>Nine years back


Blessings once we reached home from the Court. The main album’s deep inside the cupboard

Waking up in the morning. Showered. The rather ornate Akberally kurta, pyjama & blue jacket instead of the usual pinstripes and khaakis. Diligently making rangolis outside the door with the contraption mother in law to be had given. Rani, Banu’s predecessor, swapping the floor. Waiting impatiently for mashi, mesho and the tiny cousins to come in their Maruti 800. The long hot drive to the Wedding Court beside Asiatic Library.

Bride to be in a never seen before avatar of a sari. Accompanied by her parents, mama, masi. Mamma sprinting with her aged legs so that she wouldn’t miss the moment. Finally someone to take over after from us after our many trips to the registrar’s who insisted in talking in Marathi. Noone told us that there were agents to do all this. To be pa in law and mama in law taking over. Their Marathi honed by Mumbai and working in banks. Mad rush when our names were called. Crowded room full of strangers. Even though we hadn’t invited anyone. The family managed to nudge in. Mamma got a seat. The registrar said something and gave the couple scraps of paper to read from. “Aab sab log taali bajao”, he said. No, “now you can kiss the bride”. Super fantastic dry fruits got by Jamshed Uncle. He hadn’t forgotten. Call to  the mom in Calcutta. “Yes, we are married”. Dad’s Pentax capturing the moments. Without a flah.

The wedding band consisting of eleven including two sub ten year olds and the new couple…lunch at Starters and More (now shut). Drive home. Stop at a Studio at Linking Road for wedding photographs. Home. Entering after Parsi mom in law broke eggs at the door. She didn’t throw them at the groom but did earnestly tell the groom to give her daughter 5 almonds and a glass of milk for breakfast everyday. Mashi doing the Bengali thing on behalf of Granny in Calcutta.

Solitude. Exhausted slumber. Making omelette for the new wife who was hungry. The first of many meals. Drive back to Gallops to for dinner. Carefully preplanned menu which I felt too nauseous to eat. The wedding party reduced to nine with Mamma running out energy. Mama looking after her. Home. Deep slumber before the flight to Calcutta the next day…hopping across two cities in pre low cost airline days… how time flies



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19 responses to “>Nine years back

  1. >Congratulations on the anniversary! We would have loved to see a photo of you two clicked this day on nine years back.

  2. >Congrats on the anniv and lovely reflections!

  3. >Thanks Madhu, jjs, Somoo…Posted pic

  4. >Congratulations and Happy Anniversary

  5. S

    >Congratulations and wish you many many more of such anniversaries πŸ™‚

  6. >Nine yrs & twenty kilos ago? LOL! Happy Anniversary Kalyan!

  7. >Congrats! In the immortal words of the registrar: "Aab sab log taali bajao"

  8. >OMG, that is the cutest picture EVER. Mrs. K looks beautiful! Awww.. (Umm.. I'm still gushing over it's cuteness!) And congratulations. πŸ™‚

  9. >congrats!!…a very well narrated ..well done!!Good job..keep K happy…wives r precious!!;)

  10. >Awww, that snap is so poignant, all the more for the smiles both of you are wearing!A very happy anniversary and many happy returns of the day. How did you celebrate? Was it another trip to a five star or a meal at home you rustled up? esskay πŸ™‚

  11. >lovely pic…both of you look so blissfully happy..touchwood..hope you stay that way forever :)Happy anniversary!!!do share more pics please

  12. >Thanks Greyindecision, Harman, Pink, esskay (no, was with friends this times in a house which was designed better than a five star as was the food), at Ash (20 kilos back only for me, thanks Sassy Fork, S & Rhea

  13. >Happy Anniversary πŸ™‚

  14. >Though I'm a little late…still…Happy Happy Happy Anniversary !!

  15. >loved the way a certain dryness of tone and stacatto prose still managed to convey the headiness of the occasion! my desire to be wed [we live in hope…] at the registrar's to avoid all the fuss and hooha of a typical gujju wedding obviously has illustrious precedents!best wishes for many more anniversaries!

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