My first indian wedding

A few weekends ago I went on a binge of Indian cultural activities. I didn’t get as many good pictures as I would have liked, but I have enough to at least post a few up and link you to my flickr account for ones that didn’t make the cut.

I appreciate all the compliments from my readers on my writing, I’m still trying to figure out what my readers would rather see, more photos or more musings (or rants). Help me figure this out by taking the poll at the end of the post. A lack of photography skills means my photos don’t quite tell a thousand words, so they are accompanied with some written descriptions.

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My friend Aditya invited me and his friends to his cousin’s wedding. He comes from a Telugu Brahman family, so the wedding was conducted in that manner. The slight scandal was that the groom wasn’t a Brahman, so some of the family were not in attendance as a form of protest.  Still, the couple looked happy and the wedding was festive. After getting my fill of Indian food (including paan of the tobacco-free variety and four cups of ice cream), we waited around for a while for the official wedding time.

Indians are all about ‘auspiciousness’ and to have a marriage done right, it needs to be done at the correct ‘auspicious’ time. This time is selected by a Pujari (priest) after consulting the Indian astrology. Unfortunately, ‘auspicious’ and ‘inconvenient’ seem to go hand-in-hand, as the Pujari more often than not picks a time at like two or three in the morning before the couple can tie the knot. Practically, since nobody wants to wait around until the wee hours of the morning, the wedding has all sorts of pre-wedding receptions and ceremonies that the family attends, and only the young, or the loyal stay up late. Thankfully this wedding occurred at 12:30am, fairly reasonable by Indian standards, so I stuck around for the ceremony.

The pictures show what went down. Basically, the bride sits in a basket that is carried up to the altar where the groom waits. The two of them are seated next to each other while the Pujari recites some words and then they put rice in each others hair. The entire time the band on the side is blaring their traditional instruments as if we weren’t inside or it wasn’t 12:30am. The couple is surrounded by family the entire time and children are running amok. With all the color, noise and motion the wedding feels a lot different from the few christian ones I have seen in the USA.

These are the friends I went with. We were merciless in making fun of Ladoo’s blue shirt. He was stealing the groom’s thunder!

Finally, just to try some blog features out, here is a poll-

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Chloe on March 1, 2011 at 12:22 am

    I personally like your “rants”. I think you write well and it’s interesting to read. But, balanced with some pictures/videos is always nice, just for some added effect.

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  2. Posted by kk on March 1, 2011 at 12:33 am

    oh! you are good no matter what!!
    just go with the flow and run amok like the children in the wedding….
    in the interest of the future Telugu learners though I would request some Telugu words thrown in, anthay 🙂

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  3. Posted by Swetha on March 1, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Isn’t ice cream in India amazing?!? I always eat a billion cups of the strawberry ice cream when I’m there. And you’re right, 12:30 am isn’t that bad, my cousin’s ceremony over the summer was at 4 am…anyways, love the blog! You write really well so I say more rants+ some pictures here and there.

    p.s I’m so jealous, can’t believe you met Siddharth!!

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  4. Posted by Sravana on March 1, 2011 at 6:06 am

    I agree with both your friends Andrew- Choioe and kk. I like your ‘rants’! Keep going with the flow of your thoughts. Adding photographs (good or bad) will make it more colourful like our Indian weddings… 🙂

    Going great, just continue to blog… I now know more about your you and your life in Hyd through FB and your blogs!

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  5. Posted by Stacy on March 1, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Hey Andrew,
    Didn’t know you had a blog! Claire told me a while ago that you were going to India! I will keep checking back for more updates!

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