I had to do this. Not because it’s “kewl” to blog about anything that’s different. But because I want to talk about it.
Because a friend of mine sensed “I see a post coming”
.. and Because the subject-in-question (the Groom!) said “I want to see your blog about it!”
Tathagata married his college-time sweetheart on December 14th (Friday). I was happy to be a part of the wedding ceremony itself (on the 14th) and later at the Reception (on the 16th) I was born and brought up in Kolkata and have made a lot of Bengali friends. Yet, surprisingly enough, this was my first truely Bengali Wedding! I quite enjoyed the sight of T wearing a “Topor” -a typical kind of a hat that Bengali grooms wear with 2 white things hanging by the sides.
It was a foodies’ week out with some authentic Bengali delicacies on offer – Fish Pasanda and the Biryani on the wedding day amongst the ones yours truly “truly” savored! .. Not to mention the “sweet dish” – a colloquial way of referring to dessert!
Also worth mentioning: The wedding was at Belghoria which is at one end of Kolkata – Girl’s house! .. and the reception was at Behala (which is at the diagonally opposite end – a distance of over 30 kms!) .. Boy’s house!
Distance makes the heart grow fonder, Oh Yeah!!
With invocations to the almighty, to the sound of “ulu-ulu”s by the women and in presence of family, friends and well-wishers, they tied the knot!
For the uninitiated, the only other place on the Internet, that I found a description of “ulu” was here and it said this:
“The ladies would reverberate ulu-ulu by moving the tongue against the inner lips to make a loud, undulating sound considered auspicious.”
All’s well that end’s well.. Or should we say, that begins well. “Mr. T, you may now kiss the bride!” 😉