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May 08, 2012

A Big Fat Indian Wedding.

Our India trip in April was such a hit! To begin with, this was the first time we were going to India for two weeks. Usually its at least 4 weeks! But I found out that one can accomplish a lot in 2 weeks in spite of a broken knee! :) Restaurant hopping like crazy - check. Shopping like crazy - check. Attend at least two weddings - check. The only thing I missed this trip was going to Kumbakonam where my parents live. But since they were to be in Madras the whole time, I thought it would nt matter. But what do you think happened? My parents along with my sister and Bil took both Ashu and Antu and went to Kmu for three whole days leaving me all alone with my ILs. All because Ashu said that an India trip is not complete if she does nt get to see her Thatha-Paati's house and her Kmu friends! Some people have it all, I tell you! Hd joined us only the second week and even then he had to work from there. 

My cousin R's wedding was on 12th and we were leaving on 13th, so the last 3 days were quite a blur. It was a beautiful wedding. And for the first time, Sis and I experienced the royal treatment one gets when ones part of the Groom's party! R and P made a cute couple and I really had to choke back tears when I was tying the third knot in the Thaali. I totally get now why certain women get crazily possessive when their sons/brothers get married! R's whole life flashed in front of my eyes in a second. How I baby sat him for an entire summer when he was teeny weeny baby, stealing his cerelac and eating it, how on the day of his ayush homam my ears were pierced, helping him with home work when he was a little boy, playing badminton, chess, carom and cards with him, how I named his first dog which was a gift from my dad, watching Baasha with him in Devi theatre, what fun we had in his poonal and what a brave boy he was when his head was shaved, how he spent lots of his holidays with us doing nothing remotely interesting except playing cards, how I confessed to him all my supposedly "boy friend problems" even though he was a lot younger than me, his "machinan" role in my wedding and his "maama" role in Ashu's birthday, ... and now here he was, my little baby brother, all grown up and married to a beautiful woman! Whoa! How time flies! Congrats again, Bro!

Ashu and Antu loved all the attention and thoroughly enjoyed the wedding. For Antu - it was like dream come true what with change of costume 5 times a day! My mom got the girls beautiful accessories, stitched paavadais from her old silk sarees, plaited their hair with sowri, (long fake hair) decorated with hair ornaments,... the works! Tough competition for the bride, I should say! :) Sis and I decided to dress up to the nines as well and were all matching-matching competing with Ashu and Antu! And the food! Oh God! The food! As if the wedding feast was nt enough, the day before the wedding we went to The Great Kabab Factory for dinner and loved it! Lovely experience! The flight to and fro was nt as bad as I thought it would be what with my knee! The wheel chair assistance was awesome. Ashu was thrilled to ride the golf carts inside the airports, her long time dream!

Its back to the grind now after all the fun. But there are always the photos to remind us of the fun times. :)


22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Boo,
Have been waiting for your india trip post.Beautiful pictures. Antu looking so pretty.Great trip indeed..
--Priya.
Yay!! I left the first comment...

Me said...

Lovely post Boo! Ashu & Antu look adorable!!

Seri adhu enna...Ashuku double border pattu-paavadai and Antuku only single border? not fair...

...my best wishes to P&R!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Boo,

Super pictures... I loved the white frocks - girls are looking super azhagu...

seri ungaloda akka thangai photo poda kudatha?

My dream is to see you and talk with you one day... :)

Sujatha

Priya Mohan said...

Your kids are so adorable!..loved their "alangarams":)..

ashok said...

The kids look adorable...

Priya said...

Hi Boo,
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Would love to hear your comments. Keep up the good work.

yaadayaada said...

How do you write so well??

AA_Mom said...

Yay! isn't it fun to dress up little girls. A&A have started liking the pavadai look so works for me :)
A&A also had those Bandhini frocks from Kohls I loved them (they outgrew sigh!)

Big Kala tikka.

anubharat said...

Thats a lovely post and wonderful collage of the pictures. Good to know you all had fun at the wedding and you did tie the naaathanaar mudichu,nice :)

Loved your kids paavadai and accessories, wish we can get to see pictures of u and ur sis too

Reva said...

Such a fun read.. I second YY, how do you do it?
A&A look adorable as ever.. kudos to your mom! Loved their accessories.. esp the little nethi chutties :)
Next time I go to India, I need shopping tips from you girls and your mom!

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Vidya said...

The kids are sooo sooo sooo adorable. I always wanted two daughters but blessed with one.

I do think there is going to be a fight when the little one is in her teens about who you love more!

Lovely pics. Thanks for sharing.

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Mom with a Dot said...

The girls look lovely! Glad you had a fun time :)

Mom with a Dot said...

The girls look lovely! Glad you had a fun time :)

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toplocalsearch said...

This is really amazing that they Attend at least two weddings - check. she missed this trip only to Kumbakonam my parents a place to live. But because they are full-time in Madras I think this will be an important.

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