It’s been two days since the engagement party and I still can’t completely feel my toes. My killer heels actually killed every sensation in my feet. I didn’t really dance much because there were so many people to meet and so much to do. I just kept running all over the venue to click pictures and meet family. And yet toward the end I ended up holding the heels in one hand and walking around barefoot.
That evening had all the elements of a crazy Indian wedding function.
We had a minor accident the night before the big day (Yours truly touched a naked wire and almost got slapped by my aunt for being so foolish. All the kids were then warned to be safe).
We had a nervous, jittery bride who came almost crying from the salon because she hated her look and the way the sari was draped. Though it was nothing a few cotton balls and safety pins couldn’t correct. Some anxious blabbering a few tears did help her though. 😛
All the guests arrived and the bride’s grandmother was still not there because the car she was in took a wrong turn and ended up taking a detour of nearly 2 miles.
But together it created the drama that is required to make a party successful. I somehow feel that it’s not really an Indian wedding function if till the last moment everybody is not panicky and running here and there to get things done.
And the feeling of watching your sister getting engaged is so surreal. You look at this girl standing there glowing like a light bulb, stepping into a new life with a twinkling solitaire, and wonder how old you’ve grown. It seemed like yesterday that we were playing hide and seek in our living room.
Though for me this feeling passed pretty quickly because I could smell the murg malai tikka’s being served around. Food, I tell you, just distracts me from being serious in life.
But the best part of the evening turned out to be the photo booth me and my cousin had organized. People literally went crazy getting their pictures clicked.
And now that I’m going through these pictures, I realize that photo booths work best when people are drunk. Some expressions are just priceless. Sober people rarely ever laugh like crazy while wearing star shaped glasses and neon wigs!
The above picture is a glimpse of it. I’m the one on the extreme left BTW. I barely have 3 or 4 pictures from the entire evening. And now that I think about it, it is probably because most of the time I was just stuffing my face with food and washing it down with some random cocktail instead of posing prettily and getting some decent picture clicked of me.
Also, I’ve realized that no amount of hairspray can keep my wild hair in place. Just two hours after the party began my hair was all over the place. Though my sister keeps telling me that it was because I kept touching my hair instead of leaving the delicate hairstyle alone.
So tomorrow is the big day. My cousin’s engagement party begins at 8 tomorrow and we are literally so psyched about it. Yes there are still tons of things left to be done, like the bride STILL has not found those perfect shoes. I mean the party is exactly 24 hours from now and she is still searching for the perfect, not so blingy, sky high pair of heels. Poor girl has been running from pillar to post in search of them and to top all that she has so much work at her office. It really is a miracle that she has not burst into hysterical tears till now.
It’s sheer excitement in our house these days. There are guests lists, bags, bangles, shoes, bottles of whiskey just kept randomly at any place. Not that I mind any of it. All this just makes one feel all the excitement that is going into planning this party.
For our parents it’s more of a ritual. The rings shall be exchanged, the gifts shall be given to the boy and the girl, and it would make everything official. So from being boyfriend and girlfriend, they shall be promoted to become each other’s fiancé and fiancée.
But for us it’s gonna be one hell of a party. The entire family is going to be there. We’ll have music, alcohol, a photo booth and some amazingly delicious food!!(To be frank I’m more excited about the food 😛 ) Add a good DJ to it and we’re all set to dance the night away.
So here’s to endless dancing and crazy picture clicking. I hope this party kick starts an amazing life for these two.
It’s that time of the year again. The roads are choked with cars, people are stuffing their faces with every possible delicacy ever known in the history of Indian cuisine, houses are spotlessly clean, there are fairy lights everywhere you turn, nearly blinding you and by now you must have forgotten the number of times you jumped out of your skin because some random kids were bursting crackers somewhere in the vicinity, freaking the bats out of you.
Welcome to the annual Indian madness everyone! It’s Diwali time!
I love the feeling I get when this festival is around the corner. Unlike Holi where the oldies shy away from having a blast, Diwali is that one time of the year when every single person shall be out on the roads to shop, meet their relatives and be a part of the biggest festival in the country.
