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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

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I have two brothers. Even though  the age difference between them is  six years, they got  married within a gap of ten days. The elder one , Vijay's marriage took place on 12th February 1977, and the younger one, Anil's was performed on 20th February in the same year.  Two marriages in the family in such a little gap!! Everybody was excited.  Both  weddings were memorable. 

Vijay's marriage was scheduled for 12th Feb. at the Constitution Club, New Delhi. As luck would have  it, President of India Fakhruddin Ahmed died on 11 February. All the shops were closed. There was great pandemonium in the family. Last minute shopping  in our house and the bride's house was left incomplete.  The groom's wedding suit was with the tailor and bride's footwear and  some cosmetics were to be purchased on the last day. The only alternative was to borrow from each other. Every body had a good laugh.The couple left for the honeymoon the next day.

Anil's marriage was to be conducted at Nainital. All the preparations  started for the second wedding. A bus was hired.  Everybody was thrilled to go to Nainital. It would  be a marriage and sightseeing, two in one! We started the journey on the 19th.  One of  the relatives  took their pet dog, Lucky Boy, with them. It was fun watching him. The fellow was very uneasy  in the beginning, but settled down. Every one was in a festive mood . All through the journey  every body  enjoyed singing, and playing games such as antarakshi.  We were carrying lots  of knick knacks for munching. The bride's parents had organised lunch at Muzzufar Nagar and evening  tea at Haldwani. It was  all like a picnic.  

We reached Nainital around 9o clock. Many relatives of the  bride were there to welcome us. We were lodged at Naintal Club. It was spread over a large area. There were separate rooms for each family. The honeymoon couple had also arrived.  When all the luggage was removed, my mother  wanted Anil's suitcase in her room.  Lo, his suitcase could not be seen any where. Some one went to the bus and checked but it was not there. The bride's jewellery  was also in that suitcase. Every one was panicky, We called our servant in Delhi. He informed that the suitcase was lying on the sofa in the living room.There was peace,but it was short lived. The next problem was what would Anil wear  the next morning! His wedding suit was also in that suitcase!!  Mr. Tandon, the bride,s father called a tailor and some samples for a woolen suit. The cloth was selected and his measurement was taken. Next day morning by 10 o clock the suit was ready to wear!! Incidentally, Anil's father in law was the owner of a famous wool shop,  Ramlal Brothers, of Nainital.  Both brothers  could not wear the suits stitched for their wedding. 

Most of the relatives went for sight seeing in the morning. We went to the bride's place to partake in some  ceremonies.  The marriage was performed in the evening. It was also Anil's birthday. He got a sweet and beautiful bride as a birthday gift.
The next morning we started our return journey to Delhi. This was more enjoyable than the journey to Nainital, because we had two new additions in the family, the two brides.
 
The post is written in response to Write Tribe, Festival of Words,day 3. The prompt for today is Free Write. This post took me 14 minutes  to write.

37 comments:

  1. Fun filled marriage ....loved reading it :) Thanks for sharing your experiences ma'm

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    1. Thank you Dr, Sushree. Marriages are always memorable. Thanks for the visit.

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  2. Dear Usha, I enjoyed reading ur post. Weddings are always fun :)

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    1. Thank you Ananya. We have sweet memories of both marriages.

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  3. Some wonderful memories of the past! Both the brothers couldn't wear their wedding suits... what a coincidence, I am sure this would have made for such fun talks all the time! :)

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    1. Thank you Shilpa.Yes was a point on which we always teased them.

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  4. Lol.. what's a wedding without some confusion? This was perfect by that measure.. and then there were two of them. Loved the writeup.

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    1. Thank you Tuika. Thanks for liking it.

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  5. Both the brothers couldn't wear their designated wedding suits due to different reasons. This seems funny after so many years but surely they must have panicked and been upset about the sudden change.
    The pet , Lucky Boy must have been unable to grasp about so many people singing and enjoying . Pets are sensitive but do adjust quickly.

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    1. Thank you Kalpana Yes it did create confusion , but we enjoyed a lot.

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  6. Am sure it must have caused a lot of confusion then though it seems funny in hndsight rt....

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    1. Thank you Mina. It did create panic but it was enjoyable.

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  7. Though forgetting would have caused anxiety and tension,in retrospect it looks minor and a matter of fun. Nainital is a beautiful place and the drive in cool February through Moradabad and Rampur must have been great...

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    1. Yes KP it was very enjoyable. We had lot of fun.

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  8. I will repeat here (I said the same thing for your other post too) that while reading your post I imagined myself being there with you all back in the scenes of 70s....
    seems it all comes directly from your heart....

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    1. Thank you Sheela for your very sweet comments.

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  9. Memorable indeed!! Wedding at Nainital should have been great fun.

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    1. Yes Arthy, both weddings were very enjoyable.

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  10. that was quiet amusing.but that surely brought family together didn't it.http://pastiche.webnode.com/

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    1. Thank you pastiche. We had a gala time in both marriages.

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  11. New additions are always a blessing!

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    1. Thank you Michelle for your kind words.

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  12. Marriage in the family is so much fun! Of course, clothes & food too :)

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    1. Yes marriage in the family is no doubt a memorable event.

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  13. Enjoyed reading about your brothers weddings and the suitcase being left at home. What an adventure for all, lovely post.

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    1. Thank you Sulekha. Such adventures make events memorable.

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  14. Weddings always have some fun memories. Did the brothers say same pinch on not getting to wear their new suits for the wedding?

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    1. Yes Reshma weddings leave some unforgettable moments.

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  15. weddings always have this type of incidents:)

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    1. Thank you Renu. Such incidents always remain fresh in the memory.

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  16. They'll always remember the tales of their marriages, and they'll never forget their anniversaries :D :D :D Lovely, Usha Mam :)

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    1. Yes Sreeja.Some events are unforgettable and always remain fresh in the memory.

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  17. Wedding always bring lot of memories to cherish and laugh for later, . My parents wedding were almost called off due to an unexpected bharat bandh :D. For now, after 23 years, it doesn't seem so terrible but something to laugh away

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    1. Welcome to this space Paper-Clip. Yes the memories of certain events during a wedding become memorable.

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  18. Thank god, you could make alternate arrangements for the suit in such short time. These type of tiny occurences make the wedding memorable.I almost witnessed the weddings with your narration.

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    1. Thank you Asha. I am glad you loved the anecdotes of these two weddings.

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  19. I could not attend Anil's as I had moved to Bombay by then

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