12.4.06

Each day just goes so fast, I turn around it's passed...

Have you ever got up at 5 o'clock in the morning for a wedding? I did and since it was S's wedding, so did she. Actually whoever attended the wedding did. You see, it was a Tamilian wedding. I had stayed over the night before at E's place, so we could go together to the venue. So bleary eyed we somehow managed to wrap on our saris on the morning of April 3 and rush for the wedding.

The wedding itself was alfresco with a shamiana for the guests and a pretty pink pandal decorated with flowers for the bride and groom. S was wearing a maroon sari with a broad gold belt. She shooed us out of the room where she was getting dressed. I wonder why. Why S?:-) Mr S's relatives crooned as the ceremony took place. And as the fresh morning breeze carressed us, it felt nice. It was not a very long affair. Soon we were cramming down samosas and jalebis.

Then there was a short Bengali ritual that S and Mr S observed. Where they dipped their hands in an earthern bowl and had to fish out a ring. In the meantime, there was Mr S's Irish friend who sang two Rabindrasangeet songs very softly. Apparently she had picked them up in Benares where she has been staying for some time now. Mr S himself sang a song. And could we resist asking S for the same? Of course not (now if you have known S, you would know that singing is just not her forte;) But it is amazing how family can come together. The minute we started off, S's aunt came in and said, "Ok now it's time for breakfast."

By then all us sari clad women were feeling pretty hot and bothered even though we were inside an air conditioned room. But S's mom and aunt insisted we stay back for lunch. So there we were -- E, B, A (that's Tatonnement) and I struggling to find some way to entertain ourselves. It was a struggle alright but it was fun. The evening reception was fun. S looked very good and relaxed. So we left S very much a married lady now. Now I hear she is having a great time in the South. She's heading next for Goa.

As soon as I landed here in Delhi, it was time for Fashion Week. Jacquards, silks, nets, velvets, balloon skirts, frills, ruffles...I think at the end of three days I was ready to throw up fashion. But it was good to see eye candy material in the form of Suchitra Pillai's good looking firang hubby. The two designers who managed to put a finger on the pulse of the girls in the audience were Manoviraj Khosla and Arjun Khanna. They had only men walking the ramp and after watching just semi nude females, I must say it was very refreshing.

Aha how can I miss out the food that was specially put together by Shikha Sharma. It was all low calorie stuff but I wonder how low cal could it get if you really piled up your plate. The amount of baked fish I had two times a day for the five days can probably make up for the lack of it in my life the rest of the year. What I freaked out was with the dessert spread out there. Blueberry cheesecake, apple strudel, rich chocolate cake, fruit tarts, kulfi, malpoa...the list would run at least a mile long. Lunch and dinner were clearly the highlights of each day for me. I wish my mother could have seen me at work on during meal times. There's no way she wouldn't have done a double take.

Fashion week is fun but it leaves you as exhausted as it can. So I am kind of glad to get back to my normal routine. Except the day we got back to office, there was a fire here. Though some of my colleagues made fun of us for running down with our bags, the same night I caught the Meerut Fire clips on the channels and realised how scary it can be. Especially that our building has no fire exit. Just one entrance. It's liking waiting for a disaster to happen.

17 comments:

Sonia said...

i LUHHHHVE blueberry cheesecake! that was the only thing i ate for our staff party in spite of all the delicious looking desserts they had spread out!

about the lack of fire exits, i hope you guys have a plan of action and a drill or something u follow. that wud help a bit.

8 by 52 said...

I have been going crazy talking to all the relatives of the victins. Soemtimes I wonder what I would do if I were in the same situation. In all probability, I would have slapped all the noisy reporters coming my way.
Btw, I know you love using fancy words. But if it was under a pandal and a shamiana, how can u call it al fresco?

8 by 52 said...

Oh, I mean nosy, not noisy. Actually, most reporters are both.

Jay said...

The wedding sounds lovely! Post some photos! I'm really happy S is married and all, but I wish she hasn't disappeared off the face of the earth like that :-(

Essar said...

Haha - can't stop laughing at the al fresco - I just remembered good ol' 'fashinista' days when Mr MP changed the word in your copy coz he hadn't a clue what it meant!

AB said...

sonia: I too flip on them. In fact I think I love the word blueberry itself:) Frill drill...uh oh...I don't think they have a clue of it in this building.

8 by 52: Part of it was alfresco (scowl)...Do you count yourself in the latter category? (raised eyebrows)

jay: Photos. Nah that would not be it. Because Mr S would surely come and kill me. Tell me about S disappearing. Have you checked out the butterflies on her page?

essar: Fashionista you mean...I met MP some days back. He was driving down the road to office and I was returning home. He behaved in his usual vague, irritating, patronising manner.

8 by 52 said...

Madame, you should know by now, that noisy I most certainly am not. Nosy, may be. That's a professional hazard, I suppose.

AB said...

8 by 52: Ya actually I always thought you would have to raise it by a few decibels:)

eM said...

welcome back to delhi. the p3p have missed you :)

AB said...

em: Thanks. And does that include you?:-)

Sue said...

See, it's like this: you can eat as much baked anything as you can handle, because when it's baked, the cheese and all don't count. I ate kilos of baked dishes for five years and never put on any weight.

sinusoidally said...

Wow. I am amazed at the kind of lifestyle you live. I should say envious.

AB said...

sue: Baked or not, cheese was, is and will always be my mainstay:-)

sinusoidally: Glad you think so. But sometimes I get this hollow feeling...

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