Skip to main content

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 entertaining the audience with the super hi-fi audio cassette system installed in the car.

The drive was very smooth and we crossed Panipat in just an hour after passing the Delhi border. We took a break at a road side dhaba before Karnal and enjoyed the tea there. After the short break, we were again on the road with the speedometer’s needle hovering around 80-90 consistently. We passed Karnal, Kurukshetra, and Ambala on the way. As we were heading towards our destination, the green surroundings were turning greener and winds were getting cooler.

Once we crossed Chandigarh and took the Shimla highway, we could easily see the lush green mountains and blue skies with some clouds here and there. The drive became steeper as we reached Kalka and we were on the typical Himachal roads as we crossed Parwanoo. We were greeted by intense showers as we drove past the hills of Parwanoo. The rain stopped after 15-20 minutes and we stopped on the roadside for the view of the mountains and had some photos clicked.

After that, we resumed our journey to Solan and reached there in time. After getting directions from Sandeep who had sent his younger brother to accompany us home, we reached their home and were greeted by Sandeep’s parents and grandparents. Sandeep was busy in some puja which would eventually last for complete 2 days.

There we met his other relatives including his two brothers Rajan and Harish. We chilled for some time and then had lunch with them afterward. The climate was too cool and pleasant for us delhites. We even noticed that most rooms in his house did not have ceiling fans, as they were not needed.

In the evening we attended a small puja ceremony in the house and after that Saurabh and aunt left to meet their local relatives. Sandeep took me and his grandparents for a stroll in the nearby area. We could the see the beautiful mountains amidst the clouds and could feel the chill in the air. After half an hour or so we came back to home and met the Purohit ji. He was a knowledgeable person with quite convincing knowledge in the field of astrology. I had a long discussion with him on the very subject and we shared our experiences regarding the same. Obviously, others in the room were getting bored.

Then we went for dinner and had a good simple dinner in completely village style after so many years. As a matter of fact, I ate the dinner without a spoon after so many years and simply enjoyed that. Sandeep couldn’t accompany us for the dinner as he was on a fast as a part of the rituals being followed. After dinner, we went to the room allotted to us by them to have a nap. We laid the mattresses on the floor, after some chit chat and light moments, decided to have a sleep. The chill in the atmosphere forced us to take a quilt and I was still wondering about a quilt in the month of July. After a long day’s drive, we went to sleep and get refreshed for the next day.

Continued here :-
&
&

Popular Posts

Gadbade Festival in Northern India

When I went to India last month, I got a chance to attend all the major festivals at home. It was an experience which I had been looking for since my childhood when I had moved out of town for studies, then work, then eventually out of the country for work again.
I visited my birthplace Nahan after a long time and got a chance to see my grandparents who were equally excited to see after more than a year. I discussed with my grandfather about the festivals and rituals which we used to follow and their significance. Despite being a candid discussion, I actually recalled and learned a lot. As a child, I was never too patient to understand why we celebrate some festival as I would always be after the festivity treats, sweets, foods, gifts etc. I visited my grandparents on October 11, 2011, this year which eventually was the Sharad Poornima day according to the Hindu calendar. As a part of the annual ritual I got a gift from my grandmother for ‘Gadbade’ festival and I recalled about the sa…

I am in New Zealand

I have been trying to publish this post for a long time now. :)
I will complete 8 months outside India on May 7, 2011. Looking back it seems that only a week back I had arrived in Wellington.
Coming to a new country is always a great experience. Many disagree, but I somehow find it that way. It becomes even more special when one comes out of his native country for the first time.
Same happened in my case. I travelled to Wellington on September 6, 2010, and reached here the next day. In transit, I crossed many countries, of course in air :D and set foot in 2 different countries: Singapore and Australia.
Wherever I halted, I tried to find the similarities and dissimilarities with India. Maybe that is basic human nature. But I found that whole experience to be interesting. In the flight itself, I came across 2 different cuisines which made me realise that I am really outside India now.
I am planning to write a detailed post on my flight experiences but I am very lazy to do that. So I th…

Brisbane - Gold Coast Hinterland - Day 1

Australia is an interesting place. Due to the sheer size of the country, it has areas having totally different climate from each other. The southern states (Victoria, New South Wales etc.) have predominantly temperate climates. The northern and western states enjoy summer and subtropical climates throughout the year.
Visiting Sydney last year had already given us the taste of Australian culture and landscapes. When the Christmas holidays approached, we thought of visiting Brisbane. We chose Brisbane because our great friend Jain Saab had recently moved to the city. I was in touch with him and shared my thought with him. He strongly urged us to visit them and he would show us around. We started planning for the visit and eagerly looked forward to it. Having known Jain Saab for years now, I can easily say that there are very few persons who can match his positive attitude and joyous spirit. He and his wife are one of the best hosts I have met. We were going to experience it this summer…