It’s sheer madness no doubt, but so much fun! It’s that one time of the year when you get meet your entire extended family. There’s the yummiest possible food, unlimited gifts, new clothes and the one chance to get anything you want from your parents as a Diwali gift! Well, almost anything.
And as I write all this, I’m surrounded with the gifts and sweets we’ve received so far as gifts. Just one look at them and I know all my weight loss resolutions have gone down the drain. Not that I’m complaining. : P I mean no little black dress can give me the happiness like a box of kaju katli can. Or maybe it can?!? Damn it! I should have stopped at the first box!
Oh! Well it’s too late now so I’ll just go and dive headlong into a box of laddoo’s.
Happy Diwali everybody!!! 😀
Every year when the festive season kicks in, I dump all my “I need to lose weight” resolutions and start stuffing my face with all the possible sweets I can find. I’ve already attacked a box of milk cake and I’m having extreme cravings for some piping hot jalebi’s.
With the Navratari, India enters into a month long festive mode. We have nine days of navratri’s which involves insane amounts of garba, then the durga pooja, followed by dussehra, then karva chauth, and finally Diwali and Bhai Dooj.
It’s a month filled with sweets, new clothes, innumerable pooja’s, dancing, amazingly delicious food, family get together, fairy lights, earthen oil lamps, rangoli’s and gifts.
I’m so excited about all the mind blowing food I’m going to eat!
I know I’ll be about 5 kg’s heavier by the time we wrap up the celebrations, but who cares!!
Shubh Navratri everyone!!
And it was that time of the year again! The cold weather and the chilly winds can not stop any Punjabi from celebrating Lohri!! And for me the plates full of popcorn and peanuts are the highlight. They make me excited like a six year old in a toy shop! I stuff my face with these goodies and happily enjoy the bonfire at my place with my family and the neighbours who always drop in for some fun. The beats of the Dhol, the peppy music and the general atmosphere of excitement!! And when you have good food to go with it the whole thing becomes pure bliss!! * Big Smile* 😀
For all those who are not familiar with Lohri, and are probably thinking that I’m just talking nonsense, allow me to put some light on the subject. It’s a lot of history and Indian mythology so I should warn you about the possibility of falling asleep while reading it. 😛
Over time, people have associated Lohri to the tale of Dulla Bhatti. The central character of most Lohri songs is Dulla Bhatti,who lived in Punjab during the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar. He was regarded as a hero in Punjab. Besides robbing the rich, he rescued girls being forcibly taken to be sold in slave market of the Middle East from the Sandal Bar region. He arranged their marriages to boys of their religion with rituals and provided them with dowries. So every other Lohri song has words to express gratitude to Dulla Bhatti.
Dulla Bhatti was a rebel whose lineage was of Bhatti Rajputs . His ancestors were the rulers of Pindi Bhattian in Sandal Bar area of present day Pakistan. He was a hero of all Punjabis and his var (life story) is available on the internet.
According to the Hindu calender Lohri falls in mid-January. The earth, farthest from the sun at this point of time, starts its journey towards the sun, thus ending the coldest month of the year, Paush (Indian Mythological Month), and announcing the start of the month of Magh(Indian Mythological Month) and the auspicious period of Uttarayan.
Basically, Lohri is celebrated to mark the end of winter’s and to pray for a good harvest. It’s a Punjabi festival where bonfire’s are lit and peanut’s, jaggery(Gur), and sesame are offered to the fire praying for a good harvest. Oh! And popcorn as well!
So it turns out to be a bonfire party where my family comes together and just stuffs their face with the awesome food that is prepared by my mom.
I’m really looking forward to this evening because my best friend is coming over for a sleep over! So there’s going to be a bonfire, awesome food, and endless gossips!
I hope you guys too have a great Lohri. God Bless
A very happy new year everyone!!
I know I’m a day late, but that because I just came back from a lovely vacation in the sun and sands. I’v been hit in the face by the freezing cold of Delhi the moment I got out of the train.
I hope you all have a fabulous year ahead. May all all your wishes comes true and all of you have the strength to go ahead with your resolutions, unlike me who forgot about it and gorged on piping hot halwa on the very first morning of the year. (I had sworn not eat sweets till the time I lose weight) 😦
So here’s to a rocking year!! May this be the craziest year of your life!
