Monday, December 08, 2008

Wedding Week

So my little sis Peevee got married last week. In the days preceding the wedding, I would look at her and get sepia-tinted flashbacks of this energetic, impatient, wide-eyed child, and then a diffident, self-conscious teenager, and then I would look at this smart, confident young woman and shake my head and think, "Is this the same person? And she's getting married!!"

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I had heard a lot about Peevee's husband D from Peevee herself, from my parents who met him when they had been to the US for Peevee's graduation, and from S~ who had met D and Peevee when in the US last month on an official visit. I had interacted with D on mail and phone too. So it just didn't feel like I was meeting him for the first time a day before the wedding. We spent a fair amount of time together after the wedding too, and I got to know my new brother in law a bit. But they are here on a flying visit, and they have already left Bangalore for Mumbai, and so further acquaintance must wait.

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My aunt Anu had gone back to the UK from India just this August, and so her coming down to India again for the wedding was a big question mark for a while. She thendecided that she wouldn't want to miss it, and made it after all. But her visit was kept a secret from Peevee. Only a very few of us knew about it and we went through great pains to ensure that it doesn't get to Peevee in any way. It was the most elaborate conspiracy ever carried out in the family. And all the tension and the efforts were rewarded. You should have seen the look on Peevee's face when she saw Anu!! We have it captured on camera, and so if you want to see it, just drop me a mail. :D

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I had shown Puttachi Peevee's snaps much before Peevee landed, and so Puttachi had no problem recognizing her Pupushi (Peevee Mausi). She loved the stuffed giraffe that her Pupushi got for her too, and she was just warming up to Peevee, when Peevee went and got Mehndi done on her hands. After that, in spite of Peevee's desperate efforts, Puttachi refused to go to her. Poor Peevee. Next time, Peevee. I'll ensure that she follows you around like a shadow!

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It was an Arya Samaj wedding. I had never witnessed one before. It was very interesting, with every mantra and every ritual being explained in detail. The general opinion in the married members of the gathering was that if they had known what those mantras and rituals meant when they were getting married, they wouldn't have got married at all!

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Puttachi, who is in her element in large gatherings of people, specially if it is an admiring gathering, decided to go on strike on the day of the wedding. Though I intended to wake her up at the last possible moment that morning, she awoke at dawn, disturbed by the flurry of activity. She remained sleepy and cranky for the rest of the day, and spent half the morning sleeping in my mom-in-law's arms. The more the guests spoke to her, the louder she cried (which is unusual in her case), and she came back to her normal self after the majority of the guests had left!

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That's that. Back to work!

12 comments:

Adu said...

Gosh, it has indeed been a flying visit. Good to read about some of the wedding happenings, do blog more.

Btw, I want to see the photo :) Please send :)

Sachin said...

Congratulations & best wishes to Peevee & D for a long and very very happy wedded life!!!

Cheers! And Shruthi, congrats to you too on getting a brand new b-i-l! :)

Yesh said...

congrats to the new couples. between i too got married last month :)

Raaji said...

Wow! Congrats to PeeVee. Send the photo please.. :D

Kanupriya Sindhu Ramrakhyani said...

Congrats to Peeves from a regular reader of ur blog :-)

snippetsnscribbles said...

Congrats to Peevee :)

Sona said...

Hey shruthi

Congrats to the newly wed...

Would love to see the photo :)

Sunayana

Deepa said...

Congrats to PeeVee! Hope the recent incidents in Mumbai did not have any direct effects on the wedding plans. Looking forward to seeing pics!

Any Sunday Afternoon said...

Congratulations. It is just too good to be at weddings. I just returned back from my brother's wedding and we had a blast. That reminds me that even I have to post few pictures:)

Maha said...

Congrats to Peevee and D. Would love to see the pics :)

praneshachar said...

It was pleasure for me to be part of the occasion for a short while (of course including the sumptuous lunch)
yes P and D were looked like made for each other and naturally as they know each other for long.
Yes puttachis position can be understood totally she was out of place. first time I saw her so sleepy inactive.
let P & D have wonderful time
photos please!!!!
pranesh

Shruthi said...

Adu, will send. It is still with my mom, though. And more info? you should get it straight from the horse's mouth!

Yesh, congratulations, and wish you a very happy married life!

Raaji, Sona, thanks, and sure, when it is ready :)

Sachin, Sindhu, Snippetsnscribbles, AnySundayAfternoon, Maha, Praneshachar, thank you :)

Deepa, it just gave us some anxious moments, that's all. And sure, will send snaps.

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