A lovely Indian wedding
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We were busy all last week attending my brother-in-law's wedding. Pictured above is the beautiful couple on their wedding day at the official Hindu ceremony.
The bride had her childhood dream fulfilled by getting married in her parent's home, Raut House, which is considered a heritage home in Bombay. It was built at the turn of the century and has been preserved beautifully. The architectural style is considered vernacular meaning it was not designed by certified architects at the time. Maithali, the bride, is an architect herself and had gone all out to restore the house to all its traditional glory.
It reminded me of some of the lucky folks in Manhattan who have beautiful houses in the West Village or the Upper West side in the middle of the teeming metropolis. What a luxury to have your own private oasis in the midst of all the urban chaos. It certainly felt surreal to be in Mathali's house and hear the birds chirping on trees instead of the loud honks from the public buses and the screeching of cars about to have accidents.
The actualy ceremony itself was an abridged version of the usual rites and rituals. Within an hour the deal was done and we were all toasting the newly married couple. As I write this, they're on their way by train to Rajasthan for their honeymoon in Neemraana, an ancient fortress.