This is the story of a monsoon wedding a piquant tale of the Hindu family set in present day India. Unlike its namesake it does not handle issues of modernity, class, morality, society but some fun, frolic and comedy of errors. The plot is set in a traditional Indian wedding set up, which is the central event around which this story is built. If you are well versed with Indian traditions then you will know that this day is a memorable event in the lives of an Indian bride, groom, and their families. I have known families who will live frugally all their lives to be able to spend lavishly on that occasion. It’s a matter of pride, status and too many emotions fly around when a wedding is on.
One such person I know was a close friend’s dad who had saved each and every day of his life for my friend’s wedding and always envisioned his princess being married in a royal ceremony. They stayed in Jodhpur and I was so excited to head to this destination wedding. My friend Seema(name changed) shared stories of how her dad had chosen the best caterers, experimenting food all over the city, how only the top decorators would be adorning their ancestral haveli to look like a mini palace, and how her costume and jewellery had been passed through generations and were antique. Everything right to the minutest detail was planned to the tee.
As you know Indian weddings have a built up of various ceremonies and so the wedding saw relatives gathering from all over the country a few days in advance. Handling so many people, so many days in advance would have given any man stress but not uncle, he had been planning for this for years. Individual rooms were allotted to families, older kids had separate rooms. There was a pick up from the station, the airport and even sightseeing taken into account. Everyone was all but praises for uncle and he could feel his chest almost swelling in pride.
One beautiful day when lively music flowed through the hallway and we were preparing for ladies sangeet, the sky changed colour and made a crackling sound as if mocking him, while the rain poured heavily down the roof and the ‘aangan’ of the haveli. This was something that uncle had not had an inkling about but destiny was playing games. He shifted the ceremonies to the halls inside and while the vibrant laughter filled the havelis, his heart just sank.
He remembered that six months back when aunty had reminded him to get the waterproofing of the haveli’s roof done as it was ancestral and needed it. He had brushed her off by saying that he had no budget for the same after accounting for the cost of caterers, decorators, musicians and other numerous perks that he wanted to pass on to his guests when they arrived. He had not expected the monsoons to arrive so early this year and soon in the preparations he had totally forgotten about it.
So what did he do? Was he able to pull off the wedding of his choice?
Had this been the monsoon wedding of the Bollywood movies, some miracle might have happened but aunty came to his rescue. She had requested her close friends to keep an alternate venue at standby fearing the worst. The guests were shifted to the new venue and the wedding went off well, though not in the style that uncle or my friend had dreamt of. They had to shell some extra money at the last minute. The guests complained about shifting venues but on the other hand were more than glad to avoid the leaking rooms of the haveli. Soon all was forgotten and fun and laughter was back in the air.
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Monsoons are beautiful and it’s in your hands to make it a beautiful monsoon wedding or not :).
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