Saturday, February 15, 2014

The din and the fun

Handling a wedding is a gargantuan task, especially if you are parents of a bride from the south of India.
The invites, hall booking and decoration, catering, priests, appeasement of some sulking Solomons  and keeping the  huge gathering in good cheer calls for the expertise of a ring master at a circus surrounded by lions.
The host hardly gets time to chat with the special guests who arrive from far and wide.
At the recent wedding of my daughter in Chennai, some wonderful friends and relatives sprang pleasant surprises by dropping in. Their presence made the occasion grand. However, there was hardly a minute to interact. We met years later and yet parted in minutes without as much of a little update.
The grumblers do complete the show. “The tap is not working,” “The cleaners are lazy,” “One tubelight is flickering.”
One rushed to me when I was in a deep conversation with a close friend to say, “The toilets are stinking.”
I suppressed my anger and used humour:  “Do not worry. I have ordered special perfumes from America.”
Thankfully, the guest thought I was serious and disappeared in the crowd.
Read a joke about husbands:
Husband is a man who lost his liberty in the pursuit of happiness.


  1. Our best wishes to the new couple, Ramesh! Yes, it is not easy to conduct a South Indian marriage! Great! All the best!

  2. Hope everything went well . I know you are proud father. I know conducting a S. Indian wedding is a tough job.:)

  3. Your daughter got married? Wow!!! She is the one who used to work in Delhi? Congratulations!!

    Indeed, organizing a wedding is no easy task!

  4. Hosting a wedding is indeed a huge task with lots of planning to do and not being able to spend enough time with close relatives cause there are too many people around and greeting everyone takes away all the time :) I've experienced it during my sister's wedding and you presented it in a funny way in this post!! :)

    God bless the couple and wishing lots of happiness to you and all the family!! :) Cheers!! :)

  5. Congratulations to you and your wife for a job well done! Look at the newly weds' smile, that was well worth all the efforts; don't you think? Hearty congratulations to the bride and groom and wishing them a blessed married life! Well done my friend!

  6. Congrats for finally handling the marriage with humor !
    And yes it is impossible to please everyone. Anyone, for that matter.

  7. Congratulations Ramesh! Weddings are tiring for the family and yes, the relatives are always a pain in the ass. Please convey our (him & I) best wishes your daughter and son-in-law :)

  8. Happy for you sir.. Convey our regards to the new couple.. Wishes to you on your new in-law relationships. :)