she also be blessed by Victoria’s secret! Amen.

M fell for her at first sight. He also dances well. Lucky bum!! The main highlight of the evening and the best one at that was when the couple danced in the centre of the circle formed by us. As the music ended, the groom lifted her in his arms and claimed her lips. I clapped and hooted to their first, I mean the first post-marital kiss :-) Ding Dong!! Are Baba Sing a song. Aaj ke Shaam, pyar ke naam !!

J looked as though she was humming a song in her heart,”My hubby strongest!!” for lifting her up so easily.

I danced like a true-blue Sai Baba devotee. Why Sai Baba? Because of my hair. My sister worships Him and with my hair all curly, I feel it is Prabhu’s calling. I may even join my sis for a Darshan at Puttaparthi, with due respect to all the religious phantoms, fanatics, Gods, God-like man or man-like Gods.

I haven’t attended many Christian weddings and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The blend between the Indian and the western culture made it more beautiful. J explained that the Konkani speaking Christians practice the tradition of tying the Mangalsutra along with the exchange of rings and vows. So, J too changed into a red saree in the later part of the evening, symbolizing the Indian bride.

The Manipuri wedding is totally different from other Indian weddings and is very beautiful. (Like a Bengali wedding is to a Bengali) I will share it with you all elaborately, each ritual, each step and their significance when I tie the knot. You just need to do a small thing and that is read my blog. Cheap publicity, so be it.

As the evening progressed and the music changed, I saw her dad cry. I joined him.

28 comments:

Mr. Maverick said...

Very nice!

Wish J all the best :)

Arun

Prerona said...

its a strange feeling, watching veru close friends getting married. i remember the first time i did, i woke up at midnight before the wedding and went to the kitchen and howled - i was at her house - and her mom came over and joined me - and we were both telling each other, dont worry - she will be ok - and we were both crying like idiots. and the first time i sauce her in her old ivory dress - i cried bcz she was so exquisitely beautiful ... and bcz i loved her so much and bcz i knew i was letting her go

now many weddings later, it still feels as strange :)

Heretic said...

Lovely... One of my close friends was married in Manipuri style (He's Bong); she looked special, so beautiful none of us wanted to say anything that might cause him to get upset. :-)

And gee, what's the plan, Arunima? ;-)

Heretic said...

And oh, I forgot, they also got married in the church after that! :-)

Arunima said...

@heretic: The plan as of now is to increase the traffic by asking some people to continue reading me for teh day shall come when I will give a first-person account of a Manipuri wedding.

Heretic said...

Notch up one loyal reader. Post nahi chalega, invitation chahiye. :-)

d4u said...

Really nice:)
Wish your friend all the best!!
And we wanna see the Sai Baba...i'm sure it must not be to the extent which you are saying:)

Jo said...

All the best to J.

shub said...

beautifully penned down girl...and I can't wait to read the story wehn your turn comes
*hugs*

MODIfied said...

I too would like to wish J and M all the best, waiting for arunima to hear a first person account, inform in advance I would be glad to replace the Sai baba.

Stone said...

Best wishes to J .

Pallavi said...

you are getting married to a manipuri.. when ... wow congratulations.. !!! :)

Stud said...

Arunima, are u from New Delhi?

Roy said...

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AmitL said...

Nice description...I luv some of the emotions which occur during Indian weddings...very human.:)

|| sbk || said...

ALL THE BEST J!!!

Arunima said...

@pallavi: I plan to marry a Manipuri. At least I hope to. when where, how, with whom? I am still figuring out.

@Stud: I don't think so :-)

Parna said...

sounds like a beautiful wedding, just the way its meant to be. have not seen any church wedding yet, so would love to someday. but i distinctly remember mine since it has not been a year yet and it is strange and wonderful all at the same time. but what i dreaded most - was to give up to the relatives and rituals for all those three days, but on retrospect, it went in a jiffy :)

and indeed Amen to her knowing all of Victoria's Secrets :D and i will not gloat about my new VS acquisitions :)

Arunima said...

@parna: envy you for the secrets
:-)

Invincible said...

So finally J's stepped into the 'happily-ever-after-world'.

I m sure u are gonna miss her.

wish her all the best in the world n may her hubby be really the strongest n most caring of all.

sinusoidally said...

Such mushy stories make me happy. :-)

amitken said...

and reading this i joined you too in the wedding ceremony :o)

Dreamcatcher said...

My sister had a Christian wedding - white dress and all and lots and lots of dancing.
we had a bengali isntyle wedding at home and that was fun too. her friend howled the night before, and even my mom shed tears. weddings are like that - make you terible senti.
good luck to the happy couple.

swar said...

whos the manipuri, babes?!

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee said...

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Shivendra said...

I loved this post too. You write well.. I dont know if it would put me in your good books to ask if you'd ever thought about making a career off literature, but...

"Dont flatter me"
"I apologise.. Two comments in a day, from the same visitor... not many get that, not many do that"
"Well...?? Yeah?"
"Yes"
"So?"
"Nothing at all.. ..well.. umm .. would it sound out-of-place If I declared that I'd be delighted to have you email me?"
"I call this blog mine, and it's nice of you to have left me a comment with a promise for peace"

..."So be it" .. :)

monu said...

yes i agree cheap publicity.....i have been looking for what happens in a manipuri wedding [espcially the attire]
god now i will have to wait for ur wedding to get that inform.....
well nicely written

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