Merry Christmas Everyone!
May this year fill your life with peace, happiness, joy, good health, tolerance and prosperity.
I’m going on a vacation today to Gujarat where my uncle lives so my Christmas eve would be celebrated with the Indian Railways!
Not that I’m complaining about it! I love travelling by trains and the Indian Railways are an experience in themselves. I hope you all too have a great time with your friends and family.
I wish you a very Happy and Safe Holidays 🙂
Happy Diwali everyone!
I know I’m a day late in wishing you all but yesterday was so busy that I hardly had time to get my PC started.
I hope you all had an awesome Diwali! I personally had a great time. 🙂
Me and my sister made a rangoli and decorated the entire doorway to our place with earthen lamps and fairy lights.
And then there was the ‘Mandir‘ to be decorated for the Laxmi Puja. Also, dressing up for the evening ‘Pooja‘ and the crackers and fireworks at night!
Diwali is celebrated as the day when Lord Ram, his wife Sita and younger brother Laxman came back to their kingdom Ayodhya from their 14 years of exile in the forest. It is said that the entire kingdom welcomed them by lighting lots of earthen lamps in their homes (hence the ritual of lighting lamps, which is now mostly replaced by fairy lights).
Sita was known as the incarnation of Goddess Laxmi (the goddess of wealth and well being), so on this day as Sita came back home, goddess laxmi is worshipped all over India and welcomed home.
I read the following super hilarious take on the story of Diwali on the internet as told by an ABCD (American Born Confused Desi-Indian) to his younger brother. I hope you find it as funny as I did. I nearly fell off the chair while reading it. It made an otherwise serious scripture from our mythology totally funny!!
It goes like this…
“So, like this dude had, like, a big cool kingdom and people liked him.
But, like, his step mom, or somethin’, was kind of a bitch, and she forced
her husband to, like, you know, send this cool dude, he was Ram, to some national forest or reserve or somethin’.
Since he was going, for like, somethin’ like more than 10 years or so,
he decided to take his wife and his bro along. You know… so that they
could all chill out together. But dude, the forest was reeeeeeal scary shit,
really man, they had monkeys and devils and shit like that. But this
dude, Ram, kicked their ass with darts, bows and arrows, so it was fine. But then some bad gansta’ boys, some jerk called Ravan, picks up his babe (Sita) and lures her away to his hood. And boy, were our man, and his bro Lakshman, pissed! And you don’t piss this son-of-a-gunz ‘coz, he just kicks ass and like, all the gods were with him. So anyways, you don’t mess with gods.
So, Ram and his bro get an army of monkeys. Dude, don’t ask me how they trained the damn monkeys, just go along with me, OK. So, Ram, Lakhs, and their monkeys whip this gansta’s ass in his own hood. Anyways, by now, their time’s up in the forest and anyways, it gets kinda boring. You know no TVs or malls or shit like that. So, they decided to hitch back home.
His bro and the wife are back home. People thought, well, you know,
atleast they deserve somethin’ nice and they didn’t have any bars and clubs in those days. So they couldn’t take them out for a drink, so the people decided to smoke or shit. And they also had some lamps, they lit the lamps too. So it was pretty cooool… you know with all those fireworks really, they had some local band play along with the fireworks, and you know what, dude, that was the very first, no kidding, that was the very first musical-synchronized fireworks. You know, like the 4th of the July stuff, but just more cooler and stuff, you know. And, so dude, that was how, like, this festival started. Cool!!!
Diwali Rocks Maaaan!”
You can find more pictures here
Happy Dhanteras everyone!! 🙂
Dhanteras is the first day of the five-day Diwali festival as celebrated in India. The festival, known as “Dhanatrayodashi” or “Dhanvantari Trayodashi”.The word Dhan means wealth and Teras means 13th day as per Hindu calendar. It is celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin.
On Dhanteras Hindus consider it auspicious to purchase gold or silver articles or at least one or two new utensils. It is believed that new“Dhan” or some form of precious metal is a sign of good luck.
I hope you have a prosperous and healthy year and may goddess Laxmi (the goddess of wealth) bestow all her love and blessing on you.
Note- Information has been taken from the internet.