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Sandeep's wedding (day 3) Contd.

(Continued from here - Day 3)
Finally, we also made ourselves comfortable to see the actual proceedings of the marriage. The whole mandap where the marriage would take place was set up in the house's main courtyard. The Bride and the Groom were seated near the havan kund for pooja and the ceremony. Then the whole process commenced. The main point which we learned about the marriage was that the Paani Grahan sanskar (which is the most important ceremony of the whole marriage) was scheduled at an auspicious time determined by purohit ji and would be performed at that particular time itself, other things could be delayed, but not this one.
Sandeep's masi ji described us in detail about the whole sanskar and related it to the whole Hindu marriage concept which was quite a knowledgeable thing for us to learn. As the marriage ceremony was taking place, we all were having chat with the local people and Sandeep's relatives, sisters, cousins etc about the whole thing. After some ti…

Sandeep's wedding (day 3)

(Continued from here - Day 2)
July 31 was an important day for all and for Sandeep, above all. After all, it was his wedding day. After waking up early at 6 in the morning, I went to mom's hotel room to get ready for the day. I and mom had a laugh on seeing that it was raining heavily and had rained the whole night. I got ready for the day in half an hour and after that, there was a beeline of relatives for using the bathrooms. I thanked mom for waking me up and pressurizing me to get ready.
Now Sandeep had to undergo the Sehra-Bandi ceremony, where the maternal uncles would dress him up in new clothes and cover his face with the Sehra. All relatives and we started assembling in the hall where the ceremony was scheduled to take place. Meanwhile, I and Manoj were given the most important duty of getting the car exteriors decorated with flowers. We took the car to a floweriest and started the same. It was quite difficult to paste the flowers on the car using cello tapes as it was ra…

Sandeep's wedding (day 2)

(continued from here - day 1)
As usual, I woke up early in the morning after a comfortable sleep and learned that Aman and Rajesh (our two friends who were Sandeep's roommates in Bangalore) had arrived there. They also came to the room to rest after a long drive from Delhi to Solan. We had a good chit-chat and laugh about Sandeep getting married. It was nice to see college friends after such a long time.
After Aman and Rajesh slept to take some rest, we got ready for the day ahead. The local relatives had already started arriving and it was a pleasure meeting them although we were total strangers for them. The major ceremony of the day was the welcome of the maternal uncles and other relatives from the mother side. In north Indian weddings, the mother side relatives have a major role to play as they sponsor the Sehra (the bridegroom's veil), the clothes and other gifts to the bridegroom.
We got ready and after 2-3 hours Aman and Rajesh woke up after a refreshing sleep. We wer…

Sandeep's wedding (day 1)

Plans for the wedding had started the day Sandeep told us about his marriage last year. This was a very important occasion for all four of us Sandeep, Yogi, Saurabh and me as it would be the first wedding amongst us. Finally, the week of the wedding arrived. As usual, I started planning the whole trip with Saurabh, which was successful, at least to some extent. We decided to get out of Delhi on July 29 which was Thursday. The major breather was that Saurabh would take us in his car. However, we would realize it later whether it was a breather or a tension.
Saurabh’s mom also agreed to accompany us, that led me to ask my mom to come there and attend the wedding. We started on the decided day in the morning, although we were 2 hours behind the schedule still our journey to overcome the notorious Delhi traffic was fruitful and we successfully went past the Delhi border in time. I was given the navigator seat and also some additional responsibilities of keeping the chauffeur awake and en…